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Carrboro pianist Greg McCallum may be better known for his spirited interpretations of more traditional classical works, but for years the Lumberton native has had a burning desire to make a record true to his roots. His new CD--Southern Quilt--is just that. With compositions that feature elements of blues and gospel and include themes from life in southern mill towns, Quilt is beautiful, intense and intricately woven.

The release party concert is Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. at United Church of Chapel Hill, where McCallum recorded his composition "Hymn Quilt" accompanied by singers from 27 local congregations. Poet Michael Chitwood and fiddler Joe Thompson join McCallum and band for the show. There'll be a reception and CD signing following the concert in the church fellowship hall and art quilts by Susan E. Brown, who sewed the quilt on the CD cover on display.

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