at August 14th Gathering
The Charlotte Folk Society kicks off its 28th Annual Gathering Series with bluegrass, gospel, and more by The Snyder Family Band on Friday, August 14, at 7:30 PM. Please join us in the former sanctuary of the Great Aunt Stella Center, located at 926 Elizabeth Avenue, between McDowell Street and Kings Drive, in downtown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM.
Monthly Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly, open to the public, and free. Donations, which support the series, are greatly appreciated. A short refreshment break follows the hour-long concert. Afterwards, join a song circle or a jam session -- slow or fast -- listeners welcomed. The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meets after the concert and welcomes visitors, as well. Free surface parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. The arm of the nearby parking deck goes up for the weekend at 8 PM. Visitors who pick up tickets on their way in won? be charged if they leave after 8 PM.
The Snyder Family Band showcases the talents of fourteen-year-old Zeb Snyder, on guitar, and his sister, ten-year-old Samantha, on fiddle. Their father, Bud, backs them up on upright bass. The buzz about Zeb and Samantha is well deserved. Their extraordinary musicianship and their depth of feeling for the music they play have created an enthusiastic following. The band has performed on stages everywhere from the Tosco Music Party to the Wayne C. Henderson Festival to Music Fest, headlined by Doc Watson, in Sugar Grove, NC. The Snyder Family Band has also performed in the bluegrass concert series at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Virginia. Their performance there will be featured in a segment of Song of the Mountains, to be aired on Saturday, August 15, at 6 PM on UNC-TV.
Zeb began classical guitar lessons at age seven and built a great musical foundation in the Suzuki method. When he broadened his interest to include bluegrass at age eleven, he entered a new phase that brought him to his favorite style of playing the guitar -- flatpicking. He progressed by leaps and bounds, eagerly joining any jam session. Zeb has won many guitar competitions since he began flatpicking. In 2007, he won the top prize, a Wayne C. Henderson guitar, at the Jimmy Edmonds Homecoming Competition at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia. This year, Zeb took first place in the adult guitar competition at the Mount Airy Bluegrass and Fiddlers Convention.
Samantha began playing classical violin at age three in the Suzuki method. By age four, she was playing duets with Zeb. At age seven she made the transition to bluegrass by taking fiddle lessons, playing in jam sessions, and competing at fiddlers' conventions. In 2007, Samantha won first place at the Jimmy Edmonds Homecoming Competition. The prize was a fiddle made by luthier and fiddler Jimmy Edmonds. Last year, at the age of nine, she became the youngest ever to win the prestigious "Fiddler of the Festival" title at Fiddler's Grove in Union Grove, North Carolina, home of the oldest fiddler's competition in North America. Along with playing fiddle, Samantha enjoys singing lead and harmony vocals.
Bud's musical training began as a percussionist in his high school band. He didn't expect to be learning to play a new instrument at this stage of his life. However, when his children needed a bass player for the family band, Bud stepped up to the challenge. He now contributes a smooth steady beat that adds depth to the growing talents of Zeb and Samantha and he especially enjoys the bond that making music with them provides.
Laine Snyder occasionally joins her husband and children on stage, adding her voice to create three-part harmonies. She grew up with three sisters and developed a love of singing harmony with them at home, church, and in the car. Bud, Laine, Zeb, and Samantha all look forward to the time when little brother, Owen, now three years old, will make his musical contribution to the Snyder Family Band.
The Snyder Family Band released a self-titled debut CD last fall. Visit their website here to learn more.
Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.