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Folk Music

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 C...

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 ...

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?"

Other Voices Resonate in Dingle

Maya Saade | Posted 12.09.2015 | Arts
Maya Saade

Nothing is too big to prevent you from claiming your love to Folk music and especially at Other Voices festival which offers a unique setting to enjoy the music of rising artists and of already established stars in a cozy, refreshing place.

Folk Singer Cashavelly Morrison Releases Debut Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Her full name is Melissa MacLeod but she goes by the artist moniker of Cashavelly Morrison. Her earliest transition occurred when she transplanted to North Carolina which is where she was introduced to the rich musical traditions of West Virginia and its surrounding regions.

Don't Think Twice, It's Irish

Maya Saade | Posted 12.04.2015 | Arts
Maya Saade

Folk music transcends the Atlantic, and is a vivid marker of a common history. This is especially the case between Ireland and America.

Ancient Italian Music for Modern Souls

Marty Lipp | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Marty Lipp

What does an illness stemming from an ancient superstition and its unusual treatment have to say to us today? Four recent albums from Italy try to tell us.

New Artist Reviews: Joel Ansett

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Ansett released his debut EP The Living Room in 2012, soon after his declaration of devotion to a career in music. Though a seemingly odd pairing, he recorded an acoustic cover of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" which prompted CBS to write about him in 2013.

Let the Songs Come To You: An Interview with Dar Williams

Omega Institute | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Omega Institute

Dar Williams is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician with 10 critically acclaimed studio albums. She has also taught at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival song school, published two novels, and led the "Give Bees a Camp."

New Artist Reviews: Charity

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Singer-songwriter Charity grew up in Detroit and was shrouded in the dark tides that washed over the city. A place with many wounds, Charity became familiar not only with pain, but even more so with healing.

The Verigolds Release Psychedelic 'Crossfire' Music Video

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.19.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Psychedelia is a synesthesia of colorful sounds and tasty visions, a perfect recipe of potent flavors that stimulate all of the senses. As a fresh wave of neo-hippies reshape the psychedelic lifestyle, San Diego-based indie band The Verigolds seem to fit the soundtrack of this lifestyle.

Pumpkin Spice Nation

Jesse Lasky | Posted 10.18.2015 | Taste
Jesse Lasky

I was in Trader Joe's recently and there were pumpkin flavored dog treats. Now, I can't speak for my dog (though I have been known on occasion to sp...

What's Your Story: Devon Sproule

Stuart Gunter | Posted 10.12.2015 | Entertainment
Stuart Gunter

Devon Sproule is a world-traveling, world-class musician. She hails from Charottesville, Virginia.

A Better Place to Be: Induct Harry Chapin into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Craig E. Sherman

Chapin's untimely death in 1981, undoubtedly robbed the world of some of the most prolific and beautiful songs that he sadly was never able to write.

City Folk

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 09.10.2015 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

I had never lived in New York City before and the thought of living in a tower perched above the feverish frenzy of Washington Square Park, with its ever changing mix of students, and tourists, beatniks and folk singers, left me breathless.

New Artist Reviews: Ben Lorentzen

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Like an unintentional conductor, music can dictate the emotions and atmosphere of one person or an entire stadium full of people.

Of Monsters And Men in LA

Philip David Morton | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

Of Monsters and Men played at the Greek Theater Thursday night near the start of their 2015 international tour promoting their new album Under the Skin to an electrified crowd that packed the stadium as they delivered an elegant and pulse pounding show.

Celebrate the Midwest's Mutli-Ethnic Heritage with Folksongs of Another America

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

James P. Leary's new book and CD set, Folksongs of Another America, reveals astonishing diversity in the music of the Upper Midwest.

The Need to Know

Barry Kibrick | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science
Barry Kibrick

Our conversation of this primal drive to know is divided into two parts. The first episode airing this week takes us from our primitive ancestors who lived in trees to Sir Isaac Newton. In Part II, which airs next week, we go from the wisdom of Newton to the most current knowledge we have about our universe.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

Gothard Sisters' New CD Inspired by "Love of Simple, Timeless, and Transcendent Things"

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

The Gothard Sisters, three sisters who are "multi-instrumentalist Celtic-influenced folk musicians, songwriters, and performers from the Pacific Northwest, USA," have a new CD out this week, Mountain Rose.