Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Music Playlists

National Heritage Fellows on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Sound Introductions: Meet the National Heritage Fellows through Folkways

By Cliff Murphy

The director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the NEA selects favorite recordings that led to his career as an ethnomusicologist and folklorist.
American Latino National Heritage Fellows

By Daniel Sheehy

An expert in American Latino music, the director and curator emeritus of Smithsonian Folkways presents an auditory tour of Latino USA.
Growing Up: Musical Memories of a California Childhood

By Kate Hanks

For a younger perspective on the National Heritage Fellows, an American Folk program intern picks her standout songs.
Routes to American Musical Treasures

By Jeff Place

Folkways curator and archivist Jeff Place’s playlist illustrates the depth of American bluegrass, old time, and other instrumentalist masters.
More to come...