“That was badass. You guys changed the molecular structure of the room last night.”  - Jonathan Byrd


Grand Shores is a celebration of musical subtlety, a generous hybrid of old and new styles captured in understated tones, often verging on the ambient and instrumental.  


Gabriel Pelli (Onyx Club Boys, The Old Ceremony) and Will Ridenour (Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, Zegota) move nimbly across musical traditions. Blending Americana with West African folk, and with instrumentation ranging from fiddle to kora, Grand Shores fuses their original sound with a contemporary aesthetic that draws widely from folk and indie, jazz and punk. 


A collaborative project out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Grand Shores released their first album, "Tradewinds", in 2020 on Robust Records. The album was recorded in a single-room, 100 year-old chapel located in rural North Carolina. Such a setting produces a warmth in the recordings that mirrors the feeling of seeing them live. A Grand Shores performance stokes the fires of familiarity, inviting listeners to a private experience. 


At its heart, Grand Shores is a guitar and kora duo, a partnership of American and West African string instruments. Like the easterlies evoked by their album’s title, which forever blow from east to west, Grand Shores brings the world a little closer, one note at a time.




Upcoming Shows


Grand Shores @ Grand Shores @ Raven Haven

Grand Shores @ Raven Haven, Alamance County, NC

RSVP is required! Please email kristenk989@gmail.com for reservations.

More info below ... please read all the details:)

$20 requested donation for this event. Kids 14 and under free
$5.00 per person goes to support Raven Haven, the rest will go to the band so please be generous in your donation!

We are taking the safety of our community very seriously and are requiring reservations to attend. We will follow the current guidelines for outdoor gatherings. However, we have plenty of space to spread out over the land to suit your comfort level. We will have seating clusters set up around the property and a few with tables so come early for the best selection. Please come at your own risk and stay home if you are not feeling well. Feel free to bring your own food and drink!

RSVP is required. Please email kristenk989@gmail.com for reservations. Please indicate the number of people in your party. Payment is required to hold the reservation. Payment instructions and exact address will be provided over email.


Grand Shores @ Chatham Experience, feat. JumpstART Artists

Chatham Experience, feat. JumpstART Artists, Pittsboro, NC

From 12-4 in Downtown Pittsboro, Chatham Art Council puts the work of the recipients of its JumpstART grant – which helps local artists and arts workers by paying them to create art in public spaces – on display in the Welcome Center as well as other downtown Pittsboro locations as part of Pittsboro First Sunday.

Peruse sculptures by JR Butler, Steve Fagan and Alexander Percy, textiles by Tanja Cole and paintings/drawings by Britt Flood, Wendy Spitzer and Julia Kennedy, among others, and literary stylings of Brenda Linton and Dolly Sickles as well as new music from Grand Shores, Breadfoot and the Chatham Rabbits.


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