The Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch at Floydfest 11 was the place to see and hear the finest practitioners of traditional music styles. Presented by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in partnership with Blue Cow Arts, the Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch (lovingly referred to by most simply as “the Porch”) remains one of the true gems of FloydFest.
Hosted by Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman, the Porch showcased regional musicians, including Scott Miller, Wayne Henderson, Gerald Anderson, Jimmy Edmonds, Whitetop Mountain Band, the Barefoot Movement, Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven, and workshops called “Hot Licks from the Crooked Road” and “Blue Ridge Sweethearts” featuring local hotshots. At the same time, the Porch was also home to the beloved workshops where FloydFest audiences got to visit with some of the headline artists including Chris Thile, Drew Emmitt, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Gary Clark Jr., and Darrell Scott, in a more intimate, relaxed setting.
Check out the slideshow below for some images from the fest. All photos by Peter Hedlund.