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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
“Haunted Country, Acoustic Blues
& Rugged Folk” by
Malcolm Holcombe

February 12thth, 7:30 PM
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Malcolm Holcombe

North Carolina singer/songwriter Malcolm Holcombe makes a debut performance at the next Charlotte Folk Society Gathering on Friday, February 12th. 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. Be in line when the doors open at 7 PM to be sure of admission.

Discover more about Malcolm Holcombe.

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Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division 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 have Charlotte Community Radio as our media partner during this Gathering season.

Swannanoa Gathering Scholarship Auditions!

Application Deadline February 26, Auditions February 28th

Marilyn Meacham Price
Marilyn Meacham Price

The Charlotte Folk Society is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship, named in honor of the founder of the Charlotte Folk Society, and the 2nd Annual William Thomas Covington Scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College.

Sara Spencer

Sara Spencer
(photo by Tom Covington)
Gene Bryant

Gene Bryant
(photo by Tom Covington)

In addition, the Charlotte Folk Society will offer the 8th 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.

Presented as a means of fulfilling our mission to perpetuate traditional music, these scholarships will be fully funded through a partnership between the Charlotte Folk Society and Warren Wilson College. The scholarship covers tuition ($525),provided by the Folk Society, and room and board ($415), provided by the college, a total scholarship of $940.

IMPORTANT!  Please note that the application deadline is Friday, February 26th, 2016, and that the auditions will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, February 28th, 2016 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 excellent opportunities and how you can audition, read the CFS 2016 Scholarship Info Page!

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The Charlotte Sessions
-- Recorded In Charlotte --

by Tom Estes
Kollard Kings

Kollard Kings

Tom is past president of the Charlotte Folk Society and plays banjo with the Kollard Kings, a group dedicated to the music recorded in Charlotte during the 1930s.

The names of the performers who recorded in Charlotte during its short recording history reads like the roster of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Each tune, each group, and each musician had their own fascinating story. In the next few months, Tom will share some of the most intriguing and remarkable tales associated with the Charlotte sessions.

Find out more!

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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

We've got Sweetheart deals the entire month of February.

Recording King OOO guitar $299
Loar A-style mandolin $299
Upright basses from $999
Violin outfits from $350

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!

Bill Willaim at the Willow Grove Jam

The Willow Grove Jam meets on the first Saturday of each month from 2 PM to 4 PM in the Activities Room at the Willow Grove Retirement Center, located at 10043 Idlewild Road, Matthews, North Carolina. All are invited to come. Willow Grove Jam page.

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 Fireside Room
north end of,
St. Stephen Methodist Church
6800 Sardis Road
The jam is for intermediate players but all are welcome. For details, call Greg Clarke at