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Lemlem Gebray and Datta and Akeza Seyoum

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and Ethiopian beans are arguably some of the best in the world. As legend has it, coffee was first discovered by …

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Yara Cordeiro and Ruthie Lezama

Capoeira Starting in the 1500s, Brazilian plantation owners trafficked in enslaved Africans for free labor. In this brutal system, enslaved people worked to death on plantations that benefited of the …

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Horace Scruggs, Hannah Scruggs and Niya Bates

Horace Scruggs, his daughter Hannah Scruggs and historian Niya Bates are working together exploring family roots, and navigating the waterways themselves, on the rivers of central Virginia.

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Marino’s Forever: Marino’s Lunch to Reopen

Famed Staunton jam spot and burger joint Marino’s Lunch has been closed since 2017. After extensive renovations the doors open this weekend.

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Earl White – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 3

Earl White is a fiddler, founding member of the Green Grass Cloggers, and leader of the Earl White Stringband. Produced in partnership with WMRA.

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Skip Herman – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 2

Skip Herman is a world-renowned instrument repairman from Frog Level Guitar Shop in Abingdon, Virginia. This podcast is produced in partnership with WMRA.

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Series Intro – Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 1

WMRA’s Chris Boros at Pat Jarrett from The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities preview what’s to come on Folklife Fieldnotes.

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Mac Traynham and Ashlee Watkins

Mac Traynham said that there’s a family-like connection in the music communities of southwest Virginia, and it’s why he’s devoted his life to it.

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Walter “Skip” Herman and K.T. Vandyke

Walter “Skip” Herman learned to build guitars from “Uncle” Dave Sturgill around the same time Wayne Henderson did, but Herman became known for his repair skills.

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Chris Testerman, Karlie Keepfer and Sophia Burnett

Instrument Making Chris Testerman has been around instrument makers since he attended Mount Rogers Combined School in Grayson County and played in the Albert Hash Memorial Band, led by Whitetop …

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Lelis and Ken Garcia Olaes

Lelis and Ken Garcia Olaes keep Filipino flavors alive at Angie’s Bakery in Virginia Beach.

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Eddie Bond and Andrew Small

Eddie Bond learned how to play fiddle from teachers like Claude Childress and Bass Tate growing up at his granny’s house, now he’s teaching Andrew Small.

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The Earl of Indian Valley

Earl White shares his knowledge about music in a “formally informal” jam situation at his old time music camp.

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Sammy Shelor and Friends Live in Richmond

Sammy Shelor performed a set of unique selection of country, bluegrass and fusion tunes at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond with our friends from JAMinc. on December 2, 2021. In addition …

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Virginia Folklife Apprenticeships will begin on May 1, 2020 and run through May 1, 2021. The application deadline for this cycle is January 31, 2020.