Podcast: Music From the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Khmer classical dance, part of the celebration of cultures at the Folklife Festival.
Khmer classical dance, part of the celebration of cultures at the Folklife Festival. (By Frank Proschan -- Smithsonian Institution)
washingtonpost.com Staff
Tuesday, June 26, 2007; 1:30 PM

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an annual tradition for more than 40 years, celebrates cultures from around with world with food, music, dance and craft demonstrations. This year's festival explores three topics: "Mekong River: Connecting Cultures," "Northern Ireland at the Smithsonian" and "The Roots of Virginia Culture."

Julia Beizer, museums producer for washingtonpost.com's City Guide, asked the curators of these programs to discuss and play samples of the different musical styles that fill the air during this year's event. Richard Kennedy speaks about musical traditions along the Mekong River. Nancy Groce gives us a sense of Northern Ireland's penchant for fiddles and flutes. Finally, Betty Belanus discusses the wide range of songs that she has selected to represent Virginia's heritage.

To download individual MP3 files, select one of the following themes: Mekong River | Northern Ireland | Virginia.

To put all three interviews on your iPod, follow these instructions:

1. Download Folklife_Festival_Music.zip to your computer.

2. Unzip the file, using a program like Winzip or StuffIt Expander. The MP3s will appear in a folder called 2007 Folklife Festival Music.

3. Drag this folder into your iTunes music library.

4. Create a playlist, and transfer the files onto your iPod.

Find full coverage of the Folklife Festival here. We also offer a selection of museum podcast tours.

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