Bett Padgett teacher, storyteller, songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, innovative guitarist image

teacher,

storyteller,

songwriter,

multi- instrumentalist,

innovative guitarist

Bett Padgett uses music to express her thoughts about today’s social, political and environmental climate. Her thoughtful and carefully crafted songs shine through with a vision of a world we want to live in. A multi-instrumentalist, she accompanies herself using innovative guitar techniques, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, piano and harp in styles that cross the borders of Celtic, Old-time, Folk and New Age. After a lifetime of teaching and promoting others, Bett takes centerstage as an artist with the release of her ninth album, If I Catch My Dream, songs of hope for a better world”.

Bett Padgett’s ninth album, “If I Catch My Dream, songs of hope for a better world”, sparkles within a new layer of sophistication in her writing, singing and sound, yet with a very simple theme that we should all be able to take for granted but can’t—kindness in all its forms, and in the world we live in. In subtle ways, Bett’s message extends all those who inhabit our planet and also to our precious earth. As Bett has caught her dream as a performer and writer, after supporting many others in their dreams by serving as a music teacher and house concert presenter, Bett’s thoughtful and carefully crafted songs shine through with a vision of a world we want to live in.

In addition to sharing her thoughts on these serious topics she enjoys writing about her dogs, the joys (and frustrations) of raising children, aging parents, the closeness of family and good friends. Though she is classically trained in piano and voice, and the fact that her father was a jazz musician, it was folk music that won her heart. Her love of traditional and Celtic music gives her sound a blend of styles. She uses her talents on guitar (alternate tunings with partial capos), mandolin, piano, rootsy claw-hammer banjo and harp to back her rich alto voice.

Her eighth CD, “At the End of the Day” was #15 on the folk music charts in November, 2017 and in the top 20 for three months. 

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Bett Padgett’s ninth album, “If I Catch My Dream, songs of hope for a better world”, sparkles within a new layer of sophistication in her writing, singing and sound, yet with a very simple theme that we should all be able to take for granted but can’t—kindness in all its forms, and in the world we live in. In subtle ways, Bett’s message extends all those who inhabit our planet and also to our precious earth. As Bett has caught her dream as a performer and writer, after supporting many others in their dreams by serving as a music teacher and house concert presenter, Bett’s thoughtful and carefully crafted songs shine through with a vision of a world we want to live in.

Bett’s eighth studio album, “At the End of the Day” charted number sixteen and fifteen on the Folk Charts in November and December 2017. It is characterized by a gentle feeling of peace and comfort. Her rich, warm voice beckons the listener as if to invite them to sit for the entirety of this lovely collection of well-crafted and beautifully arranged songs which was produced by Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studio in Asheville, NC. 

Bett burst on the music scene the day she was born. A colicky baby, her mother let her scream her lungs out, giving her a powerful voice. Today she uses that voice as a tool to express her thoughts through song about today’s social, political and environmental climate.  In addition to sharing her thoughts on these serious topics she enjoys writing about her dogs, the joys (and frustrations) of raising children, aging parents, the closeness of family and good friends. Though she is classically trained in piano and voice, and the fact that her father was a jazz musician, it was folk music that won her heart. Her love of traditional and Celtic music gives her sound a blend of styles. She uses her talents on guitar (alternate tunings with partial capos), mandolin, piano, rootsy claw-hammer banjo and harp to back her rich alto voice.

A North Carolina native, she became enamored by the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its plight with the encroaching ocean in the 1990’s. It lead to a song which then lead to an entire CD entitled “Hatteras: if a Lighthouse Could Speak”, her third album, which received widespread acclaim in 1999 when the tower was relocated one-half mile inland. Bett is a prolific Cape Hatteras Lighthouse North Carolina imagesongwriter. Her lyrical interpretations of life through her music show that she is keenly observant of the world around us. Her songs have an honest but positive message and leave the listener with a sense of optimism.

Bett’s music reflects her belief in enduring relationships and community involvement. Her song “At the End of the Day” is an observance of life and of gratitude that she practices. These are common themes throughout her songs. Her story songs evoke memories and are personalized by the listener. Predominantly the song subjects are about steadfast and loving relationships and commitment which she values greatly.

She is known for her contributions to live music and to the community. Bett has hosted a world renowned house concert series (Little Lake Hill House Concerts) since 2000 bringing musicians from around the globe to entertain audiences in the central part of North Carolina. Cool John Ferguson performs at Little Lake Hill House ConcertShe was booking chair for Triangle Folk Music Society (now defunct) and a founding member of the North Carolina Songwriters’ Co-op. She visits Love Wins Ministries regularly to serve breakfast to people who are less fortunate. In 2016 she engaged the students at Enloe High School’s audio-visual department in creating a music video about the Christmas Cookie Cutters that she and her mother used when she was a child. This was a wonderful learning experience for all. Now she gathers friends ages 10-70+ to bake Christmas cookies for families at Ronald McDonald House in Durham each December using the same cookie molds.

Bett picked up ukulele then guitar at age eleven singing the songs of Peter, Paul and Mary, then later inspired by Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell’s alternate tunings. In 1989 she began writing her own music, trying to bring awareness to an endangered environment and ethical treatment of animals. She began teaching music in Raleigh in 1978 where she taught guitar at North Carolina State University for 29 years and continues to teach in her private studio. Her students enjoy learning not only guitar, but mandolin, banjo, ukulele as well as theory and composition., “If I

Bett began showing friends how to play guitar during junior high school when groups would gather. She would teach them chords and rhythms. After studying music beginning at age five and through college as a voice major/piano minor, she knew enough theory that could be applied to guitar and all instruments that can be used for accompaniment styles. She began teaching private guitar lessons in 1978 and through the Wake County Community Schools and the YWCA. In 1979 she was asked to teach guitar classes at North Carolina State University where she continued to teach for 29 years. She continues to teach private lessons in guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, composition and theory. She loves the sounds created by alternate tunings and is knowledgeable in DADGAD guitar tuning. She has created a series of tutorials to help demystify the tuning for beginners. She enjoys helping others find their voice in music and will likely continue to teach until the last student quits. 

She has created a series of tutorials for DADGAD tuning on guitar.dadgad Bett Padgett teacher, storyteller, songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, innovative guitarist

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