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  • November 9th Gathering: Traditional Music by Jim Lloyd and Trevor McKenzie

    Jim Lloyd
    Jim Lloyd
    Our next Gathering will take place on Friday, November 9, in the Bryant Recital Hall. The evening will get underway at 7:30 PM with a concert by Jim Lloyd and Trevor McKenzie. No stranger to the Charlotte Folk Society, Jim Lloyd has performed previously on our stage as a member of the acclaimed Konnarock Critters.

    Please join us in the Sloan-Morgan Building, located at 1220 Elizabeth Avenue, on the Central CPCC Campus in Charlotte. CFS Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Donations, which benefit musicians and provide professional sound, are greatly appreciated. Free parking is available in the CPCC Staff and Theater Deck, accessed from Fourth Street, between Charlottetown Avenue (formerly Independence Boulevard) and Kings Drive.

    Although born in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, Jim Lloyd now makes his home in Rural Retreat, Virginia, where he is Vice Mayor and operates Lloyd's Barber Shop, a local gathering spot for collecting and trading tunes, stories, and songs. His musical roots extend back through at least four generations of fiddlers, guitar players, dancers, and singers from the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. Jim is an excellent instrumentalist whose work has been documented by the Smithsonian Institute as representative of Southwest Virginia mountain music and storytelling. While accomplished on many instruments, he is known especially for his skills on guitar (fingerpicking style) and banjo (clawhammer and two-finger). Jim has won prizes for many years in both guitar and banjo competitions at notable fiddler's conventions such as Galax and Union Grove.

    He shares his heritage not only by performing, but also as a teacher to many local students ranging from ages six to 70. Jim gives instruction on just about anything with strings particularly guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. He has taken his knowledge and talents to music camps such as the Augusta Heritage Festival, the Swannanoa Gathering, and Camp Holiday Lake, as well as holding workshops throughout Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Minnesota, and, yes, England.

    Jim has performed at many regional shows, as well as West Virginia's Mountain Stage, Seedtime on the Cumberland (Appalshop), Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, and Minnesota Old-Time and Bluegrass Festival, just to name a few.

    Jim has two solo recording projects, but has also performed on numerous recordings by fellow musicians, including those of his young neighbor Elizabeth LaPrelle, a traditional ballad singer who performed for CFS in May 2006. In order to promote the regional music, Jim has also produced several projects of traditional music to help expose unique sounds that are often times overlooked or not known to exist. One such recording is Season's Greetings from a Small Town in Virginia, released two years ago. It features ten acts all connected with Rural Retreat. A fervent local booster, Jim says, "I've always thought there was a lot of talent in town and somebody should get it together and record it."

    Trevor McKenzie, nineteen years old and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, will perform with Jim Lloyd, his teacher and mentor for ten years. Although Trevor is known for playing banjo and guitar, he is also a rare player of the handsaw. He distinguished himself at this year's Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia, by capturing tenth place in a field of 209 in the Folk Song Competition.

    Do not miss what will be an extremely entertaining evening! Jim Lloyd is a seriously accomplished musician, but he also has a well-deserved reputation as a raconteur and humorist. See you there. Need more information? Call Wanda Hubicki at 704-563-7080.