IAsheville-based singer, bassist, and educator rooted in traditional old-time music and bluegrass, although I embrace all styles of traditional country, blues, folk, and early jazz. I enjoy playing shows and bringing people together.
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Southern Appalachian Ballads with Cary Fridley ~ New October Zoom Class

Smoky Mountain Treescape ~ photo by Cary Fridley

New! October Zoom Class – Southern Appalachian Ballads with Cary Fridley ~~~~Fall is upon us, and it is the perfect time for singing deep, dark Southern Appalachian ballads. Join Cary via Zoom each week on Fridays in October from 11AM – noon for group singing lessons using ballads from regional sources. We will learn 2-3 ballads each week, talk about full voice singing, and learn more about the singers, history and ballad lore. $20 per live class, $10 for a video copy via email each week. Email caryfridley@gmail.com for more information and to sign up.


WNC JUNIOR APPALACHIAN MUSICIANS ~ Classes starting in September for Black Mountain, Madison County, and Haywood County JAM Programs.

A new JAM season is upon us. The Junior Appalachian Musicians weekly group lessons will be meeting in person again starting in September in several western North Carolina JAM Programs..

Haywood County Jam will be hosting an Open House for students interested in signing up to learn fiddle, banjo, or guitar on Tuesday August 31 from 4-4:30 at the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, NC. Teachers are Travis Stuart, Robby Robertson, Maddy Mullany, and Cary Fridley. For more information, please contact the Haywood County Arts Council.

The Madison County JAM will be held outdoors this year, and will be holding an Orientation and Registration Day on September 2. The JAM classes will be weekly on Thursdays from 3:30 – 5PM beginning on September 9th, offering classes in beginning and intermediate fiddle, banjo, guitar, and band. Teachers are Jake and Sara Owen, David Hughes, and Cary Fridley. For more information, please contact the Madison County Arts Council.

Black Mountain JAM begins on September 8 with and Orientation and Registration Day from 3:45 – 4:30, and will be holding classes weekly after that from 3:45 to 5PM on Wednesdays outside. Teachers are Maddy Mullany, Clarke Williams, and Cary Fridley. For more information, please contact the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Cary’s Classes at Swannanoa Online

Here is some more information about Cary’s singing classes at Swannanoa Gathering Online Old-Time Week, July 18-23, 2021. Click here to register: https://swangathering.com/register/information/

Cary Is Teaching Mountain Singing Classes at Swannanoa Gathering Online ~ July 18 – 23

I am excited to be part of Swannanoa Gathering Online this year! I will be teaching Ballads in Full Voice and WNC – A Sense of Place (singing songs from around Asheville). There are spaces available if you are interested, the classes are July 18 -23. https://swangathering.com/catalog/ot/old-time-week/



Cary is now offering online lessons via the Zoom video conferencing app. Sign up now via the Contact page at http://www.caryfridleymusic.com to receive Zoom lessons in Singing, Bass, Old-Time Guitar, Old-Time Banjo, Band Skills, and Creativity Coaching.

Photet at Wedge Studios May 12, 2019

Photet – Cary Fridley and Dave Perkins

Photet will be playing live music (weather permitting) Sunday May 12, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:30 at the Wedge Brewery. Come join us for some blues, jazz, and new originals while enjoying the best beer in Asheville.

Old-time Music with Kyle Smith Saturday 3-6PM

This Saturday at Jack of the Wood in Asheville, NC from 3 to 6PM, Dave Perkins and Cary Fridley will be playing guitar and bass with Kyle Smith on fiddle and Bill West on banjo.

Ashe County Lament – for Piano and Electronics by Paul Elwood

Thanks to Paul Ellwood for sending me this track of his modern classical music composition, featuring an electronically altered version of my voice singing (and speaking) “I’ve Always Been A Rambler.”

Live Music for a Good Cause!

I am excited to get to play the bass with The Red Hot Sugar Babies for a cool party coming up, please join us!