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Samantha Snyder, 16, and Zeb Snyder, 19, have won multiple championships on fiddle and guitar, respectively. Musicians mature beyond their years, both are fine singers and songwriters. Their dad, Bud, backs them on upright base. Based in the bluegrass tradition, they mix in southern rock, blues, gospel, Texas swing, and newgrass. snyderfamilyband.com
Jonathan Byrd is a seventh generation North Carolinian whose journey has taken him across this country, around the world, and back to Carolina.
"This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine's gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark's lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett's wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey's knack for the revealing image." — Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
"Sly, subversive and able to say more in two words than most other people can say in a novel, Byrd is clearly one of the tent poles of contemporary folk music. He sounds like he's straight from the back porch but he's taken a long, hard look at life and knows how to bring it into focus. This… is going to set your ears on fire, even if you aren't a folkie." — Midwest Record
Alice Gerrard & the Piedmont Melody Makers are an all-star group of musicians and singers who play old-time, country, and bluegrass music. Performing with Alice are Chris Brashear, Cliff Hale, and Jim Watson. Grammy nominated Alice Gerrard is a haunting and distinctive singer, who played with Hazel Dickens as half of Hazel & Alice, a pioneering female bluegrass duo. (Alice founded and, for many years, edited the Old-Time Herald, a magazine dedicated to old-time music.) Chris Brashear, who played fiddle with Robin & Linda Williams, possesses an engaging voice and awesome playing skills. Jim Watson is the talented and very amusing bass and mandolin player with Robin & Linda Williams. Cliff Hale is a master of the mandolin. www.alicegerrard.com
John Doyle grew up in a musical family in Dublin, Ireland. A singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, he founded the highly acclaimed supergroup Solas with Seamus Egan, John Williams, Karan Casey, and Winifred Horan. Solas took the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm, in no small part due to John's powerhouse rhythmic guitar style and innovative arrangements. As a member of Solas, John performed to sold out audiences nationally and internationally as well as appearing on many national TV and radio programs. As part of that critically acclaimed group, he also received three NAIRD awards and a Grammy nomination for the band's self-titled first recording. www.johndoylemusic.com
Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203 4-10 PM. Bring a dish for 8 to share or donate $5/person. Enjoy an evening of shared food, fellowship, and an opportunity to sing and join an old-time, bluegrass, or Celtic jam.
This concert shines a spotlight on talented young musicians, through college age. Each year we feature our Swannanoa Gathering Youth Scholarship winners from the previous year. In 2017, they will be Sarah Lemonds, Ginger-Gabreille South, and Nick Tutwiler. Approximately 35 musicians and dancers, all told, participate in this annual event.
Bluegrass fans will love this Grammy-nominated quartet that celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2015! ". . . Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass . . . Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet…" - Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. specialc.com
Blues musician Lorenzo "Logie" Meachum is a storyteller, an educator, and a lifelong learner. A North Carolina native, he grew up listening to soul music at his family's juke joint and eventually began playing himself. Meachum particularly enjoys performing for children and earned an O. Henry Award for his commitment to arts and culture in the Triad region of North Carolina. He is pursuing a PhD in African-American Literature and Rhetoric at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The founder of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, Meachum is an artist-in-residence in the Music Department of UNG-Greensboro. www.ourstate.com/os-sessions-logie-meachum/
Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June, and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller are set to release their second full-length album, Eyes Brand New, on April 7th. Highlighting their emotive songwriting and signature harmonies, this new recording finds the duo returning to a full band sound with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, and special appearances from Will Straughan of Red June on dobro, and Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers on banjo. Eyes Brand New showcases the breadth of their collective musical spirit, seamlessly combining original folk, country, old-time and bluegrass with sincerity and zeal. www.zoeandcloyd.com
Firmly planted in Asheville's thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass, but with an unbridled organic "Appalachiacana" sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs, and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. Tellico features the committed, authentic songwriting and vocals of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass), alloyed with Aaron Balance's soaring dobro and pedal and lap steel and Jed Willis' expressive mandolin and clawhammer banjo. www.tellicoband.com
The Kollard Kings perform stringband songs from Charlotte's heyday as a hub for country and gospel recording – roots of the music now known as bluegrass. Tom Estes on banjo is a past president of Charlotte Folk Society and author of The Charlotte Sessions. Guitarist Donny Murray is known for his comic songs on the John Boy & Billy radio show. West Virginia-born Michael Plumley thumps the doghouse bass. Levine Museum of the New South's consulting historian Dr. Tom Hanchett plays old-time fiddle. www.kollardkings.org
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.