Friday, June 25, 2010
– Del McCoury is one of nine recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
This award is the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts and each of the nine recipients will receive $25,000.
The award to McCoury reflects more than 50 years of work performing bluegrass. "I'm truly overwhelmed. All I've ever done is play the music I love, and I feel very fortunate just to have made a career of it. To receive an honor like this for doing something you love seems almost unreal, but I am very thankful."
The other 2010 recipients are Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy, fiddler Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Lauhala weaver Gladys Kukana Grace, sweetgrass basketweaver Mary Jackson, Bharatanatyam Indian dancer Kamala Lakshmi Narayanan, Irish flute player Mike Rafferty and Afro-Cuban drummer and drum builder Ezequiel Torres.
In addition, the Bess Lomax Hawes Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage, was given to Illinois folklorist and editor Judith McCulloh. She has overseen the publication of a number of books that feature consideration of McCoury 's work, including Neil V. Rosenberg's and Charles Wolfe's "The Music Of Bill Monroe."
The 2010 awardees will come to Washington, D.C. in September for a series of events including an awards presentation and banquet at the Library of Congress, as well as a concert scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Md.