More than 40 artists representing traditions from all over the globe will perform at the 12th annual Richmond Folk Festival this year. The free three-day event along Richmond’s historic downtown riverfront is the most popular of its kind in the country, drawing approximately 200,000 music fans every year, rain or shine.
It’s not easy to pin Blaine Waide down. As Programming Manager for the National Council for the Traditional Arts, he has a full calendar of folk festivals across the nation. We caught up with him to talk about what it’s like to have a career in folklore and to learn more about the folk festival scene—and how Richmond measures up!