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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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Memories of Hanukkah: Flory Jagoda’s “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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Ingramettes at Kennedy Center on Millennium Stage

Couldn’t make it to DC to see the Ingramettes perform at the Kennedy Center? Enjoy the video of their performance.

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Apprenticeship Spotlight: Sherman Holmes and Whitney Nelson

By Jon Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist One of my fondest memories of the 2014 Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase was the sight of members of participating master artists the Holmes Brothers sitting …

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Hot Pickers Workshop: Richmond Folk Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program has spent the last 25 years documenting Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. We even have our own YouTube channel featuring hundreds of performances by traditional artists. Did …

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Richmond Folk Festival Bolivian Parade: A Feast for the Senses

The 2015 Richmond Folk Festival was nothing short of glorious: great weather, enthusiastic crowds, and excellent music, food, and crafts. A highlight of the festival was the parade of Bolivian …

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Magnificent: The Charlie McClendon Story

We have created an online exhibit that includes recent and archival video, audio, and still photography, and extensive interviews with Charlie McClendon, Richard Levin, and others. It also includes an edited film, “Put Me Down Easy: The Charlie McClendon Story.”

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Live in Concert: 2014 Highlights

As we approach the end of the Virginia Folklife Program’s 25th year, we take great joy in looking back at some of the year’s highlights. Largely through the addition of …

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Live Stream-2014 Apprenticeship Showcase

We’re pleased to announce that the Apprenticeship Showcase was live streamed for the first time this year. Watch the fun:

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Betty & the Bullet jam on “Hold Me Now” by the Thompson Twins

Betty & the Bullet jam on “Hold Me Now” by the Thompson Twins at the 2014 Galax Old Fiddlers’ convention at Felt’s Park in Galax, Virginia.