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  • Posted on Thu Feb 11, 2016
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMEDIA CONTACT:Sheree Scarborough(512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com   TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES “2016 Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts” AWARDEES   Awards of up to $1,500 for Apprentices to train with Master Artists in the Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas Ten Master and Apprentice Pairs Named     Austin, Texas – February 8, 2016...
  • Posted on Thu Nov 19, 2015
      On November 19th I had the honor of attending a planning meeting for a 2017 series of events involving the 35th anniversary of the NEA Heritage Awards Fellowships and 50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. This diplomatic mission came about after executive director Cristina Balli was unable to attend the meeting due to her presentation at an event honoring...
  • Posted on Tue Nov 10, 2015
    Texas Master Fiddler Award Daniel Cendalski by Frank Motley Daniel Cendalski, born December 13,1940 is the last of the active traditional fiddlers of Polish music in Washington County,Texas. His immigrant grandfather, Stanley, who arrived in Texas in 1895, played Polish songs on both the clarinet and button accordion. Stanley had four sons, all of whom were musicians, including Daniel's father,...
  • Posted on Tue Nov 10, 2015
    Texas Master Fiddler Award Jose Moreno, “El Fidelero del Valle”  by Cristina Balli Jose Moreno, or Don Jose as he is known to many, is a keeper of an almost extinct U.S.-Mexico border musical tradition.   For decades he was one of the rare musicians to perform border region string band music featuring traditional Mexican and border songs on fiddle, accompanied by bajo sexto,...
  • Posted on Tue Nov 10, 2015
    TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES TEXAS MASTER FIDDLER AWARDS   Awards Given at the 2nd Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling First Recipients: Polish Fiddler Daniel Cendalski and Jose Moreno from the Rio Grande Valley    The second annual Festival of Texas Fiddling was held on Saturday, November 7, at the historic dancehall La Bahia Turn Verein. The Festival is sponsored by Texas...
  • Posted on Mon Oct 19, 2015
    The Elisabet Ney Museum and Texas Folklife present the Second First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE!   Sunday October 25 2015, from noon to 5:30 PM   At the Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street, 78751 Our headline act this year? The pride of Denton Texas, Grammy Award winners BRAVE COMBO!! Also featuring Mazeltov Cocktail Hour, The Fabulous Polkasonics, Conjunto Los Pinkys and Polish Pete...
  • Posted on Mon May 11, 2015
    Two legendary Texas fiddlers passed on this week. The unsurpassed Johnny Gimble died at 89 years old. He was a pioneer and giant of country, swing, and other styles in Texas music as well as a hugely generous person who worked for many years very closely with Texas Folklife on concert presentations, workshops, and other events. Here is coverage of his many appearances with all manner of...
  • Posted on Thu May 7, 2015
      TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES THE 26th ANNUAL ACCORDION KINGS & QUEENS FESTIVAL Free Concert and Los Texmaniacs CD Release Party to be held at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 6 Featuring Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs with special guests including Flaco Jiménez, Jerome Batiste and the Zydeko Players, Debra Peters and the Love Saints, and 2015 Big Squeeze Champs  ...
  • Posted on Sun Mar 8, 2015
    It has been 110 years since the unsurpassed Bob Wills was born on March 6, 1905 in Kosse, Texas. Given the recent ways Texas Folklife has been showcasing its three decades of work documenting and celebrating Texas fiddling on its archival cd release and at the Festival of Texas Fiddling, it seemed appropriate to send along happy birthday wishes! It is hard to imagine someone who has had a more...
  • Posted on Thu Jun 12, 2014
    The Star of Texas Folklife is an award, first given at our 25th Anniversary Gala, that acknowledges artists and ambassadors to the arts who have shown exemplary efforts toward the preservation of the folk arts of Texas. Three award were given to Johnny Gimble, Santiago Jimenez, and Barbara Lynn in 2010. In 2014, at the 25th Anniversary of Accordion Kings & Queens, Mary Thomas became the...

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