“Feed Your Soul” at the 13th Annual Richmond Folk Festival
The Virginia Folklife Area to Serve Up Another Delicious Combination of Sound and Spice
Press contact: Kelly Vance
September 6, 2017
RICHMOND- The combination of regional performers and Virginia-based home cooks made for a delicious “Tasty Licks” theme at last year’s Virginia Folklife Area. This year, the Virginia Folklife Program will again bring taste and sound together with “Feed Your Soul.”
The Virginia Folklife Stage and Area is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. With performances from some of the most soulful singers from Richmond in the world alongside some of Virginia’s traditional soul-rich foodways, Feed Your Soul promises to leave you with a full heart.
As State Folklorist Jon Lohman explains, “When we describe a musical performance as soulful, we are speaking about that almost indescribable moment when a singer becomes the song, when a teller becomes the tale—when artifice and inhibitions recede and we know we are witnessing something profoundly real. When we speak of Soul Food, we mean something that provides a deeper level of nourishment than can be measured in nutrients or calories alone.”
“Soul food gives us strength but it also offers us comfort, lifts our spirits, gives us pause and gratitude. In these troubling times, we believe we all could use a little feeding of our souls, and the Virginia Folklife Program intends to feed yours generously from our diverse Commonwealth’s bountiful cultural landscape.
Regional cuisine, lovingly prepared by “home cooks,” rather than professional chefs and restaurateurs, will pair perfectly with the unparalleled soul of artists such as the legendary Ingramettes, soul great Big G, the Sherman Holmes Project, Virginia songwriters Telisha Williams and Laura Leigh Jones, Hindustani raga master Ved Seth, Sephardic singers Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel, and Cora Harvey Armstrong, who will also be bringing her spirited gospel to the inmates at the Richmond City Jail Center.
Guests can expect to learn more about and taste the range of soulful culinary stylings from Chris Brooks from Croaker’s Spot, Brunswick stew masters of the Red, White, and Blue Stew Crew, and Tina Ingram-Murphy, back with her enormous (and enormously popular) Soul Supper that Sunday.
- Africa to Appalachia (Featuring Cheick Hamala Diabate, Sammy Shelor, Riley Baugus, and friends) Malian ngoni meets American banjo
Mali, Virginia, North Carolina
- Cora Harvey Armstrong Gospel
- Big G Southern Soul
- Cabin Creek Boys Old-Time and bluegrass
Southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina
- Danny Knicely’s Next Generation (Featuring Eli and Aila Wildman, Andrew Vogts, Victor Furtado, and Jack Dunlap) bluegrass
Shenandoah Valley and southwestern Virginia
- Harold Mitchell Emcee Extraordinaire
- Laura Leigh Jones Country singer/songwriter
- The Legendary Ingramettes Gospel
- Reverend Frank Newsome Old Regular Baptist a cappella gospel
- The Sherman Holmes Project Americana
- Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel Sephardic ballads
Burke and Charlottesville, Virginia
- Ved Sheth Northern Indian Khyal Singing
- Wild Ponies Honky-Tonk/Country
- Sondus Asad Moussa Baklava making
- Luz Lopez Mexican Cooking Traditions
- Chris Brooks Soul Food
- Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon Boyd Oyster Shucking Champions
- Randy Bush and the Red, White, and Blue Stew Crew Brunswick Stew
- Christine Ingram-Murphy and the Legendary Ingramettes Soul Food
- Clyde Jenkins Heirloom Apples and Apple Grafting
- Trushita Sheth Traditional Indian Cooking
- Barb Gillespie Grateful Bread
The Virginia Folklife Program, a public program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is the state center for the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage.
The Virginia Folklife Stage and Area is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Richmond Folk Festival producing partners include Venture Richmond Events LLC, the City of Richmond, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and the Virginia Folklife Program.
About the Virginia Folklife Program
The Virginia Folklife Program, a public program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is the state center for the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. Whether sung or told, handcrafted or performed, Virginia’s rich folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community. Visit VirginiaFolklife.org for more information.
About Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities connects people and ideas to explore the human
experience and inspire cultural engagement. VFH, established in 1974, encourages discovery
and connection through the humanities by supporting and producing programs for a wide public audience. For more information about VFH, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.
About The Richmond Folk Festival
The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia's largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond's historic riverfront. The Festival is a FREE three day
event that got its start as the National Folk Festival, held in Richmond from 2005–2007.
In the tradition of the "National," the Richmond Folk Festival features excellent performing groups representing a diverse array of cultural traditions on seven stages. The festival includes continuous music and dance performances, a Virginia Folklife Area featuring ongoing demonstrations, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children's Museum of Richmond, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more. More information is available at www.richmondfolkfestival.org.
About Venture Richmond
Venture Richmond is a nonprofit organization formed to engage business and community leaders in partnering with the City to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events. Venture Richmond Events LLC is a subsidiary of Venture Richmond and produces signature community events including Richmond Folk Festival, Easter on Parade, Friday Cheers, the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond SportsBackers to co-produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit www.venturerichmond.com.
About the National Council for the Traditional Arts
The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation's oldest folk arts organization. The NCTA presents the nation's very finest traditional artists in festivals, tours, international cultural exchanges, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, media productions, school programs, and other activities. It works in partnership with communities across America to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that deliver lasting social, cultural and economic benefits. For more about the NCTA, visit www.nctausa.org.