Published April 22, 2019
Whitetop Mountain Band

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 with the Whitetop Mountain Band, a beloved old-time group that has been entertaining audiences for more than forty years with their ensemble-based, hard driving dance music, and features returning Folklife master artist Emily Spencer on clawhammer banjo. We’ll close down the Showcase with a gospel throwdown featuring master Cora Harvey Armstrong and Apprentice Samantha Willis. From start to finish, the Apprenticeship Showcase is not to be missed. Here’s just a little taste of Cora and Samantha:



Sunday, May 5:

Performance Stage Schedule

12:00: Whitetop Mountain Band
12:45: Welcome by Jon Lohman, State Folklorist
1:00: Vietnamese Dan Bau with Nam Phuong Nguyen and Anh Dien Nguyen
1:20: Mongolian contortion with apprentices Emma and Ella Chuluunbat
1:40: Clawhammer banjo with Emily Spencer and Lisa Ring
2:00: Recognition of crafters and food masters
2:15: Mongolian contortion with master Mandkhai Erdembat
2:30: House culture and dance with Junious Brickhouse and Tyrone Edwards
2:50: Recognition of food masters
3:00: Galax dulcimer with Phyllis Gaskins and Anna Stockdale
3:25: Oyster Shucking Showdown
3:50: Bert Carlson Tribute featuring Danny Knicely and special guests
4:30: Gospel singing with Cora Armstrong and Samantha Willis
5:00: Boot Scoot Square Dance with Frick-Rucker Stringband and dance calls from Hannah Johnson

Crafts Area Schedule:

At each booth, you’ll be able hear from these masters on their special artforms

12:30: Instrument Inlay with Brian Calhoun and Jake Hopping (Rockbridge Guitars)
1:00: Stained Glass with Ronald Dixon and William Hinkle
1:30: Roadside Sculpture with Mark Cline and Brently Hilliard
2:00: Baklava making with Sondus Asad Moussa and Sanaa Abdul Jalil
2:30: Hot Rod Rigging with Jeff and Jeremy Bennett
3:00: Moonshine making with Chris Prillaman and Tanner Talley
3:30: Tortilla Making with Luz and Princey Lopez
4:00: Heirloom Apples with Clyde Jenkins


Learning Experience

Virginia History in Song

What can songs teach us about history?