Charles Pettee's interactive live performances are a fun way for students to experience the depth and variety of folk music styles enjoyed by the peoples of NC from the Pilgrims to the present. K-2 audiences ("Catch the Bluegrass Bug!") participate by clapping on beat, singing great traditional songs, and enjoying real Bluegrass guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and banjo playing! "Bluegrass Stomp" for grades 3-5 adds where and when these instruments were invented, as Mr. Pettee shares stories that bring out curricular connections with NC Essential Standards in history and geography. Students are encouraged to connect the sounds and styles of music with the cultures that lived in NC then and now, and to see how one culture has contributed to another. With opportunities for the students to clap along, laugh, and sing, the overall goal of the shows is to celebrate all the cultures in our community, and to appreciate the ways in which our gifts combine to make great music for all.
Raised in Asheville, NC, Charles Pettee, delights old & young alike with his tasty blend of original and traditional Southern string music seasoned at more than 5,500 performances throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. A founding member of both the world-traveling Shady Grove Band and FolkPsalm, he has recently completed his thirteenth full length CD/album. Mr. Pettee's original songs receive airplay worldwide through radio, digital, and satellite transmissions. His love of southern string music is infectious, and his ability to connect with young people is well-established, making him a sought-after performer in educational settings for over twenty years. Mr. Pettee lives in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife and two sons.