Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase, Charlottesville

May 5, 2019

James Monroe's Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway Charlottesville, VA 22902

Free and open to the public
Rain or shine

Join Virginia’s folk masters and their apprentices this spring for a celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts at James Monroe’s Highland, just outside of Charlottesville. The Festival will feature the graduating class of masters and apprentices and welcome in the new class, plus many Virginia Folklife apprenticeship program alumni. Audiences will enjoy live musical performances and a dazzling display of engaging demonstrations. Special guests and featured foods will be announced in the spring.

Celebrating the 2018–2019 Master Folk Artists and their apprentices:

  • Master gospel singer Cora Harvey Armstrong of King and Queen County and apprentice Samantha Willis
  • Master of jazz and swing guitar Bert Carlson of Bath County and apprentice Danny Knicely
  • Master baklava maker Sondus Asad Moussa of Harrisonburg and apprentice Sanaa Abdul Jalil
  • Master hotrod car builder Jeff Bennett of Roanoke and apprentice Jeremy Bennett
  • Master of Vietnamese Dan Bau (monochord instrument) Nam Phuong Nguyen of Fairfax County and apprentice Anh Dien Nguyen
  • Master Mongolian contortionist Mandkhai Erdembat of Falls Church and apprentices Emma and Ella Chuluunbat
  • Master moonshine maker Chris Prillaman of Franklin County and apprentice Tanner Talley
  • Returning master of the Galax dulcimer Phyllis Gaskins of Rockingham County and apprentice Anna Stockdale