Virginia Folklife Program

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Virginia KinFolk: A Celebration of Family Folklife at the Richmond Folk Festival

Posted: 2013-10-04 | Categories: Uncategorized |
The Holmes Brothers from Christchurch, VA

The Holmes Brothers from Christchurch, VA

The Richmond Folk Festival, October 11-13, is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to Richmond’s historic riverfront. The free three-day event features more than 30 bands on seven stages, continuous music and dance performances, and the Virginia Folklife Area, a stage and craft demonstration area produced by the Virginia Folklife Program.

Whether sung or told, handcrafted or performed, a group’s folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that signify a tangible sense of traditional knowledge, shared identity, and connection to community. In this year’s Virginia Folklife Area, we celebrate our closest and most cherished community—the family. Often within families we pass down work skills, musical styles, crafts, recipes, and shared stories from one generation to the next.

Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt with their crankie

Elizabeth LaPrelle & Anna Roberts-Gevalt

Virginia KinFolk: A Celebration of Family Folklife will feature family bands from a variety of different musical traditions on the Virginia Folklife Stage and some of Virginia’s most prominent family businesses and artisans in the Virginia Folklife Crafts Area. The Virginia Folklife Stage and Crafts Area, sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, are once again produced by the Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, with funding support from Virginia is for Lovers.

Richmond Times Dispatch/Virginia Folklife Stage Schedule

Saturday, October 12

12:00-12:45: Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt: Family Ballads

1:00-1:45: Snyder Family Band: Bluegrass

2:00-2:45: Harris Brothers: Appalachian Blues

3:00-3:45: The Knicely Family Band: Shenandoah Valley String-band

4:00-4:45: From Central Asia to Virginia: Featuring Alash and Ganna, Zana, and Maral Natsag: Mongolian Dance and Tuvan throat-singing

5:00-6:00: Cheick Hamala Diabate and Family:West African Traditions

Sunday, October 13

12:00-12:45:  Dry Hill Draggers: Old Time

1:00–1:45: Mothers, Brothers, and Sisters: Featuring the Knicelys, the Harris Brothers, Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes, and Emily and Martha Spencer

Moore Brothers Band

Moore Brothers Band

2:00-2:45: Moore Brothers Band: Traditional and Progressive Bluegrass

3:00-3:45: Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes: Richmond Gospel

4:00-4:45: Whitetop Mountain Band: Old Time/Country

5:00-5:45: Holmes Brothers: Blues/Gospel

Clyde Jenkins

Clyde Jenkins

The Richmond Times-Dispatch/Virginia Folklife Area to feature:

Buffalo Brothers Amusements – Carousel Makers, Restorers, and Operators ǁ Staunton, VA

Jimmy Boyd and Family with Lane Rakes – Moonshine Still Operation ǁ Franklin County, VA

Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon – Oyster Shucking Sisters ǁ Jamaica and Urbanna, VA

Clyde Jenkins and Mary Lou Sours – White Oak Basket Making ǁ Stanley, VA

Ganell Marshall – Corn-shuck Doll Making ǁ St. Paul, VA

Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt—Crankie Demonstration ǁ Rural Retreat, VA

Gankhuyag Natsag and Family—Mongolian Mask Makers ǁ Arlington, VA

Patrick and Aaron Olwell—Irish Flute Makers ǁ Nellysford, VA

Ubaldo Sanchez and Family—Alfombra  (Guatemalan Sawdust Carpet) Makers ǁArlington, VA

We thank our partners Venture Richmond and the National Council for the Traditional Arts for producing such an amazing free festival. Don’t miss it!

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