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TVG Recipient of 2013 North Carolina Humanities Council Grant for RiddleFest

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N.C. Humanities Council awards funds for 2012 RiddleFest in Burnsville

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded a grant to the Traditional Voices Group (TVG) for the annual RiddleFest Seminar in Burnsville.

TVG received the grant to support planning and programming for the Seminar that will accompany the sixth annual RiddleFest on February 16, 2013, at the Burnsville Town Center.

RiddleFest celebrates with performance and lecture the life and art of Yancey County resident Lesley Riddle (1905-1979), African American musician of significant relevance to mountain music culture.

Riddle had a major impact on the development and dissemination of old-time string and country music. He influenced the Carter family through sharing and collecting the music in travels with A.P. Carter, as well as introducing them to various styles, including the Piedmont Blues.

Larry Howell, chairman of TVG, is the project director for RiddleFest.

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The Humanities Council awards grants for projects in the humanities in North Carolina. Visit their website for more information