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West Virginia State Folk Festival

Music, Heritage, and Appalachian  Culture

The West Virginia State Folk Festival is the place to come and be a part of West Virginia traditional music.  The region was home to such legends as Melvin Wine, Doc White, Lee Triplett, Phoebe Parsons, Jenes Cottrill, Sylvia O'Brien, Harvey Sampson, Ernie Carpenter, Ira Mullins, Noah Cottrill, Wilson Douglas . . . the list goes on and on.  While these musicians are no longer with us, their music lives on through the others who learned from them.


While one might hear the occasional bluegrass jam session in town during the Folk Festival, the festival itself is truly about old-time music.  The Friday and Saturday evening concerts feature old-time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, ballad singing, and both hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer.  The fiddle and banjo contests are judged not only on the contestants' abilities, but also on the appropriateness of their selections for a traditional music festival.


The "organized" music at the festival includes fiddle and banjo contests on Friday and Saturday afternoons, and concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Both of these events take place in the Glenville State College Fine Arts Auditorium.

John Morris at the 2013 Festival

Concerts 2016

Concerts are located at the GSC Fine Arts Auditorium. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted at the door.


Friday: 7:00pm

Emcee – Kirk Judd

 

Folk Festival Belles

High Ridge Ramblers

Terry Vaughan

Phyllis Marks

Born Old

The Gainer Family Singers

John Morris

Jim Costa

Iron Leg Boys


Saturday: 7:00pm

Emcee – Pete Kosky

 

The Samples Brothers

Bobby Taylor

Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz

Reed Island Rounders

Gerry and Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller   

Lynette Swiger and Pat Harper

Ron and Rory Mullennex   

Sweet Creek

Modock Rounders

Fiddle and Banjo Contest 2016

Over 50 Fiddle and Banjo Contests--Friday, June 17.  Registration starts at 1:00 in the backstage area of                                                                   the Fine Arts Auditorium.
 Fiddle contest starts at 2:00, banjo contest follows.

Under 50 Fiddle and Banjo Contests--Saturday, June 18.  Registration starts at 1:00 in the backstage area                                                                   of the Fine Arts Auditorium.
 Fiddle contest starts at 2:00, banjo contest follows.

Location--GSC Fine Arts Auditorium



Fiddler and Banjo Winners of 2015

Fiddle Over 50
1st Paul Epstein, Charleston, WV
2nd Betty Vornbrock, Hillsville, VA...
3rd Carl Baron, Gwynedd, PA

Banjo Over 50
1st Paul Gartner, Tango, WV
2nd Bob Smakula, Elkins, WV
3rd Carl Baron, Gwynedd, PA

Fiddle Under 50
1st Jesse Milnes, Valley Bend, WV
2nd Ben Townsend, Elkins, WV
3rd Jesse Pearson, Huntington, WV

Banjo Under 50
1st Jesse Milnes, Valley Bend, WV
2nd Ben Townsend, Elkins, WV
3rd Steven Casto, Marlinton, WV


Congratulations to the winners, and to all the contestants for making this year's contests some of the best ever.


Workshops 2014

Darlene Fox — Dulcimer Workshop (Fri. & Sat. 12:30)  (City Square)

Shape Note Singing

More workshops to come.

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West Virginia State Folk Festival, Inc.

P.O. Box 362

Glenville, WV 26351

304-462-9644

[email protected]