Virginia Folklife Program

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Join Us at the Richmond Folk Festival

Posted: 2010-09-21 | Categories: Uncategorized |

The Virginia Folklife Program presents:  “Maritime to Mountain Time: From Virginia’s Coast to Coalfields” at the Richmond Folk Festival. When: Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10, 2010 The Virginia Folklife Area will highlight the culture of the two geographic ends of the state, the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the rocky peaks of […]

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2010 Folklife Apprentice Showcase In Pictures

Posted: 2010-09-14 | Categories: Uncategorized |

Attendees of the seventh annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase were treated to a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville. If you missed the showcase, check out this slideshow of images from throughout the day. 2010-11 Master & Apprentice Teams Master Menhaden Chantey Singers Elton Smith Jr., Edward Taylor, William Muse, Lloyd Hill, and James Carter and apprentice […]

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2010-2011 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeships Announced

Posted: 2010-08-19 | Categories: Uncategorized |

The Virginia Folklife Program announces the 2010-2011 class of master artists and apprentices.  Folklife Apprenticeships pair an experienced master artist with an eager apprentice for a one-on-one, nine month learning experience, in order to help ensure that a particular art form is passed on in ways that are conscious of history and faithful to tradition. […]

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VA Folklife Showcases Master & Apprentice Teams On Sept. 12

Posted: 2010-08-18 | Categories: Uncategorized |

Join the Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities on Sunday, September 12th, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. for the seventh annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. We’ll celebrate the seventh graduating class of folklife apprentices and introduce the incoming Virginia Folk Masters, with musical performances, crafts, and traditional Brunswick Stew. The event is free and open to […]

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VA Folklife Showcases Master & Apprentice Teams on September 12

Posted: 2010-08-02 | Categories: Uncategorized |

Join the Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities on Sunday, September 12th, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. for the seventh annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase. We’ll celebrate the seventh graduating class of folklife apprentices and introduce the incoming Virginia Folk Masters, with musical performances, crafts, and traditional Brunswick Stew. This year’s showcase […]

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Meet us on the Virginia Folklife Porch at Floydfest 2010

Posted: 2010-07-01 | Categories: Uncategorized |

Check out the Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch at Floydfest 9, July 22 – 25 on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, for great mountain music and dance with performers from the Crooked Road. Friends who will be joining us on the Porch this year include: Danny Knicely & Friends – 4th generation Appalachian multi-instrumentalist Wayne Henderson […]

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Join us at The Barrier Islands Center

Posted: 2010-06-10 | Categories: Uncategorized |

Join us at The Barrier Islands Center on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for a “Patchwork of Virginia Music Festival” featuring traditional roots music of Virginia, Saturday, June 12th, from noon until 6 pm. Guest artists include: The Whitetop Mountain Band – Appalachian family string band The Paschall Brothers – Tidewater a cappella gospel Shallow Creek – […]

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Remembering Houston Caldwell

Posted: 2010-05-07 | Categories: Uncategorized |

It is with tremendous sadness that we report the passing of Houston Caldwell, 18, of Galax, Virginia.  Houston was a most gifted and promising young banjo player, and a dear friend.  I met Houston about five years ago in Barr’s Fiddle Shop in Galax, where he studied with local banjo master Stevie Barr.  Houston immediately […]

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Folklife Festivals

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Catch Virginia Folklife this summer and fall at these great festivals. April 29-May 2: MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC. May 29: Gathering in the Gap, Big Stone Gap, Virginia. June 19:  Wayne C. Henderson Festival and Guitar Competition, Grayson County, Virginia. July 9-11:  National Folk Festival, Butte, Montana: presenting Virginia artists, including the Whitetop Mountain Band from […]

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Crooked Road on The Road

Posted: 2010-03-31 | Categories: Uncategorized |

The Virginia Folklife Program is proud to announce that it will join the National Council of the Traditional Arts on its mid-Atlantic Tour of “Music From the Crooked Road:  Mountain Music of Virginia.”  The concert, emceed by Virginia Folklife Program Director and State Folklorist Jon Lohman, will feature many old friends of the Virginia Folklife […]

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