Charlotte Folk Society’s next free gathering will take place Friday, May 12th, 2017, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7 p.m., and it’s strongly suggested that you arrive early. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-level door. Free parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, and a jam session follow the event.
The featured band on May 12th, 2017, is Tellico.
Firmly planted in Asheville’s thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. Anya Hinkle and Stig Stiglets’ committed, authentic vocals are alloyed with Aaron Ballance’s flowing and soaring Dobro and Jed Willis’ textured and expressive mandolin, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic.
Anya Hinkle grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she grew up playing fiddle and guitar and singing in church. With Jackson Cunningham, she recorded a CD for the Crooked Road: Virginia Heritage series called Old Time Duets. In 2006, she moved to Asheville and joined the band Dehlia Low; she appeared on all four of their recordings.
Stig Stiglets, originally from Jackson, Mississippi, moved to Asheville in 1999. He played on the singer/songwriter circuit, until becoming the bass player for Dehlia Low.
Aaron Ballance won the Rockygrass Dobro Championship in Lyons, Colorado in 2010. Raised in Winston-Salem, he moved to Asheville in 2006. In 2007, he co-founded Dehlia Low and performed with the band until 2013. Jed Willis grew up in Chapel Hill and studied mandolin there with Charles Pettee. In 2004 he helped found Asheville-based bluegrass band Town Mountain, and played mandolin for them until 2007. In recent years he’s played regionally with various Asheville bands in a variety of genres.
Jed has shared the stage with David Grisman, Larry Keel, The Biscuit Burners, and others. Tellico is a band whose whole exceeds the sum of its impressive parts!
Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, songwriters’ circle, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert. Free parking is available in the 4th St. Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Dr. and McDowell St. Accessible entry.