Folklife Fieldnotes is a collaborative radio podcast series between WMRA and The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities - celebrating the people making art in the Commonwealth through sound recorded by Virginia Folklife with WMRA’s Chris Boros and Pat Jarrett from Folklife.
Episode Six: Mac Traynham & Ashlee Watkins
Mac Traynham is teaching Ashlee Watkins from Australia about the old time traditional music of Southwest Virginia.
Episode Five: Lemlem Gebray
Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies are focal points for making connections with friends and loved ones. It’s not a small undertaking, with three servings of coffee paired with popcorn, barley and other baked goods after a multi-course lunch or dinner. Lemlem Gebray is teaching her daughters, Datta and Akeza Seyoum, in the Ethiopian coffee ceremony tradition for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. In this Episode of Folklife Fieldnotes, we honor the coffee ceremony with Lemlem and her daughters.
Episode Four: Yara Cordeiro
Master of Brazilian capoeira, Yara Cordeiro, is apprenticing Ruthie Lezama of Reston, VA, in the 2021-2022 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Class. Pat Jarret from Folklife recently went to a batizado, where they were honoring their students’ achievements and ranking in capoeira.
Episode Three: Earl White
Earl White is a fiddler, founding member of the Green Grass Cloggers, and leader of the Earl White Stringband. He co-founded the Big Indian Farm Artisan Bakery in Floyd, VA, and is a influential person in the old-time music and dance community.
Episode Two: Skip Herman
Skip Herman is a world-renowned instrument repairman from Frog Level Guitar Shop in Abingdon, Virginia. He's part of Folklife's 2021-2022 class of master artists and apprentices. Pat Jarrett from The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities visited Skip in his repair shop and brings us his recollection of spending time with Skip.
Episode One: Series Intro
WMRA's Chris Boros at Pat Jarrett from The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities preview what's to come on Folklife Fieldnotes.