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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 March 9th and 17th

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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.

And there's a Second opportunity for some Old Time Instrumental Slow Jamming!

Slow Jam in the Schoolhouse
Jamming in the Old Schoolhouse

Except for December, on the third Saturday of each month during the cooler seasons, the Charlotte Folk Society offers an instrumental Slow Jam at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village located in downtown Mint Hill, North Carolina. This jam is a one hour precursor to the regular Mint Hill Old Time Jam that has been meeting at the historic village for years! October, November, January thru April, we'll start at 10 AM in the Ashcraft One Room Schoolhouse building. Following the Slow Jam, the regular Mint Hill Old Time Jam cranks up around 11 AM offering a couple more hours of round robin style playing of songs and tunes.

Just so ya know, in keeping with the historical and compact nature of this gorgeous restored schoolhouse 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!