Despite torrential downpours, the Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch at Floydfest 12 was the place to see and hear the finest practitioners of traditional music styles. Presented by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities with support from Virginia is for Lovers, the Virginia Folklife Workshop Porch (lovingly referred to by most simply as “the Porch”) remains one of the true gems of FloydFest.
Hosted by Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman, the Porch showcased regional musicians, including Furnace Mountain, the Whitetop Mountain Band, the Hey Boys, Doug and Telisha Williams – Wild Ponies, and a workshops called “Serious Porch Shredding” featuring local hotshots. At the same time, the Porch was also home to the beloved workshops where FloydFest audiences got to visit with some of the headline artists including Hot Tuna, Michael Kiwanuka, North Mississippi Allstars, Railroad Earth, and many more in a more intimate, relaxed setting. Many thanks to all the Porch staff and volunteers, in particular Mike and Mary Monseur and Bob Gaskill.
Check out the slideshow below for some images from the fest. All photos by Peter Hedlund.