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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

Apprenticeships In The Folk & Traditional Arts

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  • Posted on Wed Sep 20, 2017
    Gallery ExhibitThe Master & The Apprentice: Highlights from the Texas Folklife Apprenticeship Program This exhibit features tools, instruments, finished works, photographs, audio, video and other documentation from Texas Folklife’s Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts Program.  The program encourages the preservation and continuation of Texas traditions by...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 27, 2016
      TEXAS FOLKLIFE 2017 HOUSE CONCERT SERIES Valerie Ryals: Texas Style FiddlingWed 1/25/17 (7pm-9pm)Texas Folklife House1708 Houston St.Austin, TX 78756  Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2736249FREE for Texas Folklife Members  Enter discount code at ticket website or bring ID to the show.  Need the code? Not sure if you are a member? Contact...
  • 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 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 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 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
    img_1063resize.jpg 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...

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