ARTS, HISTORY & CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS (back to top)
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress — The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress was created by Congress in 1976 “to preserve and present American Folklife.” The Center incorporates the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established at the Library in 1928 as a repository for American Folk Music.
Carolina Music Ways Music Heritage Resource Group is a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the diverse music traditions of North Carolina’s Northwest Piedmont, working with people from around our region to highlight some of the best heritage music performed anywhere in the United States, including bluegrass, jazz, blues, gospel, old-time stringband, and Moravian music. The group inventories the heritage music traditions of Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties in North Carolina.
Penland School of Crafts — a national center for craft education located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
Piedmont Fiber Guild — Organized in the early 1970’S as the Charlotte Handweavers Guild, our group has evolved into a regional membership comprised of people interested in all aspects of the fiber arts: spinning, weaving, knitting, doll making, surface design, basketry, and beadwork, to name a few.
Holly Springs NC Cultural Center — PineCone and the Town of Holly Springs have teamed up to launch a new music series. The Listening Room Series will take place in the intimate 200-seat performing arts theater at the Holly Springs Cultural Center in downtown Holly Springs, NC.
Neighborhood Theatre — For the love of music and more! The Theatre is relaxed and comfortable, relaxed & fun, relaxed & acoustically correct, relaxed & intimate, relaxed and available for lease to other promoters and artists, and just relaxed.
Tosco Music Party — Each music party includes the Tosco’s trademark sing-alongs, and still retains the original “living room” feeling. The format of these Music Parties is generally 5-10 minute sets of acoustic music by a variety of scheduled performers (professional and amateur alike) who donate their time and talent.
The Visulite Theatre — One of Charlotte’s old neighborhood theaters, this one in the Elizabeth neighborhood, is brimming with talent and shows.
Charlotte Sacred Harp Singers.– Sacred Harp is a form of a cappella (unaccompanied) singing unique to America. This type of singing has been passed down from generation to generation since the 1700s, having been rooted in colonial “singing schools”. Sacred Harp singings are not performances; all are encouraged to participate as singers, though visitors are always welcome to participate as listeners.
Harvest Moon Folk Society — an organization whose mission is to promote, sponsor, and encourage participation in folk and traditional dance for people in and around the Upstate of South Carolina.
High Lonesome Strings — High Lonesome Strings is an association for Bluegrass musicians and Bluegrass fans who get together to celebrate and promote Bluegrass music. They are located in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina.(Greensboro area)
PineCone— the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, was formed in 1984 to honor the traditional music heritage that makes North Carolina unique.
All About FiddlingThis page at AAA State of Play covers the origins and history of the fiddle, teaches you how the instrument is made, and even has a fantastic selection of fiddle lessons, songs and online practice guides.
EZFolk.Com isn’t a folk group, but is Richard Hefner’s instructional website for banjo (bluegrass & clawhammer), folk guitar, ukulele, and harmonica. Hundreds of pages of tablature, tutorials, and more to make your learning experience an enjoyable one. Tablature may be viewed on screen and tablature may be downloaded and viewed, played at any speed, or printed using the excellent tablature program, TablEdit, or the free viewer, TabView. Computer generated midi files are also provided on the site, as well as a link directory to over 2500 acoustic music sites (mostly folk & bluegrass).