Live music by Charles Pettee & Simon Dunson in the STARworks Café & Taproom. No admission fee, but tips for the performers are greatly appreciated. All ages welcome! Feel free to bring in takeout or have pizza delivered.
Charles Pettee's fresh approach to the traditional arts of flat picking and folk singing began during his childhood in Asheville, NC, where he started on guitar and mandolin at an early age. He is co-founder of Flying Fish recording artist The Shady Grove Band from Chapel Hill, NC, which has delighted audiences across the US, Canada, and Europe for over twenty years. Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm, founded in 2004, has a reputation for musical integrity, professionalism, and ability to inspire. Through their performance, the 3,000 year old sacred poems of the Hebrews – the Psalms – sound startlingly contemporary in their deeply human expressions of ecstasy, dread, defiance, and hope. Charles has hosted workshops on both guitar and mandolin technique at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the US and Europe (including Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS, and MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC). Charles has been the driving force behind Chuck and the Waggin'Ears for over twenty years. Charles also offers school programs called "Hear the Sound" which share the history of southern string music with audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Either solo, or with The Shady Grove Band, or Chuck and the Waggin'Ears, he has performed over 5,000 shows in his thirty-two years as a professional musician.
Simon Dunson, from Durham, NC, is currently enjoying being enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music. Many years ago, he was a mandolin student of Charles's, afterwards becoming a member of The Iron Mountain Messengers, while also performing with Miles Andrews and Big Fat Gap, among others, before leaving the South to pursue deeper mandolin studies.