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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 »

2016 National Heritage Fellowships

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Taking place in our nation’s capital, the NEA National Heritage Fellowship awards ceremony and concert honors extraordinary practitioners of the folk and traditional arts in the United States. You can read more about this marvelous event here, and while you’re at it check out the newly designed medal for these artists! The medal combines craft traditions of two 1982 Fellows, ... Read More »

National Folk Festival Announces 2016 Estimated Attendance

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Celebrating its second year in Greensboro, free weekend-long event again broke attendance records Greensboro, N.C., September 27, 2016 — Over 138,000 people are estimated to have attended the 76th National Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro from September 9 through 11, 2016, the second year of the Festival’s three-year residency in Greensboro. Attendance for the 75th National Folk Festival in 2015 ... Read More »

Apply to host the 2018-2020 National Folk Festivals!

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If you are interested in bringing America’s premier traveling celebration of traditional arts and culture to your community, we look forward to hearing from you. Applications to host the 2018-2020 National Folk Festivals are now being accepted. Download the National Folk Festival 2018-2020 brochure here. For additional information on hosting the National Folk Festival, please call or write to: National ... Read More »

Henderson Guitar Silent Auction on June 7

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JUST ANNOUNCED – Silent Auction for a rare Wayne C. Henderson guitar On June 7, those attending the Masters of the Steel String Guitar concert at The Hamilton will have the unprecedented opportunity to bid on a Wayne C. Henderson 00-18 acoustic guitar with the entire proceeds of the silent auction to benefit the National Council for the Traditional Arts ... Read More »

Watch: Musicians Appearing at June 7 Concert

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Jerry Douglas, Albert Lee, and Wayne Henderson, participants in previous Masters of the Steel String Guitar tours, will be reuniting in D.C. this June for a concert to benefit the NCTA. Joining them will be The Harris Brothers, Marquise Knox, and Presley Barker, along with special guests Kitty Amaral, Dudley Connell, and Phil Wiggins. Check out this playlist we’ve put together of ... Read More »

June 7: Artists Gather for NCTA Benefit Concert in D.C.

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The Masters of the Steel String Guitar concert reunites three of the original artists who participated in the NCTA’s legendary tours of the same name a quarter century ago: Jerry Douglas, Albert Lee, and Wayne Henderson, who now stand at the pinnacle of their respective musical worlds. It also introduces some amazing younger players, just as the tours of the ... Read More »

First Performer Details Announced for 76th National Folk Festival

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First Performer Details Announced for 76th National Folk Festival, Celebrating Its Second Year in North Carolina from September 9 – 11, 2016 After a spectacular debut in 2015, Festival attendance expected to grow by up to 30% Greensboro, N.C., February 9, 2016 — The National Folk Festival announced today the first group of artists who will be performing in downtown ... Read More »