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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.

Annual CFS Holiday Potluck & Jams
Saturday, December 13th
The Charlotte Waites Trio

The Charlotte Waites Trio

Please, save the date for the Folk Society’s annual Holiday Potluck & Jams on Saturday, December 13th!  Our year-end celebration takes place again in Langford Hall at Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Boulevard, in the Dilworth Community of Charlotte. 

The Potluck Dinner begins at 5 PM.  Please bring a dish to serve eight or contribute $5 per person towards our expenses.  The Folk Society will provide turkey and ham.  The Potluck is open to the public and you’re invited to bring friends and family. 

Come at 4 PM for pre-dinner jamming or singing.  Salem Macknee will lead a holiday song circle.  Tom Estes, Alan Davis, and Greg Clarke will lead Old-Time, Celtic, and Bluegrass jams, respectively. 

The Charlotte Waites Trio will perform some seasonal songs after dinner.

Want to know more? Follow this Full Story Link to learn more about parking, volunteer opportunities, and the fabulous Charlotte Waites trio!

The Evening Muse
Folk Jubilee at
The Evening Muse!

Thursday, January 8th

Thursday, January 8 will continue Charlotte Folk Society's Folk Jubilee. Location is NoDa's popular Evening Muse at 3227 North Davidson Street. We'll get underway with a song circle led by Salem Macknee at 7:30 pm. At 8 pm - and each half hour afterwards - a new performer or band will play a 25-minute set. Join us to hear Glo, a trio of high school ladies; Lucy Allen with Marshall Goers on banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar; dulcimer wizards John Renwick and Mark Willingham; and singer-songwriter Melissa Mummert.

GLO is comprised of three young high school-age ladies, Ginger-Gabrielle South on the viola, and harmony-singing sisters Laurel and Olivia Johnson. Ginger performs as a violist with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Laurel and Olivia have performed with the St. Peter's Choir School since 2006 and 2007 respectively. They both are members of the Mastersingers Choir and the adult choir at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers combine traditional old-time, contemporary folk, Celtic, and blues music with stirring songwriting and performance skills for a memorable music experience. Allen and Goers have performed solo or with other groups, but some of their best work happens when they're together in a duet performance. They have recorded two CDs-Just Passing Through and Won't See Tadpoles Covered in Fur.

Long time local music regular John Renwick will be joined by craftsman/dulcimer-builder Mark Willingham. The duo will perform on the delightful mountain dulcimer using its unique sounds and tones, playing harmonies off one another on traditional tunes from the Old Time music world.

Melissa Memmert

Melissa Memmert

Melissa Mummert spends lots of time educating and advocating for female inmates and their families through Changed Choices, an organization she helped found. The work is wonderful, but challenging. In looking for an alternate outlet, Melissa picked up a guitar a decade ago and started to write songs. In 2014, she recorded and released Ready, a collection of 14 original songs, some of which she'll share for the Jubilee audience.

For a spot on the schedule at a future Folk Jubilee, get in touch with Harry Taylor (email) or at 704-335-8494. Performers should be inside the venue one half hour before their gig time — and you MUST be a CFS member to perform.


Mason Schmitt
2014 Swannanoa Youth Scholarship Winner

Calling for Young Talented Musicians!
Young Talent Showcase Gathering

Friday, January 9th 2015

The Charlotte Folk Society Young Talent Showcase Gathering for this season will take place on Friday, January 9, 2015, at 7:30 PM, in the Great Aunt Stella Center. CFS annually hosts this non-threatening public performance opportunity for young musicians in order to encourage them to carry on the musical traditions we cherish. Preservation of the music is part of our mission. The best means of preservation is to have generation after generation continue playing it!

Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson
2014 Swannanoa Youth Scholarship Winner

The format is to have approximately 15 individuals and groups perform two songs/tunes for a total of five to six minutes each. Any interested acoustic traditional or contemporary folk musician through college age is welcome to perform.

Participation must be arranged in advance, however. Contact Mary Shumway and Wanda Hubicki no later than December 1st to sign up. Email us at and Mary will coordinate with performers and Wanda needs their information for publicity. Please include a brief biography (age, school, music teacher, musical interests, instrument played, names of parents). As well, a sharply focused headshot, digital, if possible, would be appreciated.

Available slots will fill! So don't delay!

We look forward to another fabulous Gathering of young people!

Renew or Become a Member Today
and Your Membership Will Be Good
Through December !

Join the Folk Society today and to earn up to four months of free membership in the Charlotte Folk Society. You'll 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!

DVD Cover for Pebble in a Pond
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

Great Christmas gifts in a range of prices. All solid wood ukuleles as low as $59. Violin outfits starting at $350. Carbon Fiber Violin Bows $75 to $175. Stocking Stuffers? Rosin, Strings (banjo, guitar, violin), Dampit humidifiers. Gift Certificates for any amount!

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.