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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 »

The National Folk Festival Announces 2015 Schedule

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Forty artists and groups will perform on seven outdoor stages during the National Folk Festival, presented by Belk, which is coming to downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015 Greensboro, N.C., August 14, 2015 — The National Folk Festival today announced its complete 2015 performance schedule. For its 75th anniversary, the National Folk Festival, presented by Belk, will feature ... Read More »

The National Folk Festival Announces Complete 75th-Anniversary Lineup

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Representing a myriad of cultural traditions, 20 more performers—including Mavis Staples—will be showcased on seven outdoor stages during the National Folk Festival, presented by Belk, which is coming to downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015 Greensboro, N.C., August 11, 2015 — The National Folk Festival today announced that it has added another group of traditional artists to the ... Read More »

North Carolina Traditions Stage and Folklife Area Announced

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Secretary Susan Kluttz Announces 75th National Folk Festival’s N.C. Traditions Stage Performers—Including Sheila Kay Adams, Bobby Hicks, and John Dee Holeman—As Well As N.C. Folklife Area Potters Greensboro, N.C. (August 11, 2015) — Masters of traditional music, including Sheila Kay Adams, Bobby Hicks and John Dee Holeman, will perform at the North Carolina Traditions Stage during the National Folk Festival, ... Read More »

Remembrances of Joe Wilson

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by Dr. Earle Hitchner I have several memories of Joe Wilson (March 16, 1938-May 17, 2015), a tireless champion of traditional and especially rural American music and other arts, but two stick out. The first was on radio. The year was 1988, and Joe was the tour director accompanying the fiddlers on the inaugural “Masters of the Folk Violin” sponsored ... Read More »

The National Folk Festival Adds More Performers to Its 75th-Anniversary Lineup

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Eleven more outstanding performers—including Greensboro native Rhiannon Giddens—add to the array of cultural traditions that will be showcased on seven outdoor stages during the National Folk Festival, coming to downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015 Greensboro, N.C., June 24, 2015 — The National Folk Festival today announced that it has added another group of traditional artists to the ... Read More »

National Folk Festival Announces 2015 Festival Footprint

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Seven stages, Family Area, N.C. Folklife Area, and N.C. Arts Marketplace will be located at sites across downtown Greensboro Greensboro, N.C., June 17, 2015 — The National Folk Festival today unveiled the site map for the 2015 Festival, which will feature 300 artists on seven stages over three days in downtown Greensboro from September 11 – 13, 2015. The Festival ... Read More »

June 25 Tribute Event for Joe Wilson

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A Celebration of Joe’s Life, Work, and Legacy Thursday, June 25, 2015 Blue Ridge Music Center Mile Post 213, Blue Ridge Parkway 700 Foothills Road Galax, VA 24333 2:00 pm. Bring your instruments and come and play a tune for Joe Wilson or share a story or two. For those unable to attend, a second celebration is being planned later ... Read More »

NCTA Board Chairman George Holt’s Tribute to Joe Wilson

On May 17, 2015, the National Council for the Traditional Arts lost its longtime former director and guiding light, and the nation lost a powerful advocate for folk and traditional arts. The passing of NCTA Chairman Joseph Thomas Wilson is deeply felt by his family, the board and staff of NCTA, his many friends, and the legion of musicians and ... Read More »

Joe Wilson: memories from Barry Bergey

Joseph T. Wilson March 16, 1938 – May 17, 2015 Joe Wilson would have been the only person on this earth who had the wit and storytelling skills to adequately summarize his career, but he would have rather discussed music, musicians, and their communities. He was always eager to share a new or old recording, show you a compelling photograph ... Read More »