Posts tagged "folk music"

Philadelphia Folk Festival Set for Aug. 17-20

Thousands of music lovers are expected to converge on Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, near bucolic Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, Aug. 17-20, for the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. Now in its 56th year, the event, produced and presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, a nonprofit arts organization, is the longest continuously running outdoor music festival of its kind in North America. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Top Albums and Songs – May 2017 (FOLKDJ-L)

Illinois-based singer-songwriter Joe Jencks had the most-played album (Poets, Philosophers, Workers and Wanderers) on folk radio during May 2017 while Willie Nelson’s “Still Not Dead” was the month’s #1 song. Jencks also was the month’s most-played artist, while Nelson was #2. So say charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com with permission. To view them, click on the headline.]
FAR-West, NERFA Offer Juried Showcase Opportunities at 2017 Fall Conferences

FAR-West, NERFA Offer Juried Showcase Opportunities at 2017 Fall Conferences

Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), regional affiliates of Folk Alliance International, are currently accepting applications for juried showcases during their respective annual conferences this fall. All showcase entries must be submitted online. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Folk Alliance International Hosts Conference, Camp and Festival, Feb. 15-19, in Kansas City

“Forbidden Folk,” a celebration of activism in art, is the theme of the 29th Folk Alliance International Conference that takes place, Feb. 15-19, in Kansas City, Missouri. Billy Bragg, a Grammy Award-winning British singer-songwriter and activist, keynotes the event and also headlines the second annual Kansas City Folk Festival that caps it. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Remembering Oscar Brand, 1920-2016

Remembering Oscar Brand, 1920-2016

Oscar Brand may well have been the first folksinger and songwriter who I saw perform live when I was a youngster. My parents brought me to see him at a local library on Long Island, NY, where Brand, who died of pneumonia Sept. 30 at age 96, also lived with his family. Over the years, I saw him perform in concert and at festivals and special events many times -- most recently at the opening reception for the “Folk City” exhibit at The Museum of the City of New York last year. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Nominees Named for 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Nominees Named for 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin tops the list of nominees for the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards with four nods. The Prince Edward Island-based bilingual folk trio is among 72 artists and groups from ten provinces and two territories vying for awards in 19 categories to be presented during a gala event at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre on Dec. 3. [To continue reading this article and see the complete list of nominees, click on the headline.]

Emerging Artists Showcase Performers Chosen for 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Twenty-four artists/acts have been selected to perform in the Emerging Artists Showcase during the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival on Friday afternoon, August 5, 2016, from noon to 4:30 p.m. [To view the list of this year's Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Showcase performers and an article previewing the festival, click on the headline.]
Top Albums & Songs - June 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs – June 2016 (FOLKDJ-L)

Ivas John, Sarah Jarosz, Spook Handy, Ana Egge and The Sentimentals, and Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle had the most-played albums and songs on folk radio during June 2016. So say the airplay charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. [The monthly top albums and songs charts are posted on AcousticMusicScene.com, with permission. To view them, click on the headline.]

American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor Set for June 25

John Fullbright, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Sara Watkins are among the artists slated to perform on Saturday, June 25, during the sixth annual American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor -- a daylong, family-friendly celebration of acoustic music. Set on 90 acres of gardens and Italianate architecture in Katonah, Westchester County, NY – 40 miles northeast of New York City — the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is well known for its summer music festivals. AcousticMusicScene.com is delighted to again be a Cultural Partner of the festival and will have a presence there. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Smithsonian Folkways Acquires Arhoolie Records

Arhoolie Records -- known for “down home” blues, folk, jazz, country, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Mexican American, and world music -- has been acquired by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit label of the Smithsonian Institution -- the national museum of The United States. [To continue reading this article, 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.]
Guy Carawan, Folk Musician and Musicologist, 1927-2015

Guy Carawan, Folk Musician and Musicologist, 1927-2015

Guy Carawan, a folksinger, musician, ethnomusicologist and activist perhaps best known for introducing the anthemic protest song “We Shall Overcome” to the American civil rights movement during the 1960s, died in his sleep May 1 following a lengthy illness. He was 87. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]