VIRGINIA FOLKLIFE PRESENTS
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WTJU
Wayne Henderson & Gaye Adegbalola
Sunday, November 18, 2012
7 pm (est)
WTJU is delighted to join the VA Folklife Program in presenting two master artists, Wayne Henderson and Gaye Adegbalola, at the Southern Cafe & Music Hall on Sunday, November 17. Doors open at 6 pm, and the concert starts at 7 pm. WTJU will record this concert for future radio broadcast.
The Virginia Folklife Program (VFP), a public program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is dedicated to the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia's rich cultural heritage.
Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia's rich Folklife refers to those "arts of everyday life" that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community.
Wayne Henderson's top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia; his guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of "Masters of the Steel-String Guitar", and in seven nations in Asia.
In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Doc Watson, a good friend who sometimes stops at Wayne's shop in Rugby, VA, to pick a few tunes, owns a Henderson mandolin. He said, "That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I've had my hands on. And that's saying a lot, because I've picked up some good ones."
A stunning vocalist and guitarist, Gaye Todd Adegbalola is a Blues Music Award winner and a former Virginia State Teacher of the Year. She has performed worldwide as a founding member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women and as a solo/duo artist. She has 15 CDs in international distribution including 4 on her own Hot Toddy Music label. Gaye views herself as a contemporary griot -- keeping history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane.
Gaye is also in demand for lectures and workshops. She is mother to Juno Lumumba Kahlil. She recently combined her talents as a musician and teacher to produce a children's CD, "Blues in All Flavors," which recently won a Parents' Choice Gold Award for 2012.