Charlotte Folk Society’s next free gathering will take place Friday, August 12th, 2016, at 7:30pm, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7pm, and it’s strongly suggested that you arrive early. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-level door. Free parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, and a jam session follow the event.
Samantha and Zeb Snyder are startlingly gifted siblings whose trio is rounded out with dad, Bud Snyder, who holds down a rock solid upright bass rhythm. Based in the bluegrass tradition, they mix in elements of Southern rock, blues, gospel, Texas swing, and newgrass. Visit snyderfamilyband.com to learn more and sample their performances.
Beginning in classical violin lessons at age three, Samantha, now sixteen, is an award-winning fiddler as well as a top-notch singer and songwriter. She was selected as fiddler and lead vocalist for the 2013 Youth All-Star Bluegrass Band that performed at the 2013 IBMA World of Bluegrass Awards Show held in Raleigh, NC. Her songwriting and creativity are a big part of The Snyder Family sound. She occasionally plays guitar and mandolin during a performance, as well. Whether fiddling or singing, Samantha creates a warm and energetic feel on stage that demonstrates her true passion for the music.
Zeb, now nineteen, also began music lessons early in life with classical guitar training at age seven. After amassing multiple guitar championships as a youth, he turned his focus to performing, recording, and writing. Zeb plays mostly with a flat pick but also incorporates various guitar-picking techniques such as finger style, thumb picking, and slide. He is also an accomplished mandolin player. Grammy Award-winning Adam Steffey asked Zeb to play guitar on his solo project New Primitive. Zeb also received nominations for the IBMA Momentum Awards for Instrumentalist in 2013 and 2014.
While Zeb and Samantha take turns sharing lead and harmony vocals, occasionally Laine, mom of the family, joins the duo on stage to create three-part harmony. And last, but not least, there are sometimes appearances by Owen, the youngest Snyder. He enjoys a short visit to the spotlight to sing a song or play a tune on his guitar.
The Snyder Family has four CDs to its credit. The first three were released through Mountain Roads Recordings: Coming On Strong (2010), Stages (2011), and Building Bridges (2013). Wherever I Wander, the band’s first album on Mountain Home Music Company, was released in March 2015 and produced by Tim Surrett (of the multi-award-winning band Balsam Range).