Feed You Soul: Another Epic Richmond Folk Festival

For our 2017 Virginia Folklife Area presentation, we kept our promise to “Feed Your Soul.” From Saturday morning’s hair-raising a cappella hymn by the legendary Reverend Frank Newsome, to the final house-rocking, soul-shaking performance by the Ingramettes, audiences in our packed tent were delighted all weekend by the many diverse sounds of the Commonwealth. And on our adjoining Folklife Foodways Stage, audiences were fed more literally, while learning some of the secrets behind everything from Iraqi-style baklava to Mexican cochinita pibil. We are grateful once again to have had the opportunity to join forces with your friends at Venture Richmond and the National Council for the Traditional Arts to produce this amazing community event. See you next year!

To view this year’s participants click here.

Cora Harvey Armstrong hugs a fan after her set. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/14/17.
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The Ladies Vocal Workshop.
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Clyde Jenkins at his booth. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/14/17.
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Jon Lohman, right, and Harold Mitchell talk backstage. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/14/17.
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Frank Newsome onstage.
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Gina Sobel, right, and Susan Gaeta perform.
Peter Hedlund/VFH Staff
Luz Lopez demonstrated a number of Mexican cooking traditions. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/14/17.
Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program
Andrew Vogts backstage. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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Jack Dunlap performs with Danny Knicely’s Next Generation on Sunday. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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Aila Wildman sings and Andrew Vogts fiddles with Danny Knicely’s Next Generation on Sunday. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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A sousaphone player walking through the festival grounds. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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Tony “Young Buck” Stewart performs with The Sherman Holmes Project. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/14/17.
Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program
Tina Ingram-Murphy serves supper to more than 600 guests. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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The Legendary Ingramettes perform. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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Almeta Ingram Miller belts one out on Sunday. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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Daneyelle Boynes, left, performs with The Legendary Ingramettes on Sunday. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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Festival-goers dance during the Legendary Ingramettes’ set. Thousands attended the Richmond Folk Festival on 10/15/17.
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Sondus Moussa demonstrates how to make baklava.
Peter Hedlund/VFH Staff
Rev. Frank Newsome
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