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Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Schedule

Friday, October 23, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, October 24, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort

Suzie Vinnick

In concert:  Suzie Vinnick

From Ontario, Canada, Suzie Vinnick brings a gorgeous voice, described as being “spun of gold.”  She can belt out the blues or croon a ballad with the greatest of ease and maintain a powerful presence.  Suzie captures your attention as she performs blues, folk, country and pop like no other.

 “Me ‘N Mabel” is Suzie’s latest solo acoustic blues album.  Her warm engaging voice and fine acoustic guitar, full of amazing singing, great material and wonderful acoustic playing, make you a willing captive.  Suzie has performed across Canada and the US, for the Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf.

Enjoy an evening with Suzie Vinnick, her fabulous voice, wonderful arrangements and great acoustic music

In concert:  Natasha Borzilova

Russian born singer-songwriter, Natasha Borzilova, now lives in Nashville.  A classically trained child guitar prodigy, she spent 25 years creating beautiful music that sent a message.  After a two year break from music, Natasha came back, full force with a D.Y.I CD titled “Wilder Days”.  She learned to play a handful of new instruments and wrote nearly all of the songs for the CD.

Combining her artful guitar playing and her songwriter skills with a crystal clear voice, Natasha Borzilova will warm your soul with her amazing talent and fascinating performance.  

For an evening of folk-pop songs (and perhaps a few traditional Russian tunes!) plan on seeing this performance..

Mark your calendars now for all of the great concerts coming up from September 2015 to May 2016.   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 $15, Active duty military and Down East FolkArts Society Members  $12, Full-Time Students $8 -

(All prices 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

Trent River Coffee Co.  

208 Craven Street, New Bern

Clawson's Restaurant

425 Front Street, Beaufort

In concert:  Dave Gunning

A seasoned performer and entertainer, Dave Gunning has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe to sold out venues.  He is known for weaving storytelling throughout his music.  Dave captivates his audiences with down to earth details, humor and great music.  A great singer-songwriter, Dave has ten critically acclaimed CD’s under his belt.  His awards and nominations are too numerous to list.

“Breakers Yard” and “These Hands” are two examples of songs that will keep you coming back for more.

Plan a night out to enjoy Dave Gunning’s magnetic gift of entertaining music.


In concert:  Jeep Rosenberg


A former Green Beret.  An award winning singer-songwriter, poet, story-teller, world citizen and first rate musician.  This is just a bit of who Jeep Rosenberg really is.  This artist creates fascinating lyrics from years of experience and world travels. Great melodies and a fabulous voice round out his amazing folk/country sound.

Jeep was awarded Grand Prize Winner for lyrics with “Old Friends and California Wine” by the Nashville Songwriters Association.  His CD “Silver Bluff Estates” exhibits his great musicianship, songs and storytelling.

Please enjoy a tremendous evening of music and storytelling with Jeep Rosenberg!

In concert:  Jeff Talmadge

“Sometimes you choose a career and sometimes a career chooses you” – Jeff Talmadge, successful board certified Texas lawyer closed his practice in 2003 and let the music industry choose him.  The payoff... fabulous music, well received CD’s, winning competitions and offers he couldn’t refuse! Like tours throughout Europe.  His “Kind Of Everything” CD is filled with great rhythms and catchy melodies.  A little folk, country and blues make his performances complete.

This is a DON’T MISS concert!

Friday, March 18, thru Sunday, March 20

Down East Folk Arts Festival

in downtown New Bern

An amazing weekend of great acoustic music and art in the heart of New Bern’s charming and historic downtown.  Friday night enjoy a great concert at the Doubletree Ballroom.  Saturday brings a day of music, contra dancing, a drumming circle, art displays, and perhaps New Bern’s best acoustic jam ever!  Finish the week end with an exciting festival grand finale at the Doubletree Ballroom on Sunday afternoon.  Click Here for more details.

Spook’s music draws influences from so many diverse styles – blues, bluegrass, Applachian and 60’s and 70’s pop – that it transcends being categorized as simply “folk”.

“Spook Handy really understands how to write a good song that says something important.” - Pete Seeger.

With the huge influence of Pete Seeger as mentor, “California Cool”, “Whatcha Gonna Do” and “I Aint Afraid” are just a few examples of Spook’s work that continue on the tradition of great American folk music.

Come on out and enjoy an evening of Spook Handy’s amazing music and stories, as legends continue!

A very Grand Opening for a new season of great music:

In concert:  Spook Handy

“Music for All Souls”

Capping off the season …

In concert:  Shari Kane and Dave Steele  


 An acoustic blues duo, Shari and Dave maintain an upbeat, energizing approach to blues, gospel, swing and ragtime.  Shari Kane started playing guitar at five years old, and became a devoted blues fan early on. She studied the old Delta Blues masters inside and out.  She’s also one mean slide player. Dave Steele started performing as a barroom guitarist and singer in college then mastered the blues.  Together Shari and Dave recreate music that brings back the sounds once heard in Memphis, the juke joints of Mississippi and the great clubs of Harlem.

Come bop your head and tap your feet to the astounding music of Shari Kane and Dave Steele.

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Friday, May 20, Trent River Coffee Company

  Saturday, May 21, Clawson’s Restaurant

Dave Steele and Shari Kane   

Friday, April 15, Trent River Coffee Company

  Saturday, April 16, Clawson’s Restaurant

Natasha Borzilova

Friday, February 5, Trent River Coffee Company  

  Saturday, February 6, Clawson’s Restaurant

Jeep Rosenberg

Friday, January 8, Trent River Coffee Company

Saturday, January 9, Clawson’s Restaurant  

Jeff Talmadge

Dave Gunning

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

  Saturday, November 14, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort

Fri., Sep. 11, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, September 12, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort


Spook Handy

It’s on the drawing board!