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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.

Backcountry Days & Ice Cream Social 2017
Sponsored by Charlotte Folk Society &
Charlotte Museum of History

August 26th Noon-4 PM

The Charlotte Folk Society will gather to enjoy ice cream, jamming, and socializing on Saturday, August 26th, Noon – 4 PM, as part of Backcountry Days & CFS Annual Ice Cream Social at the Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28215. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: RAIN CANCELS.

Hezekiah Alexander Homesite

Hezekiah Alexander Homesite

We are pleased to again partner with Charlotte Museum of History and the Storytellers Guild of Charlotte and look forward to returning to the grounds of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, the perfect setting for families to enjoy an old-fashioned summer afternoon of storytelling, open jam sessions, singing, history, and, of course, ice cream – as long as it lasts!

Bring an instrument to join the Celtic Session, led by Alan Davis; the Bluegrass Jam, led by Phil Davis; or an Old-Time Jam, anchored by Nick Tutwiler. The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club will be jamming and will have loaner instruments for visitors to try their hands at playing. If you don’t play an instrument, join the song circle – words are provided in the Rise Up Singing songbooks. Enjoy stories told by Ramona Moore Big Eagle and others from the Storytellers Guild of Charlotte. Visit the barn to enjoy a cup of ice cream scooped by Sue Eldridge and David Fee and our CFS volunteers.

Be sure to visit Wanda Hubicki at the CFS Information Table, where you can buy raffle tickets for the Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, donated by The Violin Shoppe, as well as CFS t-shirts, CDs, videos, fans, and car magnets. If you need to join or renew your CFS membership, you can take care of that at the Info Table, too.

Backcountry Days

The Charlotte Museum of History presents Backcountry Days, an event that highlights 18th century daily living in this region of North Carolina, then known as the Backcountry. Throughout the historic Hezekiah Alexander Homesite grounds, visitors will experience living history demonstrations and enjoy family-friendly crafts and games. Free tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home will be given on the half-hour. Visitors will require a ticket with a tour time written on it, as the home has occupancy restrictions. Tickets can be obtained from a staff member/volunteer stationed at the house.

Bring your instruments and voices and a lawn chair, if you want to be certain of a seat. This is one of our most popular annual events and we look forward to coming together and sharing our traditions with our visitors.

See you there!

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The Charlotte Folk Society is supported, in part, with funding by the Arts & Science Council (ASC).

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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The Charlotte Sessions
-- Recorded In Charlotte --

by Tom Estes
Kollard Kings

Kollard Kings

Tom is past president of the Charlotte Folk Society and plays banjo with the Kollard Kings, a group dedicated to the music recorded in Charlotte during the 1930s.

The names of the performers who recorded in Charlotte during its short recording history reads like the roster of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Each tune, each group, and each musician had their own fascinating story. In the next few months, Tom will share some of the most intriguing and remarkable tales associated with the Charlotte sessions.

Find out more!

Become a New Member or Renew your Membership for the Rest of this Year at Half Price! Join now and be a member through the end of 2017

Each July and August, we offer new and renewing members a chance to enjoy six months of membership at half the usual cost. It's easy – just visit CFS Membership Offer and join online, using a credit card, or download a membership form and mail it in with your check. Or, come downstairs to the Café after our August 11th Gathering concert and visit the CFS Info Table.

You'll receive a monthly newsletter from now through December. We have a terrific lineup of Gathering performers for the 2017-2018 season – representing the diverse interests of our members. Join or renew now. Enjoy the satisfaction of supporting CFS and our mission!

This is a great way to "take us for a test drive" or to introduce a friend to the Folk Society. All half-price memberships expire December 31, 2017.

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!

DVD Cover for Pebble in a Pond
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

We are now dealers for Blueridge Guitars!

Fiddles in every price range!

Ask us about Eastman & Loar Mandolins & Guitars. Amazing value!

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!

Bill Willaim at the Willow Grove Jam

The Willow Grove Jam meets on the first Saturday of each month from 2 PM to 4 PM in the Activities Room at the Willow Grove Retirement Center, located at 10043 Idlewild Road, Matthews, North Carolina. All are invited to come. Willow Grove Jam page.

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.

6:30 PM at Fireside Room
north end of,
St. Stephen Methodist Church
6800 Sardis Road
The jam is for intermediate players but all are welcome. For details, call Greg Clarke at