Charlotte Folk Society logo celebrating 30 years

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

Cathie Ryan

Cathie Ryan
Charlotte Folk Society Concerts at Wedgewood:
Presents the Cathie Ryan Trio

Saturday, May 3rd, 8 PM

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We're excited to present the Cathie Ryan Trio in an intimate house concert setting on Saturday, May 3rd. Admission paid at the door or in advance by check is $20, which includes state and local taxes. Concert time is 8 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. You're welcome to bring your favorite beverage (no distilled spirits, please) and snacks. Purchase tickets online until Noon on the day of the concert using the form at the bottom of this page or contact Bethli Miescher Clemens at or by phone at 704-892-4914 to make a reservation. Your reservation will be confirmed when we receive your check written to "Charlotte Folk Society." We have space for just 100 Celtic music lovers, so make your reservations soon!

We encourage you to enjoy a recent Thistle & Shamrock broadcast of Fiona Ritchie interviewing Cathie Ryan at the Swannanoa Gathering. Cathie Ryan's voice is truly enchanting.

This concert will take place in the Jim Rivers fellowship hall of Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive (at intersection with Tyvola Road), Charlotte 28210 (map). We're pleased to collaborate with Pastor Chris Ayers and Wedgewood Church.
This partnership offers CFS the opportunity to present both local and touring musicians of the caliber our audience has come to expect in a second, more intimate venue. The Wedgewood concerts are entirely supported by admission fees.

Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music for more than twenty-five years. She joined the all-female Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies as lead singer in 1987 and toured with the band for eight years until 1995. Since that time, she has recorded five solo albums, participated in countless musical collaborations, and won multiple awards. She is blessed with a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing gems from Irish and American song traditions, creating her own heart-stirring originals, and for showcasing writers whose work deserves wider recognition. Cathie is widely recognized as a consummate entertainer noted for her musical integrity.

Somewhere Along the ROad

Cathie is a captivating performer whose shows are renowned for their intimacy and power, as well as her witty banter. "There is nothing like a live show. I love the energy, the give and take of being with an audience. And I love to have fun up there," she says. Cathie happily shares the stage, and the show, with her award-winning band. Featuring Patsy O'Brien on guitar and Matt Mancuso on fiddle, the band weaves subtle arrangements and harmonies around Cathie's vocals and match her charming repartee with dazzling sets of traditional tunes.

The Cathie Ryan Band has built a loyal following by touring internationally and singing "songs of the heart" at performing arts centers, festivals, folk clubs, and with symphony orchestras. They have been featured on national and public television throughout the world. Their radio highlights include NPR's Mountain Stage and The Thistle & Shamrock, PRI's The World, BBC in England and Northern Ireland, Radio Scotland, and RTÉ and RnaG in Ireland.

Check out Cathie Ryan's website at

Cathie's fifth CD, Through Wind and Rain, is bringing her music to a much wider audience, but she remains one of the most important voices in Irish music. Irish America Magazine twice named her one of the "Top 100 Irish Americans" and Chicago's Irish American News has twice honored her as "Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade."

Here's To You (The Parting Glass)

"Anyone wondering what constitutes excellence in Irish American singing today need only attend a Cathie Ryan concert." - The Wall Street Journal

"One of the leading voices in Celtic Music." - The L.A. Times

"Cathie Ryan is blessed with a soprano voice that's both lovely and affecting. It's a potent combination that helps account for why The Farthest Wave is the nearest thing to an uninterrupted pleasure . . . Ryan's heartfelt songwriting and firm grasp of traditional Celtic music distinguish her . . . a soulful intensity bridges [her] original tunes with traditional gems…"- The Washington Post

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