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Folk Music

A Song to Sing with My Brothers and Sisters

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I saw at an early age that through singing one could stand up for the rights of the many. What I realize now is that I longed to do something for the greater good through singing and that this was a part of what the folk movement and protest song genre accomplished.

50 Years Later, Peter Yarrow Still Asks, 'When Will They Ever Learn?'

Michael Levin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
Michael Levin

Yarrow credits his half-century of performing with Peter, Paul and Mary for giving him a platform that allows him to address global issues -- the Middle East and climate change, among others -- at the highest levels. At least as important, his musical legacy affords him credibility with kids.

After the Heroin, the Singing

Ben Evans | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Ben Evans

In total, he looked up all of two times throughout his set, and the shame that seemed to hold his eyes to the floor was both unsettling and captivating.

Daily Meditation: Safe In The Womb

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion

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

Folk Stalwart Loudon Wainwright III Offers "Lots of Family Material"

Christopher Murray | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Christopher Murray

Saying the unsayable in his wickedly funny, well-observed folk songs, Wainwright is profane, smart, poking received wisdom in the eye and then grabbing your heart with a tender and devastating truth about life and love, mistakes and mystery.

Listen To Another Great Song From Alecia Moore's New Project

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment

Alecia Moore and Dallas Green continue their You+Me project with the release of "Capsized," the opening track to their upcoming debut album, "rose ave...

Ryan Kristobak

Alecia Moore's New Project Includes Ode To Her Mom

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment

You+Me is the project of Alecia Moore (P!nk) and Dallas Green (City and Colour), two of the most notable voices in music today. While such prominent v...

Hungary for Music: Folk and Electro-Folk From Hungary

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

It's no coincidence that most of the best-known Hungarian composers loved folk music; the country has unusually rich and deep folk traditions, and many modern Hungarians are fully aware of the treasures of their heritage.

Electrifying the Folk

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I've always loved European-style folk-rock, also known as electric folk: the application of electric instruments and rock techniques to traditional songs. It's a style you can find here in North America, as well as in Britain and Europe.

Farewell, Fair Ladies: American Roots by Women

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Lots of discs have appeared in my box lately on which great women musicians take on tunes and songs stemming from the old-time tree. I thought I'd share my thoughts on some of those here.

Regina Carter Brings Southern Comfort to the Jazz Standard

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On Saturday August 16, 2014 the violinist Regina Carter brought some Southern Comfort to the New York's Jazz Standard.

Daily Meditation: Sugar Mountain

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion

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

Hozier Gets His Due

Chuck Nyren | Posted 10.11.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Last week I put up one of my silly tongue-in-cheek HuffPost offerings: I Am the Coolest, Hippest Uncle in the Whole World. It's gone ever-so-slightly viral thanks to Hozier retweeting my tweet -- and tossing up one of his own.

Happy 83rd, Ramblin' Jack

Lauren Daley | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Lauren Daley

I've been lucky enough to see Ramblin' Jack twice now, including at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, where, he surprised Beck on stage to duet on Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting For A Train."

Unplug to Recharge the Innovator in You: The Story of Pickathon

Ondi Timoner | Posted 09.29.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

Twenty minutes outside of Portland, Oregon, lies Pendarvis Farm -- a pristine mix of meadows and Douglas Fir with miles of hiking trails and views of Mt. Hood.

Czech Folk-Rock: Catching Up With Čechomor

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Čechomor marked their 25th year as a band in 2013, and they celebrated with another live concert and recording project, their most ambitious in a career of ambitious projects: a massive outdoor concert in the stunning medieval town of Český Krumlov.

Daily Meditation: Birdsong

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion

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

Finally a Huge And Magical "First Time Ever" Musical Event, and You Can Be There

Jerry Ashton | Posted 09.10.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Wouldn't it be better -- this time 0- to be able to look back and say "I'm glad that I was there," rather than, "I wish..."

Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts.

International Folk Art Alliance Nurtures Cultural Entrepreneurs

John M. Eger | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) was an early sponsor of Santa Fe and its International Folk Art program and...

Nord Encore: Recent Canadian Folk Releases

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.23.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Here's a rundown of recent Canadian releases, many of which I picked up at the Folk Alliance conference back in February.

How the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian and Businessman Todd Kwait Gave New Birth to Folk Music

Lesley Daunt | Posted 08.08.2014 | Entertainment
Lesley Daunt

I recently did a post on the Ezzie Films "For the Love of the Music: the Club 47 Folk Revival" and in researching for the story found the history behind Kingswood Records, the label responsible for the unique soundtrack of the film, was as interesting as the movie itself.

Music and Movements: The Tradition Continues

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.

Daily Meditation: Fluid Like Water

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

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

Album May Be "Final," But Cuban Singer Ferrer Is Not Done Yet

Marty Lipp | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

In a country where the government controlled the media, his ability to reach listeners was stunted. Nevertheless, he has continued to write and occasionally perform and release albums.