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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.
We welcome the Rob McHale Band to our Gathering stage on Friday, May 8th. Join us in the Great Aunt Stella Center at 926 Elizabeth Avenue in the edge of Uptown Charlotte. The music gets underway at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM; arrive early to be sure of admission.
A two-time nominee for folk artist of the year in the Charlotte Music Awards and a finalist in Dallas Songwriters Association competitions, Rob also has received honorable mention in songwriting contests run by American Songwriter Magazine and Billboard.
Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen.
Free parking is available in the 4th Street Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Drive and McDowell Street. Enter from the Stella Center parking lot or from 4th Street. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building. Drivers may drop off passengers requiring accessible entry; a Folk Society volunteer will assist them into the building.
Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.
Come out to the Charlotte Friends Meeting (570 Rocky River Road West, Charlotte, NC 28213) on Saturday, May 9th, 1-4 PM to hear The Kollard Kings recreate the sounds of the late 1930s, when Charlotte outshone Nashville as a country music recording center. Enjoy songs by the “Father of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe, and the legendary Carter Family, as well as such local luminaries as Mainer’s Mountaineers and Arthur Smith.
The Kollard Kings are Tom Estes (a past president of Charlotte Folk Society) on banjo, Donnie Murray (songwriter for the John Boy & Billy radio show) on guitar, West Virginian Michael Plumley on bass, and Levine Museum historian, Dr. Tom Hanchett, on fiddle. www.kollardkings.org
Musicians, please bring your instruments and jam with The Kollard Kings and the Charlotte Folk Society afterwards!
This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – celebrating their archive of Charlotte-area music history, in partnership with Levine Museum and Charlotte Folk Society. For more information, call 704-416-0150.
Charlotte Folk Society’s popular Folk Jubilee is on tap again for Thursday, May 21st, at NoDa’s Evening Muse, 3227 North Davidson Street. Note that the start time is earlier than usual. We’ll begin at 6:30 PM with a song circle led by former Charlotte Symphony Orchestra violinist and Celtic fiddler, Dennis Spring. At 7:00 PM – and each half-hour after – a new group will take the stage for a twenty-five-minute set. Enjoy high-energy Celtic music by Wild Thyme, followed by a Folk Society favorite, the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Club. Popular bluesman Danny Wicker will be up next with a Delta blues set. The evening will close out with the all-women trio of Diana Wade, Meg Houlihan, and DeWitt Crosby, as they perform traditional song arrangements in three-part harmony. Admission is a very reasonable $3 per person, for performers and audience alike.
Enjoy the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Band, followed by high energy Celtic music by Wild Thyme. 2015 CFS Marilyn Meacham Price Swannanoa scholarship winner Liam Purcell will travel down from Deep Gap to perform with his band, Cane Mill Road. The evening will close out with the all-women trio of Diana Wade, Meg Houlihan, and DeWitt Crosby as they perform traditional song arrangements in three-part harmony.
Wild Thyme performs Celtic music with emphasis on jigs, reels, waltzes, polkas, slip jigs, and songs. The group is comprised of Bethli and Mark Clemens on bodhran (traditional Irish drum) and guitar, respectively; Alan Davis on fiddle, accordion, and harmonica; John Goldsbury on whistle and flute; and Tom Walsh on fiddle.
The popular Myers Park High School Bluegrass Club has been delighting audiences with their vocal and instrumental skills for several years. Its talented members include fiddler Kate Aberman; Angel Paez on guitar, fiddle, and mandolin; Ryan Lipshay on bass; and Anne-Frances Jarrell on banjo. Band club sponsor Greg Clarke will accompany on guitar. Multi-instrumentalist Angel Paez is the 2015 CFS William Thomas Covington Swannanoa scholarship winner.
Danny Wicker is Delta blues/fingerstyle guitarist in the tradition of “Blind Willie” Johnson, Jorma Kaukonen, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Robert Johnson. Armed with only his resonator guitar and an old acoustic, Danny can keep entire cities entertained for hours!
DeWitt Crosby, Meg Houlihan, and Diana Wade will close out the evening with songs in three-part harmony ranging from gospel to the Beatles. All three have a passion for harmony and song arrangement, and are present or former students of local voice teacher, Julie Dean.
Interviews and auditions were held on Sunday, February 24th, 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.
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, and banjo, as well as singing, and has played on stages from the IBMA to MerleFest.
The Covington Youth Scholarship is awarded to Angel Paez. Angel is a junior at Myers Park High School and plays violin, mandolin, guitar and double bass, as well as keyboard, accordion, electric guitar and electric bass. 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. She will attend Old-Time Week, July 19-25. First runner-up 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!
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!
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!
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!
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