Free and open to the public
Join Virginia’s folk masters and their apprentices this spring for a celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts at James Monroe’s Highland, just outside of Charlottesville.
The Festival will feature the graduating class of masters and apprentices and welcome in the new class, plus many Virginia Folklife apprenticeship program alumni.
The 2017–2018 Master Folk Artists and their apprentices:
- Master candy maker Gene Williams of Chesapeake and apprentice Lee Bagley
- Master spinner and weaver Evelyn Lahman of Wythe County and apprentice Dr. Terence Michael Gilley
- Master of logsmithing Gary Horton of Carroll County and apprentice Tommy Horton
- Master Sephardic ballad singer Susan Gaeta of Fairfax County and apprentice Gina Sobel
- Master of soul food cooking Tina Ingram-Murphy of Henrico County and apprentice Cheryl Maroney-Beaver
- Master of Bolivian mesa ceremonies and rituals Julia Garcia of Arlington and apprentice Marcela Alejandra Ardaya Barron
- Master banjo maker Greg Galbreath of Giles County and apprentice Peter Keller
- Master fiddler Nate Leath of Augusta County and apprentices Eli and Aila Wildman
- Returning Master decoy carver Grayson Chesser of Accomack County and apprentices Drew Sturgis, P.G. Ross, Mark Ross, and Andy Dunton
- Returning Master of classical Iranian and Persian music Nader Majd of Fairfax County and apprentice Ali Reza Analouei