Charlotte Folk Society’s next free gathering, which features a very special multi-media presentation, will take place Friday, November 14, 2014, 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 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.
On November 14th, the Charlotte Folk Society, in partnership with the Mecklenburg Historical Association and the Charlotte Museum of History, will present a program of interest to anyone with a passion for our region’s musical heritage and history. Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr, co-authors of Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia, will introduce us to this wonderful book through a multi-media event. Wayfaring Strangers tells the story of the musical connections of the peoples of Scotland and Ulster in the north of Ireland and the Appalachians.
As Fiona and Doug share the stories of the migrants and their songs, many of the book’s beautiful photos and illustrations will be projected for the audience to enjoy. Little Windows (Julee Glaub and Mark Weems) will perform a selection of songs chronicled in Wayfaring Strangers. The duo tour together nationally and abroad with a focus on the art of the pure voice with tight harmonies in traditional songs.
Fiona Ritchie is founder, producer, and host of NPR’s award winning The Thistle & Shamrock Celtic music program, which is broadcast worldwide. She was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth’s 2014 Birthday Honors list for services to broadcasting and traditional Scottish music. Doug Orr, Warren Wilson College President Emeritus and founder of the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops, is presently serving as interim chancellor of UNC Asheville.