Ballad Keepers of Appalachia’s Musical Crossroads
The author of African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia, a cultural history of the gourd “banjar” and later American five-string banjo in the South, Virginia Humanities Fellow Cece Conway will discuss her current book project and how she traces the earlier musical history of the ballad singing genre, the arrival of the fiddle and its influence upon […]
Lilia Fuquen - Photo by Stephanie Gross
Announcing New Project Director for Food & Community in Virginia
Food and Community in Virginia, a project of the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, welcomes Lilia Fuquen as project director for this year-long initiative. The goal of Food and Community in Virginia is to bring people across the Commonwealth together to document, celebrate, and share traditional, contemporary, and emerging foodways. Through diverse food traditions, […]
Cedric Watson jams with members of the Montrond family and Zerui Depina in Chã das Calderas, Fogo, Cabo Verde. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Fiddling in Fogo
Cape Verde Cultural Exchange
What follows is a first-hand account of VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program’s first journey to Cabo Verde in 2016 as chronicled in our most recent edition of VFH Views. In the fall of 2017 the Virginia Folklife Program returned to Cabo Verde, a musical and culturally rich island nation off of the West Coast of Africa, […]
Tastes & Tales from Tangier Island
Common House and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) host a night of visual and oral storytelling of Tangier Island. Come learn about one of Virginia’s most unique communities from the voices who know it best. VFH executive director Matthew Gibson moderates a discussion with Peter Hedlund of Encyclopedia Virginia; VFH Fellow and author of forthcoming book […]
Zerui Depina (center) plays the cavaquinho and Danny Knicely (right) on fiddle in Chã das Calderas, Fogo, in Cabo Verde. Frankie Centeio (left) looks on. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Folklife Program.
Cape Verde Musical Exchange Showcase
Zerui Depina, a celebrated singer and musician from Cape Verde, will join Danny Knicely and Aimee Curl for this special performance in Warrenton. Zerui forged a musical relationship with Danny Knicely while Danny was touring Cape Verde (an island nation off the coast of West Africa) in a cultural exchange sponsored by the U.S. State […]
2010 Richmond Folk Festival - Photo by Peter Hedlund
Richmond Folk Festival 2017
Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Richmond Folk Festival has become the largest folk festival on the East Coast. Each year, VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program produces the much loved Virginia Folklife Area, featuring crafts and musicians from around the Commonwealth. The Richmond Folk Festival features more than thirty performing groups on seven live music stages with […]
Cabin Creek Boys (photo by Pat Jarrett).
Watermelon Park Fest
VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program has once again partnered with Shepherds Ford Productions as a supporter of Watermelon Park Festival. Watermelon Park was the site of the nation’s first bluegrass festival in 1960. After years of hiatus, the festival was revived more than ten years ago and features some of the finest in bluegrass and beyond. This […]
Wayne C. Henderson, center, performs with Helen White and Herb Key at the Show for Joe in 2016.
A Show for Joe
The second annual Joe Wilson Memorial Music Festival will feature Band of Ruhks, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Linda Lay & Springfield Exit, Whitetop Mountain Band, and Special Guest Sherman Holmes & The Ingramettes. A Show for Joe is produced by the Blue Ridge Music Center in partnership with VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program. The event is […]
Argentinian Bluegrass Band Che Apalache
Virginia Folklife Program Announces Summer Tour
The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces the summer tour of Argentinian bluegrass band, Che Apalache. The band will perform across North Carolina and Southwest Virginia, in communities including Galax, Floyd, and Abingdon. The tour runs from Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, August 20; see full tour dates and sample media […]
Galax Old Fiddlers Convention 2013 - Pat Jarrett
Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention
Come and join VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program at the country’s largest Fiddlers’ Convention—now in its 80th annual gathering. Enjoy contests in old time and bluegrass fiddle and banjo, guitar, dobro, mandolin, and flatfoot dance. Among the campsites, musicians of all ages and levels have the opportunity to jam until the late hours of the night.
The Richmond Sessions
By Legendary Artist Sherman Holmes
VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program produces The Richmond Sessions, by legendary artist Sherman Holmes – Special guests include Sammy Shelor, Rob Ickes, and Joan Osborne On July 21, musician Sherman Holmes will release his first solo recording in his more than fifty-year career. The Richmond Sessions by the Sherman Holmes Project carries on the spirit of the revered […]