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Forty Acres is a celebration of roots music. We are a non-profit tax-exempt organization located in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) area of North Carolina. We sponsor house concerts and other small venue concerts featuring up and coming artists and artists with a growing following. We also sponsor music/dance events.

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Past shows include Carolina Chocolate Drops , Chris Smither, David Olney, Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, John Cowan, Mollie O'Brien & Richard Moore, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Slaid Cleaves, The Waybacks, Tony Williamson, Tift Merritt and many other fine artists and bands.

A listing of our upcoming concerts and other events is below. Tickets for events are available on a first come, first served basis.




The Hanz Araki Band

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Five Oaks Clubhouse

8 pm

$15 in advance or $20/door

Hanz Arkai Band 

On Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m., Forty Acres is very pleased to introduce you to a trio of internationally acclaimed traditional musicians, The Hanz Araki Band. This very talented troupe combines the mysteries of Asian sounds with the lilting melodies of Ireland to create a magical fusion of beautiful music and song.

Hanz Araki is definitely a master of his art. In Foreign Shore, his eleventh release, he has recorded eleven songs and tunes from the traditions of Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, America and New Zealand. This collection of music dives into the heart of a musical tradition that travelled the world as Araki’s Irish and Japanese forbearers did. Find out more at his web site.

Musicians don’t come with much more history in the craft than singer Colleen Raney. She’s been singing for more than two decades, and has been immersed in America’s Celtic music and dance scene for three. Raised in Seattle, previously based in New York and now calling Portland, Oregon home, Raney has studied and performed Irish music in more places and for longer than most musicians do in the span of their entire careers. She, however, is just pushing hers into the spotlight. Listen to her enchanting voice at colleenraney.com.

Vogue magazine calls musician Owen Marshall "A guitar/mandolin/banjo player rivaled in character only by the occasional three-pronged carrot" (Vogue 2009). Owen has accompanied and collaborated with many of traditional music's top performers including Aoife Clancy, Liz Carroll, Darol Anger, John Doyle, Andrea Beaton, Jerry Holland, Ari & Mia Friedman and his own traditional Irish trio "The Press Gang". His music has appeared on NPR "the Thistle and Shamrock," BBC television. owenmarshallmusic.com.

We are privileged to present these artists, each accomplished in their own right, in this special collaboration on our humble stage.

Tickets are only $15 in advance, $20 (if available) at the door. Hope to see you there!

You may wish to bring a cooler with your favorite beverage and lots of cash to load up on great CDs.

To purchase tickets in advance:
please visit our Brown Paper Tickets page for this event.

Five Oaks Clubhouse is located midway between Durham and Chapel Hill.