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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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Ronald Dixon and William Hinkle

Stained glass master artist Ronald Dixon grew up viewing stained glass art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in his native Northern Ireland, spending hours in local cathedrals while his …

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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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Clyde Jenkins and Sam Jenkins, Isaac Lonas, Tanner Good, and Logan Hindershot

Clyde Jenkins grew up in the Shenandoah Mountains in Page County, on the homestead his family has inhabited for generations. Throughout his life working the land, Clyde has acquired a …

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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 …

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The Sweetness of Virginia’s “Little Switzerland”

Maple Syrup in Highland County   Highland County, Virginia may be one of the least populated counties East of the Mississippi, but its heart is big, the mountain views are …

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Light the Candles with Flory Jagoda’s internationally loved Hanukkah anthem “Ocho Kandelikas”

As the holidays enter full swing, Christmas songs—ranging from the insipid to the sublime—become a seemingly ubiquitous presence in our lives. Largely buried in a sonic avalanche of sleigh bells, …

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Exploring Indigenous Foodways

What did food sovereignty look like in Virginia prior to the arrival of Europeans?  Why have Native American foodways changed so dramatically? And how are Indigenous communities building healthy, just, …

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Fiddlin’ wins Commonwealth Award at Virginia Film Festival

The Virginia Film Festival awarded Fiddlin’ its first-ever Commonwealth Award for Best Virginia Feature Film, honoring the achievements of Virginia filmmakers Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic at the 31st annual …

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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival: scenes from the day

The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College celebrates the traditional crafts, music, foods, storytelling, horse handling skills, dog training skills, and moonshine folklore of southwestern Virginia. This festival features …

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Fiddlin’ the Movie at the Virginia Film Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program is proud to present the award-winning documentary film Fiddlin’ at this year’s Virginia Film Festival. Fiddlin’ is an old time and bluegrass music documentary that takes place …

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2018 Richmond Folk Festival Recap

We wrapped up the 14th annual Richmond Folk Festival on October 14, and can’t help but marvel at that event’s feeling of togetherness and belonging that draws us in, year …