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Folk Music

London-Based Trio Daughter Set to Play the Majestic Theatre in Detroit, Band Speaks of Success and Progression at Bestival Toronto

Kelly Frazier | Posted 07.24.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

There's something majestic about the music of the London, England-based band Daughter that sweeps you into an enigmatic world of emotion. The trio, fr...

Get To Know The Manx: LA's Awesome 'Goo-Core' Band And Their Recently Released Album, 'Voyage In Bad Taste'

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

On Halloween, two years ago, 5 peculiar, charming men in paper mache masks rendering the members of the band GWAR, carried their instruments -- a banj...

Pakistan's Most Prominent Sufi Musician Falls Silent

Talal Almas | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Talal Almas

Amjad Sabri: thanks for being our source of light and our source of hope in these times of darkness. Thank you for being our most honest guide in when we needed you the most; we will always, always remember you and your message.

For the Love of Pete.

Battersby Duo | Posted 06.16.2016 | Arts
Battersby Duo

To get that answer one must travel with Paul Winter, from Pennsylvania through Chicago by way of Latin America, on to California and finally end up in 1966 at The Newport Folk Festival.

Michael McArthur Releases Newest Track, "Goodbye Lover"

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.16.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

There is something to be said about solo artists who stay loyal to their acoustic roots. Armed with nothing but a stellar voice and an acoustic guitar...

Bellas Bartok's Duality of Message

Eoin Higgins | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Eoin Higgins

When you hear Amherst, MA, band Bellas Bartok play their unique blend of folk, punk, and klezmer, it's easy to get lost in the atmosphere. The ensembl...

Dan Lipton's 'Breathing In' Fresh Air For Folk

Bridget Fitzgerald | Posted 04.22.2016 | Entertainment
Bridget Fitzgerald

Dan Lipton's new album "Breathing In," came across my desk, and I couldn't help but write a little about a modern day folk artist that has drawn inspiration from a lot of great folk storytellers.

Daily Meditation: The Circle

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Forty Years Later, We Still Need Phil Ochs

David Hinckley | Posted 04.10.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Phil Ochs has his own cluster in my vinyl albums, right between the Notting Hillbillies and Roy Orbison.

Eurotunes: Instrumental Folk CDs from European Artists

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 04.08.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Wör. Photo by Tom Abeloos. Used by permission of Wör I'm continuing to write about some of the music I picked up this year at the annual Folk Alli...

The Loyal Optimist: Chris Trapper

Cicily Janus | Posted 03.25.2016 | Entertainment
Cicily Janus

I recently went through a full year of pessimism.... between cancer, hospital admissions and thoughts crowded by death, I've simply had it with all th...

Daily Meditation: Wildness

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Children of the Unraveling

Michael Elliot | Posted 03.14.2016 | Arts
Michael Elliot

He is a cautious and wary young man, creative and soft spoken. He can erupt in joy and laughter, but it's always tempered. There's little room for reckless abandon in a world of frequent change and unexpected loss.

Womenfolk: British Folk Music by Women

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 03.08.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Every year in February, I attend the annual conference of the Folk Alliance International and come back with great music to share. This year, Folk Alliance brought me in contact with a whole world of musicians.

Interview: Oakes and Smith

Anthony Tinsman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
Anthony Tinsman

(Randy Radic contributed to this interview) From Massachusetts come the folk duo of Oakes and Smith. The duo's latest EP is called Between the Earth ...

Hiding in Plain Sight: A Great Living in Music

Dave Ruch | Posted 03.01.2016 | Arts
Dave Ruch

As a fulltime musician, I'm making just pennies on streaming music. My CD sales aren't much more than $1,500 per year either. I do no audio enginee...

Irish-American Band Looks Back to its Future

Marty Lipp | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

The story of the Irish-American group Solas is, in some ways, the story of Irish music over the past 20 years: a straddling of tradition and innovatio...

Folk Alliance: Lomax Challenge Videos

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Peggy Seeger at the Lomax Challenge. Photo by Stephen Winick. Last year, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (where I work) cel...

New Artist Reviews: Daniel Grinberg

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Folk music evokes a feeling of warmth and introspection through its meaningful lyrics and sweeping soundscapes. It is constantly reinventing its sound without compromising its soul.

Powers of Two: Traditional Folk Duos

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 01.26.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

With two voices or instruments, it's easier to hear what each is doing separately as well as the sum total: melodies and countermelodies, synchronic and diachronic, horizontal and vertical. Which is all to say, some pretty cool duo recordings have crossed under my lintel of late.

Highlands and Islands: Recent Recordings of Celtic Music

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I've written about current bands performing their own arrangements of songs originally recorded by folklorists on field recordings in 1930s Louisiana. It reminded me that I hadn't mentioned a similar project involving field recordings of a Scottish Gaelic singer from Duluth, Minnesota.

The Lomax Legacy In Louisiana: Great Music Comes Out of the Archive

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 01.11.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Grammy-winning musician Michael Doucet performs during the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week at Chicot State Park April 22, 2008. Photo by Ca...

Folk Legend Joan Baez Turns 75

Next Avenue | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.09.2016 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Josh Walker Happy birthday, Joan Baez! The folk singer and activist turns 75 on Saturday, January 9. 5 Things You M...

Not Quite a Top Ten List of World Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

With the arrival of 2016, I have to once again say good-bye to musicians who bumped me up, comforted me like an old friend and occasionally introduced me to feelings I didn't know I had. Thanks to all for the wonderful moments together.

Nature Ganganbaigal and His Mongolian Band Tengger Cavalry Is a Great Listen if You're Looking for a New Sound

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
Ilana Rapp

I've come to the conclusion that the entire universe knows I love New York City, so when I saw the interesting band name Tengger Cavalry come up in my list of bands playing in NYC, I had to find out more. I was like, "What kind of music could a band named Tengger Cavalry play?"