Biography

Mark Weems is a multi-instrumental music teacher and professional performer of traditional music. His ancestors came to this country from Scotland in 1719, eventually settling in south Alabama and Mississippi. He earned his M.A. in History in 1998, and currently resides in Durham, N.C. In 2009, he created the North Carolina School of Traditional Music, which facilitates the local dissemination of the Celtic, Piedmont, and Appalachian musical traditions of the state.  Sing Out! Magazine called him “an exceptionally talented interpreter of old-time vocal and instrumental tunes” and “a gifted composer of timeless music.” He currently tours with his wife, Julee Glaub, as the duo Little Windows, which performs a mix of Irish, Old-Time, Country, Gospel, and Originals. In 2013 he co-founded the Old Jonny Booker Band which re-creates Early American music popular between 1776 and 1865 on period instruments and in period dress. His music has been heard at Merlefest and highlighted on NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock, and The State of Things. He has performed with former Bluegrass Boy Tony Ellis, Daithi Sproule (Altan), Pete Sutherland (Metamora), Alice Gerrard (Hazel and Alice), Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky), Tim O'Brien, and Charlie Louvin (Louvin Brothers). Mark has taught at the Swannanoa Gathering in N.C., the Irish Arts Week in N. Y., and the Alaska Traditional Music Camp.

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