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The Merry Gadflies

Chuck and the Waggin' Ears

The Shady Grove Band


Watch Charles' newest videos!

Brief interview with Charles about his approach to sharing the history of Bluegrass music with audiences.

Check out Charles' first solo album (1997) now posted at youtube! 

Charles and Doug Bremseth's awesome project "Wiffer Creek" is now on youTube!


New!! Virtual Bluegrass Music Presentations by Charles Pettee -- information here!

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Watch Charles and former mandolin student Simon Dunson enjoying a little afternoon jam.

See Charles' NPR Tiny Desk entry video featuring Charles and Robbie Link on a new composition 'Land of Canaan'

"Take lessons from a pro!
Charles will teach you guitar or mandolin". Contact Charles for more info.

Collection of Google links containing information about Charles' many programs, performances, reviews and social media sites.

Watch Charles and The Shady Grove Band performing
"Sinner Man."


Watch video from live school program at Bath Elementary, NC!

Watch a live selection from Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm's concert back in December, 2014:
Psalm 37 "The Desires of Your Heart."


Original song "Crossties" performed live at a House Concert on Oct. 16, 2016.

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 fantastic 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

All of Charles' live performances are cancelled due to the pandemic. Please check out his virtual music offerings here: Virtual Bluegrass Presentations

Charles offers private music instruction for guitar and mandolin on most Mondays & Tuesdays, virtually, and/or outdoors, socially distanced, with face coverings. Contact him for details and availability!
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Charles Pettee
Door to Door program
-- Music for hospital staff at shift change.
UNC-Memorial Hospital Parking Deck
Chapel Hill, NC
6:30- 8:00 pm.

Charles Pettee
Door to Door program
-- Music for hospital staff at shift change.
UNC-Memorial Hospital Parking Deck
Chapel Hill, NC
6:30- 8:00 pm.

Charles Pettee
Door to Door program
Music for hospital staff at shift change
UNC-Memorial Hospital Parking Deck
Chapel Hill, NC
6:30- 8:00 pm.

Charles Pettee
Virtual Celebration of Rev. Grace Hackney and the Life Around the Table ministry
6:30 pm Facebook Live.

Charles Pettee
Door to Door program
Music for hospital staff at shift change
UNC-Memorial Hospital Parking Deck
Chapel Hill, NC
6:30- 8:00 pm.

Charles Pettee
Virtual "Catch the Bluegrass Bug" performances for K-2

Pleasant Grove Elementary School
Morrisville, NC

Charles Pettee and Wendy "Taz" Shadburn, FolkPsalm Duo Goodson Chapel, Duke University
Durham, NC
Virtual Clergy Day service

Charles Pettee
Virtual Bluegrass Stomp

SC School for the Deaf and Blind
Middle School
2 shows
Charles Pettee
Door to Door program
Music for hospital staff at shift change
UNC-Memorial Hospital Parking Deck
Chapel Hill, NC
6:30- 8:00 pm

Charles Pettee
Vvirtual "Bluegrass Stomp" Music residency

Sterling Montessori School
Morrisville, NC

Charles Pettee
Offering PineCone Mandolin Workshop
"The Blues stylings of Bill Monroe,
Father of Bluegrass Music"

7-8:30 pm.
Registration required,

For a complete listing, check out the
Calendar Page

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