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Wow, just finished our 17th Dulcimer Celebration and it was wonderful. Every year I say it can’t get any better, but it seems to always be adding a special touch. The instructors that joined me this year (Bonnie Carol, Rob Brereton and Nina Zanetti) were such fun and all “in sync” with the Folk School […]


English County Dance Starts in September

by Annie Fain Barralon on August 8, 2015

in Community Events, Music & Dance

A new monthly Saturday English Country Dance will start at the Folk School on September 12, 2015. English Country Dancing (ECD) is the historical predecessor to American barn or contra dancing. Like a contra dance, each ECD is made up of short, fun, easy-to-learn figures. What really sets it apart is the music. It can be slow and elegant (dance […]


Remembering Jean Ritchie

by David Brose, Folklorist on June 9, 2015

in Folk School Folks, From the Archives, In the News, Music & Dance

Jean Ritchie (February 1922-June 1, 2015) was an icon of Appalachian folk music. The youngest of fourteen children, Jean grew up in Viper, Kentucky hearing songs throughout the day as her parents and siblings sang while working with crops, cleaning the house, walking to places in the community and while at leisure. Jean was the […]

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I don’t know about you, but I am awash in changing technology and the new world where I shop, make reservations, and bank–all through apps. I read the newspaper online and can communicate instantly anywhere with my phone. I rarely use cash anymore – and who even understands bitcoins? Anything I could possibly want is […]

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Learn How to Play Nice Together

by Cory Marie Podielski on April 28, 2015

in Featured Classes, Music & Dance

I secretly took this video perched on the second floor of the Blacksmith Shop on a pretty typical evening at the Folk School. Who are these folks? A new hot old time band? A group of old friends playing from a chosen repertoire? Nope. They are a group of students, instructors, and Folk School folks […]