The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship showcase announces its 2017 date! 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 full showcase schedule will be announced in April 2017.
The 2016–2017 Master Folk Artists and their apprentices are:
- Master songwriter David Via of Patrick County and apprentice Mason Via
- Master paper sculptor Mary “Mama-Girl” Onley of Accomack County and apprentice David Onley
- Master bluegrass fiddler and mandolinist Scott Freeman of Grayson County and apprentice Kitty Amaral
- Master Cambodian costume maker Sochietah Ung of Washington, D.C., and apprentices Matthew R. Regan and Lena Ouk
- Masters square dance callers Eugene and Ellen Ratcliffe of Highland County and apprentice Hannah Johnson
- Master old time duet singer Linda Kay Justice of Wythe County and apprentice Helen White
- Master of Hindustani vocal traditions Humayun Khan of Fairfax county and apprentice Ved Sheth
- Master of traditional photographic methods Richard Pippin of Staunton and apprentices Melissa Jones and Zoe Bearinger
- Master hotdog purveyor Joey Mirabile of Richmond and apprentice Joey Mirabile Jr.
- Returning master bluegrass mandolin player and composer Herschel Sizemore of Roanoke and apprentice Mike Walker
- Returning master bluegrass singer Linda Lay of Bristol and apprentice Kitty Amaral