While the folk department stays busy all year long, festival season (May-October) is when we seem to be most active. This year, in fact, perhaps has been especially hectic, in part due to our involvement with the nationally renowned Floyd Fest music festival. Two of our folk staff got their press credentials, and endured the hundred plus degree temperatures (with little to no shade anywhere) of this four day festival, all for the sake of interviewing some of the acts and reporting back on their shows.
One of the busiest Floyd Fest stages was the Virginia Folklife's Workshop Porch, where acts as varied as Sam Bush, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the David Grisman Sextet, the Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan and Jorma Kaukonen all put on workshops attended by our intrepid staff.
We are getting ready for three more festivals before the season comes to a close, with active involvement especially at The Festy (Oct 7-9) and Richmond Folk Festival (Oct 14-16). Several the acts from those two festival, including the Infamous Stringdusters, will be stopping by WTJU for live studio appearances.
Live studio performances have actually become a regular staple of WTJU folk programs this summer, with as many as five such shows a week not being out of the ordinary. A few of the acts who visited included Dehlia Low, Tara Nevins (Donna the Buffalo), Sahara Smith, Jackass Flats, Fishtank Ensemble, Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade, and Frank Vignola, to name but a handful.
With the advent of new equipment first used by our jazz department friends earlier this summer, we can even take our shows out of the station, and into the streets. Our Atlantic Weekly staff (Parts I and II) will be broadcasting live from the Charlottesville City Market later this month, and in October WTJU will be broadcasting the first set of Irish star Andy Irvine's concert at the Cville Coffee music stage.
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