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Announcing the 2022 Virginia Folklife Stage and Area at the Richmond Folk Festival

This year’s craft demonstration area at the Richmond Folk Festival will feature an Instrument Makers Workshop and more.

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86 Years of Fiddlers’

by Pat Jarrett Always held during the first full week of August (technically it always starts the Monday after the first Saturday of the month), the 86th Old Fiddlers’ Convention …

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Mac Traynham & Ashlee Watkins – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 6

“I only wish that all of my bluegrass and old-time pickin’ friends in Australia could be exposed to this kind of culture and they would hear the difference in it too,” …

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Earl White – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 3

Earl White is a fiddler, founding member of the Green Grass Cloggers, and leader of the Earl White Stringband. Produced in partnership with WMRA.

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The Earl of Indian Valley

Earl White shares his knowledge about music in a “formally informal” jam situation at his old time music camp.

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Big Indian Music Camp

Fiddlin Earl White might be known best for his time with the Green Grass Cloggers, a dance group formed at Eastern Carolina University after Dudley Culp learned some moves from …

June 23–27, 2021 | Big Indian Farm
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Emily and Martha Spencer on Uncovered: From the Vault

Whitetop Mountain Band have been part of the Virginia Folklife Program for just about as long as the program’s been in existence. They epitomize the driving rhythm and voicing of …

April 27, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM | Virtual
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The Olwell Brothers on Uncovered: From the Vault

This month on Uncovered: From the Vault of the Virginia Folklife Program we are premiering a gem of a performance featuring Aaron and Matthew Olwell with pianist Cleek Schrey with …

March 30, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM | Virtual
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The Olwell Brothers on Uncovered: From the Vault

This month on Uncovered: From the Vault of the Virginia Folklife Program we are premiering a gem of a performance featuring Aaron and Matthew Olwell with pianist Cleek Schrey with …

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Mac Traynham and Ashlee Watkins

Mac Traynham said that there’s a family-like connection in the music communities of southwest Virginia, and it’s why he’s devoted his life to it.

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Eddie Bond and Andrew Small

Eddie Bond learned how to play fiddle from teachers like Claude Childress and Bass Tate growing up at his granny’s house, now he’s teaching Andrew Small.

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The Voice: Remembering Harold Mitchell

All of us at the Virginia Folklife Program are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Harold Mitchell: emcee extraordinaire, master storyteller, and keeper of an encyclopedic knowledge …

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