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2016 Apprenticeship Showcase Schedule Announced

The Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities announces the schedule for the 2016 Apprenticeship Showcase on Sunday, May 15 from 12:00 to 5:00pm at James Monroe’s …

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Chop, Shred, and Split a winner at WAMMIES

The Virginia Folklife-supported album Chop, Shred, and Split is now WAMMY-award winning. The Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) have named this Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program master and apprentice collaboration by …

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Ellen and Eugene Ratcliffe and Hannah Johnson

The square dance is the “official dance” of Virginia, as it is in a majority of states throughout the country. First introduced by European settlers, the square dance developed over …

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Scott Freeman, Linda Lay and Kitty Amaral

Watch The early song-collecting journeys of folklorists informed the rest of America about the remarkable breadth of fiddle tunes in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, many of which closely resembled …

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Kay Justice and Helen White

There is perhaps nowhere in America with a deeper or more widely recognized ballad tradition than Southern Appalachia. The region has been a draw for ballad scholars (sometimes referred to …

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David and Mason Via

While many songs in folk music are credited as “traditional” or “public domain,” there is simply no song without a songwriter. Virginia has had more than its share of prolific …

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Humayun Khan and Ved Sheth

Indian classical music has evolved over the centuries, and its many diverse forms reflect the great diversity of the subcontinent of India. Hindustani classical music is traditionally practice-oriented, and learned …

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Herschel Sizemore and Mike Walker

Legendary Roanoke mandolin player and composer Herschel Sizemore returns as a 2016 master artist. When he was eight years old, Herschel’s parents took him to see Bill Monroe perform at …

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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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Announcing Scott Street Five String Banjo Finals at the Richmond Folk Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program has partnered with JAMinc to honor the memory of distinguished Richmond attorney and dedicated banjo player Scott Street, who passed away in February of this year …

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Bogtrotters and Bristol

Next weekend Bristol will be packed with concerts for Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. From September 18th to 20th 130 artists will play all over the city on big stages …