LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg resident hopes to spread the joy of music by throwing a monthly cabin concert.
Denise Feikema moved from Connecticut to Laurinburg in 2010 after taking a position as an assistant English professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She brought her love for music with her.
“I felt like Laurinburg needed some music culture,” Feikema said. “I love to hear live music and there wasn’t a lot of places for that when I moved here.”
Feikema decided to start a monthly concert series called Concert at the Cairn in her rented cabin-home. The next concert is planned for Oct. 9. It is the 14th one held at the Pine View Circle home.
The cabin was previously owned by Teedie Tuttle, a former Scotland County educator. Tuttle named the cabin Cairn and hung a sign on the door establishing its identity.
The concert was named Concert at the Cairn in honor of Tuttle’s family.
“Teedie passed away in 2009, but I rent the cabin from her sons,” Feikema said explaining that Tuttle was a friendly and well-known person in the Laurinburg community.
Tuttle helped found Heritage Day that later became the John Blue Festival.
“She was fairly active in encouraging people to know about their heritage,” Feikema said.
Feikema charges $15 at the door. Proceeds go directly to the musicians for travel and recording expenses.
“I travel to music festivals up in New York state to find the bands,” she said. “They have an emerging artist festival and I go and listen to those 24 bands, then I pick out my favorite.”
She invites her favorite bands to play at the cabin for a typical crowd of about 15 people. The concerts help musicians sell CD’s and advance their music careers, Feikema said.
“It gives them exposure and they get a chance to meet a new audience and find a new place to perform,” she said. “It’s mostly folk music, but it also ranges from country, bluegrass, rock and occassionally a jazz band.”
This month’s band is known as the Lowest Pair and came to Feikema out of the blue. She said the musicians discovered her Concert of Cairn Facebook page and asked to perform.
“They are kind of cutting edge Americana and have really exciting vocals,” she said after listening to their latest album. “It would be a real treat for people to hear them.”
The band considers themselves a “Sultry Country Duo.” The duo features Kendl Winter from Olympia, Washington and Palmer T. Lee from Minneapolis. The band incorporates harmonious singing with a banjo and guitar melody. Winter and Lee are making a stop in Laurinburg during a tour along the East Coast.
Feikema would like to see the audience grow to as many as 50 people for the Lowest Pair show.
“It offers entertainment, a chance to meet your neighbors and to hear a great band most people in Laurinburg haven’t heard of before,” she said.
For information on the cabin concert, contact Denise Feikema at 910-277-1686.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.