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Friday, June 28, 2024  ·  8:00 PM CDT

Nora Brown with Stephanie Coleman

with special guest Max & Otto Allard

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

First brought together by Brooklyn's tight-knit old-time music community in 2017, Nora Brown and Stephanie Coleman share a rich musical partnership that belies their 20 year age difference. Nora is a banjo player, and has released 4 albums on Brooklyn based Jalopy Records. She has performed across the US, Europe and Japan including NPR's Tiny Desk and TED EDU. Stephanie is a master old-time fiddler, having recorded with and toured internationally over the last two decades with celebrated artists such as trailblazing all-women stringband Uncle Earl, Watchhouse's Andrew Marlin, and clawhammer banjo virtuoso Adam Hurt. Nora and Stephanie recorded together on Nora's debut album Cinnamon Tree in 2019, and have performed as a duo in the US and London including renowned festivals as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa, TX, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Edmonton Folk Fest, and the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. Most recently they preformed together as a duo on NPR's Tiny Desk and have released a new duo EP called Lady of the Lake.

“Some of the most interesting and haunting traditional music we've heard…impossibly talented” - Fretboard Journal


Max & Otto Allard

Max and Otto Allard practically grew up in the classrooms and community of the Old Town School of Folk Music, where they met lifelong friends, mentors, and collaborators. Both Max and Otto are currently enrolled at Oberlin Conservatory, where they are members of the Performance Improvisation ensemble led by Jamey Haddad, and they also play with the bluegrass band the Yard Sailors. Max is in the progressive bluegrass quartet EZRA, founded by Max's professor Jesse Jones, with Jacob Jolliff and Craig Butterfield. EZRA released their debut album in March 2024.

Max and Otto had the thrill of opening for Sam Bush in Maurer Hall at the Old Town School in February 2020, and Max held his solo debut album release show in Szold Hall in June 2022. They are always delighted to be back in the halls that feel like home.