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From Guatemala To Ireland And Back To Durham With ‘A Different Thread’

Robert Jackson and Alicia Best of 'A Different Thread.'
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Robert Jackson and Alicia Best of 'A Different Thread.'
Robert Jackson and Alicia Best of 'A Different Thread.'
Credit Courtesy of A Different Thread
Robert Jackson and Alicia Best of 'A Different Thread.'

Alicia Best and Robert Jackson met busking on the streets of Ireland. Jackson mistook Best’s ukulele for a fiddle, but what happened next was the spark that created their musical collaboration. The two sang a little ditty called “Yellow Taxi” and quickly knew they were destined to collaborate.A Different Thread joins host Frank Stasio for music and conversation.

A Different Thread defines its style as “British-Americana,”  in part because their musical tastes and experiences are global. As a teenager, Best went to Guatemala to help impoverished children. She loved it so much, she returned years later with a ukulele and a desire to write songs. Jackson’s early career gives him an international flair as well. After his band refused to get serious and go professional, he began a busking tour that started in Amsterdam and made its way to Budapest. Currently on their Virginias and Carolinas tour, A Different Thread joins host Frank Stasio for music and conversation. They perform April 29 at The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw; May 11 at Brown Mountain Bottleworks in Morganton; May 12 at Jack of the Wood in Asheville; and May 17 at Isis Music Hall in Asheville. 

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.