Now in its twelfth year, Ron helped found and create this vibrant concert series, which features some of the best singer/songwriters in the world. Presented in the beautiful Clay Center for the Performing Arts in Charleston, WV, Ron books and hosts a concert each month September through May.


Past artists to perform on the series include Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Trout Fishing in America, Cheryl Wheeler, John Gorka, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Susan Werner, Michael Johnson, Jonathon Edwards, Johnsmith, Molly O’Brien, Paul Thorn, Peter Mayer, Jon Vezner & Don Henry just to name a few.

Below is the lineup for the 2016-2017 Series. For more information,  click here



  • KEVIN ROTH - October 1, 2016

    Kevin Roth is a world renowned dulcimer player and singer/songwriter who is also accomplished on the piano and guitar. He has recorded 12 albums for Folkways/Smithsonian Records. His latest release is being produced by Noel Paul Stookey of the legendary trio Peter, Paul, and Mary. Kevin has crisscrossed the country several times performing for thousands of fans, including two stops at the White House.
  • KATE CAMPBELL - November 7, 2015

    Kate Campbell is an American treasure. Her soulful vocals, piano and guitar playing, engaging style, and sense of humor make her a spellbinding performer. Her brilliant songwriting and storytelling have drawn comparisons to southern writers Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. She has recorded 13 albums and has been feature on Mountain Stage on multiple occasions. Come spend an evening with this one-of-a-kind artist.
  • HANK WILLIAMS TRIBUTE - January 9, 2016

    From the classics such as “Jambalaya”, “Lovesick Blues”, and “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry” to hidden gems like “Pictures from Life’s Other Side”, the Hank Williams Tribute Band featuring singers John Lilly & Rob McNurlin, fiddler Buddy Griffin, Hall of Fame steel guitarist Kayton Roberts, Grand Ole Opry regular bassist Roger Carroll, and lead guitarists Ritchie Collins and Robert Shafer offer a full and satisfying evening of authentic country singing, yodeling, stellar musicianship, and old-fashioned fun and entertainment.
  • BOB MALONE - February 6, 2016

    If you like Dr. John, Leon Russell, and the Neville brothers, then you are going to love Bob Malone. “Bob Malone doesn’t just accompany himself on piano. He supports his singing with pulsating, roaring, keyboard work that grabs you and shakes you until you cry for mercy “ – Keyboard Magazine. A little bit of blues, a little bit of rock n’ roll, a little bit New Orleans R & B and a whole lot of fun, with 8 albums to his credit, the featured keyboard player for the John Fogerty Band takes center stage to strut his stuff in a special night of blues music at Woody Hawley.
  • BARNABY BRIGHT - March 19, 2016

    “Honestly, I haven’t felt this good at a folk-rock gig since seeing the Indigo Girls in their prime. Barnaby Bright has a graceful, uplifting energy reminiscent of the Indigo’s, but also a virtuosity that is extremely unique. Becky can be festive but also sings with a mesmerizing stateliness… while Nate’s vocals and guitar playing are gifted and creative throughout. They have a special chemistry that helps erase cynicism while giving hope that the best is yet to come.” – Rolling Stone. If you loved The Sea The Sea’s amazing performance last season, then you are going to love Barnaby Bright. In fact, Chuck and Mira recommended them to us!
  • RON SOWELL - May 7, 2016

    The Artistic Director for the Woody Hawley Concert Series takes center stage once again surrounded by some of West Virginia’s finest musicians. Featuring original songs from his latest CD, "Little Movies", and backed by virtuoso guitarist Ryan Kennedy and sterling bass player John Inghram, Ron Sowell moves seamlessly from folk to country to blues to swing and back again. Along the way there will be surprise cameos by several West Virginia all-star musicians. For tickets, go to https://tickets.theclaycenter.org/public/