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NCTA Online Benefit Auction is LIVE! (until midnight Sunday, 3/18)

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LINK to benefit auction site: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/ncta-benefit-auction-4229. Via phone: Text the word “NCTA” to “88793” to register and bid Our March 14 benefit concert may have sold out in just 7 hours, but everyone—attendees and non-attendees alike—can participate in our online benefit auction, with proceeds to benefit the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA). Bid on a vintage Martin guitar, ... Read More »

First Eight Performers Announced for 78th National Folk Festival

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Salisbury, MD – The National Folk Festival announced today the first group of artists who will be performing in downtown Salisbury from September 7 – 9, 2018. The 78th National Folk Festival in 2018 marks the first year of the event’s three-year residency in Salisbury. Approximately 350 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the National Folk Festival, with ... Read More »

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

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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 »

National Council for the Traditional Arts Announces Leadership Transition

NOVEMBER 29, 2017—The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) announced today that Julia Olin plans to step down as Executive Director during 2018. Olin will continue to be actively engaged with the organization, serving as the NCTA’s Artistic Director and Director of Special Projects & Initiatives, and facilitating the transition to new leadership. A national search to fill the executive ... Read More »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

Richmond Folk Festival Shines in the Rain

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Richmond had one of its rainiest festivals in its 12-year history — we haven’t had so much rain since its first year as the National. We are thankful to all of you who came out in the mud and pouring rain to help make this one of the best and most memorable festivals ever! Check out the video below from ... Read More »