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Remembrances of Joe Wilson

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

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

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

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 »

A message from the family of Joe Wilson

Joseph Thomas Wilson (March 16, 1938 –May 17, 2015) Joe Wilson left us on Sunday, May 17, 2015. He left us a legacy so vibrant and alive that even though his physical presence is gone, his spirit and his passions live on in all of us who knew and loved him. His time here on Earth removes the cliché from ... Read More »

Remembering Joe by Scott Lilly

Remembering the man who understood how people and culture connected—and why that connection means everything. Joe Wilson probably knew more about traditional American music than anyone who ever lived. He passed away peacefully in Winston-Salem yesterday after battling renal disease and other health issues for many years. He was truly one of the most remarkable men I ever knew. Joe ... Read More »

NCTA Chairman, Joe Wilson, Passes Away

It is with deep sadness we announce that Joseph T. Wilson, Chairman of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015. While Joe had been ill for a very long time, this news still comes as a shock. Joe was Executive Director of the NCTA for 28 years (1976 to 2004), a larger-than-life figure ... Read More »

ArtsGreensboro Appoints Local Director for The National Folk Festival

After an extensive nationwide search, ArtsGreensboro has appointed seasoned festival administrator Amy Grossmann as the Local Director for the National Folk Festival, President and CEO Thomas Philion announced today. Working out of ArtsGreensboro’s offices in the Cultural Center, Grossmann will begin her work on January 2, 2015. In this role, Grossmann will work directly for ArtsGreensboro and in close cooperation ... Read More »