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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 Lending Library
Open-House & Youth\Beginner Jam

October 1st, 11 AM - 2:30 PM

The CFS Instrument Lending Library is kicking off the fall with some exciting news! Starting October 1st, the library will be open on Saturdays for instrument pick up/drop off from 11 AM to 1 PM. Feel free to drop in and check out all the great instruments we have on hand and give one a strum, pluck, beat, or a bow!

Afterwards, stick around till 1 PM for a new jam session targeted towards youth and beginners. All instruments are welcomed. We will jam until 2:30 or so. What a great way to hone your jamming skills, playing old-time, bluegrass, or other favorites in a relaxed setting or to try out a new instrument from the library! Please come out on October 1st.

The library is located at Plaza Presbyterian Church, 2304 The Plaza, in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte.

Instruments can be borrowed for up to two months at no charge ($30 deposit), and for up to two additional months if no one is waiting. If borrowing beyond two months, your deposit will be converted to a donation to CFS to support future acquisitions/repairs/accessories for the instrument library.

Our current inventory of instruments includes banjos, mandolins, guitars, lap harps, djembe, and more. The library is always accepting donations. Donated instruments should be in good enough repair and sufficient quality as to not frustrate a beginner. In addition to the open house hours, the library is always open by appointment, and pick-ups/drop offs can be made at monthly CFS gatherings.

Contact David Fee (704-733-8409; or John Tutwiler (704-534-1169; for more information about the library or the open house/jam.

Violin Shoppe

The Violin Shoppe Donates
An Awesome Guitar
for Annual CFS Raffle!

Recording King Resonator Guitar
Recording King RM-998-R
Resonator Guitar!
$5 each or $25 for six! Use this link to
Purchase Tickets Online Now!
(Online ticket sales end at midnight, December 2nd)

The Charlotte Folk Society is indebted to Glen Alexander and David McGuirt, proprietors of The Violin Shoppe, Inc., for their continued generosity. Thanks to these two good friends of CFS, we will raise funds through an instrument raffle again this year.

Charlotte Folk Society:
Playing Well With Others Since 1982

CFS - Playing Well With Others Since 1982

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The Charlotte Folk Society is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.

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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!

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

Come check out our extensive Fall fiddle selection. Great inventory of strings and accessories for
fiddle, banjo, guitar,
ukulele & more.

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