2008 BHFA — Barbara R. Duncan: Folklorist, Festival Organizer, Writer, and Musician

Barbara R. Duncan: Folklorist, Festival Organizer, Writer, and Musician by Adrienne Hollifield Barbara Duncan’s interest in folklore stems from her own heritage in the Appalachian Mountain region of Pennsylvania. Duncan moved to North Carolina 26 years ago. Since that time, she has been researcher, director, consultant, and instructor for a variety of projects promoting both…

2009 BHFA — Ruben Olmos: Lowrider

Ruben Olmos: Lowrider by Michael C. Taylor The term “lowrider” refers to elaborately customized cars lowered to almost ground-scraping levels, and to those who build and drive them. Although the tradition of lowriding grew out of West Coast and Southwestern Latino communities in the late 1930s, lowriding is now widely recognized as a vibrant international…

2010 BHFA — Eric Ellis: Wilkes County Banjo Player, Bearer of Bluegrass Traditions, and Teacher

Eric Ellis: Wilkes County Banjo Player, Bearer of Bluegrass Traditions, and Teacher by Lisa Baldwin, Leila Weinstein, and Emily Schaad Eric Ellis was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in 2009—the same year that saw the inductions of Ralph and Carter Stanley, Mike Seeger, and Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith—and today the North…