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Vrï: Chamber Folk from Wales (Homegrown Concerts, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center)

Vrï is a trio from Wales in the U.K., whose members describe their music as ‘chamber-folk’. Bringing together the experience of Jordan Price Williams (cello, voice) Patrick Rimes (violin, viola, foot percussion, voice) and Aneirin Jones (violin, voice) Vrï plays tunes and songs from the Celtic nations and beyond, attempting to combine the energy of […]

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The Samoan Studies Institute Students’ Association For Faasamoa: Traditional Dance from Samoa (Homegrown Concerts, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center)

The Samoan Studies Institute at American Samoa Community College formed the Students’ Association For Faasamoa (SAFF) in 2009. It is comprised of students at the college who are interested in learning about Samoan culture. Its purpose is to teach college students the Faasamoa, or the Samoan way, and to preserve its traditions. Since its inception, […]

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Samite: Music and Song from Uganda (Homegrown Concerts, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center)

Samite was born and raised in Uganda, but left as a political refugee in 1982. He spent the following few years in Kenya where he studied African traditional musical instruments and rhythms. He mastered the kalimba (thumb piano), marimba (wooden xylophone), litungu (seven-stringed Kenyan lyre) and various flutes, both traditional and western, and learned both […]

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Spartimu: Vocal Polyphony from Corsica (Homegrown Concerts, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center)

The Spartimu ensemble is devoted to traditional polyphonic singing as passed on in the oral traditions of Corsica. Their style and repertoire are based on deep research into the practice of the singing tradition known as “cantu in paghjella,” which is recognized by UNESCO as an important and endangered tradition (“intangible cultural heritage in urgent […]

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Tenzin Choegyal: Tibetan Music from Australia (Homegrown Concerts, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center)

Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan/Australian artist, composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador, widely considered one of the world's finest musicians with Tibetan heritage. While proudly continuing the unbroken nomadic lineage central to his music, Tenzin also embraces opportunities to take his music into more contemporary, uncharted territory, both in the studio and on stage. […]

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Neli Andreeva: Traditional Songs from Bulgaria

Master traditional Bulgarian singer Neli Andreeva was born 1976 in Asenovgrad. She grew up in the resort of Narechen in the majestic Rhodope Mountains. There she learned her first folk songs from her grandmother and mother. Neli graduated from the music school for folk instruments and singing in the village of Shiroka Laka in 1995. […]

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Hubby Jenkins – Old Time Music from Brooklyn, New York (Homegrown Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he delved into his southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through America's traditional music forms. As an integral member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and later […]

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Bennett Konesni – Work Songs from Maine

Bennett Konesni is a singer, farmer, musician and administrator, based where he grew up in midcoast Maine, and also at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, NY, where parts of his family have lived since 1652. He has been singing work songs while working since he was a teenager on schooners in Penobscot Bay. At Middlebury […]

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Brother Arnold Hadd, Kevin Siegfried, and Radiance – Shaker Hymns from Maine (Homegrown Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, more commonly known as the Shakers, was founded circa 1747 in England. The Shakers emigrated from England and settled in Revolutionary colonial America in 1774. From their inception, the Shakers composed thousands of songs which were an important part of Shaker worship services. Shakers' earliest hymns […]

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Windborne – Vocal Quartet from New England (Homegrown Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

Windborne is Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon. The four singers grew up immersed in the traditional song and dance communities of New England and discovered a love of world folk music in their teens. All four have traveled extensively in the US and throughout the world with Village Harmony, […]

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