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Chuck and the Waggin' Ears


Watch Charles' latest video!
A blast from the past to ring in 2018: Charles Pettee and Chris Frank (Red Clay Ramblers) perform Charles' composition, "Let Your Dreams Hold You."


Charles' new band "The Merry Gadflies" performing April 29.
See listing on this page under My Shows:

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.

Contact Charles

"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

Wed.-Fri., March 7th-9th
Charles Pettee
MUSE Machine school assemblies

Spartanburg SC area

Friday, March 9th
Charles Pettee
Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival

Rock Hill, SC

Tues.-Thurs., March 20th-22nd
Charles Pettee
Three Day Bluegrass Stomp residency

Polo Ridge Elementary School
Charlotte, NC

Wednesday, March 28th
Charles Pettee
Catch the Bluegrass Bug and Bluegrass Stomp

Olds Elementary School
Raleigh, NC

Wednesday, April 4th
Charles Pettee
"Catch the Bluegrass Bug" and "Bluegrass Stomp"

Middle Creek Elementary School
Apex, NC

Thursday, April 5th
Charles Pettee
"Catch the Bluegrass Bug" and "Bluegrass Stomp"

Holly Springs Elementary School
Holy Springs, NC

Tuesday, April 10th
Pettee backing Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
Howard Hall Elementary School
Fayetteville, NC
Charles Pettee and Fiddlin' Al McCanless backing Footworks Dance Ensemble
North Ridge Elementary School
Raleigh, NC

Wednesday, April 11th
Charles Pettee backing Footworks Dance Ensamble
Salem Elementary School
Raleigh, NC

Thurs.-Fri., April 12th-13th
Charles Pettee
MUSE Machine school assemblies

Spartanburg SC area

Tuesday, April 17th
Charles Pettee presenting a workshop
on the history of Bluegrass music for
employees at Capitol Broadcasting Company
Raleigh, NC

Saturday, April 21st
Charles Pettee
Chapel Hill, NC
Private event

Sunday, April 29th
FolkPsalm Trio
University Baptist Church
100 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC

Merry Gadflies House Concert

Great Hall
Chicken Bridge Rd.
Pittsboro, NC
No cover charge, BYOB, pass the hat event

Wednesday, May 2nd
Charles Pettee
"Singing the Psalms" workshop

Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Durham, NC

Saturday, May 5th
Charles Pettee, Fiddlin' Al McCanless,
Stanjo Brown, and Adael Shinn

Durham, NC
Private event

For a complete listing, check out the
Calendar Page

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