Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society - Wilkes County North Caraolina
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Steve Duncan and Rex Elliott made substantial contributions to Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. and the preservation of our musical heritage. In 2004 we began honoring their memories by offering an annual DUNCAN-ELLIOTT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP to attend the Swannanoa Gathering.
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WAFS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ELIZABETH CARTER, AN EAST WILKES HIGH STUDENT FROM RONDA, NC AS THE WINNER OF THE 2018 SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND THE SWANNANOA GATHERING. ELIZABETH IS AGE 15 AND HAS PLAYED GUITAR FOR TEN YEARS. SHE ALSO PLAYS PIANO, MANDOLIN AND BASS. SHE HAS WRITTEN OVER FORTY SONGS AND WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE IN SONG WRITING. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO THIS VERY TALENTED YOUNG LADY FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE THE FOLKWAYS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN REGION.

Since 1991, Warren Wilson College just east of Asheville has hosted a series of workshops in various folk arts during July and August known as the Swannanoa Gathering. The Gathering is an internationally acclaimed event with some of the best in their field as instructors and mentors. Folk arts are preserved through this powerful Gathering of folks in the mountains of NC teaching and practicing their craft.

Past recipients of the Duncan-Elliott Memorial WAFS Scholarship are Melanie Podbielski, Trish Wylie, Laura Ferguson, Ethan Haithcock, John Palmer, James Wagoner, Shay Lovette, Revonda Crow, Abby Huggins, Hannah 'Josie' Hoggard, Mary Vann Johnston, Kathleen Nicole Burnett, Liam Purcell, Chad Ritchie and Elizabeth Carter.

For more information about the Swannanoa Gathering, go to www.swangathering.com.

In 2013, WAFS offered a second youth scholarship. The scholarship pays tuition to attend Pete Wernick's (aka Dr. Banjo) JamCamp at MerleFest. The camp is a unique combination of classroom and personal instruction. Camp is held daily from 9:15 am until 5 pm three days prior to MerleFest. The student comes face to face with what it actually takes to play music with others. Camp is held in the breath taking beauty of the YMCA Camp Harrison. The 1400+ acre facility is just 10 miles from Wilkesboro at 7901 S NC Hwy 18 in Boomer, NC. Meals and lodging are available for purchase on site.

This year funds were available to offer two JAMCAMP Scholarships. CONGRATULATIONS to Robert Myers age 13, an East Wilkes Middle student from Jonesville, NC and Jake Myers age 14, a Wilkes Early College High student from Jonesville, NC as the 2018 JAMCAMP AT MERLEFEST scholarship winners. Robert began playing in school band at age 10. Robert loves piano, mandolin and French Horn (in band it is referred to as a mellophone). Jake Myers dreams of being a pilot but wants to first improve his level of musical skill doing bluegrass, classic rock and alternative rock genres. Jake started playing guitar as age 9. These brothers come from a musical family which includes their dad and grandmother. Congratulations to both of these well deserving young men. .

Past winners of JAMCAMP are Jonah Horton, Willow Dillon, Benjamin Barker, Presley Barker, Elizabeth Carter, Hallie Younger, Emma Lowe, Madison Elmore, Libby Harbour, Robert Myers and Jake Myers. THANKS TO ALL OUR WINNERS FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE THE FOLKWAYS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN REGION.

Click here to go to www.drbanjo.com for information.


Click here to download the Duncan-Elliot Memorial Scholarship application form.

Click here to download the Pete Wernick’s Jam Camp at MerleFest application form.


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