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Washington, DC —This past September, master artists in such diverse art forms as the Piedmont blues, taiko drumming, and Bulgarian wedding music all took the stage in a sold-out concert at Maryland’s Music Center at Strathmore. Now, public radio’s American...
Wade Mainer and his wife Julia on the occasion of Mainer's 100th birthday, April 21, 2007. Photo by Tom Pich
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Appalachian banjo picker, singer and 1987 NEA National Heritage Fellow Wade Mainer," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Mainer embodied the qualities of...
Mike Rafferty photo
" On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Irish traditional musician and 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "Rafferty has devoted a lifetime to...
David "Honeyboy" Edwards. Photo by Tom Pich
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of blues guitarist, singer, and 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow David "Honeyboy" Edwards. Edwards is a monumental figure in the rich history of the Delta...
At the 173rd meeting of the National Council on the Arts today, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will announce the 18 artists who are receiving lifetime honorific awards for their significant contributions to their respective fields of jazz, folk and traditional arts, or opera. The...

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