Accessibility Navigation:

  • Kahn & Lynch-Thomason

    Tuesday, March 28  •  7:30 p.m.

    What I love about ballad singing and traditional music from Appalachia is that it can educate so much about it's rich and diverse history and used as a contemporary tool to express Appalachia's current situation and its people. I really doing workshops specifically on Appalachian movement songs, mostly for the reason that it brings people up to date on Appalachia.

    Saro Lynch Thomason
  • Boosinger and Goforth

    Tuesday, Jan. 24  •  5:30 p.m.
    Please note start time change to 5:30 p.m.

    Goforth has toured extensively with David Holt and shared stages with Ricky Skaggs, The Yonder Mountain String Band. He has played fiddle for the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack. Laura Boosinger's performances and recordings feature a variety of traditional stringed instruments, including old-time banjo, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer and fingerstyle autoharp.

    Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth
  • Big Ron Hunter

    Tuesday, Feb. 21  •  7:30 p.m.

    Hunter's father, a sharecropper, taught Ron how to sing and play the guitar at a young age. Mentored by the legendary Guitar Gabriel and versed in R&B, rock and the blues of BB King, Ron plays both electric and acoustic guitars in dramatically different styles. Hunter developed his unique sound all while raising a family and working as a maintenance man often finding Ron in his closet-sized office, plucking away and pouring out the blues.

    Big Ron Hunter and guitar

Traditional Music Series

In conjunction with Bill Lawing's "Music of Southern Appalachia" course, the music department offers another traditional music concert series. Please consider subscribing to the series to get discounted tickets to all three events.



Grammy-nominated Josh Goforth is highly regarded as an outstanding musician, acclaimed fiddler, guitar picker, mandolin player and storyteller, from Madison County, N.C. From a young age, Josh began to establish himself as a stunning instrumentalist, constantly lighting up stages with his solo performances and as a major highlight of the illustrious David Holt & The Lightning Bolts. Josh will perform with longtime collaborator Laura Boosinger, one of the most popular banjoists and singers in the N.C. folk tradition. Laura has won glowing reviews wherever she appears and is blessed with an essence of the mountains' spirit that can take you back to the good ol' days when folks used to huddle around the radio. Sing Out magazine called Josh and Laura's latest CD, Most of All, "simple, direct and as good as it gets."


Ron is called the world's happiest Bluesman. His performance gave a glimpse into the dynamic sound of the Piedmont blues, a greatly neglected movement of the blues in the twentieth century. Big Ron owns a voice that gives people chills. It's the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that's raw, pure and beautiful about the blues.


Appalachian ballad singer, folklorist, and activist Saro Lynch-Thomason joins forces with Charlotte's own folk musician, civil rights leader, and labor and community organizer Si Kahn for this special performance. Folk music has always been the music of the people, often serving as a tool of social activism. Kahn and Lynch-Thomason, who come from very different generations and backgrounds, are united by their belief that songs can change minds and lives. The duo will lift up their voices together here at Davidson.