A Family Affair: Richmond Folk Festival Recap

Folklife Program

Despite the less than perfect weather, roughly 100,000 people attended this year’s Richmond Folk Festival, and it was once again standing room only at the Virginia Folklife Area!

This year the Virginia Folklife program featured family bands and businesses with the theme “KinFolk: A Celebration of Family Folklife.” They welcomed back old musical favorites like the Whitetop Mountain Band, Elizabeth Laprelle, Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes, the Harris Brothers, and Cheick Hamala Diabate, and presented many other groups for our first (but certainly not our last) time, including the amazing Snyder Family Band, the Moore Brothers Band, the incredible Holmes Brothers, and the Dry Hill Draggers. Speaking of the Draggers, their family-run moonshine still anchored a dazzling Folklife Traditional Crafts Area that included everything from a traditional Guatemalan Alfombra (colored sawdust carpet) to a beautifully restored 1915 operating carousel.

All photos by Pat Jarrett and Peter Hedlund.

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