Photo by Pat Jarrett
Amazing artists take Charlottesville from Africa to Appalachia
Pure magic happened when Master Malian Griot Cheick Hamala Diabate joined Sammy Shelor and Danny Knicely, for three days of musical collaboration and fellowship.
A Conversation with Laura Ortiz
A Mexican Folk Dancer connects to her daughter and heritage through the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. “When I dance with my daughter I am passing on the tradition in the most passionate and authentic way.”
Charlie McClendon in his home studio with the original reel-to-reel recording of “Rainy Night in Georgia.” photo by pat Jarrett.
Crossing Over: The Charlie McClendon Story
VFH Folklife Director Jon Lohman tells the story of Charlie McClendon and the R&B music scene in Hampton Roads in the 1960s.
Virginia Folklife master and apprentice shape note singers. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers
With Good Reason‘s Kelley Libby visits a shape note sing near Harrisonburg, VA that was the first all-day singing from the new Shenandoah Harmony tunebook.
Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes nominated for IMA Gospel Album of the Year!
Evangelist Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes join more than 300 exceptional artists as Nominees in The 12th Independent Music Awards, the influential awards program for independent bands and fans.
Earl and Dorothy Blake
Remembering Earl Blake: Carnival Costume Master
A dear friend of the Folklife Program, Earl was a master builder of stunningly elaborate Caribbean Carnival costumes, a tradition he brought to the US from his native Trinidad from where he emigrated in the 1960s.
Photo by Skip Rowland
Paschall Brothers Win National Heritage Fellowship
The Paschall Brothers, a stunning Tidewater Gospel Quartet from Chesapeake, Virginia have received the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor that the United States government bestows on traditional artists.
Virginia-Produced Public Radio Program Wins Regional Murrow Award
WGR has been honored with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association. “The Folklife of Stepping,” a WGR feature, won 1st place for Use of Sound.