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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.

You can find directions to our usual venues here.

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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.




Rockabilly Hall of Famers Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

Saturday, May 21

RambleRill Farm

Doors: 5:00pm

$20/advance or $25/door

Big Snady & His Fly-Rite Boys 

Forty Acres and RambleRill Farm are very pleased to invite you and your friends to a Big Red Barn Dance, Saturday, May 21, featuring Rockabilly Hall of Famer's Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys!

Concertgoers are invited to come from 5 PM onward to the farm to enjoy a bring-your-own picnic, to walk the farm and woodland, and to play outdoor games (corn hole, croquet, horseshoes).

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys is a western swing/country boogie musical band from California.

They began as rockabilly revivalists in the late 1980s, then dug deeper into the music which rockabilly came from: western swing and particularly the country boogie style of the late 1940s and early 1950s, which served as a link of sorts between the western swing and rockabilly eras and was particularly associated with California country music in that era.

Over the last three decades, they have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.

You can watch and listen here.

"I truly love being out on the road, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to sing my songs all over the world," said Sandy. "But when I'm away from the U.S. for too long, it's like I need a recharge... like I need a solid dose of everything Americana. Give me a Chuck Berry song while rolling down the interstate, or a truck stop conversation with a waitress who once danced with Lefty Frizzell, and I'm good for another three thousand miles."

The barn dance location is RambleRill Farm (www.ramblerillfarm.com), a certified organic farm located at 913 Arthur Minnis Road between Carrboro and Hillsborough.

Doors open at 5:00 pm. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, if available. Hope to see you there!

See you there!


  • The bring your own picnic begins at 5:00 pm. Show starts at 8:00 pm.
  • Tickets will be available at the door - $25.00.
  • Beverages: You may wish to bring a cooler with your favorite beverages, water, and cash to load up on great CDs.
  • DIRECTIONS: RambleRill Farm 913 Arthur Minnis Rd., Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • Extra appreciation for your help returning the chairs to the back room after the show.
  • Please bring your friends. We'd love to see them at the show.