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Photo highlights from the 2016 Virginia Folklife Area at the Richmond Folk Festival

Another Richmond Folk Festival is in the books, and once again, the Virginia Folklife Program joined with our partners at Venture Richmond, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Union …

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Ingramettes at Kennedy Center on Millennium Stage

Couldn’t make it to DC to see the Ingramettes perform at the Kennedy Center? Enjoy the video of their performance.

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New Stage at HoustonFest

We’re hosting a workshop stage at HoustonFest this year.

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Photos from the Apprenticeship Showcase 2016

Photographic highlights from the 2016 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase at James Monroe’s Highland.

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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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Folklife Apprenticeship Exhibition on display at Showcase

Documenting the shared work of the master and apprentice is an integral part of the Apprenticeship Program. For the past five years, Pat Jarrett, the digital media specialist for the …

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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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Joey Mirabile Sr. and Logan Caine

Joey’s Hot Dogs, in Richmond’s West End, is for many the pinnacle of what is one of America’s iconic foods. Joey Mirabile has hot dogs in his blood. His father, …