May 2, 3, 4, 2014 - HATTERAS VILLAGE - OUTER BANKS
Clyde Edgerton is the author of ten novels, a memoir, and numerous short stories, and essays. Among Edgerton’s awards are: Guggenheim Fellowship; Lyndhurst Prize; Honorary Doctorates from UNC-Asheville and St. Andrews Presbyterian College; membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers; the North Carolina Award for Literature; and five notable book awards from the New York Times. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and teaches creative writing at UNC Wilmington. He lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife, Kristina, and their children.
Bland Simpson is an American author and pianist from North Carolina. He grew up in Elizabeth City. He has written eight books. Simpson has become an authority on Eastern North Carolina's mysteries, geography and culture. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having taught since 1982, and the long-time pianist for The Red Clay Ramblers, the Tony Award-winning string band. He also has written music and lyrics for, as well as performed in, a number of plays which have been performed Off-Broadway, at Ford's Theater in Washington, and other prominent venues.
Researcher, author and documentary filmmaker, Kevin Duffus has published four books and produced four award-winning documentary films on North Carolina maritime history. He solved the long-standing mystery of the lost 1854 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fresnel lens, which has been described as a national treasure. His research has produced stunning contradictions to traditional historical accounts about the pirate Blackbeard, the identity and fate of his most trusted crew members, and led to the discovery of the pirate’s mythical treasure. He has extensively researched Outer Banks shipwrecks, World War II and German U-boats off the North Carolina coast, and the history of southern lighthouses during the War Between the States. Duffus has also produced documentaries in England, East Africa, Central America and the Philippines. His honors include a George Foster Peabody Award, the World Hunger Media Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and the National Education Association Award.
Clifford Swain and his wife Billie live in Hatteras Village, NC. He is a retired educator, counselor, administrator and motivational presenter but music has always been an important part of Clifford’s life. Music is a way to safely communicate and express emotion while telling a story. His father, who was a gifted musician, taught him to play guitar when he was very young and gave him an appreciation for traditional music. Clifford enjoys playing all types of music but has a real love for artists like Thomas A. Dorsey, Blind Willie Johnson, The Fairfield Four, The Blind Boys from Alabama, Hank Williams Sr., Sonny Boy Williamson, Bob Dylan and Delbert McClinton. To him Blues, Country, Folk and Gospel music are wonderful vehicles for expressing a story that enables you to lose yourself in a “truth” for the moment. Accompanying himself on the guitar and blues harp seem to be a natural way for him to paint a picture with music.
Ben Cherry lives in the coastal North Carolina. The Albermarle Sound near Ben's home served as one of Blackbeard's hideaways druing the pirate's swashbuckling days. Long working in the acting field, Ben's love of the sea and the lore that surrounds it drew him to the role of Blackbeard. Through his research, costumes, and authentic props, he gives a spellbinding rendition of this most famous pirate's life. Ben has been a stronghold at many nautical festivals such as Seafair in Seattle, WA, Harborfest in Norfolk, VA, and Pirates Week in Grand Cayman, BWI. After experiencing his stories, you will see why he is invited back year after year to these celebrations along with many schools, museums and corporate gatherings.
Nu-Blu, based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn Routh, who handles bass and vocals; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Austin Koerner, who plays mandolin; and Daniel Routh, who is the band’s Renaissance Man – guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round. Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in Americana entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980’s, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Nu-Blu’s full, welcoming sounds provide a home for listeners and encourage them to explore new sounds, create personal roots, and imagine music free from labels.
Banjo Island is about creative original Bluegrass Music. Located on Hatteras Island they perform for festivals, parties weddings and house concerts.
Wes Lassiter has been playing and writing award winning songs for a long time. He has picked and played with on stage with the likes of Doc Watson, John Mcuen, Jack Lawrence, Bill Keith, Donna Hughes, Dickie Betts and Tony Trishcka.
Rhonda Bates plays the Stand up Bass and is new to the Bluegrass scene. Wes (her Husband) taught her how to play bass and now she is tearing it up!! She is the pulse of the band and her enthusiasm catches on with whoever hears her play bass and sing.
Lucas Ray ,Guitar player and fantastic vocalist. His Bluegrass Roots lie deep from Harlen, Kentucky. Lucas is a talented mandolin and dobro player and not to mention he plays banjo. Lucas holds a degree in classical guitar.
When Rodney Kemp was named North Carolina Historian of the Year in 2003, he was really rewarded for decades of telling lies! Kemp is what old-timers in the Morehead City area call a “fish house liar,” delivering dozens of time-worn history-based stories that actually contain many truths.
The Historian of the Year award is presented annually by the North Carolina Society of Historians. The society’s main activities are the promotion of works by historians, genealogists, archaeologists, and preservationists. Rodney Kemp couldn’t have been a better recipient. Although his stories may be embellished, they capture the voices and experiences that characterize generations of coastal Tar Heels.
Kemp’s involvement with the Carteret County Museum of History and Art (now simply known as “The History Place”) is a perfect example of why he was named North Carolina Historian of the Year. The once small museum was originally located in the local community college’s church building, but a growing collection and interest in county history led locals like Kemp, along with lots of other volunteers and sponsors, to find and fund a new location.
James Charlet has been involved with the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum for the past 21 years and currently is the Historic Site Manager. His previous professional experiences were 24 years teaching North Carolina history, 13 years in historic interpretation at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Roanoke Island Festival Park; a writer, published author and public speaker he says “have all been to prepare me for this exact position!” The best thing about his dramatic stories is that they are all true.
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