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All in the Family: Legends of Grayson Old-Time Weekend

The third Legends of Grayson Old-Time Weekend filled Independence, Virginia’s historic 1908 courthouse with music and memories this past weekend.

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2024 Legends of Grayson Old-Time Weekend

Celebrate Grayson County’s old-time music heritage, honoring E.C. & Orna Ball and Jessie Lovell & Evelyn Farmer.

April 5–6, 2024 | Independence
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Remembering Roni Stoneman

Roni Stoneman performs at the Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival in 2005. Jon Lohman remembers her ability to give joy.

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Affrolachian Music with Dr. Dena Jennings

Join us at Carysbrook Performing Arts Center for an evening with Dr. Dena Jennings, mentor artist in our 2023–24 Folklife Apprenticeship Program.

February 24, 2024 | 7PM | Fluvanna County
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Bringing Bristol to the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival

Bristol, Virginia, was in lights this weekend in the Virginia Folklife Area of the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival.

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Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time

For this special Farm and Fun Time® episode, two Bristol duos join Bill and the Belles: Bluegrass sweethearts Linda and David Lay and traditional mountain ballad singer Elizabeth Laprelle and her student in our Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, Elsa Howell.

October 14, 2023 | 5:15PM – 6:30PM | Richmond
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Kadencia Live at WTJU

Kadencia is a Richmond-based Bomba/Plena ensemble dedicated to playing, promoting, and preserving Afro-Puerto Rican music.

September 16, 2023 | 8PM – 9PM
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Music from the Crooked Road

Join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Crooked Road, southwest Virginia’s “heritage music trail.”

March 23, 2024 | 7:30PM | Vienna
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3rd Annual Festival of Virginia Fiddling

Performing at the Festival of Virginia Fiddling 2023 are fiddlers from the jazz Romani diaspora, the Scottish American tradition, Old-Time string band music, and multi-style influences.

August 19, 2023 | 12PM – 10PM | Richmond
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 A Tribute to Virginia Folk Hero “Uncle Wade” Ward

Beloved clawhammer banjoist “Uncle Wade” was born on Saddle Creek, just outside of Independence, Virginia, on October 15, 1892 and lived in Grayson County all his life.

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Celebration of Virginia Folklife at the Library of Virginia Recap

Last weekend, we presented a two-day “Celebration of Virginia Folklife” on July 7 and 8, 2023 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, as part of the Library’s year-long 200th anniversary celebration.

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