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NEWS & UPDATES

NCTA and National Folk Festival featured in National Endowment for the Arts' magazine
Check out the article "The Business of Culture: Community-building through the National Folk Festival" in latest issue of NEA ARTS. To read the article and see a slideshow of festival pictures, click here.

Legends and Legacies: Celebrating Joe Wilson and the NCTA Collection
On September 10-11, 2009, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress hosted a two-day event including a tribute, a symposium, and a concert, honoring folklorists Archie Green and Joe Wilson, and celebrating the acquisition of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Collection by the Center's archive. For more information, click here.

Music from the Crooked Road Tour
In fall 2007 the NCTA produced Music from the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia, which toured to 15 cities over 5 states in the Western U.S. This tour of old-time, bluegrass, mountain gospel and flatfoot dance celebrated the vibrant, living musical culture of Southwest Virginia and was a huge success on many levels. The tour’s unique concept and the authenticity of the artists attracted sold out houses, favorable press reviews, and standing ovations all along the route. A second run of the tour will be presented in selected Eastern U.S. cities in April 2010. For more on the Crooked Road, click here.

Horace Clarence Boyer, 1935-2009
It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of Horace Boyer on July 21, 2009.  A gifted musician and scholar, Horace worked tirelessly to promote African-American gospel music, first as a touring musician during his teenage years alongside his brother James, and then as a lecturer, curator, and author.  As an educator and preservationist his achievements were many and his impact was far reaching.

Horace was a colleague, dear friend and member of the NCTA’s board of directors for many years.

The National Folk Festival moves to Butte, MT
Historic Butte, Montana will host the 70th, 71st and 72nd National Folk Festivals in 2008, 2009 and 2010. This is the first time the National Folk Festival has been presented west of the Mississippi River in over 40 years, and it's first time ever in Montana. For more about the National Folk Festival, click here.

John Cephas, 1930-2009
It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Piedmont blues guitar master and National Heritage Fellow John Cephas died on March 4th, 2009. With his passing we have lost an irreplaceable national treasure. Not only was John a great artist, but also a great supporter and defender of the traditional arts.

John was a dear friend and member of the NCTA’s board of directors for many years.



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