Charlotte Folk Society’s next free gathering will take place Friday, January 13th, 2017, 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.
In March, the Charlotte Folk Society will reach a significant milestone – the 35th anniversary of its founding in 1982. The seventh concert in our 2016-2017 Gathering Series features the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Special Consensus.
Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass. Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence.
The band’s first album was released in 1979 when the band began touring on a national basis. In 1984, Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program in schools across the country and began appearing on cable television and National Public Radio shows. The band has appeared on The Nashville Network Fire On The Mountain show, and toured for three seasons as 4/5 of the cast in the musical Cotton Patch Gospel (music and lyrics by Harry Chapin). In November 2003, Special Consensus received a standing ovation after its first performance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. International tours have taken the band to the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Ireland, South America, and Australia. The 16yh band recording, Scratch Gravel Road, released by Compass Records in March 2012, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY Award.
The 18th Special Consensus recording, Long I Ride, produced by Alison Brown and released on Compass Records, received the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for the tune Fireball.
Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated. Refreshments, a song circle, jam sessions, songwriters’ circle, and an Appalachian dulcimer group follow the hour-long concert. Free parking is available in the 4th St. Mecklenburg County parking deck, between Kings Dr. and McDowell St. Accessible entry.