Are you an artist in Virginia who is working in traditional or community arts and open to performing, demonstration, or teaching opportunities? Are you a programmer or presenter seeking artists for your next event?

The Virginia Folklife Artist Directory serves to connect artists, craftspeople, and tradition bearers to prospective programmers and/or students. Initially conceived and launched as “TRAIN: Teachers of Remote Arts Instruction Network” in response to COVID-19, we have updated this free resource to indicate both in person and online availability and have limited it to residents of Virginia. We also support our directory artists to with enrollment in the Virginia Commission for the Arts teaching and touring artist rosters.

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Sunun Saranai

Charlottesville | Teaching Artist


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Chef Sunun is a native of Bangkok, Thailand who came to the U.S. in the early 2000's. In Bangkok she operated her own street cart for decades serving

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Thai Cuisine

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Tes Slominski

Charlottesville | Teaching and Performing Artist


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I have taught Irish fiddle off and on for 23 years. Raised in Lynchburg with deep roots in Halifax County, I fell in love with Irish fiddle as

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Irish fiddle

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Andrew Small

Floyd County | Teaching Artist


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Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Small has performed with artists ranging from Sierra Hull and Mandolin Orange to the North Carolina Symphony. A native of eastern North Carolina, Andrew now lives

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Old Time Fiddle, Old Time Banjo (clawhammer and fingerpicking), Bluegrass and Old Time Mandolin, Bluegrass and Old Time Guitar, Double Bass

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Gina Sobel

Albemarle County | Teaching and Performing Artist


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Gina Sobel is a natural improviser. A virtuoso on multiple instruments (flute, sax, voice), she exudes energy and excitement in her live performances and is sought after as

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Flute, sax, voice, guitar, songwriting, piano, jazz studies

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Natalie Spears

Montgomery County | Teaching Artist


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Natalie Spears is a multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and dance lover. She has performed heavily over the past 7 years and has played at the John Hartford Memorial Festival

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Banjo, Bass, Jamming 101, Piano

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Martha Spencer

Grayson County | Teaching Artist


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Martha Spencer is a singer-songwriter, mountain musician and dancer from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She grew up in the musical Spencer family and learned to play

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Flatfoot dancing, old time banjo, fiddle, guitar

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Lorie Strother

Waynesboro | Performing Artist


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Lorie Strother, ‘The Dreaded BluesLady’ has performed her interpretation of Blues music since the 1990s. Lorie can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing because it was something

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Blues Singing

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