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Maryland Folklife

Maryland Folklife Area & Stage

Presented in partnership with Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland Folklife Area & Stage celebrates and showcases the rich, living traditions that create identity and sense of place in communities across the state. With a different theme each year, the Folklife Area will shine a spotlight on the distinctive music, rituals, crafts, occupations, foodways, and other traditions at the heart of Maryland heritage, expressing both the state’s deep history and its evolving character.

Performances, demonstrations, displays, exhibits, and narrative presentations by Maryland master artisans and performers will explore a wide range of topics, including the traditions of its First Peoples, the cultural legacies of early settlers, and the expressions of the newest Maryland residents whose cultural roots are in far-flung places around the globe.

Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg Photographs

Maryland Masters

At the 79th National Folk Festival, Maryland Masters will showcase traditions held deeply in the state’s diverse communities, including Maryland’s most longstanding residents as well as its newest arrivals. Since 2004, the Maryland State Arts Council has given Folklife Apprenticeship Awards to support master/apprentice teams that carry forward a rich array of cultural traditions to future generations. From Appalachia to the Atlantic and urban to rural, from music and dance to decorative and occupational crafts, Maryland Masters will highlight the breadth, depth, and vitality of the state’s best traditional artists through performances and demonstrations from select past masters as well as the current Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipients.

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Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg Photographs

Folklife Apprenticeship Awards

Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, gives out Folklife Apprenticeship Awards to support one-year periods of study between master folklife practitioners and apprentices in order to sustain the traditional arts and practices of Maryland. Apprenticeships can include a variety of art forms and practices, from dance and music to crafts, food, and occupational traditions.

These partnerships are intended to support the traditional transmission of knowledge through one-on-one relationships that subsequently bring those practices to the public through demonstrations and performances. Enjoy performances and demonstrations from this year’s apprenticeship teams throughout the Maryland Folklife Area & Stage on Sunday, September 8.


Maryland Folklife Area Stage Performers

Saturday’s stage program will feature Maryland Masters program participants. Sunday’s stage program will feature the 2018-19 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipients.

Ann Porcella

old-time bass playing and singing Baltimore, Maryland

Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys

honky-tonk country Baltimore, Maryland

Bill Kirchen

master of the Telecaster Austin, Texas

This “Titan of the Telecaster” and living guitar legend will take audiences on a high-energy romp through the last 50 years of American guitar history. Continue reading

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Brendan Mulvihill & Emily Martin

Irish fiddle and mandolin Virginia (formerly of Silver Spring) and Boyds, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

Carolyn Rapkievian & Kristine Antanesian

Armenian dance and music from the Anatolia region Washington Grove and Clarksburg, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

Cheick Hamala Diabate

Malian griot and ngoni player Adelphi, Maryland

Daryl Davis

boogie-woogie piano Silver Spring, Maryland

This boogie-woogie piano master who learned at the feet of his musical heroes breaks boundaries by tapping into the shared roots of blues, R&B, and early rock and roll. Continue reading

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Katherine Fahey

crankie and paper cut artist Baltimore, Maryland

Lafayette Gilchrist

jazz piano Baltimore, Maryland

Lustre Quartet & Electric Avenue Quartet

barbershop quartet singing Baltimore, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

Marimba Linda Xelajú

Guatemalan marimba Silver Spring, Maryland

Meki’s Tamure Polynesian Arts Group

Tahitian drumming and dance Brooklyn Park, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra

steel pan orchestra Baltimore, Maryland

Maryland Folklife Area Demonstrators

Artesanas Mexicanas

piñata & flor de totomotxle making Baltimore, Maryland

Carla Tomaszewski

Polish pisanki St Mary’s County, Maryland

Carlene Dowell

fiber arts Cumberland, Maryland

Daniel Van Allen

furniture restoration Baltimore, Maryland

James McMartin, James Beggins, & Mark Wiest

furniture making Wittman, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

John Van Alstine

building and rigging crab pots Shady Side, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

Joseph Kavanagh & Patrick Kavanagh

localized metal annealing Baltimore and Abingdon, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

Leonard “Felix” Wills

arabber wagon restoration Baltimore, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

Painted Screen Society of Baltimore

screen painting Baltimore, Maryland and Ocean City, Maryland

Pete Ross

banjo maker Baltimore, Maryland

Rico Newman

Native American finger weaving University Park, Maryland

Ruben Dario Corona & Oliver Trinidad Corona

Dominican barbering Baltimore, Maryland
2018 - 2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Award recipient

Shanthi Chandrasekar

Indian kolam painting North Potomac, Maryland

Tebabu Assefa & Sara Mussie

Ethiopian coffee ceremony Takoma Park, Maryland

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