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Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

Red June Bluegrass Band
Red June
April 13th Folk Society Gathering

The Dynamic Acoustic Trio

Red June!

The Asheville band Red June makes its Charlotte Folk Society debut at our next Gathering Concert & Jams on Friday, April 13th. Please join us! The music begins at 7:30 PM in the beautiful Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of downtown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM. Parking adjacent to the Stella Center and in a nearby deck is free. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building.

I'm Willing to Try

Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Donations are appreciated and are essential to supporting the monthly concert series. Refreshments, jam sessions, and a song circle follow the hour-long concert. The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meets, as well, and members offer loaner instruments to visitors wishing to try their hands at playing.

Red June is a dynamic, acoustic trio known for performing beautifully distilled Americana music. The Red June sound is as versatile and original as the musicians themselves; they touch on bluegrass, old-time, roots rock, and traditional country music with powerful harmonies, innovative songwriting, and expert musicianship. Despite being a relatively new project, Red June has been busy touring across the country and has performed at Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Music City Roots and the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF). Also, look for them at the 25th anniversary MerleFest in April 2012. Their debut album, Remember Me Well (September 2010), was voted #1 in WNCW's Regional Top 20 Contest and their highly anticipated follow-up, Beauty Will Come, will be officially released in June, but advance copies will be available in the Cafe' after the concert Red June is Will Straughan on dobro, guitar, and vocals; Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and vocals; and John Cloyd Miller on mandolin, guitar, and vocals.

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"For those who seek well-crafted songwriting and impeccable musicianship, you just can't go wrong with the acoustic instrumentation and powerful harmonies of Red June's Remember Me Well. It's an exciting debut by a collective of outstanding performers." - Chris Mateer, No Depression

Will Straughan may be the most well-traveled of the three members of Red June, having toured extensively across the United States and Europe with the Emma Gibbs Band and other collaborations. As the lead singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist for Emma Gibbs, his song Black Road earned a spot on the CD sampler for the inaugural issue of Paste Magazine, and the band was also featured in No Depression and Relix magazines. His powerful and direct vocals practically demand that the listener sit up and take notice, yet there is an honesty and even child-like character to his voice that draws you in and simply won't let go. While Will's inventive songwriting has won him numerous accolades from all across the Americana spectrum, his tasteful steel guitar playing and singing have made him a sought-after sideman both on stage and in the studio.

Soul’s Repair

Natalya Weinstein is a champion fiddler hailing from a long line of exceptional musicians. Her father is a master jazz pianist and her grandfather was a professional klezmer musician. After gaining her foundation in classical violin in her home state of Massachusetts, she moved to Asheville in 2004 to pursue bluegrass and old-time music. She has worked and recorded with several exceptional bands, most recently Polecat Creek and Lo-Fi Breakdown, and is a highly sought-after session musician and music instructor. Now, Natalya contributes her celebrated fiddle tone and her pure harmony vocals to Red June. Veteran bluegrass fiddler Chris Brashear has this to say: "Natalya is a fantastic fiddler; full of invention and rhythmic intensity."

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John Cloyd Miller is the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler and North Carolina Folk Heritage Award winner Jim Shumate. While living in Utah after college, John reconnected with his musical heritage and was an early member of the bluegrass band, Lo-Fi Breakdown. The band toured extensively before settling back in John's native state of North Carolina. John's foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time music coupled with his modern sensibility and inspired songwriting make him a natural. But John's real talent shows through when he steps up to the microphone to sing. Just ask legendary performer Riley Baugus of Cold Mountain fame - "John Miller's singing reminds me of being in the Blue Ridge Mountains, high on a hill all alone and hearing the sound of the mountains coming from all around and filling your soul with the feeling that everything is just right in that place. His voice is strong and pure and harkens back to a time when there was no need for electronic enhancement and tuning adjustments. In short, John's singing is the real thing and is just incredible."

If you've heard the band play before, you know this is a "no miss" concert. If you haven't, you're in for a treat! To learn about Red June, visit their website at

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.