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The Richmond Folk Festival have just released the schedule for the festival happening October 13-15, 2017.
The Virginia Folklife Area to Serve Up Another Delicious Combination of Sound and Spice
The combination of regional performers and Virginia-based home cooks made for a delicious “Tasty Licks” theme at last year’s Virginia Folklife Area. This year, the Virginia Folklife Program will again bring taste and sound together with “Feed Your Soul.”
The Virginia Folklife Stage and Area is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. With performances from some of the most soulful singers from Richmond in the world alongside some of Virginia’s traditional soul-rich foodways, Feed Your Soul promises to leave you with a full heart.
As State Folklorist Jon Lohman explains, “When we describe a musical performance as soulful, we are speaking about that almost indescribable moment when a singer becomes the song, when a teller becomes the tale—when artifice and inhibitions recede and we know we are witnessing something profoundly real. When we speak of Soul Food, we mean something that provides a deeper level of nourishment than can be measured in nutrients or calories alone.”
An eclectic mix of musicians, artisans, dancers, and more from all over the world bring their unique cultural traditions to Richmond; nine of these traditions have never before been presented at the festival, the largest folk festival of its kind in the nation. Despite record amounts of rain from Tropical Storm Matthew in 2016, more than 125,000 people came out to experience one of Richmond’s most beloved traditions.
Announcing the third annual Scott Street Five String Finals!
The 3rd Annual Scott Street Five String Finals will be held the afternoon of Saturday, October 14th during the Richmond Folk Festival, and we're now accepting entrants in both bluegrass and clawhammer divisions for all young players 18 years of age and younger at the time of the finals. Read more about this contest, and apply now!
WCVE 88.9 will be replaying select performances from the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival on Saturdays at 1:00pm. Enjoy these stellar artists.
July 29 - L’Orchestre Afrisa International (Congolese soukous)
August 5 - Sheila Kay Adams (Appalachian songs, stories, and ballads)
August 12 - Homayoun Sakhi & Salar Nader (Afghan rubâb and tabla)
August 19 - Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (bluegrass)
August 26 - Adonis Puentes & the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban son)
September 2 - The Fairfield Four (African American gospel quartet singing)
September 9 - The Branchettes (traditional African American gospel)
September 16 - Paddy Keenan & Jimmy Noonan (Irish)
September 23 - Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Southern Italian pizzica tarantata)
September 30 - Jason D. Williams (rockabilly)
September 7 - Marquise Knox (blues)
Each year, approximately 1,300 volunteers form the central nervous system of the Richmond Folk Festival. From setup, takedown, logistics, fundraising, merch selling, transportation, and so much more, the volunteers keep the festival running smoothly.
“We are very, very good at getting people into the right spot,” says lead Volunteer Coordinator Jamie Thomas. He encourages interested parties to sign up for the 2017 festival and join the family.
Think you might want to take the plunge and join the volunteer crew at the Richmond Folk Festival this year? If one of these personality types seems to describe you to a T, sign up on our volunteer registration site and we’ll get you started.
The Richmond Folk Festival is excited to announce the first of more than 40 artists that will grace our stages the weekend of October 13-15.
For more than 12 years, you've come to expect a wide range of musical styles at the Richmond Folk Festival, and this year will be no different, offering music as diverse as New Orleans brass band, Moroccan Gnawa, Irish, blues and western swing.
Hailing from an isolated village in rural Venezuela, Betsayda Machado is on the cusp of international stardom. A few minutes online – watching videos on YouTube, reading articles that detail her fascinating story – and a long Skype conversation with Betsayda make this assertion abundantly clear.
And, as part of her first world tour, she’s about to appear at the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival; Richmond audiences will have the good fortune to catch her as her name is on the rise. Read more about this amazing artist!
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