On October 14 and 15, join us in the Virginia Folklife Area of the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival to experience the crafts, music, and culture of Bristol and beyond!

Appalachian Traditions

The Virginia Folklife Area will include Appalachian Traditions, a demonstration tent with artists and cultural organizations from the greater Bristol region.

Focused Demonstrations
Saturday, October 14

1PM | John Alexander: Appalachian Toys
2PM | KT Vandyke: Repairing a Cracked Guitar
3PM | Birthplace of Country Music: Women in Old Time Music
4PM | Katie Hoffman & Brett Tiller: Maintain Your Cast Iron
5PM | Jesse Halverson: Wool, From Fleece to Loom

Sunday, October 15

2PM | KT Vandyke & Jackson Cunningham: Installing Frets
3PM | Roxanne McDaniel: How to Build a Cardboard Dulcimer
4PM | Amanda Sprinkle: Curly Basket Overlays
5PM | Erin Simons: Making Hand Brooms

Center for Cultural Vibrancy Stage

The Center for Cultural Vibrancy Stage at the Virginia Folklife Area will honor the musical past and present of Bristol by showcasing some of the most accomplished and exciting emerging artists from the city and surrounding region.

Saturday, October 14

12:15-1PM | Virginia Meets the Virgin Islands: Workshop with members of Legendary Ingramettes and Stanley Jacobs and the Ten Sleepless Nights
1:15-2PM | Gail Caesar (Piedmont Blues)
2:15-3PM | Wayne Henderson and Friends (Appalachian Guitar Traditions)
3:15-4PM | Danny Knicely and Chao Tian (Appalachian Traditions and Chinese Dulcimer)
4:15-5PM | Wild Ponies (Americana)
5:15-6:30PMFarm and Fun Time® featuring Bill and the Belles, Linda Lay, Elizabeth LaPrelle and Elsa Howell (Country Radio Hour)

Sunday, October 15

12-1:15PM | New Sounds of Bristol Showcase featuring Tyler Hughes, Pierceton Hobbs, Roxanne McDaniel, geonovah, Jackson Cunningham, KT Vandyke & Toni Doman
1:30-2:30PM | Sherman Holmes and Cora Armstrong, with Jared Pool, Andrew Alli, Almeta Ingram-Miller and Jacob Eller (Gospel and R&B)
2:45-3:30PM | Martha Spencer and the Wonderland Band (Honky-tonk)
3:50-4:45PM | Rodney Stith (Classic Soul)
5:00-6PM | The Legendary Ingramettes (Gospel)

The Virginia Folklife Area is co-presented by the Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities and the Center for Cultural Vibrancy.

2023 Richmond Folk Festival


Friday, October 13: 6:30PM – 10PM 
Saturday, October 14: 12PM – 9:30PM 
Sunday, October 15: 12PM – 6PM