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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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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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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 …

two capoeiristas crouch towards each other in front of six others who are standing and holding berimbaus. everyone wears a white shirt and pants uniform.Sights & Sounds

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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The Olwell Brothers on Uncovered: From the Vault

This month on Uncovered: From the Vault of the Virginia Folklife Program we are premiering a gem of a performance featuring Aaron and Matthew Olwell with pianist Cleek Schrey with …

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Phil Wiggins on Uncovered: From the Vault

On Tuesday, February 23 Phil Wiggins will be joining us on our next installment of Uncovered: From the Vault of the Virginia Folklife Program. We’ll be chatting with Phil after …

Mac sits and Ashlee stands, both with a guitar next to care and shaded under a tree in a green landscape.Sights & Sounds

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.

In a dark workshop, Skip stands behind a guitar and smiles next to KT who sits and looks up at him.Sights & Sounds

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.

Sophia and Karlie sit and play their instruments in Chris's shop with a lathe to their right and Chris further back, standing with a guitar.Sights & Sounds

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 …

Lelis and Ken stand in a largely metal kitchen with masks. Ken reaches over in front of Lelis to place balls of ube on small circles of dough. A rolling pin is in the foreground.Sights & Sounds

Lelis and Ken Garcia Olaes

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

Eddie and Andrew stand side by side holding their fiddles on a folden hilltop overlooking more mountains under a blue sky.Sights & Sounds

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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Uncovered: From the Vault of the Virginia Folklife Program

Rev. Tarrence Paschall will be joining us for a livestream of a 2004 concert.