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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas


Giving you the Big Squeeze in 2015

Today a new adventure in my life begins. I am super happy and excited to be back working for Texas Folklife. With the expert guidance and leadership of Executive Director Cristina Balli, I will be coordinating the Big Squeeze Accordion Throwdown. This statewide contest showcases the talented young accordion players, age 21 and younger, in the beautiful Texas musical traditions of Conjunto, Cajun/Zydeco, and German/Czech/Polish polka. This program is a great way to keep our Texas musical traditions alive and pass them on to the younger generations.

Celebrating Guadalupe

The 12th of December is a very special day for the Mexican people - the day they celebrate their mother, their patroness, la Virgen de Guadalupe.  I grew up Catholic on the Texas-Mexico border and we actually had a bigger devotion to la Virgen de San Juan, the most famous one in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, but also with another famous American shrine in San Juan, Texas.  

Festival of Texas Fiddling recap

The Festival of Texas Fiddling was a great event-- incredible music all day, a great dance to cap it off, and a whole lot of fun overall. The picture at the top is of all of the day’s fiddlers at the plenary session, where each gave an example of their style. This is looking over the shoulders of Los Trineros at Brian Marshall playing with his sons and Mark Rubin on guitar. Directly behind Brian is Ed Poullard. To the left are Sean Orr and Howard Rains and Tricia Spencer. 

Home: Narciso Martinez Conjunto Festival

My home, home is Brownsville, Texas but I consider San Benito my spiritual home, and certainly the home of my career as an arts administrator.  I owe it all to this place – the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center – and I’m always happy to return to its flagship program, the annual Conjunto Festival.

Diana Torres, 2014 Work-Study Student

Diana Torres is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studies Human Development and Family Sciences.  Diana is the oldest, of five siblings, the youngest being only 5 years old.   Maria and Victor Torres immigrated from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1992 and decided to raise a family in Edinburg, TX (AKA The Valley)  because that is where Mr. Torres's parents and grandmother were living.


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