|** Important **
staff and everyone associated with the Carter Family Fold mourn the
loss of the President of our organization's board - Howard Klein.
Howard was so much more to us than the office he held. You need only
read his obituary to understand how blessed we were to have his guidance
and affection. He believed in the Fold, fought for it, and actually
helped guide us in establishing our nonprofit corporation. It was as
important to him and his wife Pat (who also served on our board) as it
was to founder Janette Carter that the Fold would always remain the
special and unique place it has always been. Much more than a supporter
and friend, Howard was a much-loved part of our family along with his
wife Pat and their family. Without Howard's loving guidance and
support, the Fold would not be the unique, welcoming place it is. The
thought of going on without him is very difficult. We lost a dear,and
much loved member of our Fold family, and all our hearts are heavy.
** Closed until further notice.**
The probability of any festivals in 2020 is
unlikely due to government mandates and CDC recommendations.
the Carter Music Center can not logistically or financially meet the
stringent requirements outlined for opening on the Virginia Phase 3
opening date scheduled for July 1, our opening is delayed until such
time as the requirements can be safely met and monitored by our
staff. Please continue to check our site and facebook page for
regret that cancellation of shows and our festivals have been
necessary, but we want to do all we can to keep everyone safe.
Under CDC guidelines, we feel remaining closed is best for the health
of our visitors, volunteers, and performers. There remains much
to be learned about Coronavirus and its transmission, clinical course
and populations at increased risk of disease and complications.
of a kind, handcrafted guitar fundraiser. **
are on sale now to win a guitar handcrafted by Wayne Henderson and
the Virginia Luthiers. This group has built guitars for Eric Clapton,
Mumford & Sons and Dolly Parton to name a few. It’s one of a
kind – made from cherry wood taken from a tree behind the Carter
Family Museum. With the Fold’s logo on the guitar head, there will
never be another guitar quite like this one. Tickets can be purchased
and at our weekly shows for $10 each or buy 5/ get the 6th
free. We thank the Virginia Luthiers Wayne Henderson, Jimmy Edmunds,
Spencer Strickland and Gerald Anderson for making this unique
instrument a reality and for helping keep mountain music alive by
coordinating efforts like this. Sadly Gerald Anderson passed away
shortly after the debut of this wonderful guitar at our 2019
Appalachia Rising event. At the 2020 Appalachia Rising (date TBD),
some lucky ticket holder will become the owner of this beautiful
instrument. You do not have to be present to win.Due to festival closures for 2020, the guitar will now be given away at our 2021 Appalachia Rising Festival.
you for visiting the official Website of the Carter Family Memorial
Music Center! This is your source for information related to the
legendary Carter Family, the Carter Fold performance center, and all
our activities dedicated to the preservation and presentation of
traditional mountain and folk music.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, a non-profit organization, serves
fans and supporters of old-time country and folk music through the
presentation of weekly performances at the Carter Family Fold, in
Hiltons, Virginia. It also honors the memory of the first family of
country music, the legendary Carter Family (A.P. Carter, Sara
Carter, and Maybelle Carter), whose first recordings (in 1927) are
credited with giving birth to the commercial country music industry.
The Carter Family Memorial Music Center was founded by Janette Carter,
daughter of A.P. and Sara, who with Sara's cousin Maybelle, comprised
the original Carter Family. The Carter Family Memorial Music Center is
directed by Rita Forrester, daughter of Janette Carter.
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