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2018 Schedule

In Concert: Kate Campbell

There will be outdoor seating on the veranda thru the clubhouse in Taberna.

Music is 7:00 to 8:30 with doors opening at 6:30.

Food and beverages will be available.

This is a DEFAS event.

Suggested Donations instead of tickets.

Kate Campbell is the kind of artist who steps to the beat of a different drummer. Over the course of 20+ years (since her award-winning debut album Songs from the Levee) she has resisted the temptation to follow musical trends but instead chooses to set the pace for her unique musical journey. This distinction is palpable in her latest release, The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1), in which many of the basic tracks were recorded in her living room on her iPhone, including the revered Southern rock anthem “Freebird.”

Kate’s endearing, clear-water vocal delivery and her eloquent gift for storytelling have drawn repeated comparisons to such bastions of the Southern literary tradition as Flannery O’ConnorEudora Welty, and William Faulkner. Her easy command of a full range of American musical styles has earned Campbell recognition as a formidable talent by critics. Time Out London proclaimed her a “major talent” while Chicago Daily Herald described her as a “world-class singer-songwriter.” Perhaps Roots Time best summarized the extensive arc of Kate’s 18-album career by stating, “What a great talent Kate Campbell represents is made clear by the legends in music that appear as guest artists on her albums.” Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Maura O’Connell, John Prine, Mac McAnally, Buddy Miller, Spooner Oldham, and the heart of the Muscle Shoals classic soul and R&B hit-making machine are both admirers and collaborators in her distinctly literate musical vision.

Campbell has performed at a number of esteemed venues such as the Cambridge Folk Festival, Merlefest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, and the National Storytelling Festival and been featured on NPR’s Morning EditionAll Things ConsideredLive From Mountain Stage, and The Bob Edwards Show. Her quirky song “When Panthers Roamed In Arkansas” was included in the debut issue of The Oxford American‘s ultra-hip Southern Music series

Saturday July 21, 2018

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship  1300 Evans St. Morehead City

Café opens at 6:30

Music begins at 7:30

In Concert: Constellation

Constellation is the exciting musical duo of Eric Thomas and Helen Wolfson.

Eric is a singer/songwriter/guitarist. Helen plays the hammered dulcimer. Eric’s influences are predominantly Rock ’n Roll and Rhythm ’n Blues, heavily seasoned with a number of other popular musical genres including Old Time/Bluegrass, Country, and Blues. Helen’s influences range from classical to Celtic to popular. Their blended style is as engaging as it is unusual.

A typical performance includes a wide range of music: duets and solos; instrumentals and vocals; original and cover material. Their distinctive treatment of cover material surprises and delights audiences.

Their original work includes lyrical and catchy instrumentals, topical songs, and ballads. Eric's very own genre, which he calls “Occupational Angst Music,” is a humorous treatment of life in corporate America. From the blues on the hammered dulcimer through high-energy instrumentals to a string-bending guitar leads played against folk and Celtic standards, Constellation covers a lot of ground!

This Concert is a fund raiser for Unitarian Coastal Fellowship. Suggested donation of $10 per ticket is appreciated. Snacks and drinks will be available before the Concert and at the intermission.

Mark your calendars now for the great concerts coming up July, 2018.   The same exciting and high quality of folk performances you’re used to is on tap. Additional concert series is being prepared for Eastern North Carolina this coming season.

In Concert: Spook Handy

Spook Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 – 2013 learning firsthand many of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Even more, he learned who Pete Seeger was and what he stood for. Spook is now traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and soon Europe with his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour, keeping alive Pete’s tradition by sharing a few songs by Woody Guthrie (Pete’s most notable mentor), plenty of songs by Pete Seeger and a healthy handful of new songs Spook wrote under Pete’s tutelage.

Spook’s 2016 album, “Pete Woody & Me – Keep the Flame Alive,” held the No. 3 position on the International Folk Radio Charts for two months with his original songs reaching as high as No. 2. Recorded with his backup band “The Seed Planters,” the CD is more than just a tribute to Pete. It is a work that, as John Weingart of WPRB Radio says, “certainly rests on the shoulders of the past but is unmistakably steeped in the present.”

Spook was named Best Folk Artist by Upstage Magazine, Gannett New Jersey, The Courier News, The Home News and He has written for theater and film and he is becoming a well known speaker and workshop facilitator at festivals and conferences around the country.