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2019 National Heritage Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The 2019 recipients are masters of a wide range of folk and traditional art forms: Tejano singing, Basque music, and balafon playing; Spanish colcha embroidery, decoy carving, and leatherworking, as well as storytelling. Each fellowship ... Read More »

News for the 15th Anniversary of the Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival Announces Compilation Album    The Richmond Folk Festival has announced the release of the first single from a special compilation album celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Richmond Folk Festival. The record, titled All Together Now: 15 Years of the Richmond Folk Festival Live includes select tracks recorded live over the years since the National Folk Festival ... Read More »

Richmond Folk Festival Announces 25 Artists

The Richmond Folk Festival has announced 25 artists who will be performing at the 2018 Richmond Folk Festival on the weekend of October 12-14. This year’s program includes a spectacular group of diverse musicians and dancers from around the world; six of these artists carry on cultural traditions that have never been featured at the festival before. In addition to ... Read More »

Recap: Masters of American Music

Thank you to everyone who showed up for our March 14 show, Masters of American Music at the Hamilton! We had a sold-out crowd, and the energy in the room was electric. Established musicians Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, and Jason Isbell shared the stage with younger musicians Jan Knutson and brother-sister duo Giri and Uma Peters, and special guests Steve ... Read More »

March 14: Artists Gather for NCTA Benefit Concert in D.C.

Celebrating and supporting the work of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Masters of American Music brings together a group of exceptional musicians whose artistry is rooted in the American experience. Featuring Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell, artists that stand at the artistic apex of their respective musical worlds, the concert also introduces some amazing younger musicians: ... Read More »

Salisbury, Maryland to host National Folk Festival, 2018-2020

Salisbury, MD – Mayor Jake Day is excited to announce that Salisbury has been named the official 2018-2020 National Folk Festival Host City. Salisbury was among 34 cities nationwide that competed for the honor of hosting the nation’s preeminent traveling celebration of traditional arts and culture for a three-year stay in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The announcement was made today ... Read More »

The Collected Writings of Joe Wilson

Fred Bartenstein has collected some of Joe Wilson’s writings in two new volumes, available this month from The University of Tennessee Press. The two books are: Roots Music In America: Collected Writings of Joe Wilson Lucky Joe’s Namesake: The Extraordinary Life and Observations of Joe Wilson Edited by Fred Bartenstein Charles K. Wolfe Music Series Ted Olson, Series Editor Joe ... Read More »

First Performer Details Announced for 77th National Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival announced today the first group of artists who will be performing in downtown Greensboro from September 8 – 10, 2017. The 77th National Folk Festival in 2017 marks the event’s third year of its three-year residency in Greensboro. Based on the success of the National Folk Festival, a feasibility study is currently underway toward launching a ... Read More »

Board Member Featured on NPR

Dan Sheehy is the guest this week on Alt.Latino, a weekly podcast from NPR. This week’s show delves into “how the influence of Africa has been interpreted in various Latin and Caribbean cultures” by exploring the Folkways catalog. Dan is the director and curator emeritus of Smithsonian Folkways. Listen here Read More »