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AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Showcases at 2015 NERFA Conference, Nov. 12-15

Some 800 performing artists, presenters, promoters, agents and managers, folk DJs and others actively engaged in contemporary and traditional folk music will converge on the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, New York, Nov. 12-15, 2015, for the 21st Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. AcousticMusicScene.com will again have a major presence as it hosts afternoon and late-night song swaps, in addition to its popular Midnight Hoot at the close of the conference’s first day. To continue reading this conference preview, click on the headline.
AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Late-Night Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Late-Night Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com will host a series of late-night song swaps during the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, July 30-August 2, in partnership with Pirate Camp, which was informally launched by Stuart Kabak and the late Jack Hardy more than a decade ago to provide a warm and welcoming haven for sharing music, food and camaraderie. [To continue reading this preview of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and see the complete schedule for the AcousticMusicScene.com tent @ Pirate Camp, click on the headline.]

Theodore Bikel, 1924-2015

Acclaimed actor and folksinger Theodore Bikel, best known for his performance as Tevye in the Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof, died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on July 21, 2015. He was 91. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Song Swaps at 10th Annual Huntington Folk Festival, July 26

Tom Paxton headlines the 10th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Sunday, July 26 at Heckscher Park, Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington, New York -- located on Long Island, about an hour from Manhattan. Extending from noon until l0:30 p.m., the free festival –- co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council –- is part of the 50th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival. To continue reading this article and see the complete schedule for the festival, click on the headline.
Remembering Jean Ritchie, 1922-2015

Remembering Jean Ritchie, 1922-2015

Jean Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger, songwriter and song collector who helped to popularize hundreds of traditional Appalachian ballads and spur the so-called folk revival of the mid-20th century in the U.S., died June 1, 2015 at her home in Berea, KY. Ritchie, 92, was surrounded by members of her family, who sang at her bedside during her last hours. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Folk Alliance International Hosts Conference, Releases White Paper on Copyright & Royalties

Folk Alliance International Hosts Conference, Releases White Paper on Copyright & Royalties

Folk Alliance International (FAI) has released a white paper entitled Understanding Copyright, Royalties and Practical Applications in Folk Music. Prepared by the FAI board of directors’ advocacy committee and staff, and aimed at helping to foster understanding of this complex issue among the nonprofit organization’s membership, the paper will be presented on Friday, February 20, during the 27th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. To continue reading this article -- which also includes a preview of the conference, winter music camp and music fair -- click on the headline.
50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary Airs on PBS

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary Airs on PBS

Peter, Paul and Mary’s music and social activism helped to shape a generation. Through the years, the seminal folk trio has touched the hearts and consciences of millions of people worldwide, won five Grammy Awards, received eight gold and five platinum records, had 13 top 40 hits, and been the subject of five PBS documentaries. A new one entitled 50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary has begun airing on PBS television stations throughout the U.S. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

AcousticMusicScene.com hosts a series of late-night song swaps during the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, July 31-August 3, in partnership with Pirate Camp, which was informally launched by Stuart Kabak and the late Jack Hardy more than a decade ago to provide a warm and welcoming haven for sharing music, food and camaraderie. [To continue reading this festival preview and see the schedule for the AcousticMusicScene.com tent, click on the headline.]
Quick Q & A with Mark Erelli

Quick Q & A with Mark Erelli

Mark Erelli is a New England-based singer-songwriter who has been a winner in both the Kerrville New Folk Competition and the International Songwriting Competition. He’s played venues ranging from intimate coffeehouses and house concerts to the main stage at the Newport Folk Festival. As a multi-instrumentalist sideman, he has accompanied such artists as Paula Cole, Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter. Kathy Sands-Boehmer posed some questions to him recently. [To read Kathy's Quick Q & A with Mark Erelli, click on the headline.]
Q & A with Susan Werner

Q & A with Susan Werner

Susan Werner has never been one to adhere to just one musical style. A gifted singer-songwriter, who accompanies herself on both guitar and piano, she is known for her musical versatility and for her witty repartee during live performances. The Iowa native, who now calls Chicago home, has been delighting concert and festival audiences for two decades. Kathy Sands-Boehmer recently spoke with the classically-trained artist about her latest CD, Hayseed, and more. [To read Kathy's Quick Q & A with Susan Werner, click on the headline.]
Jesse Winchester, 1944-2014

Jesse Winchester, 1944-2014

Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester lost his battle with cancer on April 11, 2014, just over a month shy of his 70th birthday. He died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. A songwriter’s songwriter, Jesse Winchester was revered and widely covered by other artists. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Q & A with Dan Navarro

Q & A with Dan Navarro

Singer-songwriter Dan Navarro spent more than 20 years as part of the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen and Navarro; has penned songs covered by other notable artists (including the Grammy-nominated “We Belong” as sung by Pat Benatar); has been a singer and voice actor in numerous movies, television series and commercials; and is an ardent champion of songwriters’ and performers’ rights. Since the 2009 retirement of his late musical partner Eric Lowen, he’s been touring widely as a solo artist. Kathy Sands-Boehmer spoke with Navarro recently. To read her Q & A with him, click on the headline.