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Folk Songs

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...

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.

Celtic Canadian Connections

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Like the folk musics of Spain and North America, the music of Wales has a long and deep connection with that of Ireland; from the bardic schools of the middle ages, which sent harpers and singers between them, to today's folk revival, the two countries have influenced each other unceasingly for centuries.

A Garland of English Folk, Old and New

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Startling news from the world of English folk: a new album by the superstar' 60s singing group The Young Tradition.

Eurotrad: European Roots Music Recordings

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

In addition to the American and Canadian folk I often encounter, I've been writing for years about European music, from Finland to Spain and everywhere between.

From Wit and Mirth to Secret Songs of Silence: A Brief Introduction to Bawdy Songs

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

In November, 1939, in East Calais, Vermont, two collectors recorded a rare ballad called "The Frozen Limb," sung by a lumberjack and sawyer named Elme...

Lisa Loeb Live at the Art and Wine Festival in San Carlos, CA

Ruth Gerson | Posted 01.29.2012 | Entertainment
Ruth Gerson

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Lucas Kavner

Iconic Folk Singer Talks Life, Cancer, Songwriting

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 11.19.2011 | Home

In the late 1960s now-legendary folk musician John Prine was living in Maywood, Illinois, and working as a mailman. At night he would venture out t...

Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along -- A Zany Children's Book and CD

Ruth Gerson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

My kids and I have been listening to Lisa Loeb's new children's album and book, Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs, in the car for the last week and we have it fully memorized.

Peter, Paul and Mary -- and Me

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Safavi

"Puff the Magic Dragon" became my son's first favorite song. Without failure, he stopped whatever he was doing when the song began and crawled over to the tape recorder.

Will Charlie Ever Get Off That Train?

Peter Dreier and Jim Vrabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier and Jim Vrabel

Since the Kingston Trio's self-censored version became a hit fifty years ago, "M.T.A." has become a part of American folklore.