Florida has a folk scene that is unique in it's depth and commitment. Commitment to preservation of the history, heritage and environment of our state. Florida folk artists create art that is about Florida. Florida places, Florida history, Florida people. It's an inspiration-rich environment And no, it's not simply a gang of old hippie-types and retired frustrated musician wannabees. We are doctors and lawyers, accountants and bricklayers, carpenters and roofers, professional musicians and kindergarten teachers, rednecks and researchers, crackers and cowboys. Natives ad refugees from Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, California and all points in-between. One thing we are not, however, is particularly diverse, ethnically. I'd like to see that evolve. The skin-tones of those involved is nearly exclusively white, and various shades of Florida tan. That said, this is a liberal and accepting group. Bring on a little Florida-inspired folk-rap / hip-folk and we'll be on the way... So here's to the music makers, the painters, the weavers of palm-frond hats, the whip-crackers and the story-tellers. Keeping Florida traditions alive, one gathering at a time.