Folkmoot Center Open House June 26, 4:30 – 8:00 pm

Honoring the Talents Bringing American Cultural Diversity to the 37th Folkmoot 

Talents from around the country are coming to Haywood County for a weekend filled with clapping, dancing, and cheer. Get to know our 2021 artists and we hope you get to meet them live from July 22-25. 

Folkmoot is unique in the way that performers have had the opportunity to be housed within the Folkmoot Friendship Center. As a Folkmoot tradition, artists get to socialize and exchange culture, ideas, and laughter for the week that they are housed in Waynesville. This is an opportunity for folks to honor the creativity of one another and cultivate cultural understanding. Volunteers, guides, and guests get to know the performers and share a good time. Lifelong friends are made in the Friendship Center!

Detailed are the descriptions and festival appearances for the 2021 Summerfest performers:

Los Texmaniacs

Folkmoot is proud to bring the Los Texmaniacs, a top conjunto band to share uniquely Texan (Tex-Mex) music and culture. The Texmaniacs specialize in Tejano music, a word that translates to ‘Texan’, a popular music style that rose from centuries of cultural fusing of Mexican and US influences, indigenous to Texas, USA.

What is a conjunto? The term conjunto literally means group or ensemble that
includes elements from Mexican-Spanish vocal traditions, Czech and German button accordion, dance tunes and rhythms that migrants brought to Texas in the mid19th century. Mexican migrants and farm worker who came to the US over the last
century made conjunto music a centerpiece of social gatherings and an important force of social unity, bringing Mexican influences with them. The genre combines the storytelling and vocals of Mexico with the distinct Texas rhythm and music.

Los Texmaniacs was created by Max Baca in 1997, following his father’s footprint in the genre with two thoughts in mind: to base the group’s sound on a rock-solid foundation of Texas Mexican conjunto music, and to infuse new sounds
that are part of the contemporary Mexican American soundscape in the Southwest into the group’s style and repertoire. The music that results is built on the classic conjunto instrumentation of a three row button accordion, a bajo sexto guitar with 12 strings in six courses playing bass melodies and chords, an electric or acoustic bass, and a drum set. The result reflects the expansive musical background of its members, with occasional tints of, and excursions into, blues, rock, country, and jazz.

Band members are Max Baca on bajo sexto, Josh Baca on accordion, Noel Hernandez on electric bass, and Lorenzo Martínez on the drums.

Over the years, Los Texmaniacs have collaborated with various well known artists from both Tejano and other genres, including Rick Trevino, Flaco Jimenez, and Los Lobos. In 2010, Los Texmaniacs won a Grammy Award for Tejano Album of The Year, Borders y Bailes. And renowned country singer Lyle Lovett sang Deportee, a song penned by Woody Guthrie, for their album, Cruzando Borders.

Read more about Los Texmaniacs online at lostexmaniacs.com.

Performances:

Thursday. July 22 @ Opening Night Gala

Friday, July 23 @ Summerfest Night One (9:30 pm)

Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble 

Folkmoot proudly welcomes the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble from Illinois and Wisconsin for Summerfest to bring the traditional dance and music of Ireland.

Trinity Ensemble is the Trinity Academy’s top tier junior performing arts troupe. From leading Trinity’s local performances, to performing around the world at international festivals, these dancers act as ambassadors bringing Trinity’s mission to “elevate children, the community and the world through the power and grace of Irish dance” alive.

For nearly 40 years, the Trinity Irish Dancers have been the most widely recognized
Irish dance program in the world. Founded by Mark Howard in 1982, Trinity has
thrilled audiences worldwide with its innovative approach and attention to detail,
winning the first world title for the United States in 1987.

Trinity has appeared in both feature films and on national television programs including the Tonight Show, CONAN, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Trinity has the unrivaled distinction of winning more world titles than any other American Irish dance school, and elevating the traditional form of Irish Dance through a performing arts lens.

Learn more about Trinity Dance Ensemble online www.trinityirishdance.com

Performances:

Friday, July 23 @ Summerfest Night One (8:45 pm)

Sunday, July 24 @ Summerfest Closing Ceremony

 

 

Folkmoot USA to Celebrate New Home with June 26 Open House

Folkmoot USA will host an Open House on Thursday, June 26, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m., to celebrate Haywood County’s generous donation of the historic Hazelwood School to the cultural organization.

On June 16, the Haywood County Board of Commissioners approved the donation of the historic Hazelwood School facilities to Folkmoot USA. According to county tax records, the facility is worth approximately $1.3 million. This marks the first time that Folkmoot USA has had a permanent home in its 31-year history of offering its annual summer festival and other events celebrating international culture.

“We have operated as tenants in this facility for more than a decade,” explained Karen Babcock, Executive Director of Folkmoot USA. “Ownership opens the door to both new responsibilities and exciting opportunities.”

By fixing the roof, renovating the auditorium, and making other facility changes, Folkmoot USA can achieve its goals of offering events year-round and operating a center that brings the local, regional and international communities together. Some of the possibilities
include hosting guests and creating venues for community and international events and performances. Folkmoot USA has already secured $167,000 in cash support to help initiate these changes.

“We are very grateful to Haywood County for providing the largest donation in Folkmoot USA’s history,” said Rose Johnson, president of the board of Folkmoot USA. “The Open House is an opportunity to celebrate this amazing gift and also start the conversation about the future. We are thoroughly committed to utilizing this historic school facility to serve the community. We’re eager for people to come see the center and offer their ideas.”

Folkmoot USA supporters, former teachers and students at the historic Hazelwood School, Hazelwood neighbors, and the general public are all welcome to attend the Open House, which will take place at 112 Virginia Avenue in Hazelwood (Waynesville), from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. This free event will include light refreshments.

Nominations for new Folkmoot USA board members are now being accepted. Terms will begin in September, 2014. Forms may be picked up during the Open House or requested via phone or email.

For more information about the Open House or board member nominations, please call 828-452-2997 or email info@folkmoot.com.

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