Vivian Williams, fiddler, composer, recording artist, and writer, died on January 6, 2023 at the age of 84. She had been suffering with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. Beginning as early as 1962, Vivian Williams, working with her late
Birgit Hannele Wilson, wife of folklorist William A (Bert) Wilson, died January 11, 2023.
Jan Rosenberg, AFS lifetime member, died on January 7, 2023.
James Stanley Lane, Jr., recipient of the 2019 Archie Green Award, died on December 27, 2022.
Folklorist John Vlach has died after a decade-long struggle with young onset Alzheimer's disease. John Michael Vlach was Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at The George Washington University and Director of the university's Folklife Program.
Lakota flute player, singer, and dancer, Kevin Locke (Lakota and Anishnabe), of Wakpala, South Dakota, recipient of a 1990 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, has died.
Nebraska folklorist, storyteller, and Native activist, Roger Welsch, died on September 30th.
We are saddened to report the death of Art Rosenbaum, an American art professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, artist, musician, and folklorist.
We are sad to share the news of the loss of Michael "Mick" Maloney, folklorist and champion of Irish traditional music and culture, who passed away at the age of 77.
Esther Clinton, professor at Bowling Green State University's Department of Popular Culture, passed away on July 17, 2022.