Welcome to the Richmond Folk Festival! Originally the National Folk Festival, sponsored by the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the event in Richmond continued after its initial 3 year National run to be a highly successful enterprise in its own right, drawing audiences from far and wide to share in the music, traditions and sense of community fostered by this annual event. I’ve been photographing this fun-filled weekend for the N.C.T.A. since the inaugural year, and it seemed like old times as the rain fell on the waterfront venue, soaking the shoes, but never dampening the spirits of the thousands of festival goers who took part in the good times adjacent to Brown’s Island in Richmond, Virginia.
A little sunshine from Mali
Peruvian Scissor Dancing
The Mighty Sam McClain
The Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans
The Wildman of Polka, Alex Meixner
A little Buck dancing
2nd Generation Bluesman, Lurrie Bell
Youthful Bluegrass w/ The Moore Brothers Band
African Drumming Traditions workshop
Shout Out a big AMEN! w/ Maggie Ingram & The Ingramettes!
The Sultry Sounds of Fado Singer, Nathalie Pires