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The Teetotallers headline Charlotte Folk Society concert

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The Charlotte Folk Society (CFS) continues their celebration of Irish culture on April 4, 2014, at the Great Aunt Stella Center with 3 of the world’s most celebrated musicians of that genre, who together are known as “The Teetotallers.”

Fiddler Martin Hayes, flautist Kevin Crawford, and guitarist John Doyle are virtuosi in their own right, known individually for their gifts. Together they form a triple threat.

Hayes has received the prestigious Gradam Ceoil, Musician of the Year 2008, considered the Irish "Grammy" from the Irish language television station TG 4. Before he turned 19 he had won 6 All-Ireland fiddle championships. He is the Artistic Director of the Masters of Tradition Festival held in August each year at Bantry House in West Cork, where Ireland's most distinguished traditional musicians are invited to play.

Kevin Crawford is a flute and tin whistle player with internationally acclaimed traditional Irish band Lúnasa. His running commentary adds enjoyment to the music he performs. His solo release In 2012, "Carrying the Tune", combines traditional tunes with original compositions by contemporary Irish composers such as Paddy O'Brien, Dónal Lunny and Maurice Lennon.

John Doyle plays guitar with Solas, to world acclaim in folk and Celtic music circles. John stays busy as a highly favored accompanist and session player. He served Joan Baez as her music director and guitarist. He is considered one of the most versatile and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.

Usually CFS has free monthly “gatherings” and they pass the hat to support the cause. The Teetotallers’ concert is a ticketed event. Tickets are $21 in advance and $26 at the door. Visit the CFS website for details.