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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.
Join us for an exciting Gathering on Friday, April 10th, when fiddler Andrea Beaton, piper Dick Hensold, and pianist Troy MacGillivray make their Queen City debut performing a concert of traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping! The fiddle and bagpipes have had a long, close relationship in the Scottish Gaelic communities on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island and this concert will unleash the incredible energy and power of the instrumental pairing. This Gathering is presented in partnership with the Charlotte Scottish Country Dance Society.
The music gets underway at 7:30 PM in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of Uptown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM. Be in line early to be sure of admission.
Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen.
Free parking is available in the 4th Street Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Drive and McDowell Street. Enter from the Stella Center parking lot or from 4th Street. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building.
Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.
Interviews and auditions were held on Sunday, February 24th, for the 14th Annual Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship, the William Thomas Covington Youth Scholarship and the 7th Annual Spencer-Bryant (Adult) Scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops.
Twelve-year-old Liam Purcell will be going to Swannanoa for Fiddle/Mando/Banjo Week as the Price Scholarship recipient. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, as well as singing, and has played on stages from the IBMA to MerleFest.
The Covington Youth Scholarship is awarded to Angel Paez. Angel is a junior at Myers Park High School and plays violin, mandolin, guitar and double bass, as well as keyboard, accordion, electric guitar and electric bass. Angel will attend Swannanoa's Fiddle/Mando/Banjo week, as well.
The first and second runners up for the youth scholarships are Sarah Lemonds and Ginger-Gabrielle South, respectively.
Mary Shumway will represent CFS at Swannanoa as the Spencer-Bryant Scholarship recipient. She plays mandolin and guitar and performs with her daughter, Ruth, and husband, Dave, in their family band, The High Ridge Pickers. She will attend Old-Time Week, July 19-25. First runner-up is Diana Wade.
We are very appreciative of all those who served as judges: Phil Lesser, Alan Davis, and David Fee (Marilyn Meacham Price and William Thomas Covington Youth Scholarships); and Tom Covington, Tom Estes, and Karen Singleton (Spencer-Bryant Scholarship). Judges for both scholarships have expressed how difficult it was to make selections among so many accomplished applicants.
The CFS scholarships are offered as a means of fulfilling our mission to perpetuate traditional music and will be fully funded through a partnership between the Charlotte Folk Society and Warren Wilson College. The scholarships cover tuition ($510), provided by the Folk Society, and room and board ($405), provided by the college, a total scholarship of $915.
Congratulations to Liam Purcell, Angel Paez and Mary Shumway, as well as all others who applied!
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!
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!
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
2112 East 7th Street
(between Caswell & Laurel)
Charlotte, NC 28204
10 AM - 6 PM
Saturdays 10 AM - 4 PM
Swing Into Spring!
Join us March 20, 7 to 9 PM for a special reception & open house. We'll have a great new exhibit of local art on display and for sale in The Art of The Violin Shoppe gallery in our main hall. Complimentary refreshments, kids activities, and vintage swing music by the shop's own Little Big String Band. Great spring sale prices on instruments and accessories for this special evening. Please join us!
Bluegrass & Old-Time Instruction by Glen Alexander and Jon Singleton
Folk Society members receive a 10% discount.www.TheViolinShoppe.net