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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: Harpeth Rising

“I Am Eve (I Am The Reason)”

Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. Three classically trained musicians playing original music, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition all wrapped up in fantastic three-part vocal harmonies.

Maria Di Meglio, on cello is from Brooklyn NY. With first generation Italian and Balkan roots, she grew up learning Eastern European folk songs along with a classical repertoire. Michelle Younger, on banjo hails from Charlottesville, VA. With a family history of banjo players, she puts a modern spin on old-time banjo playing. Jordana Greenberg, on violin grew up in Southern Indiana. Studied classical music by day and spent her nights learning folk tunes and classic rock.The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the best schools of music in the world. Indiana University, Oberlin, and Eastman School of Music.

Selections from Harpeth Rising’s latest CD, “Shifted” will be a treat to hear in person. You won’t want to miss this show!

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

Back by popular demand! Fri., Mar.24, 25 & 26, Double Tree Hilton and In beautiful historic downtown New Bern

Plan NOW for a weekend of “Only the very best in acoustic music since 1992”.

Plans are in the works for a Contra Dance, a drum circle, lectures, demonstrations/crafts, art exhibits, concerts and the BEST jam sessions ever!

If you like.., sponsor an artist or activity!

Please check our web site periodically for upcoming information!

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), Sultans of String thrill audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz and Middle Eastern rhythms. Fiery fiddle dances with kinetic guitar, while percussive footwork lay down unstoppable grooves.

5 string violinist Chris McKhool met guitarist Kevin Lalibert just as Kevin was coming off the road from touring around the world. When McKhool first heard Laliberte’s rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultan’s of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar.

“A Place To Call Home” and “Journey To Freedom” are sure to entertain our audience.

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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

Harpeth Rising

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