NEA National Heritage Fellowships

Podcasts

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Liz Carroll

Photo by Robert Hakalski

Irish Fiddler and National Heritage Fellow

Liz Carroll talks about and demonstrates the multiplicity of Irish music. [38:15]

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Simon Shaheen

Photo by Alan Govenar

1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Violinist and oud player Simon Shaheen discusses his merging of Arab and western musical traditions. [27:23]

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Led Kaapana

Photo by Marsha Forsythe

2011 National Heritage Fellow

Slack key guitar master Led Kaapana talks about making music the Hawaiian way. [27:19]

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Roy and PJ Hirabayashi

Photo by Mel Higashi

2011 National Heritage Fellows

Co-founders of San Jose Taiko, Roy and PJ Hirabayashi talk about the importance of this traditional art in the Asian American community. [28:34]

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Jim 'Texas Shorty' Chancellor

Photo by Alan Govenar

NEA National Heritage Fellow

2010 National Heritage Fellow, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor talks about the great tradition of Texas fiddling. [25:43]

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Mary Jackson

Photo courtesy of Ms. Jackson

NEA National Heritage Fellow

NEA National Heritage fellow Mary Jackson talks about the art and tradition of sweetgrass basketmaking. [22:52]

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Chuck Brown

Photo by Ameen Howrani

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Musician Chuck Brown talks about his career, from honing his chops in prison in Lorton, Virginia, to developing his own musical genre in DC: go-go music. [28:49]

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Judy McCulloh

Photo by Mary E Yeomans

NEA National Heritage Fellowship

Awarded the 2010 Bess Lomax Hawes Award for the preservation of cultural heritage, Judith McCulloh talks about her extensive work as a folklorist and editor at the University of Illinois Press.   [24:04]

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Mike Rafferty

Photo courtesy of Mr. Rafferty

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Mike Rafferty talks about growing up in East Galway, Ireland, and learning flute playing from his father, as well as coming to America and eventually returning to Irish music in his 50s as both a performer and teacher. [26:37]

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Del McCoury

Photo courtesy of McCoury Music

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Bluegrass legend Del McCoury discusses his 50-year career, from joining Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 1960s to multiple appearances at the Bonnaroo music and arts festival in the 2000s. [26:32]

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