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Julee Glaub and the Folk Society have enjoyed an association since 2004. She taught in our summer folk arts camp that year and has performed in numerous CFS concerts since. She now performs and teaches with her musical and marital partner, Mark Weems, as Little Windows. They have justly garnered a reputation for their beautiful duet harmonies. We look forward to hearing songs from their CD Snowman's Waltz at our Holiday Potluck.

Julee performs and teaches nationally and abroad and plays guitar, flute, and bodhran, though her first love is traditional Irish song. Living in Dublin for seven years, she immersed herself in traditional singing and upon returning home, became involved in the Irish music scene in the Northeast, where she quickly became recognized as a leading interpreter of Irish song in America. Julee still performs regularly with Brian Conway, Brendan and Felix Dolan, Jerry O'Sullivan and Daithi Sproule. She tours professionally with Mark Weems in the duo Little Windows, which performs a mesmerizing blend of traditional Irish, Scottish, Appalachian, gospel, and country songs. Julee is the coordinator for Traditional Song Week at the Swannanoa Gathering on the campus of Warren Wilson College near Asheville. She has also been on the staff of the Irish Arts Week, the Alaska Traditional Music Camp, and the Schloss Mittersill Arts Conference in Austria, among others, and, with Mark Weems, has created Camp Little Windows, their own singing camp. Julee has developed cultural enrichment programs for lower and middle school students, and enjoys teaching all ages and passing on the torch of traditional song. Visit www.littlewindows.net and www.juleeglaub.com to learn more.

Mark's more than twenty years of studying the nuances of country music have encompassed everything from mountain ballads and traditional stringband music to honky tonk songs. He is a veteran of The Stillhouse Bottom Band, the Weems-Gerrard Band, Little Windows, and his own honky tonk band, the Cave Dwellers. Sing Out! Magazine recently called him "an exceptionally talented interpreter of old-time vocal and instrumental tunes" and "a gifted composer of timeless music." His music is frequently heard on WUNC's Back Porch Music and has been highlighted on NPR's Thistle and Shamrock. Mark has recorded and/or performed with Tony Ellis (Bill Monroe), Carl Jones (Norman Blake), Alice Gerrard (Hazel and Alice), Daithi Sproule (Altan), and Joe Adams (Johnny Paycheck). He has taught master classes at the Irish Arts Week in New York, at the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, and at the Alaska Traditional Music Camp, among others. For more information about Mark, visit www. stillhousebottomband.com and www.myspace.com/markweemsandthecavedwellers.

Julee Glaub and Mark Weems recently announced the opening of the North Carolina School of Traditional Music, in Durham, North Carolina. The School was established to develop a network, a community where people interested in the joy, excitement, and beauty of traditional music could come for a variety of quality vocal and instrumental lessons, augmented by house concerts and workshops by regionally and nationally touring artists, and have opportunities for in-depth study immersion in weekend and week-long camps. They offer individual or group instruction in the following: Appalachian Singing, Traditional Irish Singing, Traditional Country Singing, Duet Harmony, Bodhran (Irish drum), Old-Time/Country/Folk Guitar, Old-Time Banjo, Old-Time Fiddle, and Songwriting. For more information, contact markweems@verizon.net or call 919-477-2780.

Upcoming Little Windows Concerts and Workshops

Sunday, December 13, Little Windows Christmas Concert, Myers Park Baptist Church Sanctuary, 1900 Queens Road., Charlotte, 4 PM, Free. www.mpbconline.org/music.php

Friday, December 18, Little Windows (Traditional Celtic & Appalachian), The Second Fret Coffeehouse and Music Hall, 240 West Broad Street, Statesville, NC, 8 PM, $10. 704-878-9889; www.thesecondfret.com

Sunday, January 17, 2010, Little Windows Vocal/Instrumental Workshop, The Violin Shoppe, 2112 Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC, 3-6 PM. Call 704-373-0551 or 704-948-1122. Be watching for more details coming soon!