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Nora Brown: May 20 - 'The Back Porch' - RESCHEDULED DO TO RAIN - DATE TBD

We're So Sorry to Have to Postpone Tonight's Event.  With not only rain in the forecast, but electrical storms as well, we thought it best to postpone.  Please be on the lookout for a Rescedule Date, still TBD.


The Johns Hopkins House is incredibly excited and honored to be hosting national recording artist Nora Brown as part of our "Benefit Concert Series"!


We extend our thanks to Nora for being so graciousas to assist our efforts to save this historic property and eventually honor the former enslaved of Whites Hall thru a scholarship program.


Nora has just recently performed at the Newport Folk Festival and was honored as a participant in the NPR Tiny Desk Series!


We look forward to seeing you all at Whites Hall on May 20 (purchase your tickets soon... we expect this special performance to be Sold Out.)


“Long Time to Be Gone,” a disarming collection of traditional laments and exquisite banjo instrumentals"
–Jay Ruttenberg, The New Yorker, August , 2022


“Nora has a passion for the music of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee… with a thirst for storytelling.”
– Bob Boilen, NPR All Songs Considered, July 6, 2022


“Long Time to Be Gone is a quietly important record — not simply an enthusiastic chunk of reverence to an old-time ethos, but a work that marks its teenage creator as not only a fine musical talent, but also an educator and evangelist, a living, breathing vessel for the nurturing of a rich and remarkable tradition.”

– Spencer Grady, No Depression, August 23, 2022


“Some of the most interesting and haunting traditional music we’ve heard... impossibly talented...One thing that I really loved about both your albums is that both your banjo technique and your vocals are amazing. You seem to be mining these old songs with emotions far beyond your years.”
–Jason Verlinde, Fretboard Journal
September, 2021


“Extraordinary” (NPR Music)

“Rising Star” (NPR Weekend Edition)


“Sidetrack My Engine is both a reverent nod to deeply-rooted ole-time traditions, and an exhibit of
sonic heirlooms carefully amended to meet a modern moment with vintage elegance.”

–Madeline Crone, American Songwriter


 “This fretless version of the banjo, more in tune with its African ancestry, allows a seamless glissando, a spirited game of snakes and ladders, doggedly climbing and then slipping easily back to the start.”
-Richard Hollingum, UK Folk Radio


Nora Brown started learning music at the age of 6 from the late Shlomo Pestcoe.  From his studio apartment in Brooklyn, Pestcoe instilled in her the belief that music is meant to be shared.


Nora plays old-time traditional music with a particular interest in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee banjo playing. Along with the banjo and guitar she also sings traditional unaccompanied ballads from southeast Appalachia and beyond.

She has played at numerous venues and festivals including TED Salon in NYC, NPR Tiny Desk, Newport Folkfest, Philadelphia Folkfest, Americana Fest, Joe’s Pub, the Floyd Radio Show, Brooklyn Folk Festival, Oldtone Roots Music Festival, Irvington Folk Festival, Blue Ox Festival in WI, Mountain Song Festival in NC, and has had multiple month long residencies at famed Barbès in Brooklyn NY. She has been featured in a variety of podcasts including WNYC’s Dolly Parton’s America along with NPR’s Weekend Edition and All Songs Considered and Apple Music has placed her on the American Best Songs, New In Acoustic.


Nora has taught both beginning and advanced banjo classes at the Ashokan Center’s long standing old-time camp known as Southern Week in Olivebridge, NY.  Nora continues to travel and learn from old masters and has taken regular trips to eastern Kentucky to visit with 90 year old master banjo player and former coal miner Lee Sexton and master banjo player and historian George Gibson.


Nora has won numerous banjo and folk song competitions at various fiddlers conventions including the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Music Festival and Grayson County Old-time and Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention.


In October 2019 Jalopy Records released Nora’s first album of 11 traditional songs and tunes called Cinnamon Tree.  It was produced by the legendary Alice Gerrard and pressed by Third Man Pressing in Detroit. It’s only available on limited edition vinyl with a digital download and liner notes.  Cinnamon Tree landed #7 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts the 2nd week of its release.

In September 2021 Jalopy Records released Nora’s EP of 7 traditional songs and tunes called Sidetrack My Engine. It was recorded in mono in underground brick arched space in Brooklyn NY. Using an Ampex tape machine and vintage RCA ribbon mics from BigTone Records. 10” vinyl Pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville.

In August 2022 Jalopy Records released Nora's 3rd album, Long Time To Be Gone.  The soulful, mesmerizing collection of traditional tunes and Appalachian instrumentals were recorded at the historic St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights.


Nora plays solo regularly and also as duet with fiddler Stephanie Coleman and fiddler Jackson Lynch.

Nora Brown: May 20 - 'The Back Porch' - RESCHEDULED DO TO RAIN - DATE TBD

  • "Benefit Concert Series"

    to Save Whites Hall, one of Maryland's Most Historic Properties! - and Honor the former enslaved of the 18th century Whites Hall plantation.


    Nora Brown

    May 20, 2023

    "The Back Porch" at Whites Hall

    5:00 - "Doors" Open

    7:00 - Performance

    Daphne Eckman, an amazing local talent, will Open the Evening, and perform from 5:00 to 6:30pm


    $25/ticket - General Admission Lawn Seating  (tickets limited)

    NOTE:  Lifetime Members of The Johns Hopkins House, Inc. are eligible to receive FREE Tickets to ALL Benefit Concerts, as follows:

    $500 Level:  2 FREE Tickets

    $1,000 Level:  4 FREE Tickets

    $2,500 Level:  8 FREE Tickets

    Lifetime Members: Please contact the Hopkins House to receive your complimentary tickets.

    Beverages will be Available.

    Be on the safe side and bring your own seating.

    Rain or Shine

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