The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship showcase has a new date and new location! Join Virginia’s folk masters and their apprentices this spring for a celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts at Ash Lawn-Highland, home of James Monroe, just outside of Charlottesville.
Introducing the 2016–2017 Master Folk Artists and their apprentices:
- Master songwriter David Via of Patrick County and apprentice Mason Via
- Master papier-mâché sculptor “Mama Girl” Onley of Accomack County and apprentice David Onley
- Master bluegrass fiddler and mandolinist Scott Freeman of Grayson County and apprentice Kitty Amaral
- Master Cambodian costume maker Sochietah Ung of Washington, D.C., and apprentices Matthew R. Regan and Lena Ouk
- Masters square dance callers Eugene and Ellen Ratcliffe of Highland County and apprentice Hannah Johnson
- Master old time duet singer Linda Kay Justice of Wythe County and apprentice Helen White
- Master of Hindustani vocal traditions Humayun Khan of Fairfax county and apprentice Ved Sheth
- Master of traditional photographic methods Richard Pippin of Staunton and apprentices Melissa Jones and Zoe Bearinger.
- Master hotdog purveyor Joey Mirabile of Richmond and apprentice Joey Mirabile Jr.
- Returning Master bluegrass mandolin player and composer Herschel Sizemore of Roanoke and apprentice Mike Walker
Celebrating the completion of the 2015–2016 Master Folk Artists and their apprentices:
- Master blues and gospel performer Sherman Holmes of Middlesex County and apprentice Whitney Nelson
- Master bluegrass fiddler Billy Baker of Norton and apprentice Jack Hinshelwood
- Master of accordion making and restoration Dale Wise of Orange County and apprentice Lori Sallade
- Master blacksmith Rick Green of Franklin County and apprentice Jon Butler
- Master salt maker Jim Bordwine of Saltville and apprentice Baron Bordwine
- Master mandolin player Danny Knicely of Loudoun County and apprentice Jack Dunlap
- Master balalaika player Andrei Saveliev of Fairfax and apprentice Aaron G. Mott