Charlotte Folk Society logo celebrating 30 years

Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

The Trailblazers
Charlotte Folk Society Gathering

November 10th, 7:30 PM

November 10th Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Features
The Trailblazers:  Breaking New Ground in Bluegrass & More!

The Charlotte Folk Society is this year celebrating 35 years of promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts, and lore in the Queen City.  To that end, we are presenting the best in acoustic old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, gospel, and Americana music at each month’s Gathering.

Please join us for our next Gathering on Friday, November 10th, when we welcome The Trailblazers for their debut appearance at the Great Aunt Stella Center at Self Help, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of Uptown Charlotte.  The music gets underway at 7:30 PM.  The front doors open at 7 PM.

Come early at 6 PM to take part in a bluegrass jam, led by Greg Clarke in the Stella Center Cafe'.  Please reserve parking places on the side of the building for volunteers bringing food and other materials.  Enter through the ground-floor doors on the parking-lot side of the building.  The Cafe' is on the first floor.  You can also join an old-time jam, led by Alan Davis, on the third floor. 

Based out of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, The Trailblazers is a young band creating a lot of excitement among bluegrass and acoustic music fans.  The group has a solid foundation in the roots of the music they love:  bluegrass, Americana, folk, and jazz music, but they're constantly looking for new trails to blaze in progressive acoustic music.  The Trailblazers took the Main Stage at Merlefest with their 2017 Merlefest Band Contest win.  They captured first place in both the 2016 and 2017 Galax Fiddlers Convention Band Championships and won second place in the 2017 SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville.  The band has opened for acclaimed acts such as Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Blue Highway, and The Kruger Brothers.  Their debut album, A Place To Call My Own, was released in September 2016.

Meet the Band  

 Daniel Thrailkill plays guitar and sings lead for The Trailblazers.  He makes his home in Mount Ulla, North Carolina.  Daniel penned all of the original vocals on A Place To Call My Own.  He's been influenced by vocalists/guitarists such as Brad Paisley, Tony Rice, George Benson, and Vince Gill.  Daniel plays a Hooper Sunburst D-18 built by Ken Hooper of Elkin, North Carolina.

The band’s bass player is Will Thrailkill, also of Mount Ulla.  He sings baritone and lead for The Trailblazers.  Will is getting a mechanical engineering degree at UNC-Charlotte.  Not only does he keep the rhythm, he can also ride a pretty good unicycle.  Will plays an Engelhardt upright bass.

Alex Edwards, from Salisbury, North Carolina, plays the banjo for the band.  He's written many instrumentals influenced by Bela Fleck, Jens Kruger, and Ron Block.  Alex also sings harmony for The Trailblazers, giving some tenor when needed.  In 2014 Alex won the South Carolina State Banjo Contest, winning a Yates Banjo.  Alex plays a Huber Ron Block Model banjo.

On mandolin is Jonah Horton of Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  He's responsible for most of the band's instrumental genius.  The majority of the tunes on A Place To Call My Own were arranged and influenced by Jonah's style.  He's played along side Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, and Mark O'Connor.  Jonah plays a Henderson F-5, built by famed luthier Wayne Henderson.

Learn more about the band at





Big Spike Hammer

Sitting On Top Of The World

Baby Why You Been Gone So Long

Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center.  Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, songwriters’ circle, 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.  A CFS volunteer is on hand to assist our guests into the building through the side door. 

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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.