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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
2017-2018 Gathering Season
Details here!

Friday, November 10th, Gathering
The Trailblazers:  Breaking New Ground in Bluegrass & More!

The Trailblazers

The Trailblazers is a young North Carolina band creating a lot of excitement among bluegrass fans. The band has opened for award-winning performers such as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (McGlohon Theatre) and for Blue Highway (Neighborhood Theatre).  Please join us in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of Uptown Charlotte, at 7:30 PM when the music gets underway in our beautiful listening room. Doors open at 7 PM.

See more of the band here!

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The Charlotte Folk Society is supported, in part, with funding by the Arts & Science Council (ASC).

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Charlotte Folk Society Potluck & Jams
Food! Fellowship! Music!

December 2nd, 2017
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The Charlotte Folk Society’s Annual Holiday Potluck will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 4-10 PM, in the Community Center at Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, near Park Road Shopping Center.  There will be separate spaces for a Song Circle, Bluegrass and Old-Time Jams, and Celtic Session, so bring your voice or an instrument to jam before dinner, starting at 4 PM! 

There is ample parking on the grounds of th church. Enter directly from the parking lot into the Community Center. The entrance is level and accessible.

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The Potluck Dinner begins at 5 PM.  Roast turkey, ham, vegetarian entrees, and beverages will be provided.  Please bring a side dish to share that will serve eight people or make a contribution of $10 per person towards expenses.  If you don’t have time to cook, rather than making a donation, please consider picking up a pre-made dish for your contribution, in order that we have enough food for everyone.  The Potluck is family-friendly and open to the public and you’re invited to bring friends and family. 

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After dinner, we will draw the winning name in our instrument raffle.  Buy your tickets now for the Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, generously donated by The Violin Shoppe.  The list price of this instrument, plus a hardshell case is $1244.  For your convenience, purchase tickets online with a credit card at and at all CFS events prior to and including the Potluck.  (Note:  online sales of raffle tickets will end at midnight on Friday, December 1st.)

As the Holiday Potluck is considered to be our annual members’ meeting and in keeping with CFS By-Laws, we will hold elections of new board members on December 2nd, as well as voting on changes to the current By-Laws. 
Please save the date and plan to join us to enjoy great food and music, and celebrate this holiday season in good company!

Violin Shoppe

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

Blueridge BR-160 Dreadnought Guitar
Blueridge BR-160 Historic
Dreadnought Guitar
$5 each or $25 for six! Use this link to
Purchase Tickets Online Now!
(Online ticket sales end at midnight, December 1st)

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.

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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

As temps drop, don't forget the importance of humidifying your acoustic instruments! 

Visit the Shoppe for great gift ideas!

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