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3 musicians from Mon a part of Sept. 30 program at FSU

The West Virginia Folklife Program, a undertaking of the West Virginia Humanities Council, will current the second of three showcases that includes its 2022-23 Folklife Apprenticeship Program Sept. 30 on the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Heart at Fairmont State College.

This showcase celebrates music-related traditions in West Virginia, together with clawhammer banjo with Joe Herrmann and his apprentice Dakota Karper (Hampshire County), outdated time fiddle with Gerry Milnes (Randolph County) and his apprentice Annick Odom (Monongalia County), and fiddle restore with Chris Haddox and his apprentice Mary Linscheid (Monongalia County).

The occasion is free and open to the general public.

At 4 p.m., the formal presentation begins, with West Virginia State Folklorist Jennie Williams main a dialog with the pairs about their conventional artwork varieties, apprenticeship experiences and connections to their communities. A reception will observe with an outdated time music jam. The general public is invited to convey acoustic devices to play with the apprenticeship pairs.

The following and last showcase occasion, deliberate for 3 p.m. Nov. 5 on the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Heart in Clarksburg, will rejoice Appalachian storytelling with Bil Lepp and his apprentice James Froemel.

To RSVP for these free public occasions, go to and see “Save the Dates for the WV Folklife Apprenticeship Showcases.”

The West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program gives a stipend to West Virginia conventional artists or custom bearers working with certified apprentices on a year-long in-depth apprenticeship of their cultural expression or conventional artwork type. These apprenticeships encourage specialists of their respective artwork varieties to share their strategies and artistry, in addition to the histories and traditions of those folklife practices. This marks the third yr of the biennial Folklife Apprenticeship Program.

The West Virginia Folklife Program is a undertaking of the West Virginia Humanities Council and is supported partially by the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts Folks & Conventional Arts Program. West Virginia Folklife is devoted to the documentation, preservation, presentation and assist of West Virginia’s vibrant cultural heritage and dwelling traditions.

For extra info on the occasion and West Virginia Folklife Program, go to or contact Jennie Williams at [email protected] or 304-346-8500.

The West Virginia Humanities Council, an unbiased nonprofit company, is ruled by a board of administrators whose members are drawn from all elements of West Virginia.