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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 »

A Show for Joe: Tomorrow Night!

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The weather is looking great for the Joe Wilson Memorial Music Festival, held at the Blue Ridge Music Center tomorrow. Featuring Jerry Douglas, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Wayne Henderson, and many others, this will be an event not to miss. For more information, please visit the Blue Ridge Music Center’s website. 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 »

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 »

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 »