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Adonis Puentes & the Voice of Cuba Orchestra

Cuban son Cuba by way of Vancouver, British Columbia

Propelled by the vibrant horns and rhythms of his sextet, this verdadero sonero (true sonero) transports listeners to his birthplace through the mesmerizing sounds of classic son.  Continue reading

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Aurelio

Garifuna Plaplaya, Honduras, and New York, New York

One of the most extraordinary Central American artists of his generation, this composer, guitarist, and percussionist is a musical ambassador and champion of the endangered culture of the Garifuna people.  Continue reading

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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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Boukman Eksperyans

Haitian mizik rasin Port au Prince, Haiti

This pioneering ensemble, beloved in Haiti, uplifts and amplifies their country’s traditional music and its spiritual message, combining elements of Vodou with rock and R&B. Continue reading

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Capoeira Luanda

Brazilian capoeira New York, New York

Led by the nation’s foremost capoeira mestre (master), this ensemble will astound with their display of an Afro-Brazilian tradition that fuses dance, martial arts, and acrobatics. Continue reading

Cora Harvey Armstrong

gospel Richmond, Virginia

Channeling Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, and Shirley Caesar, this shining light in gospel, together with her sisters, carries on a family tradition that was passed on to them by their parents. Continue reading

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Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass

bluegrass Delaware and Pennsylvania

Led by one of the powerhouse vocalists in bluegrass today, this hard-driving band is a steadfast proponent of a classic sound rooted deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Continue reading

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Eddie Cotton, Jr.

soul blues Clinton, Mississippi

This Mississippi master of soul blues will move audiences, body and spirit, with gritty guitar work, stirring vocals, and a hard-driving style rooted in the church of his youth.  Continue reading

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Hot Club of Cowtown

western swing and hot jazz Austin, Texas

The preeminent ensemble in western swing and hot jazz today, this trio delivers exquisite performances with impeccable style and its trademark vintage sound. Continue reading

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Jeff Little Trio

Blue Ridge piano Boone, North Carolina

With breathtaking speed, precision, clarity, and a distinctive two-handed style, this remarkable musician continues a hidden, yet fascinating Blue Ridge piano tradition. Continue reading

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Jerry Douglas Trio

Dobro master Nashville, Tennessee

“Dobro’s matchless contemporary master,” the greatest innovator of the resonator guitar in the last half century—possibly the greatest ever. Continue reading

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Jones Benally Family Dancers

Navajo hoop dancing Black Mesa, Arizona

Led by family patriarch and world champion hoop dancer, three generations will share the beauty and richness of Navajo traditional culture. Continue reading

Kahulanui

Hawaiian swing Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

This nine-piece juggernaut’s infectious music gives new life to the meeting of Hawaiian instruments and melodies and the swinging sounds of big band jazz that swept America in the 1930s and ’40s. Continue reading

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Rahim AlHaj Trio

Iraqi oud Albuquerque, New Mexico

This renowned Iraqi oud virtuoso and one-time political refugee is a cultural ambassador whose music evokes his homeland, the experiences of exile, new beginnings, and healing. Continue reading

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Rare Essence with special guest DJ Kool

go-go Washington, D.C.

Dubbed “the wickedest band alive,” this legendary go-go band—a pioneering exponent of the DMV’s homegrown offshoot of funk—has honed its sound to near perfection. Continue reading

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Sheila Kay Adams

Appalachian songs, stories, and ballads Marshall, North Carolina

This North Carolina treasure is the seventh generation of her family to carry on an unbroken, 350-year-old singing tradition. Continue reading

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Tamburaški Sastav Ponoć

tamburitza Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A new generation of brilliant players of the exhilarating Balkan string band tradition, which is lovingly kept in communities across the industrial Upper Midwest. Continue reading

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Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys

zydeco Duson, Louisiana

This rising star from the heart of French Louisiana is filling the dance halls with a zydeco sound that is both highly innovative and deeply respectful of tradition. Continue reading

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Yamini Kalluri & the Carnatic Ensemble

Kuchipudi dance New York, New York

Featuring a 21-year-old rising star of Kuchipudi dance, this intergenerational ensemble weaves their shared heritage into a spellbinding display of South Indian music and dance. Continue reading

Maryland Traditions Folklife Area Stage Performers

Ann Porcella

old-time bass playing and singing Baltimore, Maryland

Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys

honky-tonk country Baltimore, Maryland

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

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

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

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