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The Life of Flory Jagoda: the keeper of the flame

Born in 1926 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Flory Jagoda learned songs from her grandmother, or “Nona” as she calls her, who knew the musical traditions passed down through their Sephardic Jewish …

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The Old Jimmy Sutton

A masterful songster recorded by two folklorists, fifty years apart. When the late folklorist Alan Lomax set out on his now infamous “Southern Journey” in 1959, he stopped in Chilhowie, …

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Legendary Ingramettes new album Take a Look in the Book is a “celestial outpouring of gospel goodness”

The new album from The Legendary Ingramettes is called Take a Look in the Book and it is getting stellar reviews: NPR’s Sunday Edition: The Power of Gospel during Crisis …

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Legendary Ingramettes: Take a Look in the Book – album out now

The Virginia Folklife Program is so proud to announce the release of Take a Look in the Book, the new album from The Legendary Ingramettes. Six decades of music, sixty-five …

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Resources for Artists Affected by Covid 19

Helpful Links for artists and musicians who have lost income because of the Covid 19 pandemic.

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Remembering Gerald Anderson

I’m sure we join so many throughout Southwest Virginia and beyond in our sadness and shock to learn of the passing of Gerald Anderson. Gerald was a fine luthier, player, …

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Sherman Holmes Project: The Richmond Sessions

The first solo recording in his more than fifty-year career, Sherman Holmes’ The Richmond Sessions carries on the spirit of the revered Holmes Brothers by reimagining songs and making them …

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Frank Newsome: Gone Away with a Friend (Free Dirt Records)

On Gone Away with a Friend, Frank Newsome sings a more than four-century-long American tradition into the present. His arresting style—the lined-out hymn singing of the Old Regular Baptists from …

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Apprenticeship Showcase Schedule and Special Guests

You will not want to miss a minute of the  Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase at James Monroe’s Highland on Sunday, May 5 from noon to 6:00pm. We will kick off …

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Brian Calhoun and Adam McNeil and Jake Hopping

Brian Calhoun grew up in Rockbridge County, an area rich with many fine players of bluegrass and old-time music as well as a wide variety of acoustic styles. Already a …

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Emily Spencer and Lisa Ring

Returning to the Folklife Apprenticeship Program in 2019 is the beloved Grayson County clawhammer banjoist Emily Spencer. The clawhammer banjo style is an essential aspect of old time music, an …

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Announcing Apprenticeship Class of 2019–2020

The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities announces the 2019-2020 class of Master Artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Master Artists are selected through a competitive process in all …