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TAI Staff Member Featured On NPR

Traditional Arts Indiana fieldworker and folklorist Joe O’Connell, who has collaborated with TAI on a number of projects since 2009, was recently the featured artist on NPR’s Song Of The Day.  Joe, who received his MA in Folklore from the … Continue reading

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TAI at Patoka Lake’s Welcome Back Weekend

Join TAI at Patoka Lake State Recreation Area on Saturday, May 5 as we kick off our partnership with Indiana State Parks.  This event will feature demonstrations and performances by community members including: Grease Gravy (Orange County) – String Band … Continue reading

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Scott Scarboro, Recycled Materials Artist

Scott Scarboro is a multimedia artist and musician based in New Albany, Indiana.  Scarboro collects and repurposes old materials to create collages, kinetic sculptures, musical instruments, and decorated motor vehicles.  Scarboro’s ongoing projects include the Monkey Boy music ensemble and … Continue reading

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Samuel Mestel, Square Dance Caller

Samuel Mestel is a western square dance caller who lives in New Albany, Indiana.  Mestel, age 15, learned to call dances from an experienced caller named Tony Kincade, who encouraged Mestel after noticing him singing along at dance lessons.  Mestel … Continue reading

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Joe Manship, Electric Guitar Builder

Joe Manship makes Fender Telecaster-style electric guitars at the Manship family shop outside Hardinsburg, Indiana.  Joe took over Manship Guitars from his father, Alan Manship, around 2007.  Alan suffers from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare condition that has forced him to … Continue reading

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Corydon Dulcimer Society, Folk Music Association

The Corydon Dulcimer Society meets in Corydon, Indiana to learn and play lap dulcimer music.  The Society has existed for over two decades, growing by word-of-mouth to include over 50 members from around the southern Indiana region.  Members gather on … Continue reading

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Royce and Mary Threlkel, Country Musicians

Royce and Mary Threlkel of Floyds Knobs, Indiana play country music around the Kentuckiana region.  Each year Royce gathers a group of area musicians to perform at the Lanesville Heritage Weekend under the name Royce and Friends.  The Threlkels also … Continue reading

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Steve Watkins, Instrument Builder

Steve Watkins builds acoustic musical instruments in Lanesville, Indiana.  Watkins learned the basics of luthiery from his father, Cecil Watkins, who repaired instruments and experimented with building.  Aiming to expand on Cecil’s work, Steve Watkins has built dozens of mandolins, … Continue reading

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Banjo Sculpture by Brent Schroeder

From my field notes on February 7, 2011: I also talked to one of the restaurant proprietors, Brent Schroeder.  He asked me if I’d seen the 47-foot banjo.  Brent said he’d been one of the builders of Aunt B’s restaurant, … Continue reading

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Jam at Aunt B’s Restaurant, Bluegrass Music Session

Every Monday night, bluegrass musicians hold a jam session at Aunt B’s restaurant in Georgetown, Indiana.  Seated in a cluster in front of the restaurant’s music stage, attendees take turns selecting and leading material.  The songs and tunes they play … Continue reading

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