Nora Brown Live on Wednesday 4/7

Join us for the tenth installment in our live stream concert series, Elderly Living Room Sessions, with special guest Nora Brown!

Tip the artist at This feature will have two sets of music, with a short intermission featuring a pre-recorded conversation with the artist and Elderly co-owner Lillian Werbin.

“[In her playing,] an intense involvement is revealed as the music appears to wash over her. She sings of experiences way beyond her years, old songs from Appalachian sources, stories that reflect a more difficult way of life.” – John Cohen (Musicologist, photographer, filmmaker and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers)

“Little Nora Brown has a host of roots music legends pouring out of her fingertips and through her lips. – The Bluegrass Situation

Nora plays old-time traditional music with a particular interest in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee banjo playing. Along with the banjo she’s interested in unaccompanied ballads from the Southeast region of the United States.

She has played at numerous venues and festivals on the East Coast including TED Salon in NYC, Joe’s Pub, the Floyd Radio Show, Washington Square Park Folk Festival, Brooklyn Folk Festival, Brooklyn Americana Festival, Oldtone Roots Music Festival, Irvington Folk Festival, Summer & Winter Hoots at the Ashokan Center, and has had multiple month long residencies at famed Barbès in Brooklyn NY.

Nora continues to travel and learn from old masters and 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.

Source: Nora Brown Live – Elderly Living Room Sessions

Nora Brown: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

By Bob Boilen

Every January, I attend globalFEST at a New York City nightclub and see some of the most fantastic music I’ll experience all year. Now, given the pandemic’s challenges and the hardening of international borders, NPR Music and globalFEST moved the 2021 edition from the nightclub to your screen of choice and shared the festival with the world. We called it Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. We presented 16 artists in intimate settings (often behind desks donning globes) representing more than a dozen countries.

Thirty feet below the surface in Brooklyn, 10th grader Nora Brown brings incredible, surprising depth to the Appalachian music she plays. Over the course of her Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST concert, surrounded by innumerable globes and instruments, she infuses new life and energy into the traditional songs of Addie Graham, Virgil Anderson and Fred Cockerham. Nora weaves together songs and storytelling, speaking of the great history of the music that came before her and at which she excels. This performance took place on the second night of our 2021 festival. –globalFEST


“The Very Day I’m Gone”

“Miner’s Dream”

“Little Satchel”


Nora Brown: vocals, banjo

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