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Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

Charlotte Folk Society Slow Jams September 08th

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The goal of the Slow Jam is to have a nurturing environment where those new to jamming can get their feet wet. We've selected a "core" group of common Old Time tunes that you can count on being played. Listed below, if you become familiar with these you'll be in good shape to join us for an hour of casual slow playing just prior to the regular monthly Mint Hill Jam!

There are a lot of tunes here, that's so we can have some variety. Each month we begin with a different key; playing the tunes in one key always seems to fill the time and let's those that play in specific tunings the freedom to set up in advance and stay there all evening. We'll go through these in the order listed below. For beginners who might think this is too many to learn completely, the tunes at the top of each list are the easiest. The mp3 and midi samples, and the music/chords, are offered only as examples for those who need them. If you know a different version, as long as we're in the same key that should be fine.

Slow Jam at Great Aunt Stella Center

Slow Jam at the Great Aunt Stella Center
following a Friday Evening concert

On all months except December, following each Monthly Gathering Concert(see menu button to the left for Monthly Gathering dates and information), we'll have a Slow Jam. This is in addition to the song circle, and an occasional "fast" jam. Led by fiddler Alan Davis, the Slow Jam will meet up on the third floor of the Great Aunt Stella Center in the "Board Room" where we'll play for about an hour.

The Mint Hill Jam
The Mint Hill Jam
at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village

During the warmer summer months, the Slow Jam normally held at the Carl J. McEwen Historical Site Schoolhouse will go on hiatus until the 3rd Saturday in October. Hey, it's Festival Season in the Carolinas, and we would encourage anyone to attend one of these fabulous playing and listening opportunities!

For the Summer weeks you'll be in town, please join the regular Mint Hill Old Time Jam for a few hours starting around 9:30'ish AM for playing songs and tunes. The Jam takes place in front of the restored Ira V Ferguson Country Store building adjacent to the Farmer's Market held each Saturday starting the first weekend in May on the Museum Property.

While we're out ”under the trees,” it may be a good idea to bring along your favorite jamming chair! Also, in keeping with the historical and compact nature of this gorgeous outdoor facility, the setting is not ideal for pets, amplified instruments, or unattended children.

Some general resources to learn new tunes:

Click here for our observations on Old Time Music Slow Jams!