January 16, 2017

North Carolina Folklife Institute

 Wednesday, December 14 is the last day to get advanced tickets!!


Thu Dec 15

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$20 ADVANCE / $25 DAY OF

This event is all ages

The North Carolina Folklife Institute, or NC Folk, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been serving the people of North Carolina for over 40 years. We specialize in Folklife programming and documentation, and try to bring awareness to our state’s citizens about our incredibly rich traditions of culture. We most recently helped to organize the National Folk Festival that took place in September in Greensboro.
The Five Points Rounders are a string band from in and around Durham, North Carolina, playing the traditional old-time music of the Appalachian Southeast.

“With a career spanning over a decade, Moore’s voice first emerged while fronting early hardcore band Beloved. Afterwards he joined NYC Alt-Punk band Classic Case, and steadily crisscrossed the country touring. Josh eventually settled in Carrboro, N.C. and began collaborating and performing solo material with close friends, as well as lending vocal harmonies to several Drughorse releases.”

Parted Ways (2015), the debut solo album from Josh Moore, marks a return to the passion and emotion of his former days. Produced and engineered in-house by Jeff Crawford at Arbor Ridge Studios (Chapel Hill, N.C.), the album was recorded with the musical backing of his loyal brethren in The Dead Tongues, as well as a handful of soulful singers and multi-instrumentalists from the area. Parted Ways finds the singer-songwriter with a fresh sense of purpose and direction.


Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez have been making music together with the Americana string band Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends for the past four years. Since the 2015 release of the band’s acclaimed sophomore album Nobody’s Darlin’, the two have joined forces with Nick Vandenberg on drums (Bombadil, Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends) and Casey Toll on bass (Mount Moriah, Wild Fur) as the classic country-inspired group Blue Cactus. From gritty honky-tonk to heart-breaking balladry, Blue Cactus is the one stop shop for everything that made country music matter. Just one prick, and you’ll be stuck.

New Beginnings at NC Folk!


Folks getting down at the 76th Annual National Folk Festival, September 10, downtown Greensboro. Photo by Zoe van Buren.

Festival season is drawing to a close, and the holidays are upon us. When you think about sharing this season, think about NC Folk! For 40 years NC folk has featured the best music, food, dance, and stories in North Carolina. We want to continue to bring you these stories. NC Folk needs your help to do that. Please dig deep and donate!


NC Folk has brought you a thousand stories of the people of NC. Help us tell a thousand more.¬†Your tax-deductible donation can help NC Folk highlight and celebrate the People’s Arts in North Carolina.


NC Folk works hard to bring you excellent scholarship, creative writing, and fieldwork as well as the sights, sounds and songs that celebrate North Carolina’s amazing folk culture.

Whether it the story of Lexington, NC’s earliest brick and mortar barbecue pits, or documentation of Burlington’s vibrant lowrider car culture, or the long lost sounds of an Avery County fiddle and banjo duo, North Carolina has many stories to tell.

NC Folk has been there, working hard behind the scenes, helping North Carolinians tell their stories by putting on North Carolina’s first statewide folk festival in 1974, conducting fieldwork and working with artists in communities statewide, or teaching documentation classes in the southeast corner of the state.

Here’s a few things to look forward to in 2017!

  • NC Folk’s new, updated website filled with artist resources, online exhibits, audio and video clips!
  • The first edition of the Handbook for North Carolina Folk and Traditional Artists!
  • Inside NC, our first ever podcast!
  • Lost sounds and photos from North Carolina’s Appalachian mountains!

Please make a contribution to NC Folk! We need your help to keep telling the stories that are North Carolina folklife!


The North Carolina Folklife Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations can be made online or by check: PO Box 61222, Durham, NC 27715.