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Down East FolkArts Series opens season in September

August 28, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 28--Tickets are available along with memberships to the Down East FolkArts Society for its upcoming season, which begins Sept. 20 in New Bern with Jacob Johnson.

He plays at the Trent River Coffee Company in a Friday night show, followed by a performance the next evening at Clawson's in Beaufort.

His website describes his music as neo-acoustic folk/funk.

Down East is a non-profit organization that has folk concerts from September through May each year, with a month off in December.

General admission is $15. It is $12 for active duty military and Down East FolkArts Society members. Full-time students are admitted for $8.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and performances start an hour later.

To reserve tickets, call or text 646-4657.

Season ticket packages are $88 per person and include tickets for all eight concerts at a choice of venues in New Bern and Beaufort.

Call 633-6444 or email folkartsenc@gmail.com

On the web: downeastfolkarts.org

Here is a look at the other upcoming shows, with a synopsis by Down East FolkArts:

* Moors and McCumber, Oct. 18 and 19.

"Although each has been recognized as an accomplished singer/songwriter on his own, this is truly a case where the duo together is more than the sum of its parts. Wisconsin and Colorado join in a fusion of blues and bluegrass, Celtic and folk is the music and they often change instruments with every song, bringing guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, cello, harmonica, fiddle and more into the mix."

* Ruth Wyand, Nov. 15 and 16

"With one foot in the blues bar and one foot in the jazz club, Wyand's music is heartfelt. Her vocal range is seemingly limitless, and the slide guitar resonates with feeling as she brings her poetry to life. She was once described as "Bonnie Raitt meets Doc Watson."

* Dana and Susan Robinson, Jan. 10 and 11

"Dana and Susan Robinson draw the listener close to the heart of Appalachia with fresh harmonies and impeccable craftsmanship. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian tunes bring to their performances a deep understanding of American musical tradition. Underpinning their songs is the undeniable rhythm of their trademark guitar/banjo sound, spiked now and then with blazing fiddle."

* Brian Ashley Jones, Feb. 7 and 8

"Country, blues and bluegrass meld in this versatile performer's concerts. Hailing from South Carolina, he is now based in the musical center of Nashville, Tenn. His compositions have been heard on PBS and on British television, as well as recorded by a variety of other performing artists. He tours internationally and was showcased at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival."

* Friction Farm, March 14 and 15

"He's from Berkeley, she's from Woodstock. They met in college, where he was a guitar playing geologist and she was an engineer. Together, Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay make a formidable team with a yin and yang approach to music and lyrics, melody and harmonies. Friction Farm's sound is built around Aidan's confident guitar stylings and Christine's bass backbeat."

* Drew Nelson, April 11 and 12

"Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His songs are a witness to the lives and personal journeys of those he has met in his world travels, mixing roots rock and Americana with traditional folk styles."

* Deidre McCalla, May 16 and 17

"From the moment she takes the stage, her engaging presence and irresistible blend of folk, country, rock and pop. Her first album was released when she was 19 and a student at Vassar College."

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