Mebanesville--the best in roots, rhythm and world music from the roads we travel--all that flows, all that waits, all that's bound up or escapes, including Roots Rhythm Jigs Jive Rock Pop Polk Jazz Trad True Blue Brown Black Green White and Read-all-over!
Mebanesville began in the spring of 2000 as a close network of longtime neighbors and friends playing an informal Friday evening music session at a coffee bar in Mebane, NC. Soon people were inviting the musicians to play for private parties and special events. The players took the name Mebanesville – Mebane’s name in the 18th and 19th century prior to its incorporation as a town in the early 1880’s - to reflect their love of living locally but exploring music globally. Mebanesville’s fiddle, piano, accordion, pennywhistle, recorder, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, voice and percussion weave an emotional tapestry that evokes private memories and timeless states of mind proven to lift your attitude and move your feet.
The artistic passions and creative vision of the charter Mebanaires--Jamey Tippens, Larry Vellani, Nettie Lassiter, Peggy Boswell, Sarah Rubin and Sherry White Lea--mapped the original Mebanaire musical landscape; succeeding players and personalities have continued to enrich and diversify the journey and the audience experience.
Meboriginal, Larry Vellani, has performed with some of the recent generations' most respected interpreters of social and narrative song, including Guy and Candy Carawan, Barbara Dane, Fran McKendree, Mimi Fariña, Ronnie Gilbert, Beverly Grant, Si Kahn, Michela Musolino, Holly Near, Bruce Phillips and Baldemar Velasquez. He also has performed with some of the Southeast's most renowned traditional musicians, including Lonny Austin, Marvin Gaster, Tommy Jarrell, Lauchlin Shaw, Paul Taylor and Joe Thompson.