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.

The Marketplace

This is where Charlotte Folk Society members market products and services. They include such things as lessons, CDs and performances. This service is available ONLY to members and is FREE.

If you are a member and want to promote what you do on this page, please send e-mail to: Ed Gebauer with:
  • Your name
  • The service you are selling or providing (include pricing if you want)
  • Any links to websites that support your product or service
  • Contact information. This can include address, e-mail, telephone. (Be sure to include a phone number for information verification; this number does not have to be published.)
  • You can attach an image to the e-mail, but keep it small, please.

NOTE to Artists: Being posted on this page is a CFS Membership Benefit. If will fall upon yourselves to either let me know that you'd like to keep the post up, or change it. In January I'll be checking the membership roster and if your name isn't listed as active, your post will come off. You'll not be notified of this event, so if this advertising is important to you, please keep current! -ed

CDs (Go to top)
DVD Cover for Pebble in a Pond Pebble in a Pond DVD: The Story Of the Charlotte Folk Society 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. You can purchase this DVD and read more:  here.
CFS 25th Anniversary CD cover CD Celebration: 25 Years of The Charlotte Folk Society. As part of the Folk Society's 25th anniversary year (1982-2007), we have 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!.
Cantaloupe Tonight by Brian Blaney. An acoustic outing. Many Instrumentals evoking old-timey fiddle and dance favorites featuring Brian, Friends and Family on acoustic guitars, fiddles, banjo, mandolins, penny whistle and bird songs. Mountain Music Favorites plus distinctive Originals. Song clips at CD Baby. You can also buy directly from Brian for $15.95 (includes mailing). Contact Brian:   here
Fields by Rob McHale. Rob McHale is a North Carolina-based folk-Americana artist whose songs can take you through a small town, down a dirt road or on an historical journey – and bring you back home again. farms, and change with a real roots connection as well as an occasional brush with romance. Visit Rob's site at www.robmchale.com. Song clips at CD Baby.
CD cover Susan Sherlock's debut recording of Traditional American, Celtic, and International folk on hammered dulcimer. Susan is accompanied by Albert Dulin, Fred McKinney, Dan Bright, and Ken Kolodner. $16.50 includes postage. Contact her by email or call 803-322-3256. Visit Susan's website:  here.
A New Way Home by Susan Sherlock. Susan Sherlock, known for her hammered dulcimer playing, is making her singer/songwriter debut with this new release! Joined by James Leva, PJ Brunson, Gary Greene, Jon Singleton, Albert Dulin and others, this recording is a blend of fun fiddle tunes, ballads and originals that celebrates "A New Way Home". For extensive liner notes please visit www.SusanSherlock.com. Available at CDBaby.com and www.SusanSherlock.com. For more information, contact Susan Sherlock by email, or call 803-322-3256.
CD cover New Release! "Under The Winter Moon," featuring Susan Sherlock on hammered dulcimer with guests Albert Dulin on fiddles, mandolin, bouzouki; Dan Bright on guitar, concertina; Henry Trexler on bass; John Trexler on clarinet. Available at www.SusanSherlock.com. For more information, contact Susan Sherlock by email or call 803-322-3256.
Christmas in Carolina. Vocals and mandolin by Darrell Bumgardner. Songs: Jingle Bells/The Gift/White Christmas/Christmas in Carolina/Silent Night/Joy to the World/Christmas Time's A'coming/Silver Bells/Old Christmas Card/Away in the Manger/Christmas Long Ago. Order for $5 (tax included) plus $3 shipping. Order form:  here.
Stevens Mill Band CD cover CD Live at the Divide, by Stevens Mill Band.

From CD Baby: "Stevens Mill is KICK ASS FOLK at its best featuring Songster/Guitarist Webster with Master Fiddler Glen Alexander, Bassist Mocks McCrory, and percussionist Fingers Loelius. All takes for this disk were recorded live at The Divide in Matthews, NC July 22nd, 2006 at a small and intimate show." This CD is available from CD baby:  here. Stevens Mill Band website:  here

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<i>Looking for a Novel</i> CD cover CD Looking for a Novel, by Alan Barrington. Looking for a Novel is the second self-released CD from singer/songwriter Alan Barrington. (The firstone is below.) Barrington's time has been well spent with four tracks from this album receiving critical praise from the Suwannee SpringFest (Live Oak, FL), Minnesota Folk Festival, & MOVA Arts Festival (Guntersville, AL), Song Door International Songwriting Competition. He also is a regular at the Charlotte Symphony's Pops Series. CD's can be purchased at www.alanbarrington.com. Visit Alan's myspace page:  here.
Mock Turtle Soup CD cover for 'Bound for Carolina' Bound for Carolina. The great new album from Mock Turtle Soup. Even more vocal harmonies, foot-stomping old-time tunes, and a few surprises. $15. Order form:  here.
Alan Barrington's CD cover Alan Barrington's debut CD, collection of 14 original songs. A very guitar-centric album, most of the arrangements on this group of songs are centered on his vocals, guitar, and his rhythm section of Kenny Walker/Roger Kohrs (bass) and Jim Mosher/Jonathon Erickson (drums). Among the guest artists are guitar Steven Swinford/Joe Gminder, piano Richard Putnam, and Jennifer Anderson/Jim Mosher/Steven Swinford with vocals. It's available on the web at www.alanbarrington.com with audio samples. CD's are $10.
CD cover Rick Spreitzer's debut CD, "Meanderthal" is a "lo-fi Americana" collection of 14 original songs, played on acoustic instruments by Charlotte artists (Mike Strauss, Steven Carpenter, Jill Lurie and Aaron Brindle). It's available on his web site with audio samples. CD's are $12.50 shipped or $10 at his shows.
CD cover "Dirt Tracks," Rick's sophomore collection of songs, features a dozen new songs and a fine collection of this region's artists (Dave Childers, Cast Iron Filter's Mike Orlando and Brian Burton, Rodney Lanier, Trip Rogers, Jill Lurie, Steven Carpenter, JD Wilson, Jon Schigoda, Joe Kuhlmann and regular sideman, Kevin Edwards). For more information, you can go to Rick's website, send him email him or call (704) 553-8028.
CD cover Si Kahn's newest CD release, "We're Still Here," is a collection of original music by one of America's most enduring folk singers, activists and Charlotte residents. This is his 60th Birthday CD. The CD is selling for $18, including tax and postage. Visit Si's web site to get a copy of this or his other CDs.
Instruments (Go to top)
For Sale: 1975 Martin D-28 - $1,950 Firm. Serial number 371375. Impeccable condition. No dents, dings, scratches, or signs of wear. This guitar has barely been played. Booming sound. The standard bluegrass guitar. Light blue Martin hard-shell case.    Contact Brian Neligan at bkneligan@gmail.com. .
For Sale: Cremona SB 3 Bass - $1,000. Was purchased new for $1400. It includes a case and a bow. It is a beautiful instrument with a flame maple back. There are a few very small nicks on the edges that a happened while moving it around. It has a very rich tone and is quite loud. It has a professional sound pick-up installed. Includes case..    Contact Jack Flood at leotojack@gmail.com.
For Sale: Lap Dulcimer built by Robert Mize (featured in Foxfire book 3) - $999. Carved Bear on neck: only of few of these were made. Priced below appraisal. Includes Foxfire book and personal letter from Robert to me. His passing several years ago has increased its value.    Contact Edna at 504-256-3795, email: eh_library_hpfc@yahoo.com.
For Sale: Kala Solid Mahogany Concert Ukulele in nearly new condition; played about 6 times; model KA-SMHC. Clean traditional look and sound. Solid Mahogany top, sides and back. Mahogany neck, satin finish. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, simulated bone nut and saddle; faux tortoise shell binding w/ black and white purfling. Chrome die-Cast tuners, Aquila Nylgut Strings. Kala plastic and foam case included. $180.00.   Contact Bonnie Stewart 704-576-7726; bestew@mindspring.com.
For Sale: Cremona Style Fiddle, Long history with the Charlotte Folk Society, Nice Sound!   Contact Harry Taylor, email: hataylor@ccim.net.
For Sale: Wildwood Troubadour open-back banjo - $1300. Bird inlay-pattern, tuba-phone tone ring, very bright sound!   Contact Harry Taylor, email: hataylor@ccim.net.
For Sale: Eastman HD 805 Mandolin. A model with F holes. Further standard specs are here. Retails for over $1,000. Willing to let go for $850. Case included, together with a flatpick that contains every Old Time tune. Contact John Goldsbury at flatpick_guitar@yahoo.com.
For Sale: Goya guitar model G-10. Classic concert size, made in Sweden in the 1960's but in perfect condition. Asking $150, which includes case and extra strings. Contact Dori Bowman at dnbowman@bellsouth.net or 704 556-0491.
Vintage Trace Acoustic TA35CR guitar amp in VG condition ($200) Contact Rick at rick@rickspreitzer.com.
CF Martin 000-28 (1943). V/ G to Exc condition except 1 repaired back crack and 2 small plugged screw holes above endpin area. 24.9" scale, 1-5/8" nut width, not original s/b finish spruce top with h/b purfling, factory scalloped bracing, nice straight grained Brazilian rosewood sides & back. 20-fret ebony fingerboard with slotted dia and sq inlays. Repro Gotoh open back gears w/ butterbean buttons. Recent neck reset & other work by very reputable shop (new bridge, new fretboard, refretted). Prior work was (neck width narrowed, completely refinished w/ sunburst top, new decal) professionally done, great sounding guitar, ideal for smaller hands, w/ recent Martin Geib-style HSC w/ green lining. Asking $8,900. Gruhn photo appraisal available at:   cogitoergosum.blarney@gmail.com
Mandolin. For Sale -- Kentucky Mandolin, A Model, KM180S. I will include a small stand, neck strap, soft case and a Sabine ST-1000 Chromatic Tuner. $200. Call Dorsey Locklear at 704-596-0345 or 704-574-8133 (cell).
Larrivee D-05. Jean Larrivee 6 string acoustic guitar. Model D-05 Mahogany Top, made in the USA. Beautiful instrument, big sound. Case included. $2,000. Call Margaret Kennedy at 704-231-9297.
For Sale: Two Antique German Violins Amati models. Perfect condition, professionally adjusted. Your choice -- $2,000. ea. Call Nick Lampo @ 704-527-1239 for more information.
For Sale: Santa Cruz Guitars. I am a Dealer for Santa Cruz Guitars and offer a 20% discount to Charlotte Folk Society Members.
Call Rob Webster for a showing at 704-517-8345.
Luthier: Visit Jack Coobs' web site to find out about custom-made instruments and repair services. Contact Jack by e-mail or by calling (704) 231-4385. To sample the quality of Jack's guitars, click here to hear Rudy Brhel play "The Water is Wide."
Banjos For Sale: I am a banjo collector who has a number of vintage collectable and entry level banjos for sale. I am willing to sell or trade instruments. Call Tom Estes at 704 554-8949 or email me:  here to see what I have available.
Lessons, Kits, Workshops (Go to top)
Hammered Dulcimer Lessons, rental instruments, no experience necessary and music reading is not required! See www.Susan Sherlock.com for more information. Email contact:  Susan Sherlock, or call 803-322-3256.
Visit Satisfied Mind to find dulcimer and banjo kits for kids, how to make simple instruments, information on folk music shows and workshops with Carol and Pat Raedy.
General (Go to top)
Place Called Art Cloth. The Author of this book talks about growing up on a mill village in the heart of North Carolina. His journey starts in 1935 and ends the the untimely death of his only son, Michael Kane Bumgardner on March 5th, 2004. He talks about his early school days, life in the United States Navy, his family and playing music. A story that starts with a great family, summers around The South Fork River and ends with a tear for Michael. Order for $9.95 (tax included) plus $3 shipping. Order form:  here.
For Sale: Hand-crafted Wall Clocks: Bevel-cut in the shapes of states. The perfect gift for the map freak! Contact Allen Cooke at 704-366-3334 or warehambr@aol.com.