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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.

Charlotte Folk Society Gathering
Features Bluesman Scott Ainslie

February 13th, 7:30 PM
Scott Ainslie
Scott Ainslie

We are excited to present bluesman Scott Ainslie in concert at our February 13th Gathering! The music gets underway at 7:30 PM in the beautiful listening room of the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of Uptown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM. This concert is presented in partnership with the Charlotte Blues Society.

Find out more about this exciting event by following this link!

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.

Elizabeth Avenue is now open from Kings Drive AND the intersection with McDowell Street! Enter the parking lot on the West side of the Great Aunt Stella building; there should be signage and volunteers present to direct you towards the parking garage.

If arriving via the 277 loop, exit onto 4th Street and enter the parking deck via the South entrance. Use the map in the following link to view a suggested way to enter the parking deck from 4th Street. If you need to drop passengers off before parking, you can enter the parking lot off Elizabeth from King Street, then find your parking spot in the garage.

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..

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Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.

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Charlotte Folk Society Swannanoa Gathering Scholarships!

Application Deadline February 20, Auditions February 22nd

Marilyn Meacham Price

Marilyn Meacham Price

The Charlotte Folk Society is fortunate to be able to offer two Youth Scholarships this year. The 14th Annual Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College is named in honor of the founder of the Charlotte Folk Society. The second one is the William Thomas Covington Youth Scholarship, made possible through the generosity of our retiring president.

Sara Spencer

Sara Spencer
(photo by Tom Covington)

In addition, the Charlotte Folk Society will offer the 7th Annual Spencer-Bryant Adult Scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. Named in honor of Sara Spencer, for many years our Central Piedmont Community College Music Department faculty sponsor, and the late Gene Bryant, long-time CPCC Music Department Chair, this scholarship will be awarded to an adult.

Gene Bryant

Gene Bryant
(photo by Tom Covington)

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

IMPORTANT!  Please note that the application deadline is Friday, February 20th, 2015, and that the auditions will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at Myers Park Baptist Church. Auditions must be in person. No exceptions to the time and place can be made.

To learn more about these incredible opportunities and how you can audition, take a read on the CFS 2015 Scholarship Info Page!

Charlotte Folk Society Concerts at Wedgewood:
Presents Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus!

Saturday, February 28th, 8 PM

If you want to buy tickets online right now,
follow this link!
Dirk Powell

Dirk Powell

We're excited to present two of the country's most respected masters of old-time music as The Charlotte Folk Society presents multi-instrumentalists Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus in concert in an intimate concert in the Charlotte South Park area. Admission paid by check or at the door is $20, which includes state and local taxes. Concert time is 8 PM; doors open at 7:00 PM. If the max seating of 100 has not yet been reserved by Noon of the day of the concert, tickets will be available at the door.

Riley Baugus

Riley Baugus

This concert will take place in the Jim Rivers fellowship hall of Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive (at intersection with Tyvola Road), Charlotte 28210.

For more information about this amazing Roots Music Concert opportunity and how you can order tickets online up till Noon on the day of the concert, please check out the Full Story Page! There are limited seats available, so don't delay!

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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

Happy New Year!
Here's to another great year of music making.
Thank You for supporting us when you need stringed instruments and accessories!

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.