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NCTA featured in NEA’s 50th Anniversary Milestone Series

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary, the agency has created a “Milestones” video series for its 50th anniversary website. These videos look at important artists and organizations that the NEA has supported over the years and the impact they have made on U.S. culture. The NCTA’s National Folk Festival, the nation’s ... Read More »

National Folk Festival Makes Two Important Announcements: VF Corporation Will Sponsor a Stage, and First Set of Eight Performers Unveiled

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Greensboro, N.C., May 20, 2015 — The National Folk Festival announced today that VF Corporation will sponsor the “Wrangler Stage” at the 2015 Festival, which will feature 300 artists on seven stages over three days in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015. The Festival is FREE; no tickets are necessary. A large “street stage” located in the 400 ... Read More »

National Folk Festival Announces That PNC Bank Will Sponsor the North Carolina Arts Marketplace and That Artists May Apply For Inclusion in Marketplace

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Greensboro, N.C., May 20, 2015 — The National Folk Festival announced today that PNC Bank will sponsor the North Carolina Arts Marketplace at the 2015 Festival, which will feature 300 artists on seven stages over three days in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015. The Festival is FREE; no tickets are necessary. Located on the streets around Center ... Read More »

Martin, Bogan & Armstrong at the 36th National Folk Festival, 1974

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Founded 80 years ago, the National Folk Festival was first presented in 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the nation’s longest-running multicultural celebration of traditional arts and culture. In honor of this milestone, we are featuring a rotating series of live video and audio recordings from 40 years ago that capture highlights of the 36th National Folk Festival in ... Read More »

Masters of the Steel String Guitar Tour (1990-1991)

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Masters of blues, Appalachian flat-picking, Hawaiian slack key, dobro, jazz and rockabilly guitar styles were showcased in the first Masters of the Steel String Guitar tours, which helped open the doors of major performing arts venues to traditional artists in the early 1990s.  Listen to tour recordings that capture live performances by John Cephas, Jerry Douglas, Wayne Henderson, Ledward Kaapana, ... Read More »