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New! Beginner Banjo with Cary Fridley

Join Cary Fridley for a 4-week comprehensive Beginner Banjo in-person group class in the mountains of Western North Carolina, taught in two locations: Waynesville and in Black Mountain.

What we will cover: Learn the basics of the old-time Appalachian clawhammer style banjo:  tunings, the basic stroke or “bum-diddy,” how to play a melody, beginner exercises, 2-3 tunes, and an introduction to the drop thumb technique.  Students must have their own banjo in good working condition.

Ages of Participants – 16 and older

Minimum # of Participants – 5

Maximum # of Participants – 20

Tuition $80 per 4 week session

Brief Bio of the Instructor

Cary Fridley has a Masters in Music Education from UNCG and has provided professional workshop instruction at Mars Hill Old-Time Music Week, LEAF, Dusty Strings Traditional Workshops in Seattle, WA, the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, Kauffman Kamp, and The Swannanoa Gathering.  She began playing the banjo as a teenager and made her mark in the 1990’s as guitarist and singer with the Freight Hoppers.  Cary currently plays bass and sings with WNC bands The Sweet Dreamers and the Haywood Ramblers. 

In Waynesville, NC at the Folkmoot Center: Tuesdays September 13, 20, 27, and October 4 from 2-3PM

Visit the Folkmoot Friendship Center to sign up for classes in Waynesville, NC. Spaces are limited. Email Cary Fridley for more information.

In Black Mountain, NC at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts: Wednesdays September 14, 21, 28, and October 5 from 5:30-6:30PM.

Visit Black Mountain Center for the Arts to sign up for classes in Black Mountain, NC. Spaces are limited. Email Cary Fridley for more information.

Cary Fridley on the Big Sound Small Town Podcast

Tune in to the Big Sound Small Town Podcast hosted by Sandy Carlton on August 18, 2022 to hear an interview with Cary Fridley about her life playing music in Asheville, NC. The Big Sound Small Town Podcast showcases the stories of the musicians, songwriters and artists in the small towns and communities of America. The stories are rich in the authentic sounds that make American music.

Cary Fridley and her Gibson J-45

Cary to Sing Live! at The Isis Music Hall

6/24/22 The Ghost Walks @ Crow and Quill in Asheville, NC

Jason Krekel and Scott Sharpe on guitars, Cary Fridley on bass, and Dave “The Rattler” Perkins on brushes. Music starts @ 8:30.

Take an Asheville Ghost Tour with Cary Fridley

Ghost Stories with Cary Fridley

Cary tells the Asheville ghost stories of Helen Clevenger’s Murder, The Pink Lady, The Ghosts of Highland Mental Hospital, The Black Abbey, and more. To take a tour of downtown Asheville and hear Cary’s ghost stories, check the calendar page for dates and sign up for the Gray Line Trolley’s Asheville Ghost Tour with Cary as your guide.

New Article from The Laurel of Asheville

Many thanks to The Laurel of Asheville for this great article about the Junior Appalachian Musicians program in Haywood County, NC with teachers Cary Fridley, Travis Stuart, Maddy Mullany, and Helena Hunt.

Weeks 1 – 5 of October Ballads Class Are Now Available

Purchase individual videos, or order all 5 weeks of Cary Fridley’s Singing Class October Ballads that is now available. Each week is about an hour of instructional material about singing ballads in the old Appalachian style. Visit the Online Lessons page at caryfridleymusic.com for more information and how to order.

Week 2 Ballads Class Now Available

Ballads Class Week 2 Sneak Preview

To purchase the full video lesson, send $10 via PayPal or Venmo to caryfridley@gmail.com with the message “Ballads Class Week 2 Video” to receive your personal video link in your email.

Week 1 Ballads Class Video Now Available

Ballads Class Week 1 Sneak Preview

To purchase the full video lesson, send $10 via PayPal or Venmo to caryfridley@gmail.com with the message “Ballads Class Week 1 Video” to receive your personal video link in your email.

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.