About Charlotte Folk Society

Since our founding in 1982, the Charlotte Folk Society has introduced thousands of folks, both young and old, to the roots and branches of the many traditional folkways of the Carolina Piedmont: from dance to craft to storytelling – and most especially – the music. The heartbeat of the Charlotte Folk Society is our monthly public Gatherings held without fail for a remarkable, consistent 30 plus years – more than 371 consecutive months – of gathering together in the community to hear, share, play and keep the music alive.

For everyone’s safety, our 2021 Gatherings season will be held outdoors and socially distanced at our temporary Pandemic home at the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Gatherings showcase award-winning regional, national, and international performers from the musical traditions that contribute to the Carolina Piedmont sound: Old-Time, Bluegrass, Celtic, Blues, Gospel, Americana, Contemporary Folk, and Balladry.

Over the decades, performers have included both legendary culture-bearers and talented, young musicians taking old traditions in new directions. Gathering concerts feature food trucks, fellowship, jamming, and a song circle: time for folks to get to know each other, learn and share and build community.

We look forward to seeing you all live and in-person on Sunday evening, April 25 as we present two-time Grammy-nominated The Special Consensus at the Anne Spring Close Greenway amphitheater. Jamming starts at 4:00 PM and the show starts at 6:00 PM. Due to the requirements of our host, reservations will be required for all outdoor Gatherings. To comply with COVID restrictions, admission is limited. The Reservations Link will go live on April 1st on our website at folksociety.org.

This year’s Gatherings line-up, both virtual and live shows are made possible in part by a major gift from two CFS members who wish to remain anonymous, and by the generous contributions of our members at the Sponsor, Patron, and Founder’s Circle giving levels. Thank you for your generous financial support of the Charlotte Folk Society’s mission to promote the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts, and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont.

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