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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Erynn Marshall

Galax | Teaching Artist


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Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler who lives in Galax, Virginia and is known internationally for her traditional music. Erynn learned the nuances of Appalachian old-time fiddling from

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old-time fiddle, performer, teacher, composer, flatfoot dance, guitar, banjo, singing

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Jesse Maw

Grayson County | Teaching Artist


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Jesse Maw is a National Oldtime Fiddle Champion who has immersed himself in the world of music since the age of 5. Jesse has performed in countless bands

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Oldtime Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, Jazz Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Music Theory, Composition

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Ros O’Brien

Harrisonburg | Teaching Artist


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Ros O’Brien is a functional stoneware potter in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. She works primarily with textured soft slabs, although her work sometimes incorporates thrown, pinched, or

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Hand built stoneware ceramics

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Charles Owens

Charlottesville | Teaching Artist


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Charles Owens is a master tenor saxophonist, composer, band leader, recording artist, and educator and has been performing, composing, and teaching professionally for over 25 years. After attending

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Saxophone, piano, theory, harmony, improvisation, jazz harmony, composition, production

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Brian Parker

Hampton | Teaching Artist


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Hi! I'm a Virginia-based recording artist, born and raised in Hampton, VA. I graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Recorded Music in

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Music production, songwriting, guitar, percussion

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Trevor Pietsch

Richmond | Teaching Artist


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Trevor Pietsch is a Richmond, Virginia based musician who has performed with a variety of different groups and styles from folk to fusion to heavy rock on both

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Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass

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Jared Pool

Richmond | Teaching Artist


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Jared Pool is a multi-instrumentalist from Richmond, VA who currently plays mandolin with legendary flatpicker, Larry Keel and teaches locally. From an early age, Jared grew up immersed

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Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory

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Jim Robertson

Amherst County | Teaching Artist


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Jim Robertson started playing guitar during the folk music boom of the 60s. Prior to that his parents gave him a Hohner Marine Band harmonica. At age 16

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Trad. strings: banjos, mandolin family, guitar, fiddle,whistle, bagpipes, bass,

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Angel Alberto Rodriguez Serrano

Richmond | Teaching and Performing Artist


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I’m Angel Alberto Rodríguez Serrano, a freelance Latin and ballroom dance instructor and entertainer. You might know me as the Salsa Guy of Richmond. I am a proud

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Latin Dancing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia & Swing

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Heidi Rugg

Richmond | Teaching and Performing Artist


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Heidi Rugg is an interdisciplinary artist with her feet firmly planted in the worlds of both storytelling and puppetmaking. She is the founder of Barefoot Puppet Theatre and

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Puppetmaking, Storytelling, Puppetry

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