New York City-based jazz/country singer (Sweet Megg) Megg Farrell will perform two area concerts – including one at the Temple Theatre with the locally-based Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra – the last weekend in August.

The orchestra, led by local saxophonist Gregg Gelb, regularly performs with guest artists. Farrell, based half in Nashville and half in Brooklyn, will fill this role on Aug. 27 at the Temple (click here for ticket information). Additionally, she will perform with her own band Sweet Megg (which includes Gelb’s son, Sanford native Chris, on drums) on Aug. 28 at Bond Brothers Eastside in Cary.

The band performs Megg’s original music, which is influenced not only by Americana and country, but the band’s background performing jazz in New York.

Farrell spent the last several years as a jazz singer leading the original formation of the group “Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers,” who performed traditional jazz & blues in New York City, France, Russia, and up and down the East Coast. After touring in the South, Megg started to introduce classic country and western swing into the band’s repertoire.

Singing numbers from this Americana tradition inspired her to dive back into her songwriting roots. She moved to Nashville during the pandemic and recorded her first all original record at Haptown Studio with producer Roger Moutenot.