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Can you imagine hearing two of the country's most respected masters of old-time music in an intimate house concert setting right here in Charlotte? Well, you can do just that when the Charlotte Folk Society presents multi-instrumentalists Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus in concert on Saturday, February 28th, in the Jim Rivers Fellowship Hall at Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive (at intersection with Tyvola Road), in South Charlotte (map). The music gets underway at 8 PM; doors open at 7 PM. You're invited to bring your favorite beverage and snacks to enjoy. No distilled spirits, please.
Tickets are $20, including 7.25% state and local taxes. If you prefer to pay by check, contact Luchi Aveleyra at email@example.com or 704-537-4813. Receipt of your check, written to "Charlotte Folk Society," will confirm your reservation. Space is limited. The Wedgewood concerts are entirely supported by admission fees.
In addition to acclaimed releases on Rounder Records, Dirk Powell has recorded and performed with artists such as Loretta Lynn (playing several instruments on her Grammy-winning release Van Lear Rose), Sting, Jack White, Levon Helm, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Ralph Stanley, and Linda Ronstadt. His ability to unite the essence of his culture with modern sensibilities has led to work with many of today's greatest film directors, including Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Victor Nuñez, Steve James, and Edward Burns. His live performances of powerful Appalachian music with The Dirk Powell Band have inspired audiences across the globe in a wide variety of venues, including such prestigious settings as the Eastman School of Music and Interlochen Academy. Dirk also selected and arranged traditional Appalachian material for Riverdance: The Show, in which he also performed on fiddle.
In his early teens, Dirk formed a musical bond with his grandfather, James Clarence Hay of Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Here Dirk discovered a personal resonance with traditions that stretch back to Scots-Irish ancestors who came to the mountains in the middle of the 18th century, and, in continuation of this line, learned banjo and fiddle firsthand. He was featured as part of "The Great High Mountain Tour," an outgrowth of the Academy Award-winning film Cold Mountain, for which he acted on screen, arranged traditional material, and served as musical advisor and consultant. Other dramatic films featuring his performances include Ang Lee's Ride With The Devil, Spike Lee's Bamboozled, and Edward Burns' The Brothers McMullen.
Dirk has scored several documentaries, including the award-winning films Stranger With a Camera, The Unfinished Civil War, and Thoughts in the Presence of Fear. He also appeared in the BBC/RTE documentary series The Irish Empire as an expert on the culture of early Scots-Irish immigrants to Appalachia. He recently collaborated on a fusion of Appalachian music and Hip Hop with Richmond producer/rapper Danja Mowf for the film From the Holler to the Hood, which explores tension between guards and inmates in the new maximum-security prisons in Appalachia.
In short, Dirk Powell displays a vibrant creative energy that crosses many boundaries while remaining grounded in the rural traditions of his heritage. His formal musical training, deep-running roots, and dedication to self-expression as a necessary part of life combine to make him one of the most important artists in America today. Visit Dirk's website at www.dirkpowell.org.
Old-Time Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle & Song - Riley Baugus is a North Carolina native who began singing and playing music at an early age. Raised in a household where recordings of old-time music were often played, he developed a love and appreciation for traditional, Southern Appalachian music. He and his family attended the Regular Baptist church, where unaccompanied singing was the tradition.
Riley began playing the fiddle at age 10, but soon after switched to playing the guitar. By the time he was 12, he and his father built a banjo from scrap wood and he once again began to learn another instrument.
Riley began honing his musical skills with close friend and neighbor, fiddler Kirk Sutphin, by visiting elder traditional musicians in and around Grayson County, Virginia and Surry County, North Carolina. He often visited, played with, and learned from fiddlers Tommy Jarrell (a National Heritage Award recipient) and Robert Sykes and from banjo player Dix Freeman.
During these visits he also met and learned from many other traditional musicians of the area, including former Camp Creek Boys Verlin Clifton and Paul Sutphin.
Riley has played with numerous old-time stringbands, including The Red Hots, Backstep, and the Old Hollow Stringband, and currently plays with The Dirk Powell Band and Polecat Creek. He teaches banjo, guitar, and fiddle at music camps throughout the United States and tours regularly with Dirk Powell, Tim O'Brien, and Ira Bernstein. Recently, Riley worked with the Lonesome Sisters, both as producer and performer, on their CD Going Home Shoes. His singing is featured on the soundtrack to the Academy Award winning film Cold Mountain.
Riley makes his home in Walkertown, near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Visit his website at www.rileybaugus.com.
Don't miss what's bound to be an unforgettable evening! Bring your dancing shoes!
Buy tickets on-line!
You can purchase tickets on-line until Noon on the day of the concert using the Brown Paper Tickets form below. Payment will be through PayPal's secure website (which also accepts credit cards).
Online tickets will each have a $2.50 service charge included to cover on-line purchasing fees. All tickets will be "Will Call." Your PayPal emailed receipt will be your proof of purchase, though a printed list will be present at the Sales Table on the date of the concert.