Kentucky Banjo Concert with Brett Ratliff

  • March 30, 2024 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Folk School of Fayetteville

    207 West Center Street
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Ticket Price $25.00 This event is now over

Brett Ratliff will be sharing songs in his native Kentucky traditions.  This will be a unique concert experience as Brett will be sharing history and banjo technique. Come ready to learn about Kentucky Banjo style passed along by a 2022 United States Artists Fellow!

Tickets $25
Doors open at 7pm
Concert at 7:30pm

Brett Ratliff is a 2022 United States Artists Fellow in Traditional Arts. He teaches and performs traditional Appalachian musical styles and repertoire, especially  mountain banjo styles and labor-rights music of his native East Kentucky coalfields.

Ratliff has been invited to share music and stories of his home at such venues as: The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, in Port Townsend, WA; Third Man Records in Nashville, TN; Nimble Fingers Music Festival, in British Columbia, Canada; the Swannanoa Gathering in Swannanoa, NC; Augusta Heritage Old-Time Week in Elkins, WV; and Sore Fingers Week in Oxfordshire, England. He has also performed on more than a dozen recordings, including those for Smithsonian Folkways, The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, Old Town School of Folk Music, and The Oxford American.

Born and raised in Van Lear, Kentucky, Ratliff has spent his career as a community arts organizer throughout East Kentucky where in 2005 he helped found Kentucky Old Time Music Inc., a nonprofit supporting infrastructure for the practice of folk and traditional arts in the Commonwealth.

In 2021 Ratliff began a collaboration with filmmaker Ethan Payne, co-producing a series of short documentaries featuring rural Appalachian artists. Bright Morning Stars: The Johnsons of Hemphill (2022) is the first of these films to be released, receiving the Judge’s Award at the Boone Docs Film Festival, and Official Selection at both the Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival and the Miami Independent Film Festival.

Ratliff’s solo records include Cold Icy Mountain (June Appal Recordings, 2008), Gone Boy (Emperor Records, 2017), and Whitesburg, KY (June Appal Recordings, 2021), receiving critical acclaim from such outlets as No Depression, Maverick Country Music Magazine, and The Museum of Americana. 

Date & Time

Sat, Mar 30, 2024 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue Details

Folk School of Fayetteville

207 West Center Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 Folk School of Fayetteville
Folk School of Fayetteville

FOLK SCHOOL OF FAYETTEVILLE is a 501(c)3 non-profit music organization popularly known as Fayetteville Roots. 
For over a 13 years we have carried out our mission to connnect community through music and food. Over that time we have fostered concerts & community/educational events in Northwest Arkansas. We believe in our music community and strive to create opportunies for connections and learning. 

In 2022 one of our signature events, the Fayetteville Roots Festival, was paused. 2023 brings a new chapter and a new location for our organization. The Folk School of Fayetteville, located in the historic Walker Stone House near the Fayetteville Square, will open in late Spring 2023 with space for lessons, classes, workshops, jams, and more.

What is a Folk School and why do you need to know about it?
Folk Schools originated as a way for communities to learn from each other, especially vital to communities that didn’t have access to “formal education”.     Folk Schools create an environment that encourages People teaching People, rather than a classical education approach of Professor and Student.

Folk School of Fayetteville is continuing this model by providing space for musicians to learn from each other, for new players to learn, and for long time musicians to develop new technique and skills — and this is available to ALL the FOLKS (people).  Folk School is open to all genres, identities, and cultures, and is excited to host music that is as dynamic and varied as our community.

Folk School of Fayetteville is buit on the body of work (13 years) of Fayetteville Roots Festival, and is fostered on many of its guiding principles:
Create opportunities for our music community
Support and present multivaried music genres, identities, & cultures
Commitment to free & low-cost community learning
Creative re-use of existing urban spaces
Collaboration with the community & music/arts organizations
Low waste & low impact sustainable events

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