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Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 Schedule

Friday, October 21, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, October 22,

Joslyn Hall

Victor & Penny

In Concert: Victor & Penny


Victor & Penny feature tight harmonies, dazzling guitar work and a fiery ukulele. This amazing duo crafts clever original tunes and brings a modern voice to prohibition era jazz with charm and hot licks. Named, “Best Folk Ensemble 2015 “by the PITCH Magazine and “Stand out Concert of the Year” by The Joplin Globe, they are an “absolute rollicking blast.”

Since 2010, Victor & Penny aka Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane have been delighting audiences nationally with a wonderful blend of originals, hot jazz and off beat pop standards. Check out “Electricity” and “Moon Over Bourbon Street” to get energized for an awesome performance!

In Concert: The Honey Dewdrops

“Same Old”

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they have spent a year and a half composing and writing music while living and performing on the road. Add another eight years of touring under their belts and you get one great sound.

Expect a folksy, Americana sound with just a pinch of rock.., tight harmonies surrounded by the clawhammer banjo, a mandolin, guitars and maybe a fiddle.

Wonderfully written originals that leave you wanting more!

Laura and Kagey have settled down in Baltimore Maryland where they have written and released their fourth full-length album, “Tangled Country”, in May 2015. “Hold Love”, “Guitars” and “Fair Share Blues” are just a few titles that will endear you to this duo!

Mark your calendars now for all of the great concerts coming up from September 2016 to May 2017.   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

A New Down East Folk Arts concert venue for Fall 2016/2017

Down East Folk Arts Society is pleased to partner with Carteret Community College's Joslyn Hall for our 25th concert season! We look forward to a brand new state of the art sound & light system, comfortable auditorium seating as well as being totally accessible.

We hope to see you there!

Trent River Coffee Co.  

208 Craven Street, New Bern

Joslyn Hall, Carteret Community College, Morehead City

In Concert: Beaucoup Blue

Beaucoup Blue is the Americana Philadelphia based group of David and Adrian Mowry. Father and son have been performing their roots based music nationally and internationally as a duo, quartet and on occasion quintet. Bridging many gaps in American music, their soulful traditional and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative and authentic sound. Although blues is a staple in their repertoire, they base their love in music from Folk, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Country and Bluegrass. All these interests and influences come out in their original song-writing in a unique way.

Check out Beaucoup Blue’s third album, “Free To Fall”. Hear for yourself two generations coming together for the common good of great music everywhere!



In Concert: Little Windows

“Pretty Saro”

Mark Weems hails from North Carolina and plays guitar, old-time banjo, fiddle and piano, but is best known as a singer and composer.

Julie Glaub Weems also a native of North Carolina studied literature and music at Wake Forest University, before following her interest in Irish culture to work with the poor in Dublin for nearly seven years.

In 2005, Mark Weems and Julee realized that the harmonic blending of their vocal tones was quite unique and formed the duo Little Windows.

They tour, teach and perform together full-time both nationally and abroad. Come check them out!

In Concert: Moors & McCumber

James Moors and Kort McCumber are an acoustic duo that crafts beautiful story songs that walk the line between rootsy folk and melodic pop. Based in Superior, Wisconsin, James is an award winning songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. Colorado artist Kort is a talented mult-instrumentalist who plays guitar, banjo, fiddle, cello, mandolin, piano, Irish Bouzouki and weissenborn just to name a few. He also has won multiple songwriting competitions.

Their latest CD, Moors & McCumber: Live from Blue Rock, features 22 fabulous songs and 12 instruments!

Hear them on our stages, up close and personal as they create a bigger sound than most duos, with catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying.  Watch live.

Friday, March 24, thru Sunday, March 26

Down East Folk Arts Festival

in downtown New Bern

A weekend full of music, storytelling, dance and the arts, all in historic downtown New Bern.

Featured musicians will include Lipbone Redding and the Blue Eyed Bettys in concert on Friday night, Scearce  & Ketner and Pat Donohue on Saturday night, followed up with Mari Black and Kaia Kater on Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday enjoy storytelling, clogging, and a contra dance. Pottery, glass and weaving demonstrations will be available. Even more music and a drum circle lead by Tryon Palace’s Jonkonnu drummers!

Save the Dates, March 24, 25 & 26 for a full weekend with the Down East Folk Arts Society and “Only the very best in acoustic music since 1992.”

An original folk-rock Americana trio best described as a high energy Peter, Paul & Mary, or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with a bit of the Byrds and a tad of Joni.  Their 3-part harmonies….. Wow!  With engaging, movingly meaningful originals and deep roots in ‘60’s and 70’s folk and folk-rock, the group is fast building buzz as an energetic, engaging harmonic head-turner.

Come hear band members Stuart Markus, Gerry McKeveny and Hillary Foxsong as they light up our stages with “When One Door Closes” and “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”!

Tickets for this show need to be purchased early!

In Concert: Gathering Time

“Who Knows Where The Time Goes”

Capping off the season …

In Concert: Sultans of String


 “An energetic and exciting band, with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK), 3x JUNO nominees and triple Canadian Folk Music Awards winners Sultans of String thrill audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms. Fiery fiddle dances with kinetic guitar, laying down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, creating soundscapes that seem impossible to be coming from just two people.


These revved up roots string slingers -- Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar) -- met just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring around the world with Jesse Cook. When Chris (who has also performed with Cook, Pavlo) first heard Kevin’s rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between the violin and guitar. Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal (for Chris), plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Richard Bona, and Sweet Honey in the Rock.

“Your set was sensational. Loved it.”

Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“You get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.“

Midwest Record, Chicago


“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show”

Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY

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Friday, May19, Trent River Coffee Company

  Saturday, May 20,

Joslyn Hall

Friday, April 21, Trent River Coffee Company

  Saturday, April 22,

Joslyn Hall

The Honey Dewdrops

Friday, February 10, Trent River Coffee Company  

  Saturday, February 11,

Joslyn Hall


Little Windows

Friday, January 13, Trent River Coffee Company

Saturday, January 14,

 Joslyn Hall

Moors & McCumber


Beaucoup Blue

Friday, November 11, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, November 12, Joslyn Hall

Fri., Sep. 16, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, September 17,

Joslyn Hall


Gathering Time

Sultans of String


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