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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.

Mipso Brings Fresh Southern
String Band Sound!

March 13th, 7:30 PM
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The renegade traditionalists of Mipso – Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Wood Robinson on double bass, Joseph Terrell on guitar and Libby Rodenbough on fiddle – are doing their part to push the Appalachian folk tradition into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, the four North Carolina songwriters of Mipso have wandered off the path blazed by Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson to find a new clearing for their southern string band sound.

Please join us to welcome Mipso when they make their Folk Society debut at our March 13th Gathering at 7:30 PM in the Great Aunt Stella Center (926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of Uptown Charlotte). Be in line when the doors open at 7 PM to enjoy a pre-concert by the talented teens of the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Band.

Find out more about this exciting event by following this link!

The concert and gathering will be at the Great Aunt Stella Center, a beloved downtown landmark located at 926 Elizabeth Avenue (map here) on the edge of downtown Charlotte, was originally designed as a church. The former sanctuary offers a warm and beautiful performance space with seats for 400.

Admission. Please enter through the front doors only, which will open @ 7:00, after the sound check is done.

Handicapped Access. There is a handicap accessible entrance and an elevator for those who need it through the ground floor side door on the right side of the building (looking at the building from the parking lot).

Parking. Free surface and deck parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. The arm of the nearby parking deck goes up for the weekend at 8 PM. So, you can grab a ticket on the way into the parking deck but you will not have to pay on the way out if you leave after 8 PM. Click on the link from GoogleEarth showing how to get from the Elizabeth Ave entrance to the parking deck.

Elizabeth Avenue is now open from Kings Drive AND the intersection with McDowell Street! Enter the parking lot on the West side of the Great Aunt Stella building; there should be signage and volunteers present to direct you towards the parking garage.

If arriving via the 277 loop, exit onto 4th Street and enter the parking deck via the South entrance. Use the map in the following link to view a suggested way to enter the parking deck from 4th Street. If you need to drop passengers off before parking, you can enter the parking lot off Elizabeth from King Street, then find your parking spot in the garage.

Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. The hour-long concert will be followed by refreshments, a Song Circle, an Old Time Instrumental Slow Jam, or an occasional fast jam. Visitors are also invited to the Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meeting after the concert, where folks are invited to try out a "loaner" dulcimer and join their session..

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Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.

2015 Swannanoa Scholarship Winners!!!

Interviews and auditions were held on Sunday, February 22th, for the 14th Annual Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship, the William Thomas Covington Youth Scholarship and the 7th Annual Spencer-Bryant (Adult) Scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops.

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Liam Purcell

Twelve-year-old Liam Purcell will be going to Swannanoa for Fiddle/Mando/Banjo Week as the Price Scholarship recipient. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, dobro, and banjo, as well as singing, and has performed on stages from the IBMA to MerleFest. His bluegrass band, Cane Mill Road, has been invited to perform in May at the Iguazu International Youth Music Festival in Argentina.

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Angel Paez

The Covington Youth Scholarship is awarded to Angel Paez. He is seventeen years old and a junior at Myers Park High School. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays violin, mandolin, guitar, and double bass, as well as keyboard, accordion, electric guitar, and electric bass. He performs with the MPHS Bluegrass Club and is an outstanding singer. Angel will attend Swannanoa's Fiddle/Mando/Banjo week, as well.

The first and second runners up for the youth scholarships are Sarah Lemonds and Ginger-Gabrielle South, respectively.

Mary Shumway will represent CFS at Swannanoa as the Spencer-Bryant Scholarship recipient. She plays mandolin and guitar and performs with her daughter, Ruth, and husband, Dave, in their family band, The High Ridge Pickers. Mary has done an exceptional job as coordinator of the annual CFS Young Talent Showcase for several years now. She will attend Old-Time Week. The first runner-up for the adult scholarship is Diana Wade.

We are very appreciative of all those who served as judges: Phil Lesser, Alan Davis, and David Fee (Marilyn Meacham Price and William Thomas Covington Youth Scholarships); and Tom Covington, Tom Estes, and Karen Singleton (Spencer-Bryant Scholarship). Judges for both scholarships have expressed how difficult it was to make selections among so many accomplished applicants.

The CFS scholarships are offered as a means of fulfilling our mission to perpetuate traditional music and will be fully funded through a partnership between the Charlotte Folk Society and Warren Wilson College. The scholarships cover tuition ($510), provided by the Folk Society, and room and board ($405), provided by the college, a total scholarship of $915.

Congratulations to Liam Purcell, Angel Paez and Mary Shumway, as well as all others who applied!

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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

Swing Into Spring! Join us March 20, 7 to 9 PM for a special reception & open house. We'll have a great new exhibit of local art on display and for sale in The Art of The Violin Shoppe gallery in our main hall. Complimentary refreshments, kids activities, and vintage swing music by the shop's own Little Big String Band. Great spring sale prices on instruments and accessories for this special evening. Please join us!

Bluegrass & Old-Time Instruction by Glen Alexander and 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.