Folk Feast fever is hard to contain. We are still reeling from last week’s record-breaking ticket sale, which completely sold out within 12 hours.
The Feast, in case you haven’t been, is a delectable event featuring a proverbial smorgasbord of the best Richmond’s acclaimed food scene has to offer. Guests can sample an assortment of signature dishes, lovingly prepared by all-star chefs, from a menu as diverse as the Richmond Folk Festival itself.
One of Virginia’s most highly decorated musicians will return to the stage at the Richmond Folk Festival this fall.
In September, Eddie Bond will travel to Washington, D.C., where he’ll be presented with the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor for traditional artists. In October, he’ll travel to Richmond for the Folk Festival, where he’ll perform with the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters.
Jarlath Henderson, a rising star of Irish music, sings centuries-old traditional songs with beautiful, haunting clarity. Heralded for his exploration of traditional song in the past few years, Henderson first came to acclaim as a virtuoso of the uilleann pipes, one of the iconic instruments in Irish music. For some, the instrument takes decades to master. But not Henderson. He was recognized for his prodigious skill when he was just 17, the youngest winner of the BBC Young Folk Award.
Virginia’s largest festival costs approximately $1.5 million to produce, and considering it’s completely free to the public, it simply wouldn’t be possible without the generous financial support of corporate sponsors, individual donors and volunteer manpower.
Bluegrass legend Dale Ann Bradley never consciously made it her goal to stick to her roots. Her musical heritage is simply something so strongly rooted within her that her tastes, she feels, will forever be the fruit of her family tree.
When Sarah Scarbrough looks back over the last few years at the Richmond City Justice Center, she fondly remembers three specific moments when inmates were lifted up, inspired, and encouraged by visiting performers from the Richmond Folk Festival.
Chris Milk Hulburt, a celebrated Richmond-based artist, has been wrestling with a new challenge as of late. Instead of his usual approach to art—going with his heart and seeing where it leads—Hulburt saw the 2017 Richmond Folk Fest poster as an enormous responsibility, and one he wanted to handle a little differently.
Speaking with Sherman Holmes is like speaking to an old friend. He’s warm, he’s funny, he breaks into laughter—at both his own jokes and yours—and he's quick to invite you to be a part of his world, even if it’s just to stop by and say hello after his next appearance at the Folk Fest.
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.
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.