The Burnett Sisters

  • Dates: September 28, 2018
  • Venue: J.A.M Stage
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 12 W Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
  • Admission: Free


Ranging from ages 11 to 21, The Burnett Sisters are four sisters - Kathleen, Anissa, Sophia, and Anneli - who play and sing in the folk, gospel, bluegrass, and old-time music traditions. They are based in Boone, NC, and their music is particularly influenced by The Church Sisters, The Peasall Sisters, Doc Watson, Della Mae, The Carter Family, and The Cockman Family. At age seven, Kathleen began instructional classes in the Boone Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program, which has been an integral part of her musical growth. Kathleen plays the fiddle and guitar, and she is the lead singer for Strictly Strings; she also performs with the group Trillium. Currently, she is enrolled in Caldwell Community College, and plans to pursue a BA in Old time/Bluegrass/Country music at ETSU. Kathleen has also been part of the prestigious youth organization Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars, and she and Anissa occasionally perform as a duo. Anissa began singing locally at age 3; she performed in talent shows, theatre, and in churches with her sister Kathleen, and she started playing bluegrass fiddle as well as piano at age 4 with a few local mentors. In 2007, she began taking old-time fiddle lessons with Cecil Gurganus in the JAM program in Boone, and she easily picked up harmony singing and a love for mountain music as a young child. When Strictly Strings began performing, Anissa, who was 13 at the time, branched off into playing bass, and has since come to play clawhammer banjo, guitar, ukulele, and just about any instrument she can get ahold of. She fully enjoys sharing traditional Appalachian and Irish music, along with bluegrass and swing, with all types of audiences, and her professionalism and ear for perfection greatly enhances the harmonies and songs of her performances with any ensemble. Anissa is currently pursuing a degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music from East Tennessee State University.

If you want to hear more from The Burnett Sisters, be sure to stop by the Davie Street Stage for their set tomorrow afternoon!