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Virginia Folklife Area at the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival

Experience the crafts, music, and culture of Bristol and beyond in the Virginia Folklife Area of the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival!

October 14–15, 2023 | 12PM – 6PM | Richmond
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geonovah: Big Stone Rap

Hip-hop artist Geonoah Davis was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, and he is making it his mission to build a supportive community for artists like him—artists that do not fall into stereotypical Appalachian categories.

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$52,000 in Awards Distributed to Support Folk Arts and Culture in Bristol Region

The Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team is thrilled to announce the recipients of its grant and fellowship program to support folk arts and culture in the region.

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.

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Virginia Folklife Awards $35,000 to Five Apprenticeship Teams

The five apprenticeship teams represent artforms with centuries-old roots in Virginia—African American storytelling and music, as well as old time fiddling—as well as the dance and music of Bolivia and Puerto Rico.

Martha Spencer of the Whitetop Mountain Band performing at the Wytheville Community College Jamboree on March 18, 2023. All photos by Pat Jarrett / Virginia Humanities.Sights & Sounds

Listen: Wytheville Community College Jamboree

Listen to two sets from Wytheville Community College’s Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, and enjoy a tall tale by Thornton Spencer.

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Music as Work

Join us and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a fascinating discussion on “Music as Work,” in partnership with the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME). Coming from a variety of …

May 23, 2023 | 7PM | Bristol
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A Celebration of Virginia Folklife: Performances, Displays & Activities

Join us on Saturday, July 8 at the Library of Virginia for an afternoon of performances, displays, and activities highlighting old and new Virginia musical traditions including blues, fiddling, shape-note singing, and more.

July 8, 2023 | 12PM – 4PM | Library of Virginia, Richmond
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Bernadette “B.J.” Lark and Alanjha Harris

As a mentor artist in our Apprenticeship Program, B.J. Lark of Roanoke, Virginia, has spent the last year teaching 18-year-old Alanjha Harris the soul-stirring power of Gullah Geechee-style gospel singing.

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Kazem Davoudian & Alexander Sabet

Kazem Davoudian of Sterling, VA, is an experienced Ostad (master artist, in Farsi) of Iranian classical music. He is teaching Alexander Sabet of Washington, DC, how to play the tar, a traditional long-necked string instrument.

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Home Is the Sound of Rivers and Crooked Roads

Elsa Howell, who is learning the art of Appalachian ballad singing through our Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, reflects on the important role music plays in her culture and community.

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Where Our Roots Meet: Concert Release

Earlier this year, following International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a crowd gathered in Fairfax for an evening of Sephardic music from the Balkans, led by Trio Sefardi and the Elias Ladino Ensemble.

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