Fall Newsletter 2020 – 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… 

We note with sadness the passing of long-time Guitar/Contemporary Folk Week attendee Steve Gray, a fixture at that week’s late night jam sessions… 

We also note the passing of veteran attendee Vonnie Thomason and the generous gift given in her memory… 

Huge congratulations go to Contemporary Folk Week staffer Anais Mitchell, who followed up last year’s eight Tony Awards for her Broadway play, Hadestown with a Grammy for the cast recording of it…

Congratulations to veteran Contemporary Folk Week staffer Amy Speace whose song “Me and The Ghost of Charlemagne” won International Song of the Year at the American Music Association Awards

Congrats also to staffer Alan Bibey, who won Mandolin Player of the Year at the IBMA Awards for the second year in a row…

Big thanks to The Shepherd Posse, who made commemorative SG pandemic t-shirts and donated over $800 in proceeds to the Gathering…

Congratulations to veteran Celtic & Fiddle Week staffer Andrew Finn Magill and wife Cris , on the birth of their first child, Sofia Santos Magill, in October.  Jim & Beth Magill are now proud grandparents…

Congratulations to Celtic Week mainstay, fiddler Liz Carroll on her induction into the Irish American Hall of Fame

After we had to cancel the workshops, many registrants chose to donate some or all of their payments to the college. The donations totaled $16,315. Our humble and profound thanks to all of you who gave financially to help perpetuate a program you love… 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.