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 Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation
 of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the North and South Carolinas Piedmont area.

Help Wanted!
Volunteers to assist with the
Charlotte Folk Society Website!

Volunteer positions, current webmaster will remain on for support. Must have experience in basic web site development, be able to build and modify web pages using hand coding, understand CSS, Server Side Includes, simple logic, and have the wherewithal to edit and upload pages using software on their own computer.

Optimally will bring several folks on board to assist with various "parts" of the general web effort. Could be a great opportunity for a Student wishing to collect community service hours. Would prefer those who can commit to at least a year. To learn more, please contact Ed Gebauer at .

Folk Jubilee at The Evening Muse!
Wednesday, April 30th

On Wednesday, April 30th, Charlotte Folk Society will again present our popular Folk Jubilee at NoDa's Evening Muse, 3227 North Davidson Street. Salem MacKnee will lead a song circle beginning at 7:30 PM. The performances get underway at 8 PM and consist of four 25-minute sets. Join us to enjoy a variety of music styles from Dennis Spring, Sam Richardson, Matthew Alexander, and Davy Fee & Friends. Admission is a very reasonable $3, for performers and audience alike.

The Evening Muse

Dennis Spring began playing violin in the 4th grade, and taught himself guitar and bass in high school. His love for Irish music was honed through early listening to his grandmother's singing. He joined the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in 1978 as first violinist, led the Symphony String Quartet for fifteen years, and was Concertmaster of the Charlotte Pops Orchestra.

Dennis has recorded sound tracks as a studio musician in a wide range of styles, and has performed with Harry Connick, Jr., Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinsen, Chet Atkins, The Moody Blues, Beverly Sills, and Luciano Pavarotti.

Fifteen year-old fiddler Sam Richardson is a ninth-grader at Myers Park High School. His introduction to fiddle began with Suzuki lessons while in kindergarten. Sam has been playing ever since, gleaning instruction and experience from a number of fine teachers, including Glen Alexander. Sam will be playing bluegrass, old-time, and country music, accompanied by sidekicks Ray Owens and Harry Taylor. He has just been awarded one of two 2014 Swannanoa Gathering youth scholarships.

Matthew Alexander began playing guitar at the age of eight, started writing songs at fifteen. He was active in the Cambridge and New York folk music scenes in the '60s and '70s where he opened for Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. His songs have aired on commercial and non-commercial radio, as well as public television in the United States and Canada. He has released five critically acclaimed CDs of original songs on his label, Caravan Records. A sixth, Three Minute Movie, will be released later this year.

Gypsy Jazz guitarist Davy Fee is self-taught, and has been playing guitar for six years. He admits to holding the great Django Reinhardt as his favorite influence. A sixteen-year old junior at Rocky River High School, he regularly plays in a Gypsy Jazz group with his dad, David Fee, and guitarist David McGuirt. Davy enjoys running track and camping with his Boy Scout Troop, is a CFS junior board member, and three-time scholarship winner to the Swannanoa Gathering.

For a spot on the schedule at a future Folk Jubilee, get in touch with Harry Taylor at 704-335-8494. Performers should be inside the venue one half hour before their gig time — and you MUST be a CFS member to perform.

Cathie Ryan

Cathie Ryan
Charlotte Folk Society Concerts at Wedgewood:
Presents the Cathie Ryan Trio

Saturday, May 3rd, 8 PM

If you want to buy tickets online right now,
follow this link!

We're excited to present Cathie Ryan, renown Irish singer who toured with the all-female Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies from 1987 to 1995; and featuring Patsy O'Brien on guitar and Matt Mancuso on fiddle in an intimate acoustic concert in the Charlotte South Park area. Admission paid by check or at the door is $20, which includes state and local taxes. Concert time is 8 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. If the max seating of 100 has not yet been reserved by Noon of the day of the concert, tickets will be available at the door.

This concert will take place in the Jim Rivers fellowship hall of Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive (at intersection with Tyvola Road), Charlotte 28210.

For more information about this exciting Celtic Concert opportunity and how you can order tickets online up till Noon on the day of the concert, please check out the Full Story Page! There are limited seats available, so don't delay!

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Start Enjoying your 2014
Folk Society Member Benefits Today!

Join the Folk Society today and you'll be glad you did! Keep up with all the important events and happenings in the Charlotte region, plus get the inside story on many special artists and artisans throughout the year! Follow this link to the CFS Membership Offer page to take advantage of this great bargain!

CFS Music CD:  Celebration: 25 Years of The Charlotte Folk Society.
CD 'Celebration:  25 Years of The Charlotte Folk Society'

In 2007, as part of the Folk Society's 25th anniversary year, we produced a wonderful compact disc. 21 songs have been compiled on a single CD that represents some of the more memorable performers over our 25 year history. You'll love it! It is available for $10 at Folk Society events, or you can order it at the following link. Listen to samples; Buy the CD!

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Pebble in a Pond DVD: The Story Of the Charlotte Folk Society

Pebble in a Pond is a documentary about the Charlotte Folk Society. This program debuted on WTVI on November 22, 2010 and has aired many times since.

Marilyn Meacham Price truly tossed a "pebble in a pond" when she founded the Charlotte Folk (Music) Society in 1982, and the ripples continue ever outward. Supported and nurtured by a succession of volunteers, the organization has not only achieved its mission, but also created a very special community in the process.

Order your copy and learn more about the Pebble in the Pond DVD today!



The Violin Shoppe

The Violin Shoppe

2112 East 7th Street
(between Caswell & Laurel)
Charlotte, NC 28204

10 AM - 6 PM
Saturdays 10 AM - 4 PM

Awesome April Deals!
No Fooling!

Tons of new fiddles!

Recording King Student Guitars & Banjos in stock!

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele.

Bluegrass & Old-Time Instruction by Glen Alexander & Jon Singleton

Folk Society members receive a 10% discount.

Ongoing Events!

Mint Hill Old Time Jam


Meets Saturdays at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village in Mint Hill. Get all the details by checking out the Mint Hill Jam web page!

Queen City Bluegrass Jam


Meets bi-weekly at the Asbury Care Center on Shamrock Drive. Learn details by joining the Queen City Bluegrass Jam's Meetup Group!

VOLUNTEER NOW: NEED COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS? Attention students! If your school requires you to work community service hours, the Charlotte Folk Society has lots of volunteer opportunities!

Mountain Dulcimer
The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meets on the second Friday of each month.

JOY IN SONG: COMMUNITY SINGERS WANT YOUR VOICE . This is an open invitation to anyone who is interested in singing with the
Community Singers!

DO YOU CLOG . . . and want to participate on a team? Call Adele Greenfield
at 704-588-2855.