Charlotte Folk Society’s next free gathering will take place Friday, April 10th, 2015, 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.
This concert of traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping features Andrea Beaton, Dick Hensold, and Troy MacGillivray making their Queen City debut. The exuberant Celtic music of Cape Breton Island reflects the dance-driven rhythms of the ancient strathspeys, reels and jigs, played with joy and drive on the fiddle and pipes, and underpinned by the powerful and syncopated locomotion of the traditional Cape Breton piano. This program of high-energy instrumental music is varied with a few songs, sung in English and Gaelic by Andrea and Dick.
Cape Breton Island, at the Eastern end of the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia, was settled about 200 years ago by some 50,000 Gaelic-speaking Scottish Highlanders. Because of the Highlanders’ isolation, both before emigration and after, Cape Breton is believed to authentically preserve many aspects of 18th-century Highland Scots Gaelic culture, particularly its music and dance. Although the cultural achievement and legacy of Cape Breton music is internationally recognized, Cape Breton artists rarely appear in the United States.
Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center.
Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert; visitors are welcome to join in or simply listen.
Free parking is available in the 4th St. Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Dr. and McDowell St. Enter from the Stella Center parking lot or from 4th St. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground floor door on the parking lot side of the building.