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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.

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76th National Folk Festival

September 9-11, 2016
Greensboro, North Carolina

Details here!

The 2016-2017
Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Season

Opening August 12, 2016:
The Snyder Family

The Snyder Family

The Snyder Family

Samantha Snyder, 16, and Zeb Snyder, 19, have won multiple championships on fiddle and guitar, respectively. Musicians mature beyond their years, both are fine singers and songwriters. Their dad, Bud, backs them on upright base. Based in the bluegrass tradition, they mix in southern rock, blues, gospel, Texas swing, and newgrass.

Check out the full lineup here!

Charlotte Folk Society:
Playing Well With Others Since 1982

CFS - Playing Well With Others Since 1982

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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.

2016 Charlotte Folk Society
Swannanoa Gathering Scholarship Winners

Auditions and interviews to determine this year’s CFS scholarships recipients were held the afternoon of Sunday, February 28th at Myers Park Baptist Church. Six adults and eight young people auditioned. Congratulations to all who applied!

The winners of the Spencer-Bryant Adult Scholarship and the Anne Spychala Adult Scholarship are David Shumway and Philip Weisenhorn, respectively. David and Philip will both attend Old-Time Week. First runner-up is Diana Wade and second runner-up is Tom Walsh.

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David Shumway and Philip Weisenhorn

Winners of the Marilyn Meacham Price, William Thomas Covington, and Anne Spychala Youth Scholarships are Sarah Lemonds, Nick Tutwiler, and Ginger-Gabrielle South, respectively. Sarah will attend Old-Time Week. Ginger will attend Celtic Week. Nick will attend Fiddle Week. Ruth Shumway is first runner-up. Rachel Bettendorf is second runner-up. We greatly appreciate the parents and the teachers who have supported and encouraged these talented young musicians.

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Ginger-Gabrielle South, Sarah Lemonds and Nick Tutwiler

Thanks to these CFS members for their time and service: youth scholarship judges Mark Clemens, David Fee, and Mike Kowalski; and adult scholarship judges Greg Clarke, Tom Covington, and Dennis Frost.

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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!

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Folk Society Member Benefits Today!

Join the Folk Society today and you'll be glad you did! 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!

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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

We're not just fiddles!

We are dealers for the complete lines of
Recording King & Eastman
guitars & mandolins. Accessories, lessons, repairs, appraisals.

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