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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 Gathering
The Red Clay Ramblers Perform
in the Queen City

October 9th, 7:30 PM
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The Red Clay Ramblers

The Red Clay Ramblers make a rare Queen City appearance at the Charlotte Folk Society’s next Gathering on Friday, October 9th! Please join us in the beautiful listening room of the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of Uptown Charlotte. The music gets underway at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM; arrive early to be sure of admission. This concert is presented in partnership with Our State Magazine and Charlotte Community Radio. An Our State staffer will be on hand to give free copies of the magazine to concert goers.

Ramble over here for more about the Red Clay Ramblers.

Charlotte Folk Society Concerts at Wedgewood:
Traditional Appalachian and Irish Music by
Little Windows

October 17th, 7:30 PM
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Little Windows

The Charlotte Folk Society presents the duo Little Windows in concert on Saturday, October 17th, in the Jim Rivers Fellowship Hall at Wedgewood Church, 4800 Wedgewood Drive (at intersection with Tyvola Road), in South Charlotte. The music gets underway at 7:30 PM; doors open at 7 PM. Guests are invited to bring their favorite beverage and snacks to enjoy. No distilled spirits, please.

Tickets are $20, including 7.25% state and local taxes. For your convenience, purchase tickets online. If you prefer to pay by check, email Wanda Hubicki or call her at 704-563-7080. Receipt of your check, written to “Charlotte Folk Society,” will confirm your reservation. Space is limited.

See and hear more about Little Windows and this exciting event by following this link!

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Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from Arts & Science Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

The Charlotte Folk Society is pleased to have Charlotte Community Radio as our media partner during this Gathering season.

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Lunch at the Piccadilly

September 17th through October 4th 7:30 PM
Lunch at the Piccadilly

Lunch at the Piccadilly

Steve Umberger’s production of Lunch at the Piccadilly is a new musical comedy written by two noted North Carolinians, best-selling author Clyde Edgerton and composer Mike Craver, a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers. With twenty great songs of almost every imaginable style, this funny and heartwarming show takes place on the rocking porch of the Rosehaven Convalescence Center in Listre, North Carolina. Unable to keep up with the times, Rosehaven is being sold to Ballard College. Nothing is supposed to change, but the residents have already noticed a difference in the cornbread. It’s not looking good. But Lil Olive, a new resident, brings new life to the porch - and a revolutionary new idea to get the residents out of their rockers. The quirky, indomitable senior citizens find some surprising solutions to their problems in this unpredictable new show that one critic called “silly and soulful.”  Lunch at the Piccadilly is a collaboration between Playworks and Aldersgate, a visionary senior living community in Charlotte. The production opens September 17th in the Booth Playhouse (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 North Tryon Street) and runs through October 4th.

Single tickets sales began August 1st for Lunch at the Piccadilly! CFS members are eligible for a $2 ticket discount. Purchase tickets online at or by calling the Blumenthal Box Office at 704-372-1000. Use the promo code FOLK however you make your purchase. Tickets range in price from $18-42 (Price Zones 1, 2, and 3).

Lunch at the Piccadilly has served as a catalyst for Knee to Knee—Heart to Heart, a new Folk Society outreach initiative in the senior community utilizing sing-a-long song circles at senior daycare and retirement centers. This effort, coordinated by Karen Singleton, brings together younger and senior CFS musicians as part of one-on-one conversations with individual seniors who live in assisted living or who attend daycare programs. Please stay tuned to the CFS newsletter and our website for more details about when and where these events are taking place and how you can participate as a singer or guitarist. Seeds of an ongoing project in partnership with Aldersgate, Lunch at the Piccadilly’s major sponsor, are being planted to facilitate a more sustained outreach effort long after the musical’s production ends this fall. We will keep you posted!

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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!

Violin Shoppe

Charlotte Folk Society 2015 Instrument Raffle
Courtesy of The Violin Shoppe!

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 10th)

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.

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

Upright basses - laminated AND fully-carved, in stock.

Fiddles for every taste and budget, Student to Professional.

Fall price reductions throughout the Shoppe!

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 Tommy's Pub
2007 Central Ave
The jam is for intermediate players but all are welcome. For details, call Greg Clarke at