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Nice article in the Covenant Companion about Charless Pettee and FolkPsalm.
Read the article online here.

"A Dove on Distant Oaks" CD release concert and Benefit for Habitat for Humanity
University Baptist Church
100 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC
8:00 pm
$10 suggested donation.
Download the flyer here.

We've got 'em! FolkPsalm album #4, "A Dove on Distant Oaks: Psalms for the Journey" is available in CD or digital formats here.
Read more about the CD here.

Pine Cone's Bluegrass Camp nominated for an International Bluegrass Music Association"s (IBMA) 2015 Momentum Award. Charles teaches at this camp! Read about it here.

Chapel Hill-based Charles Pettee emerges again withanother great project, The Iron Mountain Messengers. Read more
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"Pettee has multifaceted talents as singer, instrumentalist, arranger, and songwriter...an engaging and expressive baritone voice well suited to the songs he writes and sings." -- SingOut! Magazine

"Dear Charles, I wish to thank you for your continued, invaluable contribution to the festival. You are such a pleasure to work with and always the gentleman. As I continue to be impressed by your passion for the music and your desire to “pass it on.”
Trying my best to secure the funding required to move it to #21! Will keep you posted along the way…Wishing you and yours continued health and happiness, Richard"
-- Richard Hurst, Director, Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland (following the 20th Anniversary Bluegrass Festival)

Thanks so much for a FANTASTIC performance today at Phillips. We really enjoyed it, and wow, what a reception you got from those kids. Really, really great....
It was really interesting to see how you talked about the history of the different instruments, what they sounded like when played as originally intended, and how different cultures have used the instrument differently, creating an entirely new sound from the same source.
What energy you created and what a great rapport with the audience. We will highly recommend you to other schools in our area.
Thanks again and for being so patient with making this happen.
-- PTA contact for Phillips Middle School, NC (Mar 20, 2015)

"Rich, engaging new acoustic and bluegrass arrangements, the most sophisticated and moving music of Pettee's career."
-- Independent Weekly (Durham, NC)

"I ordered "The Way of Manna" for my sister and she was thrilled. She uses it in the adult Sunday School class she teaches in Atlanta."
-- J.C., Gainesville, FL

"Wow! Thanks again for a great concert. I love having the opportunity to work with artists who are not only talented, but are also fantasic performers. You are the best!"
-- Jane Musgrave, NC State University, Division of Student Affairs

"The Shady Grove Band's Charles Pettee plays bluegrass with a fire and intensity you find only in true believers."
-- Spectator magazine (Durham, NC)

"Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm give a refreshing, delightful, and deeply moving concert. I play their CD, Steady Love, constantly. The singers are both soulful and electric, and instrumentalists superb, and, oh the lyrics, they are divine!"
-- Kathy Russell, teacher, Fresh Water Ministries

"Charles Pettee visited Gunn Memorial Public Library on May 12, 2010 and delighted our pre-school patrons, exceptional teens and senior citizens with his gifts of music and story-songs. Charles is a natural born performer with the spirit of a "Bluegrass Boy"!
His mandolin, guitar, harmonica, banjo and voice echoed history as we followed him on a journey to the past. What a magical morning of listening and learning and it is obvious that he loves to share his music as much as we enjoyed hearing it."
-- Rebecca Dellinger, Children's Services, Gunn Memorial Public Library

"Charles Pettee had such an impact on several Chatham County fourth grade history classes when he performed his "Hear The Sound" program, that when the children were asked at the end of last year's classes what they most remembered, students said Pettee's musical demonstration...Music caused them to remember history. That is what we're aiming for."
-- Beverly Perdue, North Carolina Lt. Governor, in a speech to arts supporters

"Please express my appreciation to the members of Chuck and the Waggin' Ears for their usual outstanding performance last Saturday...The Waggin' Ears were a great group to start the day. You are definitely on the "A" list of performing groups we will be calling on next year for some of the events we are planning for Meadowmont Village."
-- Dave Hill, Coordinator, Meadowmont Village Festival (Chapel Hill, NC)

Chuck and the Waggin'Ears chosen as "Presenting Artist of the Year 2007-2008"
--United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

Bluegrass Stomp was wonderful!!  The children and staff at Woodland Heights Elementary loved your performance this morning.  What a treat!
-- June Sereque, Woodland Heights Elementary

My Shows:

For a complete listing, check out the
Calendar Page

Tuesday, Aug 23rd
Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm
Duke Divinity School celebration

Durham, NC
private event

Saturday, August 27th
Charles Pettee
Arts & Sciences Council Expo
Belk Theatre
Charlotte, NC

Tuesday, September 13th
Charles Pettee
"Digging for the Roots of Bluegrass" presentations
East Regional Library
Knghtdale, NC
and Northeast Regional Library
Raleigh, NC

Wednesday, September 14th
Charles Pettee
CAPS Artists-in-Schools Fair

Durham Arts Council
Durham, NC

Thursday, September 15th
Charles Pettee and Jef Walters
Town of Cary Lunch Concert Series

Downtown Cary, NC

Friday, September 23rd
The Shady Grove Band
Duke Fuqua School of Business
Durham, NC
Private event

Saturday, October 1st
Charles Pettee and Friends
"Heritage Day Festival' 

Oakview Historic County Park
Raleigh, NC

Sunday, October 16th
Charles Pettee, Robbie Link, and Doug Bremseth
House concert

Chatham County, NC

Saturday, November 5th
Charles Pettee
Honeysuckle Tea House
near Chapel HIll, NC

Sunday, November 13th
Charles Pettee
Pittsboro, NC
private event


Sunday, February 12
Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm
West Raleigh Presbyterian Church
Raleigh, NC

Sunday, February 19th
Charles Pettee
Psalms interpretation workshop

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church
Raleigh, NC

Sunday, March 12th
Charles Pettee
Psalms interpretation workshop #2

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church
Raleigh, NC

Sunday, April 2nd
Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm
In concert

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church
Raleigh, NC

For a complete listing, check out the
Calendar Page

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