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NEA National Heritage Fellows

Obo Addy
Ghanaian American Drummer and Singer | Portland, Oregon

Rahim AlHaj
Iraqi American Oud Player and Composer | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Michael Alpert
Yiddish Musician and Tradition Bearer | New York, New York

Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin
Creole Accordionist | Eunice, Louisiana

Howard Armstrong
African American String Band Musician | Detroit, Michigan

Pedro Ayala
Mexican American Accordionist | Donna, Texas

Frisner Augustin
Haitian Drummer | Brooklyn, New York

Etta Baker
African American Guitarist | Morgantown, North Carolina

Kenny Baker
Bluegrass Fiddler | Cottontown, Tennessee

Dewey Balfa
Cajun Fiddler | Basile, Louisiana

The Birmingham Sunlights
African American A Cappella Gospel Group | Birmingham, Alabama

Kevin Burke
Irish Fiddler
Portland, Oregon

Charles “Chuck” T. Campbell
African American Gospel Steel Guitarist | Rochester, New York

Natividad “Nati” Cano
Mexican American Mariachi Musician | Monterey Park, California

Inez Catalon
Creole Singer | Kaplan, Louisiana

John Cephas
Piedmont Blues Guitarist and Singer | Woodford, Virginia

Wilson “Boozoo” Chavis
Creole Zydeco Accordionist | Lake Charles, Louisiana

Clifton Chenier
Creole Accordionist | Lafayette, Louisiana

Elizabeth Cotten
African American Singer and Songwriter | Syracuse, New York

Antonio “Tony” de la Rosa
Tejano Conjunto Accordionist | Riviera, Texas

Hazel Dickens
Appalachian Singer and Songwriter | Washington, D.C., and Montcalm, West Virginia

Luderin Darbone and Edwin Duhon (Hackberry Ramblers)
Cajun Fiddler and Accordionist | Sulphur, Louisiana, and Westlake, Louisiana

Michael Doucet
Cajun Fiddler, Composer, and Bandleader | Lafayette, Louisiana

David “Honeyboy” Edwards
African American Blues Guitarist and Singer | Chicago, Illinois

Canray Fontenot
Creole Fiddler | Welsh, Louisiana

Henry Gray
Blues Piano Player and Singer | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Eduardo “Lalo” Guerrero
Mexican American Singer, Guitarist, and Composer | Cathedral City, California

José Gutiérrez
Mexican American Jarocho Musician and Singer | Verzacruz, Mexico

Juan Gutiérrez
Puerto Rican Drummer | New York, New York

Richard Avedis Hagopian
Armenian American Oud Player | Visalia, California

Periklis Halkias
Greek Clarinetist | Astoria, New York

 Joe Heaney
Irish American Singer | Brooklyn, New York

Wayne Henderson
Appalachian Luthier and Guitarist | Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

Solomon & Richard Ho‘opi‘i
Hawaiian Singers | Pukalani and Wailuku, Hawai‘i

Janie Hunter
African American Singer and Storyteller | Johns Island, South Carolina

Zakir Hussain
North Indian Master Tabla Drummer | San Anselmo, California

John Jackson
African American Songster and Guitarist | Fairfax Station, Virginia

Tommy Jarrell
Appalachian Fiddler | Mt. Airy, North Carolina

Ella Jenkins
Children’s Folk Singer and Musician | Chicago, Illinois

Leonardo “Flaco” Jiménez
Mexican American Conjunto Accordionist | San Antonio, Texas

Santiago Jiménez, Jr.
Mexican American Conjunto Accordionist | San Antonio, Texas

Bessie Jones
Georgia Sea Island Singer | Brunswick, Georgia

Ledward Kaapana
Hawaiian Slack key Guitarist | Kaneohe, Hawai‘i

Nalani Kanaka‘ole & Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele
Hawaiian Hula Masters | Hilo, Hawai‘i

Raymond Kane
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist amd Singer | Wai‘ane, Hawai‘i

Everett Kapayou
Mesquakie Native American Singer | Tama, Iowa

Will Keys
Anglo-American Banjo Player | Gray, Tennessee

Fatima Kuinova
Bukharan Jewish singer | Rego Park, New York

Dwight Lamb
Danish Button Accordionist and Missouri-Style Fiddler | Onawa, Iowa

Agustín Lira
Chicano Singer, Musician, and Composer | Fresno, California

Robert Lockwood, Jr.
African American Delta Blues Guitarist | Cleveland, Ohio

Valerio Longoria
Mexican American Accordionist | San Antonio, Texas

Narciso Martínez
Texas-Mexican accordionist/composer | San Benito, Texas

Roberto and Lorenzo Martínez 
Hispanic Musicians | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Del McCoury
Bluegrass Guitarist and Singer | Hendersonville, Tennessee

Brownie McGhee
African American Blues Guitarist | Oakland, California

McIntosh County Shouters
African American Spiritual and Shout Ensemble | Townsend, Georgia

Bob McQuillen
Contra Dance Musician and Composer | Peterborough, New Hampshire

Wallace McRae
Cowboy Poet | Forsyth, Missourintana

John Henry Mealing & Cornelius Wright, Jr.
African American Work Songs | Birmingham, Alabama

D.L. Menard
Cajun Musician and Songwriter | Erath, Louisiana

Lydia Mendoza
Mexican American Singer | Houston, Texas

Mick Moloney
Irish American Musician | New York, New York

Bill Monroe
Bluegrass Musician | Nashville, Tennessee

Alex Moore, Sr.
African American Blues Pianist | Dallas, Texas

Boua Xou Mua
Hmong Musician | Portland, Oregon

Seisho “Harry” Nakasone
Okinawan American Musician | Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Joel Nelson
Cowboy Poet | Alpine, Texas

Joyce Doc Tate Nevaquaya
Comanche Flutist | Apache, Oklahoma

Glenn Ohrlin
Cowboy Singer and Storyteller | Mountain View, Arkansas

Oneida Hymn Singers
Hymn Singers | Oneida, Wisconsin

The Paschall Brothers
African American Tidewater Gospel Quartet | Chesapeake, Virginia

Eddie Pennington
Thumb Picking-Style Guitarist | Princeton, Kentucky

Irván Pérez
Isleno Singer | Poydras, Louisiana

Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins
African American Blues Piano Player | La Porte, Indiana

Artemio Posadas
Mexican American Huastecan Son Musician and Advocate | San Jose, California

Buck Ramsey
Cowboy Poet and Singer | Amarillo, Texas

Ola Belle Reed
Appalachian Banjo Player, Singer, and Songwriter | Rising Sun, Maryland

Almeda Riddle
Anglo-American Ballad Singer | Greers Ferry, Arkansas

Jean Ritchie
Appalachian Singer, Musician, and Songwriter | Port Washington, New York & Viper, Kentucky

Domingo “Mingo” Saldivar
Mexican American Conjunto Accordionist | San Antonio, Texas

Ramón “Chunky” Sánchez
Chicano Musician and Cultural Advocate | San Diego, California

Marc Savoy
Cajun Accordion Maker and Musician | Eunice, Louisiana

Mike Seeger
Musician, Cultural Scholar, and Advocate | Lexington, Virginia

Simon Shaheen
Arab American Oud and Violin Player | Brooklyn, New York

Joe Shannon
Irish American Piper | Chicago, Illinois

Clyde “Kindy” Sproat
Hawaiian Cowboy Singer and Ukulele Player | Kapa‘au, Hawai‘i

Ralph Stanley
Appalachian Banjo Player and Singer | Coeburn, Virginia

Andy Statman
Jewish Klezmer Clarinetist, Mandolinist, and Composer | Brooklyn, New York

Sanders “Sonny” Terry
African American Blues Musician | Holliswood, New York

Joe Thompson
African American String Band Musician | Mebane, North Carolina

Henry Townsend
African American Blues Musician and Songwriter | St. Louis, Missouri

The Treme Brass Band
New Orleans Brass Band | New Orleans, Louisiana

Cleofes Vigil
Hispanic Storyteller and Singer | San Cristobal, New Mexico

Douglas Wallin
Appalachian Ballad Singer | Marshall, North Carolina

Arthel “Doc” Watson
Appalachian Guitarist and Singer | Deep Gap, North Carolina

Phil Wiggins
African American Acoustic Blues Harmonica Player | Takoma Park, Maryland

Claude Williams
African American Jazz and Swing Fiddler | Kansas City, Missouri

Warner Williams
African American Piedmont Blues Songster | Gaithersburg, Maryland

Chesley Goseyun Wilson
Apache Fiddle Maker | Tucson, Arizona

Elder Roma Wilson
African American Harmonica Player | Blue Springs, Mississippi

Melvin Wine
Appalachian Fiddler | Copen, West Virginia

James Ka’upena Wong
Hawaiian Chanter | Waianae, Hawai‘i

Cornelius Wright, Jr.
African American Work Songs (Gandy Dancer) | Birmingham, Alabama

Yuri Yunakov
Bulgarian Saxophonist | Bloomfield, New Jersey

Emily Kau‘i Zuttermeister
Hawaiian Hula Master | Kaneohe, Hawai‘i


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