Steve Christo looks at the camera for a portrait in front of shelves of his finished boots and next to a skeletal model of a foot.Sights & Sounds

Perrin Creek Custom Boots

Steve Christo of Perrin Creek Custom Boots makes bold and colorful boots out of his Gloucester shop, made from trees felled on his land.

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A Family’s Drag Tradition in Bristol

Seventeen-year-old Anna Fleenor of Bristol first raced on a drag strip as part of a youth racing class. From the passenger seat, her father, Chris—a seasoned racer—offered tips to quell her nerves. But as soon as the light turned green, he gave Anna a command that she still hears in her head when it’s time to race: “Mash it.”

Betty Vornbrock is seated next to Sharon Andreucci who is standing in Vonrbrock's music room, surrounded by colorful tapestries and instruments on the walls.Sights & Sounds

Betty Vornbrock & Sharon Andreucci

Betty Vornbrock of Hillsville has spent the last year teaching Sharon Andreucci of Galax old-time fiddle tunes—particularly repertoire played by Appalachian women.

Johsua is pictured mid dance with a partner in the foreground facing him, both reaching out for the other's hand, in a warmly lit dance studio with wooden floors.Sights & Sounds

Joshua Purnell & Tom Norris

For dancer Joshua Purnell and his apprentice Tom Norris, blues dancing is a means to build and maintain community in their hometown of Norfolk.

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Sephardic Music Traditions In Virginia — Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 13

Pat Jarrett explores the legacies and changes in Sephardic music traditions by sharing recordings of Flory Jagoda, Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel on their new work with Minnush, and an interview with Zack Youcha, organizer of the “Where Our Roots Meet” concert.

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A Legacy of Violin Making — Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 12

Richard Maxham is apprenticing under Lynchburg violin maker Daniel Smith, though the Maxham name has been intimately involved with violin making and performance for five generations.

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DIY Punk Houses and Virginia’s Punk and Metal Communities – Folklife Fieldnotes 11

Pat Jarrett and Chris Boros discuss Virginia’s robust DIY Punk communities on this installment of Folklife Fieldnotes.

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Ask A Punk for the Address

by Pat Jarrett When the pandemic shut down the opportunity to experience live music, I was hit hard. I started going to shows when I was fifteen. (Once, my mom …

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Finding the “Nuevo South” Sound with Larry Bellorín and Joe Troop – Folklife Fieldnotes 10

Joe Troop and Larry Bellorín met in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina and hit it off immediately. Joe was dealing with a shift in his musical career and Larry …

Seyoum Berhe shares coffee with seated guests at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.News

2022 Apprenticeship Films Now on YouTube

In Good Keeping in 2022, the documentary film exploring the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Class of 2021-2022 is now live and available on-demand via our Youtube page. The stories follow the …

Photo of the seven men in the Chosen Few in the midst of singing, with one man foregrounded on the leftSights & Sounds

Tidewater Gospel Traditions with Rev. Tarrence Paschall and the Chosen Few on Folklife Fieldnotes 9

Rev. Tarrence Paschall has been singing with The Paschall Brothers for years, and now he’s signing with another Hampton Roads-based group keeping the Gospel Quartet tradition alive, the Chosen Few.

Virginia state folklorist Katy Clune, in a colorful shirt, poses for a portrait with violin makers Richard Maxham, left, and Danny Smith, right, in front of a cluttered workbench in Smith's shop.Sights & Sounds

Katy Clune Shares Stories and Fieldwork on Folklife Fieldnotes 8

Director of the Virginia Folklife Program Katy Clune joins Pat Jarrett and Chris Boros on this episode of Folklife Fieldnotes.

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