Agent: Chris Colbourn
“Nora Brown has a host of roots music legends pouring out of her fingertips and through her lips.” —The Bluegrass Situation
Nora Brown started learning ukulele at age 6 from the late Shlomo Pestcoe. Now 13 years old, Nora plays traditional old-time banjo and accordion and sings ballads. She performs solo and with many of her mentors including her friend, fiddler Stephanie Coleman, as a duet under the name Leatherwood. The last 2 years she’s won blue ribbons in the banjo competitions at the famous Clifftop Appalachian String Band Music Festival in West Virginia. In 2018 she also placed 3rd in the adult finals at Clifftop. More recently she traveled 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 a heavy interest in eastern Kentucky banjo playing and continues to investigate the roots of banjo playing in the United States and beyond.
Nora is also mentored and influenced by the musicologist, photographer and film maker John Cohen. The Bluegrass Situation said: “Nora Brown has a host of roots music legends pouring out of her fingertips and through her lips.” Soon to be released on vinyl is her first album Cinnamon Tree, produced by Alice Gerrard including 11 traditional songs and tunes.