Nora Brown: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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Every January, I attend globalFEST at a New York City nightclub and see some of the most fantastic music I'll experience all year. Now, given the pandemic's challenges and the hardening of international borders, NPR Music and globalFEST moved the 2021 edition from the nightclub to your screen of choice and shared the festival with the world. We called it Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. We presented 16 artists in intimate settings (often behind desks donning globes) representing more than a dozen countries.
Thirty feet below the surface in Brooklyn, 10th grader Nora Brown brings incredible, surprising depth to the Appalachian music she plays. Over the course of her Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST concert, surrounded by innumerable globes and instruments, she infuses new life and energy into the traditional songs of Addie Graham, Virgil Anderson and Fred Cockerham. Nora weaves together songs and storytelling, speaking of the great history of the music that came before her and at which she excels. This performance took place on the second night of our 2021 festival. --globalFEST
"The Very Day I'm Gone"
"Miner's Dream"
"Little Satchel"
Nora Brown: vocals, banjo
Producer: Nora Brown
Producer: Benton Brown
Video: Benton Brown
Audio: Joseph "joebass" DeJarnette at Studio808A
Post Supervisor: Peter McCabe Pictures
Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
Co-Directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, and Bill Bragin
2021 Curators: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, and Viviana Benitez
Event Producer: Ian Thake
Host: Angélique Kidjo
Social Media Manager: Valerie French
Publicity: Brendan Gilmartin, Chart Room Media
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Producer: THE OFFICE performing arts + film
Video Production: MODEMA Studios


  1. jim wiese
    jim wiese
    13 uur geleden

    Incredibly impressed! Wow!! What a sweet Ameicana resource keepin' it Alive!!

  2. Ernesto Ráez Luna
    Ernesto Ráez Luna
    2 dagen geleden

    A true artist. May your life be sweet and may you fly high and free.

  3. C. Jakubowski
    C. Jakubowski
    2 dagen geleden

    If they ever make the book “Where the Crawdads Sing” into a movie, Nora Brown needs to perform the music. Wow. And only 15 years old.

  4. Collin McCook
    Collin McCook
    4 dagen geleden

    30 seconds in and I am moving to a mountain cabin

  5. Nikki Newell
    Nikki Newell
    5 dagen geleden

    Just sitting in awe. I loooove random finds. Beautiful !!

  6. dualoneness
    5 dagen geleden

    that's the fanciest banjo i've ever seen

  7. Carl Marks
    Carl Marks
    6 dagen geleden

    This is trash in a whole new can from NPR

  8. DR Shin
    DR Shin
    6 dagen geleden

    wow.. nice work npr

  9. foxiepebbles goes outside
    foxiepebbles goes outside
    8 dagen geleden

    i think her and joe pera are kindred spirits

  10. Andrew Helfand
    Andrew Helfand
    11 dagen geleden

    Fantastic young talent

  11. Karlie Douglas
    Karlie Douglas
    11 dagen geleden

    Nora is an artist through and through. So awesome

  12. Carlos Fierro
    Carlos Fierro
    13 dagen geleden

    Nora, if you ever read these comments please believe when I tell you you have to hear Panopticon's Kentucky. I won't tell you what it is but trust me, you'll like it... And if you do hear it, let me know. Thank you for this and all the amazing music you make.

  13. Ralph McCoy
    Ralph McCoy
    14 dagen geleden

    this is surreal..

  14. Justified Jess
    Justified Jess
    15 dagen geleden

    I’d like her to also come with me to goodwill and help me make a new wardrobe

  15. Kathie Miller
    Kathie Miller
    17 dagen geleden

    What are the lyrics to the first song?

  16. Samantha Sweeney
    Samantha Sweeney
    19 dagen geleden

    Needed fresh tunes. She is amazing. Helping to ease my quarantine blues! THANK YOU!

  17. Bernhard Bley
    Bernhard Bley
    19 dagen geleden

    Great little concert, thank you very much.

  18. Jeremy Reagan
    Jeremy Reagan
    20 dagen geleden

    Ms. BROWN IS great i am a frettless banjo player myself she is very good trust a fellow banjo player.

  19. Katrina Sadler
    Katrina Sadler
    20 dagen geleden

    Where is this little wonder going to go when she is already this solid? Wherever it is I'm following:)

  20. sonia ugobuono
    sonia ugobuono
    20 dagen geleden

    Nora, you are jam indeed

  21. fireballmalone 1
    fireballmalone 1
    22 dagen geleden

    Genuine, honest, and beautiful

  22. Stacy Morin
    Stacy Morin
    22 dagen geleden

    I love to watch a person in their "element"! She is going places!

  23. Philip Gonzalez
    Philip Gonzalez
    23 dagen geleden

    Love the last song brooooo!

  24. Gary Cowger
    Gary Cowger
    24 dagen geleden

    I build a lot of My own banjo's love playing banjo and fiddle ,Your doing a nice job there keep the tradition going Thanking You

  25. Hanna Helm
    Hanna Helm
    24 dagen geleden

    Chills every time

  26. Jambi555
    24 dagen geleden


  27. paul kusters
    paul kusters
    25 dagen geleden

    oh boy. this is so beautiful. i had to take a deep breath ...

  28. Jump The Fence
    Jump The Fence
    25 dagen geleden


  29. Philip Lillelund
    Philip Lillelund
    26 dagen geleden


  30. Eric Hason
    Eric Hason
    26 dagen geleden

    Blown away.

  31. Niklas Cole
    Niklas Cole
    26 dagen geleden


    1. gastank43
      23 dagen geleden

      And destroy her in the process? Not trying to be negative, but it seems like that is what we always do when someone is really talented -> start treating them different. Like their not even people anymore, but rather this weird phenomena. And then to do that do a kid is just bad. Maybe i'm a weird head-space, but i'm sure you know what i mean.

  32. Kris Leucht
    Kris Leucht
    26 dagen geleden

    Leave your head, move down to your "soles of your shoes", put them flat on the ground, start mentioning an uprise of the earth energies, lead them back to your hands, both sides, left brain, right side, right brain, left side, and never stop playing in my lifetime.

  33. Mike Listman
    Mike Listman
    26 dagen geleden

    When I think of what I was doing and thinking in 10th grade...such knowledge and conviction. Play on and please be happy, young lady! So much of human value is disappearing in our times...whole languages and cultures. Thanks for not letting this die!

  34. Natalie Rachel Louise Santana
    Natalie Rachel Louise Santana
    26 dagen geleden

    BEAUTIFUL old soul

  35. shiro
    26 dagen geleden

    She is so cool! I feel the breeze of ilish music and Okinawa music.

  36. Dhiani Probhosiwi
    Dhiani Probhosiwi
    27 dagen geleden

    15?????! awesome!

  37. Gabriel Coca
    Gabriel Coca
    27 dagen geleden

    Wow. So talented. Something about her reminds me of young joni mitchell, idk why

  38. Mystic Relaxation Music
    Mystic Relaxation Music
    27 dagen geleden

    really beautiful

  39. Ilham Megantara
    Ilham Megantara
    27 dagen geleden

    Tiny Desk Jason Ranti

  40. Dino Remedios
    Dino Remedios
    27 dagen geleden


  41. Door To The River
    Door To The River
    27 dagen geleden

    SHE WAS BORN IN 2005

  42. John J
    John J
    27 dagen geleden

    Where are all the people that complain in the comment section about music these days not being as good as it used to be?

  43. eli asenjo
    eli asenjo
    28 dagen geleden

    I wanna be her

  44. Seth Dickens
    Seth Dickens
    28 dagen geleden

    Wow, Nora - you are incredible - I listened to the first song and was just blown away - then figured out how young you are in the first bit you were speaking. I can't believe it. I'm going to show this to my daughters tomorrow - you have such a wonderful voice!

  45. Priscilla Hussain
    Priscilla Hussain
    28 dagen geleden

    This. Is. Everything. I love you, little person! 🥰😍

  46. bearmanmr
    28 dagen geleden

    You're so eloquent 🌈

  47. Mariana Masetto
    Mariana Masetto
    28 dagen geleden

    Beautiful music! I love it Congrats!

  48. Sam Bennett
    Sam Bennett
    29 dagen geleden

    blimey nora! you're very clever. that was lovely, thanks.

  49. pasteve59
    29 dagen geleden

    That was superb! I am glad it showed up in suggested videos. She is very talented and I liked how each song seemed to display a different side of her playing. 15 years old and she can only get better. Wow.

  50. Gabe Clark
    Gabe Clark
    29 dagen geleden

    This is a beautiful video. People talk down on this generation and age so often but there are so many incredible things to bless us now.

    1. Eliot Randall
      Eliot Randall
      23 dagen geleden

      Can’t stop listening to this! Anyone know the banjo tunings?

  51. Ava Marks
    Ava Marks
    29 dagen geleden

    she is incredible!!!!!

  52. n neg
    n neg
    29 dagen geleden

    Her voice and she's only 15?! Amazing ❤

  53. Woody Boley
    Woody Boley
    29 dagen geleden

    Keep on Truckin’ , Nora. Those who will see will see.

  54. Josephixion
    Maand geleden

    Girl you have so much musical promise ahead of you, this was great honestly, but I had to fast forward through multiple minutes of dreadful talking between each song. Its ok, nobody's probably told you up to now, but this is somebody tellin you. Keep the stories shorter and I can't wait to see more of you.

  55. The Reverend Sam
    The Reverend Sam
    Maand geleden

    Listened to this several times now. I feel like this might be a Chris Thile/Sierra Hull moment, and that I'll still be appreciating her playing from my rocking chair as an old man

  56. I Blue
    I Blue
    Maand geleden

    This style of music, especially when performed with so much feeling and excellence as it was done here, holds some quality that brings tears to my eyes.

  57. DaniDani
    Maand geleden

    Grazie, dolcissima...

  58. Donald Holman
    Donald Holman
    Maand geleden


  59. Christopher Kenel
    Christopher Kenel
    Maand geleden

    Nora possesses great poise and an extraordinary musical gift. She is an old soul...a gift from our Creator.

  60. Sam Miller
    Sam Miller
    Maand geleden

    Beautiful sounding banjo. Anyone know what type it is?

  61. Fernweh
    Maand geleden

    If there's hope in this world it lies with the zoomers

  62. Pay Me No Mind
    Pay Me No Mind
    Maand geleden

    Crown Heights??? Wow Nora is pretty dope!

  63. Bryan Moyna
    Bryan Moyna
    Maand geleden

    "Less talk more rokk."

  64. The Kitch Witch
    The Kitch Witch
    Maand geleden

    you are fabulous! healing sound

  65. Bruce N
    Bruce N
    Maand geleden

    Nora, you are delightful. Love your stories and your music.

  66. Eugenio Maria Falcone
    Eugenio Maria Falcone
    Maand geleden


  67. Katherine O. Cooper
    Katherine O. Cooper
    Maand geleden

    You need to get in touch with Ben Pedigo and Harry Pedigo - awesome banjo guys and home schoolers and well familiar with Kentucky bluegrass. :) keep up the good work dear!

  68. alessandro trevisan
    alessandro trevisan
    Maand geleden

    how can she be so good...

  69. Michelle García Gutiérrez
    Michelle García Gutiérrez
    Maand geleden

    my cat is really into this

    1. Michelle García Gutiérrez
      Michelle García Gutiérrez
      Maand geleden

      also I just googled you and you're being mentored by Anna! she's a real one.

  70. The Deep Church
    The Deep Church
    Maand geleden

    oh dear lord that voice...

  71. Jessica
    Maand geleden

    I would love to see AURORA doing another Tiny Desk

  72. Allan Ortega
    Allan Ortega
    Maand geleden

    15 years old, a great talent playing banjo and very well spoken. Keep up the great work! I really enjoyed your concert! Thank you so much for sharing such gifts :)

  73. thetwoboyos??
    Maand geleden

    Playing tunes thirty feet below the sidewalk in a cave.... She's still a breath of fresh air"..

  74. Viki Demos
    Viki Demos
    Maand geleden


  75. Michael Gainer
    Michael Gainer
    Maand geleden

    Splendid performance.

  76. Logan Rowland
    Logan Rowland
    Maand geleden

    Tiny Desk meets globalFEST ... Tiny Desk MEETS globalFEST

  77. Guhl Mustafa
    Guhl Mustafa
    Maand geleden

    This is amazing. World class.

  78. The Reverend Sam
    The Reverend Sam
    Maand geleden

    This is so nice! Nobody uses banjo like that! (Tempted to start playing my minstrel that way). I feel like she's been possessed by Nick Drake a bit?

  79. Laura Belfrage
    Laura Belfrage
    Maand geleden

    mate this sounds excellent! come to australia and we'll jam

  80. jude alexander
    jude alexander
    Maand geleden

    Am I really watching a 14-year-old who is making banjo cool again? I thought perhaps I'm dreaming. I am an uncool folk music fan watching all this coolness descend on our dorky genre with some bemusement.

  81. Hannah D
    Hannah D
    Maand geleden

    incredible! what an immense talent

  82. AnnaKahlo
    Maand geleden


  83. J Hutton
    J Hutton
    Maand geleden

    such a beautiful performance. I love all three of those banjos for their special place in your lap. I leaked a tear listening to the Vega.

  84. Dereck de Florida
    Dereck de Florida
    Maand geleden

    That’s what I’m talmbout

  85. Christopher Birnbaum
    Christopher Birnbaum
    Maand geleden

    somethin about fretless banjo feels good

  86. Tim Miller
    Tim Miller
    Maand geleden

    Blown away.....that is God given talent right there....

  87. cabby quid
    cabby quid
    Maand geleden

    joni mitchell 2.0

  88. Tor
    Maand geleden

    2 seconds after she started singing. Liked. That's one honest voice.

  89. B E K A J A K
    B E K A J A K
    Maand geleden

    I am so impressed! What a treasure! Adorable and brilliant! Incredibly articulate! So refreshing for an American youth!! Thank you and Bless!!

  90. Ashton
    Maand geleden

    she doesnt play with fingerpicks and uses only her thumb and index finger? can any banjo players weigh in on this - isn't that technique very unorthodox?

    1. djandersen39
      Maand geleden

      This is old time, not Bluegrass. The first banjo is fret less, and it’s the original style of folk instrument. She’s taking her notes from folk music created long before Bluegrass.

  91. Narut9
    Maand geleden

    beautiful singing and playing, love all the instructions

  92. Scott Koningsor
    Scott Koningsor
    Maand geleden

    you don't need to explain a thing. you are genuine, and it shines.

  93. Zoe H
    Zoe H
    Maand geleden

    I wish so bad she would release her versions of some of these on spotify! having a hard time finding some of them by others and even so, ive fallen in love with her versions

  94. Alec C. Lambert
    Alec C. Lambert
    Maand geleden

    She feels like a kindred spirit.

  95. Jae Yong Park
    Jae Yong Park
    Maand geleden

    Her first song reminds me of a grass field with peasants and livestock or the game "days gone" 0:13 "The Very Day I'm Gone" 5:55 "Miner's Dream" 10:53 "Little Satchel"

  96. Fran Martinez
    Fran Martinez
    Maand geleden

    Always thought that the greatest magic an artist do is make you love something that you didn't even know in first place.

  97. 22tinka
    Maand geleden

    Just WOW

  98. stéphane mercier
    stéphane mercier
    Maand geleden

    C'est magnifique, Nora est fantastique !

  99. Adam
    Maand geleden

    Racist npr. Unfollowing now

  100. Ryan Carey
    Ryan Carey
    Maand geleden

    I Wise and great at 15. What a gem, looking forward to following her career.