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This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by the Friends of Carteret County Public Library.


The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina featuring John Santa

Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m.
at the Carteret County Public Library in Beaufort

JOHN SANTA, Bluegrass musician, songwriter, author and filmmaker, will entertain the Friends of the Carteret County Library at their Annual Meeting on March 26. He will be using musical examples and personal anecdotes of travels across NC from his book, Bluegrass Is My Second Language. His program will trace the history and evolution of Bluegrass music in the state and illuminate the joys of this form of music for the uninitiated.


This free event is open to the public as well as members of the Friends of the Library. It will begin at 3:00 inside the library located at 1702 Live Oak Street in Beaufort.


     JOHN SANTA is an award winning producer and musician. He lives in Chapel Hill. He loves music and plays eighteen instruments. At various points in his life he thought he was a guitar player, a writer, a cellist, a journalist and a producer. Then one day he realized he was really just a storyteller and his life got much, much easier. Among his proudest achievements are being voted Teacher Of The Year four years in a row at Piedmont Community College and founding the Marathon Jam for Charity (www.marathonjam.com) which has spread to cities all around the country and even overseas. He finds it delightfully ironic that as a poor struggling author/musician he has been able to raise substantial sums of money for various charities, most notably the Fisher House. He believes there is nothing more powerful than a good idea, but it helps a lot if you and your friends are more than a little bit crazy.
     Mr. Santa has won many awards for his video productions and while he revels in telling many different kinds of stories, he most enjoys the ones that in some way seek to make the world a better place, thus the preponderance of educational and medical videos in his resume. Some say the glass is half full. Some say half empty. John just drinks the water.
     Gathering in old tobacco barns and general stores across the state, the culture of Bluegrass music and the old South still permeates our everyday lives. While many people associate Kentucky with Bluegrass Music, many of the pioneers of this American art form were North Carolina born and bred. In fact, when one considers the confluences of African, Scottish and English musical heritage, a strong case can be made that Bluegrass was, in fact, born in N.C.