Mar
28
Thu
Southern Storytellers Series featuring Bob Plott @ Folkmoot Center | Historic Hazelwood School
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Folkmoot on Thursday, March 28 for Folkmoot’s Southern Storyteller’s event featuring award winning author, Bob Plott. Hosted by Smoky Mountain News writer, Chris Cox, the author will share the evolution of Smoky Mountain culture from the early 18th century until the end of World War II, addressing negative stereotypes and misconceptions and focusing on the colorful people, places and things that boost the storied legacy of this magnificent region.

Tickets for this event are $18 in advance and $20 at the door for most events. Ticket prices include a unique southern meal and can be purchased at Folkmoot.org or by calling 828-452-2997. Limited seating is available so advance purchase is advised. Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building.

Apr
6
Sat
Nashville Songwriters: Irene Kelley, Claire Lynch & Jerry Salley @ Folkmoot USA | Historic Hazelwood School
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Our Great Balsam Nashville Songwriters in the Round Series continues with an in the round performance by Irene Kelley,
Claire Lynch and Jerry Salley (Jerry Salley – Songwriter-Singer) – all noted performers with multiple SESAC, IBMA and GRAMMY awards among them!

The Great Balsam Nashville Songwriters in the Round Series, begun at Balsam, NC, in 1996 and modeled after similar performances at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, is now hosted at the Historic Hazelwood School/Folkmoot Center. The series presents signature in-the-round shows featuring Nashville area songwriters who pen the lyrics performed by country’s biggest stars. Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs.

What is an in the round performance? Occasionally duplicated but most often associated with the Bluebird Café, in-the-round performances feature performers seated in a circle with the audience all around. The musicians trade anecdotes about the music industry and sing the songs they’ve written.

Our evening begins with a 6pm – 7pm social with the songwriters, food trucks, beverages and cash bar. Music begins at 7:15. One intermission is scheduled.

About the songwriters:

Irene Kelley

“As a vocalist, Irene Kelley glows with beauty and expressiveness. As a songwriter, she shines with a luster that few of her peers can match. This is music to cleanse the soul. This is music to raise you up. This is music to touch your heart. This is the music of Irene Kelley.”
~ Robert K. Oermann, Music Historian, Music Row Magazine

Irene Kelley’s signature mix of Bluegrass, Country and Americana appeals to music lovers across all genres. A native of Latrobe, PA, Irene Kelley discovered her flair for songwriting as a teenager and soon found her way to Nashville, TN where her songs were quickly noticed and recorded by Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. While recording an album for MCA and independently releasing two more records and touring worldwide, Irene raised two daughters and scored cuts with Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, The Whites, the Osborne Brothers and others.

But it’s not just her songwriting that has drawn much deserved attention her way. Kelley’s pure and lonesome vocal prowess has endeared her to a score of music lovers for years, making her one of traditional music’s most beloved musical story-tellers.

Claire Lynch

“Listening to Claire Lynch sing is not something to be undertaken casually. Her songs and stage presence demand the listener’s rapt attention. She’s an intensely soulful singer, whose distinctive voice resonates with power and strength, yet retains an engaging innocence and crystalline purity. She’s also a songwriter of extraordinary ability who can bring listeners to their feet with her buoyant rhythms or to their knees with her sometimes almost unbearably poignant and insightful lyrics.”
~ Dave Higgs, WPLN Nashville

Three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire Lynch is an award-winning tunesmith and one of Bluegrass’s most beloved acts. She’s thrice been nominated for a GRAMMY and is the 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship Award. After seven years as a Music Row songwriter and eighteen years on the Rounder Records label, she co-wrote and recorded “Dear Sister” for Compass Records and garnered IBMA’s 2014 Song of the Year.

Dolly Parton credits Claire with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” Her harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a writer, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others.

Jerry Salley

“Jerry is not only a friend, in the truest sense of the word, he is also a songwriter’s songwriter – an artist that completely understands the idea of “painting a picture” using the marriage of lyric and rhyme; someone that fully grasps the art of crafting a song, rather than throwing words against the page. His paintbrush is a pen, his canvas a legal pad, and his goal always another masterpiece.”
~ Multi-Grammy award winning producer, musician and songwriter, Carl Jackson

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths,” Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful songwriting career. The 2018 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Songwriter of the Year and the 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Jerry has had over 500 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. To date Jerry’s songs have sold in excess of 17 million records worldwide and internationally he has penned no less than eight #1 Country hits in Australia. Writing and singing in Nashville since 1982, he has written multiple hits in Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Music and may well be the most successful songwriter to have earned equal recognition from all three genres of music.

Jerry’s songs have been recorded by country artists Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Shenandoah and Toby Keith and bluegrass artists Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson. His songs have also been recorded by gospel artists Steven Curtis Chapman, The Talleys, Karen Peck and more.

Apr
12
Fri
Rental – Carolina Readiness: HERITAGE LIFE SKILLS VIII @ Folkmoot Friendship Center
Apr 12 @ 6:10 pm – Apr 15 @ 7:10 pm

Our focus at Carolina Readiness Supply is to keep our community informed on the “how to” of readiness planning while supplying quality goods and services to meet those needs. Whether it’s an emergency preparedness situation or a camping/hiking trip, our freeze dried foods, water purifiers, lighting tools, first aid kits, or large selection of camping supplies will see you through. We look forward to meeting all your needs!

 

Visit CarolinaReadiness.com for more information.

Apr
25
Thu
Southern Storytellers Series: Lee Woods @ Folkmoot Friendship Center
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Folkmoot, Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library are continuing to bring The Southern Storytellers Supper Series, bringing southern culture and our region’s authors and musicians together for a unique night of food, fun and discussion. Three special evenings have been planned for spring 2019, all held at the Folkmoot Friendship Center from 6–8 p.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.  Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner is served at 6:00pm. Authors and Blue Ridge Books will be on hand to offer books for purchase.

The April 25, 2019, Southern Storytellers Supper will feature local author and storyteller Lee Woods.

Tickets for all Friendship Center events can be purchased in advance at Folkmoot.org or by calling (828) 452-2997. Limited seating is available. Parking is encouraged in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events. Ticket sales and contributions support Folkmoot programs that sustain cultural arts for youth & families in western North Carolina.

Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

Family rates available call 828-452-2997 ext 101 for more information.

May
3
Fri
Rental – WNC Senior Expo @ Folkmoot Friendship Center
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

An event to promote local resources to our area seniors.

Haywood Senior Expo is an event available to all Western North Carolina area residents and is designed to provide resources for our area seniors.

Visit HaywoodSeniorExpo.com for more information

Rental – Shady Ladies Quilt Show @ Folkmoot Friendship Center
May 3 @ 6:31 pm – May 5 @ 7:31 pm

An annual show by a regional group of local, national and international women quilters.

Friday & Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: noon – 4pm

Tickets: $5

Raffle Quilt and boutique

May
9
Thu
Southern Storytellers Series: Ron Rash @ Folkmoot Friendship Center
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Folkmoot, Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library are continuing to bring The Southern Storytellers Supper Series, bringing southern culture and our region’s authors and musicians together for a unique night of food, fun and discussion. Three special evenings have been planned for spring 2019, all held at the Folkmoot Friendship Center from 6–8 p.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.  Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner is served at 6:00pm. Authors and Blue Ridge Books will be on hand to offer books for purchase.

 

The May 9, 2019 Southern Storytellers Supper will feature local author and storyteller Ron Rash.

 

Tickets for all Friendship Center events can be purchased in advance at Folkmoot.org or by calling (828) 452-2997. Limited seating is available. Parking is encouraged in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events. Ticket sales and contributions support Folkmoot programs that sustain cultural arts for youth & families in western North Carolina.

 

Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

 

Family rates available call 828-452-2997 ext 101 for more information.

May
11
Sat
Second Saturday Market @ Folkmoot Friendship Center
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Folkmoot’s Second Saturday Markets continue March 9 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. inside the Folkmoot Friendship Center Cafeteria (112 Virginia Ave, Waynesville). A gathering place for friends of all ages, markets feature vendors, live music, ballroom dance lessons for $5, and a homemade meal for $10. Beer and wine are available for purchase and tables will be set up for participants to play board and card games that they bring from home. There is no entry fee for Second Saturday Markets. For more information or to become a vendor, please call the Folkmoot office at 828-452-2997.
 
Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.
May
25
Sat
Songwriters in the Round @ Folkmoot Friendship Center
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Great Balsam Nashville Songwriters in the Round Series, begun at Balsam, NC, in 1996 and modeled after similar performances at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, is now hosted at the Historic Hazelwood School/Folkmoot Center. The series presents signature in-the-round shows featuring Nashville area songwriters who pen the lyrics performed by country’s biggest stars. Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs.

What is an in the round performance? Occasionally duplicated but most often associated with the Bluebird Café, in-the-round performances feature performers seated in a circle with the audience all around. The musicians trade anecdotes about the music industry and sing the songs they’ve written.

Our evening begins with a 6pm – 7pm social with the songwriters, food trucks, beverages and cash bar. Music begins at 7:15. One intermission is scheduled.

Jun
29
Sat
Darren Nicholson Band @ Folkmoot Friendship Center
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Darren Nicholson (Darren Nicholson Music) is a Grammy Award Nominee and a recipient of 5 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Including Entertainer of the Year (2014), Song of the Year (2011), and Album of the Year (2006). He has appeared countless times on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium, CMT, GAC and many of the world’s most famous venues and networks. Currently, he records and tours as a full-time, founding member of Balsam Range with all sorts of collaborative efforts each year.