25th Anniversary of the NEA National Heritage Fellows Program - Concert

The following day, Friday, June 29, 2007 was the annual Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The concert's honoree was Bess Lomax Hawes, the first NEA director of the folk and tradtional arts and the inspiration behind the Fellows program. Fellows Liz Carroll, John Cephas, and Michael Doucet performed before a packed and lively tent audience. 

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Liz Carroll and John Doyle opened the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert with their Irish tunes. Photos by Michael Stewart

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Liz Carroll and John Doyle practice backstage. Photos by Michael Stewart

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Roland Freeman is invited to the podium by NEA Chairman Gioia after being announced to the audience as a 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Bess Lomax Hawes Award recipient. Photos by Michael Stewart

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John Cephas and Phil Wiggins delight the audience with their Piedmont blues. Photos by Michael Stewart

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Michael Doucet, Mitch Reed (fiddle) and brother David Doucet (guitar) brought the music of southern Louisiana to the National Mall. Photos by Michael Stewart

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. . .and got the audience on its feet, Photo by Michael Stewart.

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including director of Folk and Traditional Arts Barry Bergey and his wife Jean, Photo by Michael Stewart.

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And lots of others. Photo by Michael Stewart.

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Dan Sheehy, director and curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and former NEA director of Folk & Traditional Arts programs, talks about Bess Lomax Hawes. Photo by Michael Stewart