Where in the World is Jim Groom?: National Folk Festival

October 15th, 2007 · 6 Comments

a fella on the 5 string banjo at the National Folk FestivalWhen me and the little lady attended the National Folk Festival in Richmond this weekend, while watching the inimitable Campbell family band―featuring Mary Washington’s own Molly Campbell on mandolin (and a studio art major no less)―…

The Campbell Family Band

…we had a rare Jim Groom sighting. (Always the consummate professional, he was wearing a WordPress shirt to keep UMWblogs close to his heart even while recreating):

Jim Groom, the consummate professional, wearing a WordPress shirt to keep umwblogs close to his heart even while recreating.

Other highlights of the festivities include:

a little impromptu old time

Phil Wiggins teaches a childrens workshop on the harmonica

Bluesman Phil Wiggins of the piedmont blues band Cephas and Wiggins leads a children’s harmonica workshop.

Linda Lay and company sing bluegrass

Linda Lay on the autoharp for a bluegrass rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

More photos:

A crane on the JamesSome beautiful ground artThe Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza OrchestraThere were a lot of banjosThe fiddlin’ really brought out the crowds

Until next time,



(While it is true that this post is of questionable academic value to my art/poetry blog, it does feature Guatemalan folk art, piedmont blues, and of course, Jim Groom.)

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