Each January, The Charlotte Folk Society (CFS) and Tosco Music offer four (4) youth and two (2) adult scholarships to The Swannanoa Gathering in partnership with Warren Wilson College. The scholarships cover tuition ($590) provided by CFS and Tosco Music, and room and board ($470) provided by Warren Wilson College, for a total scholarship of $1,060 to each recipient. Scholarship winners are responsible for their own transportation to and from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. Complete class schedules and other information are online: Check our main Scholarship page for dates and information. These scholarships are a one-time award to The Swannanoa Gathering for any of the following workshops:

  • Mando/Banjo Week
  • Fiddle Week
  • Traditional Song Week
  • Celtic Week
  • Old-Time Week
  • Contemporary Folk Week
  • Guitar Week
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We have a huge collection of resource links to wonderful music and cultural resources. There, you’ll find art history and cultural centers, live music venues and musicians, dance, crafts, schools and camps, and even more. In addition, please see our Old-Time jam page for Old-Time tunes and info.

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The CIRCLE is our monthly newsletter and calendar of events of interest to Charlotte Folk Society members. It is published via email on the first of the month. To subscribe, please become a member. Click here to become a member.

If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact the editor, Marc Lees at The deadline for submission is the 15th of the month preceding publication.

The Charlotte Folk Society’s newsletter has been an important source of information about the network of relationships in the region for everyone interested in Piedmont folkways for nearly 40 years. To view the newsletter archive

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Instrument Lending Library: The Charlotte Folk Society has a musical instrument “library” for lending instruments to those who would like to try before they buy. It is also a welcoming place to try a jam for the first time or rekindle an old musical passion. Visit the CFS monthly lending library by making an appointment with John or David. There is a large inventory of instruments, so come try something new! Borrow instruments for two months for a deposit of $30, or longer in exchange for donating your deposit to the instrument library fund which is used for repairs, accessories, and acquisitions. Contact John Tutwiler ( or David Fee ( The library is located at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204.