Charlotte Folk Society logo celebrating 30 years

Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

Charlotte Folk Society
2018-2019 Gathering Season

Come and join us for a full evening of entertainment and socializing.  These second Friday Gatherings will continue to be a full evening of fun, family friendly events at the Self Help Center/Great Aunt Stella Center in downtown Charlotte, located at 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Food Trucks will open the evening around 5:30, and Bluegrass and Acoustic jams will precede the featured concert at 6:00PM. The Concerts begins at 7:30 PM in the beautiful Sanctuary. After the concert come on down and join us in the Café for Refreshments and connect with folks and others who love good music! Jams will reconvene after the concert, and will include the Singer Songwriters Workshop and the Appalachian Dulcimer Club. There is no cost to attend the Gatherings, although for those who can, we encourage $10.00 per person donation, so that we can meet operational costs. Parking is free.

August 10:     Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive

Terry Baucom

Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive

This will be an evening of hard driving bluegrass by one of the masters! Terry Baucom, a native of Monroe, NC, began his career in 1970 playing banjo with Charlie Monroe and has been thru the years a founding member of Boone Creek with Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and lllrd Time Out. Most recently, he won recorded event of the year with the IBMA in 2013 and last year’s single, Around the Corner, won most played song on the Bluegrass Today chart. Terry is also a renowned session player and instructor. Now touring with an all-star band from North Carolina and Virginia, this show is not to be missed!

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September 14:      Jamie Laval with special guest Megan McConnell

Jamie Laval and Megan McConnell

Jamie Laval and Megan McConnell

An evening of Celtic Music and Mythical Tales.  Jamie Laval is recognized throughout the U.S. and Britain as one of the premier performers of traditional Celtic Music. Megan McConnell is known for the ethereal beauty of her singing, her broad stylistic range and theatrical performance sense. This performance will take the audience on a musical journey thru Scotland, Ireland and Brittany blending passion, virtuosity, innovation and the recounting of mythic tales. Jamie has performed for CFS before and is one of our most requested performers. Photo courtesy of Danial Coston.  


October 12: Jeff Little & Wayne Henderson

Jeff Little Wayne Henderson

Jeff Little and Wayne Henderson

      Jeff Little is a unique pianist in that his instrument doesn’t usually play a prominent part in Appalachian music. A native of Boone, Jeff began playing piano at age 5 where he absorbed traditional, bluegrass, rockabilly and blues from musicians that gathered in his family’s   music store. This is where a lifelong friendship with Doc Watson began & thusly one of his greatest influences.  Wayne Henderson is a world renowned guitarist, luthier and preservationist. Every third weekend in June, Wayne puts on one of the best festivals in the mountains, The Wayne Henderson Festival. All monies raised go to his jam program for young Appalachian musicians. Wayne, like Jeff was a close friend of Doc Watson’s and both spent  many an hour in Wayne’s guitar shop telling stories and pickin tunes until Doc’s death. We are sure to hear a few tunes and stories from their long friendships with Doc – this will be a no miss collaboration!

November 9: The Honey Dewdrops

Honey Dewdrops

Honey Dewdrops

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish have now been touring as the Honey Dewdrops for nine years now, performing at major festivals both in North America and Europe. Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes their sound best in a review of their 2015 release Tangled Country – “They have a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that chum like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway”. The Dewdrop’s original songs are some of the most insightful and honest you will hear anywhere. The Honey Dewdrops are always a hit at Merlefest & always pack the traditional tent – come and find out why! Photo Courtesy of Meredith Washburn.

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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.