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  • Posted on Wed Jan 11, 2017
      So, you want to participate in the Big Squeeze 2017? Follow these steps... 1)     Read the entry rules, GO HERE: http://bit.ly/rules_squeeze_2017  2)     Fill out the entry form. a)     To fill out the form online, GO HERE: http://bit.ly/squeeze_2017  b)     To download the paper version of the form, then print, fill it out and...
  • Posted on Mon Dec 12, 2016
    It’s that time of the year! Time to start gearing up and spreading the word about this year's round of Big Squeeze Auditions, Showcases and more...  We, at Texas Folklife, are proud that the Big Squeeze is returning in 2017.  After taking a year off to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the contest, this splendid program will return in all its squeezebox glory to a city near you. And, I...
  • 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 Tue Jul 28, 2015
    Forty-eight German settlers living in the vicinity of Burton, Washington County, Texas organized the La Bahia Turn Verein on July 5, 1879.  In the statutes they adopted that day, they declared their purpose to be physical and spiritual development of their members and the promotion of social life.  The original statutes were naturally in German as that was the regular language of the...
  • Posted on Fri Apr 3, 2015
    TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES THE 2015 BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST FINALISTS Free Concert and Playoffs to be held at the Bullock Museum on Saturday, April 25 Three Grand Prize Winners will be selected in each category: Polka, Cajun Zydeco, and Conjunto     The judges’ decisions are in! Texas Folklife is pleased to announce the names of the finalists for this year’s Big Squeeze...
  • Posted on Thu Jan 8, 2015
    Auditions will be held at the La Joya High School Performing Arts Center. More info coming soon! 
  • Posted on Mon Dec 29, 2014
    Season 3 of AMERICA REFRAMED with Host Natasha Del Toro continues with TRASH DANCE by Andrew Garrison   Tuesday, January 13, 2105, on WORLD at 8 p.m. http://worldchannel.org/programs/america-reframed/  www.facebook.com/AmericaReFramed Twitter: @americareframed #americareframed       An experiment in modern dance and social practice celebrates the...

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