After a festival season where nearly all of them were canceled we are very pleased to be announcing some music festivals for the 2021 season. This July Red Wing Roots Festival is back at Natural Chimneys Park in Mount Solon. This festival features headliners Hiss Golden Messenger, Bettye Lavette, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Airforce with Los Texmaniancs, Sierra Ferrell and more.

Danny Knicely and Cheick Hamala Diabate – Photo by Pat Jarrett/The Virginia Folklife Program

One of the more interesting sets will be on the Kinfolk Stage at 5:30 p.m. on July 10. World-renowned multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely will be performing with Malian Griot and master ngoni player Cheick Hamala Diabate. These men have collaborated before, exploring the roots of the modern-day banjo with Lonesome River Band leader, banjo player Sammy Shelor in a program we called From Africa to Appalachia. A selection from that program is below.

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