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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.

Charlotte Folk Society Members Perform at Renfrow Farms During Wing Haven
Gardeners' Garden Tour
May 7th & 8th
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The Wing Haven Foundation invites you to save the date for their 22nd year of the Gardeners' Garden Tour! The tour features five private, breathtaking, and inspiring gardens as well as open hours at Wing Haven Gardens. Enjoy music by Charlotte Folk Society members both afternoons at the featured Renfrow Farms Garden, 405 West Charles Street, in Matthews. Look for our musicians on the back porch of the old farm house. Community School of the Arts will provide live music in the Main Garden at Wing Haven from on Saturday at 11 AM and 1 PM. Garden Tour Hours: Saturday, 10 AM — 4 PM, and Sunday, 1 — 5 PM. Tickets cost $30 in advance through Friday, May 6th; $35 the day of the event. Ticket price includes both days. All tickets will be available at Will Call at Wing Haven during the tour. To make other arrangements, please contact the Wing Haven office at 704-331-0664 or

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Charlotte Folk Society Performance Schedule

Saturday, May 7th
  • 12 PM Singer/songwriter P. J. Brunson
  • 1 PM CFS Celtic Session
  • 2 PM River Ratz (Bluegrass)
  • 3 PM Lemonds Family Bluegrass Band
Sunday, May 8th
  • 1 PM David Fee (Renaissance music on eight-octave mandolin)
  • 2 PM High Ridge Pickers (Old-Time, Bluegrass, Gospel)
  • 3 PM Long Overdue Bluegrass Band
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David Fee
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High Ridge Pickers

Charlotte Folk Society Gathering:
The Kollard Kings Bring
1930s Charlotte Music Scene to Life

May 13th, 7:30 PM
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The Kollard Kings

The next Charlotte Folk Society Gathering on Friday, May 13th, features The Kollard Kings. Please join us in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of Uptown Charlotte, at 7:30 PM when the music gets underway in our beautiful listening room. Doors open at 7 PM. This concert is presented in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South and Charlotte Community Radio.

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 directly from 4th Street. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building. A CFS volunteer will be available to assist visitors into the building.

Git mo' Kollards here!

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Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

The Charlotte Folk Society is pleased to have Charlotte Community Radio as our media partner during this Gathering season.

2016 Charlotte Folk Society
Swannanoa Gathering Scholarship Winners

Auditions and interviews to determine this year’s CFS scholarships recipients were held the afternoon of Sunday, February 28th at Myers Park Baptist Church. Six adults and eight young people auditioned. Congratulations to all who applied!

The winners of the Spencer-Bryant Adult Scholarship and the Anne Spychala Adult Scholarship are David Shumway and Philip Weisenhorn, respectively. David and Philip will both attend Old-Time Week. First runner-up is Diana Wade and second runner-up is Tom Walsh.

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David Shumway and Philip Weisenhorn

Winners of the Marilyn Meacham Price, William Thomas Covington, and Anne Spychala Youth Scholarships are Sarah Lemonds, Nick Tutwiler, and Ginger-Gabrielle South, respectively. Sarah will attend Old-Time Week. Ginger will attend Celtic Week. Nick will attend Fiddle Week. Ruth Shumway is first runner-up. Rachel Bettendorf is second runner-up. We greatly appreciate the parents and the teachers who have supported and encouraged these talented young musicians.

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Ginger-Gabrielle South, Sarah Lemonds and Nick Tutwiler

Thanks to these CFS members for their time and service: youth scholarship judges Mark Clemens, David Fee, and Mike Kowalski; and adult scholarship judges Greg Clarke, Tom Covington, and Dennis Frost.

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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!

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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

We're not just fiddles!

We are dealers for the complete lines of
Recording King & Eastman
guitars & mandolins. Accessories, lessons, repairs, appraisals.

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