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The Charlotte Folk Society continues celebrating our 30th anniversary at our next Gathering on Friday, November 9th, when we present David DiGiuseppe and Rob Sharer in Bound for Carolina, a concert that unites history, folklore, and geography in an exploration of the music and stories of North Carolinians and their ancestors from Scotland and Ireland.
Please join us at 7:30 PM in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of Uptown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM. Monthly second-Friday Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Great Aunt Stella Center. Adjacent parking is free. Accessible entry is available through the ground floor doors on the parking lot side of the building, with convenient drop-off spaces and volunteer assistance.
Refreshments in the Café downstairs, a song circle, and jam sessions follow the hour-long concert. Visitors are welcome to take part in activities or simply listen. Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club members offer loaner instruments to those wishing to try their hands at playing.
Using songs, stories and dance tunes, David DiGiuseppe and Rob Sharer trace folk traditions from the Scottish highlands to coastal Carolina, from northern Ireland to the Carolina piedmont and mountains. This musical journey features numerous instruments from both the old and new worlds - fiddle, wooden flute, Irish cittern, accordion, banjo, mandolin, lap dulcimer, and guitar.
David DiGiuseppe and Rob Sharer are well-equipped to share the story of the migration of stories and songs from Ireland and Scotland to North Carolina. They combine a deep knowledge of folklore and history with years of experience as professional performers. In addition to presenting Bound for Carolina, they both perform with the acoustic roots trio Craicdown.
David DiGiuseppe has been performing professionally since 1978. A nationally recognized accordionist, he is also known for his versatility as a multi- instrumentalist, singer, and storyteller. DiGiuseppe tours nationally with his ensembles FootLoose and Contrazz and works with numerous other bands. As a singer and storyteller, he presents solo concerts to school and family audiences. As well, he has toured and recorded with acclaimed Cajun singer and songwriter J.J. Reneaux, the Big Zucchini Washboard Bandits, and many others.
DiGiuseppe has released three recordings showcasing his playing of music from the Celtic, Parisian, and American traditions. Reviewer John O'Regan of Ireland wrote, "a player of immense talent and vision, David is a musician worth encountering." DiGiuseppe is featured on four releases by his band FootLoose, a new CD by Contrazz, and appears on numerous recordings backing other musicians.
He has also published two written collections of traditional fiddle tunes arranged for accordion through Mel Bay Publications, plus his newest book, The Mighty Accordion: The Complete Guide to Mastering Bass/Chord Patterns.David's website can be found at: http://www.daviddg.com/
Rob Sharer's unique musical voice draws from his grounding in folk, rock, classical, and jazz. A guitar player and singer, he also plays Irish flute, double bass, fiddle, and mandolin.
He has performed solo and with numerous bands throughout his career. In 1998 Sharer traveled to Ireland to absorb the music there. Settling in Clare, he became a fixture for several years on the session scene, playing with many of Clare's finest musicians, including Kevin Griffin, Terry Bingham, Christy Barry, Denis Liddy, and Michael Hynes.
Sharer first toured nationally in 1997 with Rounder Records recording artists The Burns Sisters. During 2001-2002, following a brief stint with the San Francisco band Luce, Sharer spent time in Germany, where he produced and played on Dublin singer Shane Brady's recording A Light Shines Out To Sea. In 2003 he appeared with Denis Liddy and Michael Hynes on the acclaimed CD Waifs and Strays, a collection of Clare dance music. The tour to support this release took the trio from Clare to America, Europe, and China.
In 2006, he returned to his native North Carolina, where he teaches Irish music. Sharer's solo recording, Vines, features his own compositions for fingerstyle guitar.
This will be a very special evening - not to be missed!
Our 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.
As always, the Charlotte Folk Society presents musicians you won't hear elsewhere in town. Don't miss this special evening!