Fall Newsletter 2019 – Family News…

Any of you with news of interest to the Gathering community should send a copy to the Gathering office, so we can publish it here… 

Congratulations to staff instructor David Wilcox, who won the Grand Prize in last year’s USA Songwriting Competition for his song, “We Make the Way By Walking”…

Staffer Jeremy Kittel was a Grammy finalist in the Instrumental Composition category…

Huge, off-the-charts Congratulations go to Contemporary Folk Week staffer Anais Mitchell, whose Broadway play, Hadestown won eight Tony Awards, including Best Score and the big prize of Best Musical

Congratulations to Old-Time Week dancer Thomas Maupin who was awarded the NEA’s National Heritage Award, the US’s highest award in the folk arts…

Congrats also to staffer Alan Bibey, who won Mandolin Player of the Year at the IBMA Awards in September…

Congratulations to veteran staffer Andrew Finn Magill who was awarded a 2019 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowhip in musical composition, the same one his father Jim was awarded when they debuted in 1994…

This summer, we welcomed 20 scholars sponsored by our own Youth Scholarship Fund and 12 others sponsored by a number of other organizations including the Charlotte Folk Society, the Measley Brothers, Austin Friends of Traditional Music, Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, Tosco Music Parties, Dream Guitars, Savannah Friends of Music, The Shepard Posse, High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association, proceeds from the Banjo Gathering CD (produced by one of our instructors), Green Grass Cloggers and ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning. This year’s scholars were: Ella Thomas, Kaj Litch, Holt Rieck, Kate Loomis-Adams, Gretchen Houser, (Fiddle); Simon Holden-Schrock, Faith Kingsley , Tashi Litch, Cabe Rieck, (Mando & Banjo); Nora Rodes (Trad. Song); Margaret Kepler, Rose Hardison, (Celtic); Ellie Hoffman, Sara Nell Chase, Cyrus Garretson, Clara Overholser, (Old-Time); Rylee  Heck, Matthew James Overholser, Campbell McEntire (Guitar); Aubrie Heck (Contemporary Folk) … Key deposit donations to our Youth Scholarship fund this year totaled $13,735. Our profound thanks to all of you who gave financially to help cultivate a love for traditional music and dance in the next generation… Teachers please note that the Swannanoa Gathering offers teacher renewal certification hours for any of our weeks. Contact your local school board for prior approval… Don’t forget to support your local Public Radio and Television stations. For other folk news, don’t forget the online resources AcousticGuitarForum.com, UMGF.com (The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum), MandolinCafe.com, BanjoHangout.com, Mandozine.com and magazines Sing Out!, The Old-Time Herald, Acoustic Guitar, Dulcimer Players News, Fingerstyle Guitar, and Fiddler.