by Kelley Libby
There’s a very special instrument, a 75-year-old Hohner Student III accordion, that’s getting new life as a result of the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Every year, the program pairs masters and apprentices in traditional arts and crafts for a one-on-one, nine-month learning experience. This year, the work of two master artists is intersecting. Accordion maker/repairer Dale Wise is taking on the task of restoring a storied instrument belonging to renowned Sephardic ballad singer Flory Jagoda.
Jagoda and Wise will both perform at the annual Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at VFH in Charlottesville, VA.
All photos by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Folklife Program. Slideshow by Kelley Libby.