Betty Vornbrock & Sharon Andreucci
Women & Old-Time Fiddling Betty Vornbrock says music fans around her Carroll County home are unique: They are not necessarily accustomed to being performed to. Instead, with the preponderance of …
Virginia Folklife Awards $35,000 to Five Apprenticeship Teams
The five apprenticeship teams represent artforms with centuries-old roots in Virginia—African American storytelling and music, as well as old time fiddling—as well as the dance and music of Bolivia and Puerto Rico.
Music for Life
What makes appreciating music an important life skill?
Listen: Wytheville Community College Jamboree
Listen to two sets from Wytheville Community College’s Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, and enjoy a tall tale by Thornton Spencer.
Music as Work
Join us and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a fascinating discussion on “Music as Work,” in partnership with the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME). Coming from a variety of …
A Celebration of Virginia Folklife: Performances, Displays & Activities
Join us on Saturday, July 8 at the Library of Virginia for an afternoon of performances, displays, and activities highlighting old and new Virginia musical traditions including blues, fiddling, shape-note singing, and more.
Bernadette “B.J.” Lark and Alanjha Harris
Handpainted symbols hang on the walls of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia, where Bernadette “B.J.” Lark hosts CommUNITY ARTS Roanoke, an after-school program for children. A black, green, …
Kazem Davoudian & Alexander Sabet
Kazem Davoudian of Sterling, VA, is an experienced ustad (master artist, in Farsi) of Iranian classical music. He is teaching Alexander Sabet of Washington, DC, how to play the tar, a traditional long-necked string instrument.
Home Is the Sound of Rivers and Crooked Roads
Elsa Howell, who is learning the art of Appalachian ballad singing through our Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, reflects on the important role music plays in her culture and community.
Where Our Roots Meet: Concert Release
Earlier this year, following International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a crowd gathered in Fairfax for an evening of Sephardic music from the Balkans, led by Trio Sefardi and the Elias Ladino Ensemble.
Forging Connections with Bristol’s Tyler Hughes
Old-time musician Tyler Hughes is now co-managing a new funding opportunity for traditional arts in and around Bristol. “People in the Appalachian region deserve to have the fullest life that they can achieve,” he says.
Sephardic Music Traditions In Virginia — Folklife Fieldnotes Episode 13
Exploring the folk music of the Sephardim, from the songs of Flory Jagoda and “Shorty” Elias to the new sounds of Minnush and beyond in this episode of Folklife Fieldnotes.