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Folk Music

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

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 07.04.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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.

The Club 47 Folk Revival" Explores the Iconic History of Old Cambridge Folk Club

Lesley Daunt | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Lesley Daunt

Rob Stegman has been producing and directing award-winning motion pictures for over 30 years. His work includes everything from corporate videos and educational media to broadcast and cable television.

Across Race, Generation: Pete Seeger and Ending Poverty

Pam McMichael | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Pam McMichael

Pete Seeger knew the power of song. Through it, he influenced generations of people across the country and world.

The Apache Relay's Time Is Here

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Paul R. Byrne

There are few albums that strike you at first listen as, for lack of a better word, "important." The Apache Relay's newest is among them.

Willy Porter and Music Heard the Slow-Cooked Way

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

The tiny venue complements Porter's highly engaging performance. It lends itself to the way he draws in his audience like light pooling around a solitary bulb, and it rewards the fan with intimacy and a giddy feeling of access.

A Dozen Music Choices for All Ages

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Josh Rosenblum

"Concerts for All Ages," will bring music lovers great new music in an online series.

The New Mongrels: A Resurrection of an Old Idea

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The New Mongrels, a collective musical society, have a long history that goes back to the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier named Henry Brooke who came back from the bloody war shell-shocked and deaf in one ear had an idea.

Living Traces of Wales at Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Welsh music is either the poor stepchild of the Celtic world, or its best-kept secret. So I was glad to see a whole contingent of Welsh musicians showcasing and schmoozing at the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.

The One Song Every Cancer Patient Should Imbibe

Dan Duffy | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Dan Duffy

When we started The Half Fund, our goal was to lift the veil on cancer. We always feel that knowledge is power, and information is a pretty good eq...

The Wheel of Time: Old Songs and Tunes from Folk Alliance 2014

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. Used by permission of Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins. The wheel of time turns, a year goes by, and once again I'm w...

Paul Clayton

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Paul Clayton (l) and Bill Clifton, Bill Clifton & Paul Clayton: The First Recordings via Bear Family Records Paul Clayton Worthington was born on M...

Heidi Howe's Love: Looking for the Same Kind of Crazy

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Music integrates the acts of loving and gives us a broad view, a deep view about our hearts and is apropos to the Valentine sentiment. The hallmark of country is living the good ol' life of the singer.

Destroy Nate Allen: A Love Story

Melissa Webster | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

At some point in your life you'll meet a couple who just so completely gets it right, it permeates throughout all they do. Nate and Tessa Allen of the band Destroy Nate Allen are this couple, and their love story unfolds in the music of their latest album Glow In The Dark.

An Unforgettable Glimpse Into Pete Seeger's Genius

Henry Miller | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Henry Miller

When Pete Seeger died at the age of 94 last week, he left three extraordinary legacies: all of them world-class. One was of music -- building audiences for folk music and making his own remarkable contributions to it.

Pete Seeger: His Public Face Was His Private Face

Michael Wenger | Posted 04.02.2014 | Celebrity
Michael Wenger

I actually only encountered him personally one time. That one time cemented my admiration for him for all time. Let me tell you what happened, how the Pete Seeger we saw in public demonstrated that he was the same man in private.

Pete Seeger's Powerful, Enduring Network

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

He saw us all as special -- as precious -- as part of a vital project of justice and peace and of joyous, life-sustaining music.

Pete Seeger: Beating Flagpoles Into Ploughshares

Michael Winship | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Not only was it sad to hear the news yesterday morning of Pete Seeger's passing but startling to realize that it was 45 long years ago that we first met. It was in 1969, at Georgetown University, when I was a callow college freshman and he already was a legend among folk music lovers and political activists.

Pete Seeger Was Bigger Than Music

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Byrd

Pete Seeger was bigger than music. He was John Henry. He was Odysseus. He was Gabriel. He will not be contained in a thousand obituaries today, however hard we write.