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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.

Willow Grove Jam Continues
in Memory of Bill Williams

July 12th, 2:00 PM
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With fond memories of its founder, Bill Williams, the Willow Grove Jam will continue to meet on the first Saturday of each month from 2 PM to 4 PM (except for the coming 4th of July... the next Jam will occur on July 12th instead). Co-hosted by Charlotte Folk Society members Alan Davis and Tom Kelleher, the open jam takes place in the Activities Room at the Willow Grove Retirement Center, located at 10043 Idlewild Road, Matthews, North Carolina. All are invited to come tomorrow, June 6th.

The format for this unplugged jam is a play-around, like a song circle, where each person chooses a tune or song. It can be anything from gospel, bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, or Americana in genre. The audience varies from ten to forty residents and guests. For more information, contact Alan Davis at or 704-499-3918.

2015 Swannanoa Scholarship Winners!!!

Interviews and auditions were held on Sunday, February 24th, for the 14th Annual Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship, the William Thomas Covington Youth Scholarship and the 7th Annual Spencer-Bryant (Adult) Scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops.

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Liam Purcell

Twelve-year-old Liam Purcell will be going to Swannanoa for Fiddle/Mando/Banjo Week as the Price Scholarship recipient. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, as well as singing, and has played on stages from the IBMA to MerleFest.

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Angel Paez

The Covington Youth Scholarship is awarded to Angel Paez. Angel is a junior at Myers Park High School and plays violin, mandolin, guitar and double bass, as well as keyboard, accordion, electric guitar and electric bass. Angel will attend Swannanoa's Fiddle/Mando/Banjo week, as well.

The first and second runners up for the youth scholarships are Sarah Lemonds and Ginger-Gabrielle South, respectively.

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Mary Shumway

Mary Shumway will represent CFS at Swannanoa as the Spencer-Bryant Scholarship recipient. She plays mandolin and guitar and performs with her daughter, Ruth, and husband, Dave, in their family band, The High Ridge Pickers. She will attend Old-Time Week, July 19-25. First runner-up is Diana Wade.

We are very appreciative of all those who served as judges: Phil Lesser, Alan Davis, and David Fee (Marilyn Meacham Price and William Thomas Covington Youth Scholarships); and Tom Covington, Tom Estes, and Karen Singleton (Spencer-Bryant Scholarship). Judges for both scholarships have expressed how difficult it was to make selections among so many accomplished applicants.

The CFS scholarships are offered as a means of fulfilling our mission to perpetuate traditional music and will be fully funded through a partnership between the Charlotte Folk Society and Warren Wilson College. The scholarships cover tuition ($510), provided by the Folk Society, and room and board ($405), provided by the college, a total scholarship of $915.

Congratulations to Liam Purcell, Angel Paez and Mary Shumway, as well as all others who applied!

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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

Summertime and the Deals
are Smokin' Hot!

We've slashed prices on all in-stock instruments for the month of June!

If you've been thinking about buying a new fiddle, now's
the time to get it!

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!

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 Tommy's Pub
2007 Central Ave
The jam is for intermediate players but all are welcome. For details, call Greg Clarke at

Two 10 x 20 ft. tents. White canopy. $50.00 each.
Excellent condition. Includes storage container on wheels. Used by Charlotte Folk Society at various festivals & activities. Will include two 7 x 20 ft. side curtains.
Call Tom Phlegar at 704-535-2154.