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August 13: The New North Carolina Ramblers

The Charlotte Folk Society is excited to kick off its new Gathering season with an outstanding concert of old-time music by the New North Carolina Ramblers at 7:30 PM on Friday, August 13th, in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. As usual, this second-Friday event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Donations, which support the series, in part, are greatly appreciated. The hour-long concert will be followed by refreshments, a song circle, and slow, fast, and Celtic jams. Visitors are also invited to play with the Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club. All activities are open; listeners are welcomed.

The front doors of the Stella Center will open at 7 PM. Handicapped access is available through the ground-floor door on the right side of the building. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly, open to the public, and free. Donations, which support the series in part, are greatly appreciated. The hour-long concert will be followed by refreshments, a song circle, slow and fast jams, and a Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meeting. Free surface parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center, as well as in a parking deck nearby. Exit the deck freely after 8 PM.

The New North Carolina Ramblers perform old-time string band music in the tradition of such legendary artists as Charlie Poole, The Carter Family, and The Floyd County Ramblers, among others. The band features Kirk Sutphin on fiddle and banjo, Jeremy Stephens on fiddle and guitar, Darren Moore on guitar and autoharp, and Kinney Rorrer on banjo.

They draw inspiration from the rural, traditional recording artists and the back porch musicians who have entertained throughout the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains for generations. The band has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, MerleFest, the National Folk Festival, The Ferrum Folklife Festival, the Wayne Henderson Festival, the Barter Theatre, the Library of Congress, and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, to name a few. You can watch a hour-length video of the Ramblers performing at the Kennedy Center here.

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Kirk Sutphin has participated in the National Banjo Tour with Ralph Stanley. Jeremy Stephens has won numerous first prizes for his banjo playing including MerleFest and Clifftop competitions. Darren Moore is an expert on the music of the Carter Family and has played at the Carter Family Fold with family members. Kinney Rorrer, great nephew of Charlie Poole and Posey Rorer, has written numerous liner notes and magazine articles on old-time music, in addition to his biography of Charlie Poole, Ramblin' Blues: The Life and Songs of Charlie Poole. He also co-hosts a radio program of traditional rural music called Back to the Blue Ridge on WFVT-FM (NPR). The band's first CD, Cotton Mill Blues (at CDBaby here), released in 2007, earned wide-spread praise from lovers of old-time music. Their second CD, Four and a Half(at CDBaby here), was released last spring.

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Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.