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Pop quiz, all you proud North Carolinians: Name the following influential North Carolina figures: a Bishop and gospel singer, a well-known fiddler, two potters, a wheelwright, a master of Cherokee traditions and a pivotal Charlotte music group. Having trouble? Perhaps then, you should venture out to the N.C. Arts Council's Folk Heritage Awards on April 23 to brush up on some major contributors to North Carolina arts. Grammy award-winning musician David Holt of Asheville will serve as the master of ceremonies at the awards, which will be held at N.C. State's Stewart Theatre. Debuting in 1989, the awards honor over 100 folk masters that have contributed widely to North Carolina's traditional culture. This year's winners are Bishop Dready Manning (pictured right), fiddler Oscar "Red" Wilson, potters (and sisters) Neolia Cole Womack and Celia Cole Perkinson, wheelwright Emmett Parker Jones, Cherokee figure Jerry Wolfe and Charlotte band the Briarhoppers. The North Carolina Folklife Institute and the Curriculum in Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill are co-sponsoring the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $6 for students; people over 65 and children 12 and under are admitted free. For winner bios visit: and for information about the event, contact Joe Newberry at 733-2119.

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