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Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Schedule

Todd's laid back style creates a down home rocking-chair-on-the-porch atmosphere that makes you feel you have known him forever. Taking observations of life and interpreting them in his own unique manner, Todd Hoke paints pictures of the world according to Todd. Combining comedy with tragedy and often times throwing in a brutally witty comment, Todd's songs are journeys you must experience.  Todd earns his rent and beer money as a hospice nurse, has two dogs and a wife in Hendersonville, NC, and is donating all proceeds from his new CD, “Southland” to the charity Feeding America.  Now that’s something to sing about!  Come hear Todd, laugh a little, and leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Friday, October 17, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, October 18, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort

Carolann Solebello

In concert:  Carolann Solebello

Most familiar to folk audiences as a founding member of the female trio Red Molly, Carolann Solebello returned to solo performance in 2010 after six years with the band.  She has now entered a new phase of her career, stepping out of the shadow of Red Molly to skillfully master a wide variety of genres from contemporary to country.  Her songwriting is engaging and creative, her guitar playing exceptional, but the crowning jewel is her voice - soulful, compelling, and full of raw emotion.  A New York City native, Carolann loves our southern hospitality and we love her brand of Americana with a New York accent!

Friday, April 10,

Trent River Coffee Company,  Saturday, April 11, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort

In concert:  James Lee Stanley

With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening!  James Lee has performed with such diverse acts as Bonnie Raitt, Nicolette Larson and Bill Cosby.  His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs with finely crafted guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric.  But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live.   These incredible songs, coupled with his outrageously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts of the season.

Mark your calendars now for all of the great concerts coming up from September 2014 to May 2015.   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.

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

To reserve tickets, please call or text (252) 646-4657 or send email to

Fri., Sep. 19, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern  

  Saturday, September 20, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort


James Lee Stanley

Trent River Coffee Co.  

208 Craven Street, New Bern

Clawson's Restaurant

425 Front Street, Beaufort

In concert:  David Russell

Singer, songwriter, and performer David Russell has weathered the changing tides of progressive acoustic music.  David began classical guitar at 6, and developed his skills on several instruments.  From his first paid gig at age 13 he never looked back, dedicating himself to acoustic string music and carrying his other influences along as he developed. A classically trained guitarist, he offers a smorgasbord of styles including flatpicking, steel slide, jazz, Travis picking, Delta blues, folk, Celtic and country.  With a wide-ranging clear voice, he performs his songs and those of his fellow writers with an energy and sensitivity that captivates.  When it comes to performing he says, “I want to leave people entertained, inspired and uplifted, with memories that stay with them in their daily life-- for me, it's a matter of deep belief and dedication to the workmanship of my craft.” Audiences agree.


In concert:  Kim Richardson


A performing songwriter who thrives on involving the audience, Richardson encourages her fans to "experience" her shows rather than just watch and listen. Her songs come alive with humor and attitude, accompanied by a percussive acoustic guitar and clear ringing vocals.  Now based in Memphis, Kim got her first guitar at age six and hasn’t quit playing since.   She's tough as nails, funny and delicate as a blooming flower all at once. Her voice will catch your attention... and the composition of the songs will hold you a willing captive.

In concert:  Joe Crookston


Who is Joe Crookston?  Artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.  If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe Crookston delivers it all - the melodies, the lyrics, the energy and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.  Joe tours the US, Canada, and Ireland in addition to hosting creative workshops for children and painting every chance he gets!  Come hear this magnetic artist and enjoy his masterful story songs, each concert a celebration of life with all its twists and turns.

Friday, March 6,

Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern    

  Saturday, March 7,

Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort

In concert:

Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield

Roy Schneider is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist, accompanied by his wife and musical partner, Kim Mayfield.  Her piano and subtle harmonies join his guitar and harmonica to produce an amazing variety of music. Sometimes Roy sounds like he's auditioning for Little Feat (he'd get in, too), sometimes Kim is light and jazzy, and sometimes they sound like proper acoustic rockers. All the time they are interesting, with the changes of pace keeping listeners on their toes and wondering how they manage to be so good at it all.

David Russell

Friday, November 14, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern

  Saturday, November 15, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort

Friday, January 9, Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern   

  Saturday, January 10, Clawson’s Restaurant. Beaufort  

Joe Crookston

Friday, February 6,

Trent River Coffee Company, New Bern  

  Saturday, February 7,

Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort

Kim Richardson

Kim Mayfield and Roy Schneider

Kicking off the season with a

“big fun time:”

An evening of stories-in-song with a large dose of humor

In concert:  Todd Hoke

Capping off the season …

In concert:  Danielle Miraglia      


Danielle Miraglia (murr-Ä L e a), comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica. Her country/folk/blues sound descends in large part from Mississippi John Hurt, and she is a worthy carrier of that guitar-picking tradition. Her husky alto, riding over the sound of her steady foot stomp, the lap steel, fiddle and lead guitar, packs an unforgettable wallop. A fabulously gifted singer-songwriter with a hot acoustic slide guitar, and a voice with a Janis Joplin edge, Miraglia has it all.  We are fortunate to get Danielle back for a return performance in our season finale!

Friday, May 15, Trent River Coffee Company

  Saturday, May 16, Clawson’s Restaurant, Beaufort

Todd Hoke

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Danielle Miraglia

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