Fall Newsletter 2018 – 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…

Our profound thanks go Rebecca Bond, who agreed, on short notice, to expand her role as Housing Coordinator to that of Acting Operations Manager, in order to whip our office into shape in time to stage last summer’s workshops. A big shoutout also goes to our awesome Operations Assistant Miguel Herrera. We couldn’t have gotten through the summer without them…

Congratulations to new mom Amy Speace on the birth of Huckleberry James Wood…

Last November we learned of the passing of National Flatpicking Champ and SG staffer Orrin Starr. His music and warm heart will be missed…

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

Congratulations also to Fiona Ritchie, whose ThistleRadio music channel was named “Best Online Music Show: Country/ Folk/Blues” in the 2017 Online Radio Awards…

This summer, we welcomed 18 scholars sponsored by our own Youth Scholarship Fund and 11 others sponsored by a number of other organizations including the Charlotte Folk Society, the Measley Brothers, Blue Ridge Irish Music Society, The Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, Tosco Music Parties, Dream Guitars, The Shepard Posse, the Fitzgerald Scholarship Fund, 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: Kira Doppel, Colin McGlynn, Olivia Prevost, Evelyn Thom, (Celtic); Fletcher Gaddy, Maggie Hoffman, Rain Larson, Andrew Medlin, Marlee Merritt, Elli Oploh, (Old-Time); Ry Dean-Slobod, (Guitar); McKenzie Cody, Julian Dans, Olivia Galic, Lindsey Hirschfeld (Contemporary Folk); Anthony DeCesaris, Simon Dunson and Alexander Meredith (Mando & Banjo)… Key deposit donations to our Youth Scholarship fund this year totaled $12,823. 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.