Loose Strings band, Houstonfest 2014 – Pat Jarrett
June 8 – 9 Felts Park, downtown Galax, Virginia: State Folklorist and director of Virginia Humanities’ Folklife Program Jon Lohman leads workshops about the musical tradition of the region with participating performers in both bluegrass and old time music at HoustonFest 2018.
Evelyn Lahman spins yarn during the 2017 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase
2018 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase
Our Virginia Folklife Program invites you to join Virginia folk masters and their apprentices for a celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts at James Monroe’s Highland, just outside of Charlottesville. The graduating class of masters and apprentices from our Folklife Apprenticeship Program will be celebrated as we welcome in the new class. Many Virginia Folklife […]
Nate Leath and the Wildmans
Announcing Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Class of 2018-2019
The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities announces the 2018-2019 class of Master Artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Master artists are selected through a competitive process in all forms of Virginia’s expressive cultures. The eight new teams join more than one hundred pairs of masters and apprentices who have taken part in the […]
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 […]