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 […]
This bluegrass and old-time music festival honors banjo-playing prodigy and rising star of traditional music, Houston Caldwell, who sadly passed away at age eighteen in 2010. Houston was featured on many Virginia Folklife stages and recordings over the years, beginning when he was eleven years old. Workshops: Jon Lohman, director of VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program, […]
Rahim AlHaj (photo by Douglas Kent Hall)
Rahim AlHaj at Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg
Free and open to the public VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program and Court Square Theater present a concert with virtuoso oud musician and composer, Rahim AlHaj at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg. Mr. AlHaj, born in Baghdad, Iraq, began playing the oud—a stringed instrument dating back at least 5,000 years—at age nine. After studying at the Institute of […]
2016 Folklife Showcase - Photo by Pat Jarrett
Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase
Free and open to the public The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship showcase announces its 2017 date! Join Virginia’s folk masters and their apprentices this spring for a celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts at James Monroe’s Highland, just outside of Charlottesville. The Festival will feature the graduating class of masters and apprentices and welcome in […]