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Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 Schedule

Friday, October 13, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, October 14,

Joslyn Hall

Old Man Kelly

In Concert: Old Man Kelly

The sound of OLD MAN KELLY comes broadly from the early days of American roots music: when bluesmen sang from front porches on hot afternoons: when swing bands played dances in speakeasies late into the night; when being an American troubadour was a trade. Since the 2013 release of Songs, Stories, Shanties and Shenanigans, Old Man Kelly has gigged relentlessly, bringing his vintage sound to over 300 swing dances, festivals and honky-tonks throughout the central Appalachian mountains.

The 2016 release of Off My Lawn is the recorded product of brazenly original and yet familiar-sounding tunes. Check out “Exitville” and “Milk Cow Blues” to get the feel of OLD MAN KELLY. As a one-man-band, expect a couple of guitars, a banjo or two and an arsenal of harmonicas and a whole lotta sound.

In Concert: Johnsmith

Johnsmith is an artist so often under recognized, yet possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs and house concerts.  In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith  has released seven solo CD’s to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting and has served as a staff song  writer in Nashville.

With his faded jeans and infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across the country.

Mark your calendars now for all of the great concerts coming up from September 2017 to May 2018.   The same exciting and high quality of folk performances you’re used to is on tap for what promises to be an outstanding concert series in Eastern North Carolina this coming season.

General admission $16, Active duty military and Down East FolkArts Society Members  $13, Full-Time Students $10 -

(Prices do not include NC State Sales Tax).

Doors open at 6:30 PM, shows start at 7:30

To reserve tickets on-line via PayPal, click on the Online Tickets menu on the left or call or text (252) 646-4657 or send email to


Down East Folk Arts Society is pleased to partner with Carteret Community College's Joslyn Hall for our 26th concert season! We look forward to providing a state of the art sound & light system, comfortable auditorium seating, as well as total accessibility.

We hope to see you there!

Trent River Coffee Co.  

208 Craven Street, New Bern

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship,

1300 Evans Street, Morehead City

In Concert: Ruth Wyand

Ruth Wyand raises the bar in the “guitarist with foot drums” genre with her intricate picking style augmented by her alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums and raw blues vocals. Ruth generates enough power to fuel a full band explosion!

Ruth is an award winning fingerpicker, slide player, songwriter and music historian from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Beating a path to and from Juke Joints and Jazz clubs Ruth, performs at festivals, universities and clubs across the US, UK, Europe, Kuwait and New Zealand.

Her playing and writing echoes the tones of Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday Doc Watson and Howard Dog Taylor. If you enjoy a little history with your music come on out to enjoy a night with Ruth Wyand!



In Concert: Kerry Grombacher

Kerry Grombacher is a modern-day troubadour whose songs are rooted in the Western landscape. He’s played on stages as varied as the Newport Folk Festival, the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, the New Orleans Jazz Fest and the parking lot of the Sands Motel in Grants, NM--where there’s a room named for him. His recordings are It Sings in the Hi-Line, Sands Motel, and Riding for the Brand. Belinda Gail, Gary Prescott, The Texas Trailhands, Earl Gleason, Duke Davis, Ed Stabler, Lorrie Keating, and Trails & Rails have covered his songs, and his “Close ‘em on Up” appears on the Putumayo compilation, Cowboy Playground.

“Kerry Grombacher is the best kind of songwriter, with lyrics that take us on journeys to places we’ve never visited before, and melodies so pure and true that they seem to rise up from the plains…” (Nalini Jones – Newport Folk Festival)

In Concert: Dennis Warner

Performing in over 100 cities each year, Folk/Americana musician and entertainer, Dennis Warner has established a well-deserved reputation for captivating audiences with his smooth vocals, distinguished songs, enthusiastic personality and stellar playing on both six and twelve string guitars.

For his song writing talents, Dennis was honored with an invitation to perform in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Besides being a gifted musician Dennis Warner is also an outstanding entertainer, cleverly blending ballads, up tempo songs, audience participation and humor into a memorable event. He is noted for his warm stage presence and ability to connect with the audience.

In Concert: Jefferson Ross

Southern folk artist, Jefferson Ross, is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter, weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. His art is inspired by the sights, sounds, flavors and texture of the American South. Whether portraying a Delta blues master, hillbilly yodeler, Carolina mountain vista or Georgia coast sunset, his work features the rough- hewn, ragged edges of Dixie itself.

Ross says “My music portraits are all painted in various shades of blue. My thinking is, whether an artist is Caucasian, African-American, Native- American or whatever…, it’s all about the blues…, the integrity of the music…, not skin color. I have a soft spot for Delta icons like Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and so on but I also love the blues that lives in Country and Folk and Gospel music.”

Based in the Peach State, Jefferson travels throughout the US and Europe performing his original music and displays his art at festivals and galleries across the South. An evening with Jefferson Ross is a homespun Southern experience that you’re unlikely to forget.

In Concert: Si Kahn & Joe Jencks

Si Kahn’s songs of family, community, work and freedom have been recorded by more than 100 artists and translated into half a dozen languages. Songs such as “Aragon Mill” have become a part of the oral tradition and are sung in folk clubs and living rooms, at rallies and on picket lines around the world. His work includes albums of original songs as well as a collection of traditional labor, civil rights and women’s songs recorded with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp.

With nearly two decades under his belt on the international circuit, Joe Jencks has become a favorite singer, performer and song writer of music fans throughout North America. Joe’s lyric baritone voice combined with his well-crafted, heart felt lyrics weave a richly layered tapestry.

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Friday, April 20, Trent River Coffee Company

  Saturday, April 21,

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship

Friday, March 23, Trent River Coffee Company

  Saturday, March 24,

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship


Friday, February 16, Trent River Coffee Company  

  Saturday, February 17,

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship


Kerry Grombacher

Friday, January 12, Trent River Coffee Company

Saturday, January 13,

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship

Dennis Warner


Ruth Wyand

Friday, November 10, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, November 11, Joslyn Hall

Fri., Sep. 15, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, September 16,

Joslyn Hall

Jefferson Ross

Si Kahn & Joe Jencks

Friday, May 11, Trent River Coffee Company

  Saturday, May 12,

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship

Christie Lenee

In Concert: Christie Lenee

Christie Lenee’s unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Mathews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie Lenee’s pieces have been showcased at the NAMM show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and Andy Mckee.

In concert expect to see and hear the Toe Kicker Foot Stomp box (similar to a kick drum), a tambourine, some effects pedals and a vocal harmonizer that allows Christie to perform three- part harmonies solo. You can’t miss her tapping guitar style that adds even more percussion to this one woman orchestra.

Christie Lenee is embracing the world with her stunning guitar work and inspiring, uplifting songwriting.

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