Folk-rock star James Taylor will perform at MerleFest this year as part of the “Transatlantic Sessions Tour,” a series of musical productions featuring Irish, Scottish artists and American roots artists.
The tour is under the musical direction of Dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas and Scottish fiddler Aly Bain. The live concerts are primarily recorded in Scotland and are broadcast on public TV in the U.K. and U.S.
This will be the first Transatlantic Sessions performance outside the U.K., and this lineup won’t perform elsewhere. It will feature Bain and Douglas with James Taylor, Sarah Jarosz, Maura O’Connell, Declan O’Rourke, Karen Matheson and Joe Newberry as guests.
Taylor grew up in Chapel Hill and is best known to many North Carolinians for his song, “Carolina In My Mind.”
He has won multiple Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, Taylor received the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. In November 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In December 2016, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.
Tickets for MerleFest 2017 may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An advance ticket discount runs through April 27, 2017. Gate pricing begins on the first day of the festival.
MerleFest 2017, with Window World as presenting sponsor, is April 27-30 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.