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Fiddlin’ the Movie at the Virginia Film Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program is proud to present the award-winning documentary film Fiddlin’ at this year’s Virginia Film Festival. Fiddlin’ is an old time and bluegrass music documentary that takes place …

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2018 Richmond Folk Festival Recap

We wrapped up the 14th annual Richmond Folk Festival on October 14, and can’t help but marvel at that event’s feeling of togetherness and belonging that draws us in, year …

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Remembering Bert Carlson

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of our friend Bert Carlson. Bert was a remarkably gifted guitarist, and a sweet and generous soul. He will be fondly remembered …

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Explore the Art of Masquerade at the 14th Annual Richmond Folk Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program joins the Richmond Folk Festival in announcing the Virginia Folklife Area theme for the 2018 Richmond Folk Festival: “Masquerade.” When: Friday, October 12, beginning at 6:00 …

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First place finishes for Folklife Apprentices at Galax Fiddlers’ Convention

Virginia Folklife apprentices and dynamic sister-brother duo Aila Wildman and Eli Wildman took first place in adult old time fiddle and mandolin, respectively, at the 83rd annual Galax Fiddlers’ Convention. Congratulations to …

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Remembering Mama-Girl

With profound sadness, we mark the passing of one of Virginia’s most beloved folk artists, Eastern Shore painter, sculptor, and pastor Mary “Mama-Girl” Onley, at age 64.

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Eddie Bond receives 2018 National Heritage Fellowship

The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities is proud to announce that Eddie Bond, celebrated old-time fiddler from the small southwestern Virginia town of Fries, has been honored with the …

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Frank Newsome’s Gone Away with a Friend released by Free Dirt Records

Free Dirt Records is releasing National Heritage Fellow Reverend Frank Newsome’s album Gone Away with a Friend on June 29, 2018. Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman and renowned country artist …

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Thank you to the Founding Friends of Folklife

For twenty-nine years, the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities has presented, documented, and celebrated new and traditional cultures of Virginia, preserving treasured cultural traditions for future generations and reaching audiences across Virginia. From …

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HoustonFest 2018: Sherman Holmes Project, Harris Brothers, Del McCoury Band, and so much more

Born out of a community’s grief over the tragic passing of Houston Caldwell, a gifted banjoist and dedicated contributor to the civic life of Galax, HoustonFest is one of the …

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From Sublime to Divine: Apprenticeship Showcase in Pictures

Thank you to all who came out for an awesome Virginia Humanities Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase this past Sunday at James Monroe’s Highland. While setup was done in what was at …

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Apprenticeships Keep Treasured Traditions Alive and Thriving

Why should you attend this event? Why do Apprenticeships matter? Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman explains: “When I began my tenure as Virginia State Folklorist in 2001, I visited communities …