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Once again, the Charlotte Folk Society welcomes the future of traditional music to the stage of the Great Aunt Stella center for our 2018 YoungTalent Showcase. This year the two winners of the 2017 CFS and one Tosco Music scholarships will be featured among the many talented young musicians who will perform for us.
Ruth Shumway CFS Marilyn Meacham Price scholarship winner. Ruth started her fiddling career at age 3 and has performed in many different settings including Merlefest, for Governor Pat McCory, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour in 2014 and 2016, and as a member of the international orchestra for the Iguazu En Concierto, an international youth music festival in Iguazu, Argentina. Ruth has competed and won at many regional fiddler’s convention and is currently the Ashe County fiddle champion in both the Old Time and Bluegrass categories. Scott Mason, the WRAL Tar Heel Traveler, interviewed and aired a video of Ruth performing in September 2014. Ruth was the winner of the Ralph Blizard Memorial Scholarship at the Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week in 2015 and the 2017 Charlotte Folk Society Youth scholarship. Ruth is honored to be a member of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ruth released her first CD, Captured, in June 2016 with her family band, The High Ridge Pickers.
Ruth studies a variety of violin styles including classical, bluegrass, old time, gospel, and Celtic. In addition to violin, Ruth is learning Appalachian ballad singing, piano, claw hammer banjo, ukulele, and harmonica. She receives instruction from Sakira Harley, Jamie Laval, and Glen Alexander.
Currently, Ruth is 14 years old and attends Charlotte Latin School. In addition to music, Ruth enjoys, cross country running, reading, and having fun with her friends. Her parents are Dave and Mary Shumway.
Olivia Prevost, CFS William Thomas Covington scholarship winner. Olivia Prevost is a 17 year old senior in high school. Immersed in classical music from a young age, she began playing Celtic fiddle in October 2016 and is currently taking lessons from Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval. She is deeply grateful to the Charlotte Folk Society for its help on her musical journey.
In addition to the scholarship recipients, may more young musicians will grace our stage:
The Walker family sends Hayden, Robina and Rosemary. Hayden Walker (11) homeschooled at Sacred Heart Academy. Plays guitar, banjo, and piano and a little mandolin. Guitar and banjo teacher is Carol Raedy. Enjoys playing folk music and figuring out favorite tunes from the radio. He performed as a duo with his sister Josephine at Merlefest Acoustic Kids Showcase in 2017.
Robina Josephine Walker (9) homeschooled at Sacred Heart Academy. Plays violin and piano. Violin teacher is Carol Raedy. Enjoys folk and celtic music, especially quick tunes to which she can Irish dance. She performed as a duo with her brother Hayden at Merlefest Acoustic Kids Showcase in 2017.
Rosemary Walker (turns 8 on day of showcase January 12th) homeschooled at Sacred Heart Academy. Plays guitar, violin and piano and Irish dances. Guitar and violin teacher is Carol Raedy. Enjoys folk, celtic music, and hymns.
Ashley Owens is fourteen years old and a freshman at Bradford Prep School. She took piano lessons for seven years, and is currently taking guitar and voice lessons which she has taken for the past five years. She enjoys playing at open mic nights around Charlotte whenever she has the chance and has performed at the Davis Theatre in Concord and at Festival in the Park. This will be her second year performing at the Youth Showcase. Ashley’s parents are David and Tracy Owens.
Murphy Tye is a 6th grader at Charlotte Latin School, where he participates in chorus and will be in the winter musical. He is also playing mandolin in the youth praise band at church this year. Murphy is very active in sports, including basketball, football, and lacrosse. His music teacher, Jon Singleton, teaches Murphy fiddle and mandolin each week, but they also like to play around with other instruments such as the banjo and slide guitar.
Tess and Will Palmer live in Davidson, and are playing for the first time at the CFS Youth Showcase. Tess is 14 years old and plays mandolin and guitar, while Will plays banjo in the three-finger style. Tess is taking mandolin lessons with David Benedict. Both children take vocal lessons with Daniel Thraikill. Their parents are Lyn and Tom Palmer.
Lilyana Grace Mann is an 11 year old, homeschooled 6th grader. Lilyana has been playing violin / fiddle for several years and recently has enjoyed exploring piano, mandolin, and guitar as well. Her musical interests include folk, bluegrass, country, Celtic/Irish, contemporary Christian worship music, and hymns. She plays with the Concert Strings Ensemble directed by Hannah Pendergrass, and the Guitar Ensemble directed by Darcy Ryerson at Piedmont Music Academy. She also sings in the middle school choir with Voices of Carolina directed by Kendra Husband. Lilyana's current private instructors include Jason Poore and Christine Robinson with violin, and her father, Justin Mann with guitar. Lilyana thanks God for her blossoming musical gifts, and her family for their support and encouragement. She hopes you enjoy listening tonight as much as she enjoys playing. Lilyana's parents are Justin and Shayna Mann.
Nick Tutwiler is a fifteen year-old sophomore at South Mecklenburg High School and has been fiddling for about 7 years. This is his seventh appearance in the Young Talent Showcase. He took lessons from Carol Raedy from 2011-16 and has attended fiddle week at the Swannanoa Gathering the last three summers where he has studied Bluegrass, Old Time, Irish, Cajun fiddling and clawhammer banjo. He has also been playing the mandolin for about a year and a half (self-taught.)! Nick has been a member of the CMS Honors Orchestra, the Western Region State Honors Orchestra and is a regular with the Sharon Presbyterian Youth Ensemble. He is also in the South Mecklenburg High School chamber orchestra (4th chair, 1st violins). In addition to his love of string instruments, Nick also enjoys playing in the Sharon Presbyterian hand bell choir. He has enjoyed attending monthly CFS gatherings and participating in area jams for many years and performs regularly at his church and other local venues. Nick is a junior board member of the Charlotte Folk Society and he and his dad (John) operate the CFS instrument library where he leads a monthly jam for youth and beginning players. In his spare time he also is a living history volunteer and Civil War reenactor. He appreciates the support of his parents, John Tutwiler and Heather Burnell , in all of his musical endeavors.
Aron Stornaiuolo is a fourteen year old freshman at South Meck High School. He is a talented young musician with the composure of a seasoned artist. His guitar playing is impressive and he accompanies it with a brilliant voice. His comfort level on stage is unprecedented for someone his age, he holds the audience's attention and leaves them wanting more.
Aron is actively involved with the Jazz Arts Initiatives, Charlotte Folk Society, and the Sharon Presbyterian Youth Ensemble. Aron has performed at numerous venues including the Mint Museum, Festival in the Park, Spirit Square, The Jazz Room, the McGlohon Theater, and the Tosco Music Party. Aron has been a guest performer with the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra and was selected twice to sing the National Anthem for the Charlotte Knights. www.arontheguitarbaron.com
Campbell Frampton is 11 years old and a 5th grader at Sharon Elementary. This is her fourth appearance in the Young Talent Showcase. She has been playing fiddle for 4 years and currently Glen Alexander is her teacher. Campbell won 1st place in the Reflections Art Contest in the music
composition category for the 2nd time this year. She enjoys playing
softball, basketball and going camping.
Libby Harbour is 12 years old and a 6th grader at West Wilkes Middle School in Wilkes County, NC. In her 5 years of playing the fiddle Libby has enjoyed performing at festivals including Merlefest and Carolina in the Fall. She has brought home ribbons from the Ashe County and Galax Old Time Fiddler's Conventions. She has been a student of Glen Alexander for 2 years.
Keller Bentley, 16, is a homeschooled sophomore. He has been studying fiddle with John Singleton for five years. Keller is a Boy Scout, he loves to read, and in his spare time he plays a lot of Zelda.
Olivia Lindquist has been playing the violin for 9 years. Although her musical roots began with classical music, she has branched out to other styles including bluegrass, folk, and jazz. She currently plays first violin in the Hough High School Orchestra, and has been selected to participate in the 2018 CMS All-County Honors Orchestra. She also plays violin with the Sharon Presbyterian Youth Ensemble, which has been directed by Allison Schommer, and regularly plays as part of the Praise & Worship Team at Lake Forest Church in Davidson, NC. She is the daughter of Bradford Lindquist.
The Queen City Juvenile Pipes & Drums (QCJPD) is dedicated to the study and performance of the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe and its percussion accompaniment. The QCJPD exists to promote excellence in music and performance, which teaches young adult about teamwork, dedication, determination and hard work. Our goal is to raise the profile of piping & drumming within a formal education structure.
The Band was organized in 2015 when several members of the Loch Norman Pipe Band decided they wanted to promote the Great Highland Bagpipes and its percussion accompaniment to the younger generations.
The Band is made up of young adults ranging from 8 to 15 years of age with four students on bagpipes and 3 students on drums. We have several students in the beginning stages as well. We conduct beginning classes several times a year in the hopes of encouraging young people to take up the instruments. The Band rehearses at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte on Thursday nights beginning at 6:30pm. Anyone aged 8 to 18 years of age interested in joining our organization please contact us: QueenCityjpd@gmail.com Or visit our website: www.qcjpd.weebly.com
The Myers Park Bluegrass band was started 7 or so years ago when two boys kept borrowing Greg Clarke's guitar and mandolin on a youth mission trip. The group plays Bluegrass and Americana music. Most of the members already play in school bands, orchestra and vocal groups. The challenge is learning to improvise and play without sheet music. Members include: Niko Goudes(Guitar, Bass),Edwin Thomas(Guitar),Nick Tutwiler(Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo),Taylor Klauk(Vocals),Tinsley Stewart(Fiddle),Mark Jenkins(Banjo, Guitar),Greg Clarke(Guitar) . The group plays at several school events, and several events in the spring. This year we recruited Nick Tutwiler from South Meck to help out on mandolin. The group has spawned several Swannanoa Scholarship winners. Mark Jenkins has been in the group about 3 years and is now official faculty sponsor. Greg Clarke continues as Adviser after his retirement in 2013. guitar and mandolin on a youth mission trip. The group plays Bluegrass and Amaricana music. Most of the members already play in school bands, orchestra and vocal groups. The challenge is learning to improvise and play without sheet music. Members include: Niko Goudes (Guitar, Bass), Edwin Thomas (Guitar), Nick Tutwiler (Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo), Taylor Klauk (Vocals), Tinsley Stewart (Fiddle), Mark Jenkins (Banjo, Guitar), Greg Clarke (Guitar) . The group plays at several school events, and several events in the spring. This year we recruited Nick Tutwiler from South Meck to help out on mandolin. The group has spawned several Swannanoa Scholarship winners. Mark Jenkins has been in the group about 3 years and is now official faculty sponsor. Greg Clarke continues as Adviser after his retirement in 2013.
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.
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.