Noted composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and author David Amram received an Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Award during a star-studded International Folk Music Awards Show, Feb. 15, on the opening night of the 29th Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The late activist songwriter Malvina Reynolds (legacy) and prolific Canadian folklorist Helen Creighton (Business/Academic) were also named as recipients. [To continue reading this article, which includes more information on the awards and on the conference, click on the headline.]
Music festivals abound in New York State in late June. Among those of note are Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (June 20-21 in Croton-on-Hudson), Old Songs Festival (June 26-28 in Altamont), American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor (June 27 in Katonah) and Rockland-Bergen Music Festival (June 27-28 in Tappan). To continue reading this article, which also includes information about the Huntington and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals that take place later in the summer, click on the headline.
Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers has been hailed by the Boston Globe as “a brilliant songwriter,” “a charismatic performer and singer,” and “one of the major talents of our time.” The venerable folk music publication Sing Out! noted that he “may be one of the greatest male interpreters and vocalists performing in the contemporary folk scene.” Kathy Sands-Boehmer posed some questions to him recently. [To read Kathy's Quick Q & A with Garnet Rogers, click on the headline.]
Girlyman is a harmonic folk-pop duo whose music is a blend of contemporary acoustic, folk-rock and Americana that is filled with catchy melodies. The trio's latest album, Everything's Easy, was released this summer. Sharon Goldman recently interviewed one of Girlyman's members, Ty Greenstein. [To read Sharon's interview, click on the headline.]
'Melissa [Greener]'s delivery and calm, collected yet passionate presence on stage is something to experience," maintains Kathy Sands-Boehmer, who compares the singer-songwriter's work to that of a young Ani DiFranco or Dar Williams. [To read Kathy's recent Q & A interview with Melissa Greener, click on the headline.]