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Texas Folklife's Apprenticeships in the Folk Arts program encourages the...
Posted on Tue Sep 6, 2016
Back in the early 1990s, when Ed Poullard apprenticed under the guidance of the famous Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot, he recalls being told how important this apprenticeship would be for future generations. As Mr. Poullard remembers, “He said that when Canray’s gone, you become a torchbearer. You have to do whatever you can to bring this to others and show them what you know.” Over two decades...
Posted on Tue May 16, 2017
As children, Robbie and Charlie Bubenik never went longer than a month without a polka show. Whether with their father, Bob Suttie’s group, Texas Legacy Czech Band, or another polka band, the exposure to this music at an early age curated a deep knowledge of the songs and melodies that typify Texas Czech Polka music. It wouldn’t be long before listening...
Posted on Mon Nov 28, 2016
The career of Texas style fiddler Valerie Ryals is a demonstration in firsts. As one of the first women to compete in Texas fiddling championships during a time when men dominated, Ms. Ryals won her first Junior World Championship at age 13, setting the stage for a series of distinguished accolades throughout her career. In addition to being the first and only lady fiddler inducted into the Texas...
Posted on Thu Oct 6, 2016
From traditional Native American healing to conjunto accordion to Mardi Gras Indian suit sewing, the Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts Program includes a diverse range of traditional and folk arts across the state. Click on each marker to read more about each master artist and apprentice participant on our website, watch video of performances, and browse photos.
Posted on Tue Oct 4, 2016
Growing up in a Polish neighborhood in Houston, Master Artist Brian Marshall remembers the prevalence of fiddle music within his family and the community. As he recalls, “In my house growing up, my uncles, myself, and everyone would get together and pass the fiddle around like a joint in a hippie commune. Everybody would lay on it some. Some played really well, some played kind of scratched...
Posted on Mon Aug 22, 2016
Some of the earliest introductions to shoemaking for Master Artist Lee Miller and Apprentice Dana Perrotti was a practice in trial and error. For Lee, an early attempt to change the shape of a boot’s toe with a saw resulted in the saw coming right off the boot entirely. Dana lovingly refers to one of her earliest projects making shoes as “that really ugly loafer”: “part of the reason it was so...
Posted on Fri Aug 12, 2016
The various parts that make up an accordion can seem daunting upon first glance. The accordion and tuning repair shop that Master Artist Augustin “Gus” Escobar (pictured right, on the right) runs outside of his house in Schertz contains an immense array of accordions and accordion parts all throughout the workshop. As full accordions line the walls, various reeds...
Posted on Fri Aug 5, 2016
It was always a dream for Daniel Malik to perform with the famous polka musician Joe Patek. The Patek family were revered throughout the 20th century as one of, if not the, most popular polka orchestra throughout all of Texas. Many Texans may recognize the popular standard “Shiner Song,” an arrangement by the Patek band that has become the (un)official anthem of the Texas Czech people. So...
Posted on Tue Jul 19, 2016
Master Artist Eva Ybarra touts a progressive style of conjunto playing. Far from containing her abilities within a traditional style of playing, Ms. Ybarra flies across the ivory buttons on her Gabbanelli accordion; her fingers speed across the various scales to make it almost untraceable to the human eye. Iliana Vasquez, her apprentice, explains her uncommon style in...