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The Charlotte Folk Society offers MANY opportunities to sharpen your playing skills, your songwriting skills, and even learn a new instrument. Come be part of it!

Quick Links: Bluegrass Jams | CFS Celtic Sessions | CFS Slow Celtic Sessions | Monthly Slow Jams | Songwriter Workshop


CFS Celtic Sessions

The Celtic Sessions at the Charlotte Folk Society are informal gatherings of local musicians focusing on Celtic Tunes played in the session style. This is a repertoire session, and together we learn a selection of common Jigs, Hornpipes, Reels, and Waltzes from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton. Our goal is to learn to play these tunes in the various styles that have been influenced by Celtic Traditions.

Questions? Feel free to contact us here.

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CFS Slow Celtic Sessions

The Slow Celtic Session at the Charlotte Folk Society is now happening on the 3rd Sunday of the month, in the community room at the Health and Rehabilitation Center in the Aldersgate Retirement Community, in Charlotte, NC.

This session is an offshoot of the CFS Regular Celtic Repertoire Session, whose page and tune list can be found on the Celtic Sessions page.

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Monthly Slow Jams

The Goal of the Slow Jam is to have a nurturing environment where those new to jamming can get their feet wet.  We’ve selected a “core” group of common Old Time tunes that you can count on being played.  If you become familiar with these you’ll be in good shape for an hour of casual playing before each monthly Meeting/Concert of the Charlotte Folk Society. The Slow Jam group also meets after the concert.

To view, download, and print the 44 tunes used for the monthly slow jam, click here

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Monthly Song Circle

Every song circle is different, but the ones we have after the Charlotte Folk Society’s monthly Gatherings go something like this:

The concerts generally run from 7:30 till about 9:00. The Song Circle starts right after the concert, in the back hall — from the sanctuary/auditorium, go straight toward the back of the building and you’ll see us. We start with a handful of people and everyone grabs a chair off the stack as they arrive after having refreshments or sampling the other jams.

We go around the circle and take turns deciding which song to sing next. It’s perfectly OK to pass, and just let the next person pick. Most songs are singalongs, but there’s generally at least one solo a night, and sometimes more. There’s no pattern or theme; we’ll sing some gospel, then a Peter, Paul & Mary hit, then a cowboy ballad, even the occasional showtune.

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Songwriter Workshop

The main goal of the CFS Songwriter’s Workshop is to help carry on the tradition of music and songwriting within our community. This is open to all ages. The elder songwriters can share their experiences and stories from days gone by through their music as the younger talents bring new awareness and perspective to the time-honored tradition of songwriting.

We will all learn from each other. And after all, isn’t that what music is all about?

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There are multiple bluegrass jams in the area. Check our Bluegrass Jam calendar for upcoming events. Bluegrass jams often use simple song structures and are a wonderful path to begin playing with others.