Published September 22, 2020
The 2019 Richmond Folk Festival (photo by Pat Jarrett).

The Richmond Folk Festival celebrated its 16th anniversary the weekend of October 9-11 with a “virtual” event that brought together the community through a special television program, radio broadcasts and online streaming. The show went on—a virtual event celebrating the roots, richness, and variety of American culture.

Venture Richmond Events, in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, and the Children’s Museum presented new musical performances that were exclusive to this festival and highlights of favorite artists from past festivals and cooking demonstrations from the Virginia Folklife Stage.

Though we were disappointed that we couldn’t celebrate along the banks of the James River, these online streaming sessions highlight some of the magic of the Richmond Folk Festival. Enjoy!

Friday’s stream


  • Vishtèn (Acadian)*
  • Rahim AlHaj (Iraqi oud)*
  • The Quebe Sisters (Texas fiddling and western swing)*
  • Pedrito Martinez (Afro-Cuban)*
  • Mythili Prakash Dance Ensemble (Bharata Natyam)*
  • Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters (funk and R&B)* 
Saturday’s stream


  • Ann Yao (Chinese guzheng)*
  • Cooking demonstration: Frances Davis (Fried Dried Apple Pies) 2016
  • Hot Pickers feat. Wayne Henderson, Reggie Harris, Danny Knicely, Josh Pickett, & Presley Barker (guitar workshop) 2015
  • CarMax Family Activity: Sofa Stage*
  • Los Texmaniacs (conjunto tejano)*
  • Competitive Engine Assembly with Team Vibrant Performance 2019
  • Eileen Ivers (Irish fiddle)*
  • Marketplace Spotlight: Guadalupe Ramírez, AlterNatives *
  • 2015 Scott Street Five-String Finals (youth banjo contest presented by JAMinc)
  • CarMax Family Activity: Bag Hats* 
  • Jason Samuels Smith & the Winard Harper Trio (tap dance)*
  • Cooking demonstration: Mary Stewart (Tangier Island crab bisque) 2016
  • Jesse McReynolds backstage jam (bluegrass) 2012
  • Marketplace Spotlight: Guadalupe Ramírez, AlterNatives weaving*
  • Cajun dance lesson with Talia Moser*
  • Pine Leaf Boys (Cajun)*
  • Cooking demonstration: Chef Ida MaMusu (kelewele medley) 2016
  • Tamburaški Sastav Ponoć and Danny Knicely after-party jam (Balkans meet bluegrass) 2018
  • Don Bryant (Memphis soul)*
Sunday’s stream


  • The Campbell Brothers (sacred steel guitar)*
  • Tribute to Jim Wark, a beloved member of the Richmond Folk Festival community
  • Martha & Emily Spencer (old-time)*
  • How to Make Hardtack with the National Park Service*
  • CarMax Family Activity: Book Reading*
  • Aurelio (Garifuna)*
  • The Legendary Ingramettes (gospel) 2018
  • Sherman Holmes (gospel and R&B) 2018
  • Marketplace Spotlight: Carren Clarke, Woodland Heights Studio*
  • Cooking demonstration: Sondus Moussa (baklava) 2017
  • Jasmine Bell & North Bear (Lakota hoop dance and Northern Plains drum)*
  • CarMax Family Activity: Drumsticks*
  • bomba dance lesson with Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera*
  • Kadencia – recorded at Spacebomb Studios (bomba y plena)*
  • Oyster Shucking Smackdown IV 2014
  • Butcher Brown feat. J. Plunky Branch – recorded at Spacebomb Studios (soul fusion)*

*Indicates exclusive new video

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