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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.
Michael York & the Big Cigar Band is a Charlotte-based bluegrass band that created a sensation on the CFS Folk Stage at Festival in the Park in 2012. They love playing music together and have fun playing for live audiences. Band members include Michael York (banjo), Glen Alexander (fiddle), David Woodie (bass & backup vocals), Michael Burgess (guitar & lead vocals), and Jamie Harper (mandolin). They lay out bluegrass with a bounce – fast movin’ flat-out pickin' and grinnin'!
Special guests opening for the Big Cigar Band will be the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Club!
Follow this link to find out more about this high energy Bluegrass Evening!
The concert and gathering will be at the Great Aunt Stella Center, a beloved downtown landmark located at 926 Elizabeth Avenue (map here) on the edge of downtown Charlotte, was originally designed as a church. The former sanctuary offers a warm and beautiful performance space with seats for 400.
Admission. Please enter through the front doors only, which will open @ 7:00, after the sound check is done.
Handicapped Access. There is a handicap accessible entrance and an elevator for those who need it through the ground floor side door on the right side of the building (looking at the building from the parking lot).
Parking. Free surface and deck parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. The arm of the nearby parking deck goes up for the weekend at 8 PM. So, you can grab a ticket on the way into the parking deck but you will not have to pay on the way out if you leave after 8 PM. Click on the link from GoogleEarth showing how to get from the Elizabeth Ave entrance to the parking deck.
As Elizabeth Avenue remains closed, use the map in the following link to view an alternative way to enter the parking deck via 4th Street.
You can enter the Great Aunt Stella Center parking lot through the County Parking Deck entrance on 4th Street and exiting into the parking lot beside the Great Aunt Stella Center. You can simply park in the deck and walk over. If you have passengers who need to be dropped off, you can do so and then return to the deck to park.
You can also exit from 277 to 4th Street and enter the parking deck.
Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. The hour-long concert will be followed by refreshments, a Song Circle, an Old Time Instrumental Slow Jam, or an occasional fast jam. Visitors are also invited to the Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meeting after the concert, where folks are invited to try out a "loaner" dulcimer and join their session..
CFS Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
The Charlotte Folk Society is pleased to present the traditional Irish music supergroup The Teetotallars at the Great Aunt Stella center auditorium on Friday April 4th! The Teetotallers is an alliance of three traditional Irish greats: fiddler Martin Hayes, flautist Kevin Crawford, and guitarist John Doyle.
This is a ticketed concert so be sure to reserve your seats in advance!
For more information about this incredible Celtic Concert opportunity and how you can order tickets online, please check out the Full Story Page!
On Wednesday, April 30th, Charlotte Folk Society will again present our popular Folk Jubilee at NoDa's Evening Muse, 3227 North Davidson Street. Salem MacKnee will lead a song circle beginning at 7:30 PM. The performances get underway at 8 PM and consist of four 25-minute sets. Join us to enjoy a variety of music styles from Dennis Spring, Sam Richardson, Matthew Alexander, and Davy Fee & Friends. Admission is a very reasonable $3, for performers and audience alike.
Dennis Spring began playing violin in the 4th grade, and taught himself guitar and bass in high school. His love for Irish music was honed through early listening to his grandmother's singing. He joined the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in 1978 as first violinist, led the Symphony String Quartet for fifteen years, and was Concertmaster of the Charlotte Pops Orchestra.
Dennis has recorded sound tracks as a studio musician in a wide range of styles, and has performed with Harry Connick, Jr., Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinsen, Chet Atkins, The Moody Blues, Beverly Sills, and Luciano Pavarotti.
Fifteen year-old fiddler Sam Richardson is a ninth-grader at Myers Park High School. His introduction to fiddle began with Suzuki lessons while in kindergarten. Sam has been playing ever since, gleaning instruction and experience from a number of fine teachers, including Glen Alexander. Sam will be playing bluegrass, old-time, and country music, accompanied by sidekicks Ray Owens and Harry Taylor. He has just been awarded one of two 2014 Swannanoa Gathering youth scholarships.
Matthew Alexander began playing guitar at the age of eight, started writing songs at fifteen. He was active in the Cambridge and New York folk music scenes in the '60s and '70s where he opened for Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. His songs have aired on commercial and non-commercial radio, as well as public television in the United States and Canada. He has released five critically acclaimed CDs of original songs on his label, Caravan Records. A sixth, Three Minute Movie, will be released later this year.
Gypsy Jazz guitarist Davy Fee is self-taught, and has been playing guitar for six years. He admits to holding the great Django Reinhardt as his favorite influence. A sixteen-year old junior at Rocky River High School, he regularly plays in a Gypsy Jazz group with his dad, David Fee, and guitarist David McGuirt. Davy enjoys running track and camping with his Boy Scout Troop, is a CFS junior board member, and three-time scholarship winner to the Swannanoa Gathering.
For a spot on the schedule at a future Folk Jubilee, get in touch with Harry Taylor 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.
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!
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!
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!
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