Posts Tagged ‘folk music’

Ground Hog

February 2, 2020

“Ground Hog,” recorded by Doc Watson and the Watson Family, released 1963. Happy Groundhog Day!

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He Was a Friend of Mine

April 28, 2019

“He Was a Friend of Mine,” recorded by Dave Van Ronk, 1962.

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2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 27, 2018

2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back in Washington DC, June 27th to July 1st and July 4th to July 8th. You’ll find it on the National Mall.The free festival features the cultures of Armenia and Catalonia (music, dance, craft and foodways), crafts of African Fashion, Migration and Creativity, and a special Sisterfire concert.

The festival schedule is here. See you on the line at the food concessions.

Festival map. Festival blog. Download the festival program here

More:

“How To Get The Most Out Of The Smithsonian Folklife Festival,” DCist

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Travelin´ Shoes

September 10, 2016

“Travelin’ Shoes,” from African American religious tradition, recorded by Maria Muldaur in 1974. There is a 1939 recording of the song by the Selah Jubilee Singers, and many Gospel groups including the Clara Ward Singers and Marion Williams also recorded it. The Chambers Brothers have a nice recording of the song as well.

Maria Muldaur website

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In My Time of Dyin’

July 24, 2016

“In My Time of Dyin'” by the Lovell Sisters. Jessica Lovell (vocals, fiddle), Megan Lovell (vocals, dobro), Rebecca Lovell (vocals, mandolin), Matt Wingate (guitar), Daniel Kimbro (bass). Rebecca and Megan now perform as Larkin Poe.

This traditional song became known to the urban folk song crowd (including Bob Dylan) though the singing of Josh White.

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Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014

January 29, 2014

Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014

“Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

“Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014), Stephen Winick, Folklore Today

“Smithsonian Folkways Remembers Pete Seeger (1919-2014),” Folkways

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Don’t Stop!

July 10, 2013

Nu te Fermare (“Don’t Stop!”)

“You’ve graduated, but there’s no work
you have a masters, but there’s no work
and you’re left with only your imagination
wanting to buy a house, it’s agony, wanting a family, it’s crazy
but if you stop, there’s melancholy
Get up, find a way, keep on going, don’t stop
find a way, take a chance, your voice is strong, make it heard.”

— Mauro Durante

More:

“Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Music to Exorcise Financial Demons in Europe,” Betto Arcos, PRI’s The World

(VideoCanzoniere Grecanico Salentino)

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Doc Watson, 1923 — 2012

May 30, 2012

Doc Watson, 1923 -- 2012

“Doc Watson, Blind Guitar Wizard Who Influenced Generations, Dies at 89,” William Grimes, New York Times

“Folk musician Doc Watson dies at 89,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post

“Doc Watson dies at 89; guitarist and singer,” Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times

“Doc Watson, Folk Music Icon, Dies At 89,” Neda Ulaby, NPR blog

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Earth Day Echoes

April 22, 2011

Earth Day Echoes

April 22nd  has been celebrated as Earth Day since 1970. A holiday that raises humankind’s awareness of our responsibility for the natural health of our planet. Sounds good, right?

Not in some ways:

“The 15 Corniest Pro-Environmental Songs,” Stacey Anderson, Rolling Stone

 

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Arizona: State of Shame

May 13, 2010

Corridos (ballads) are the traditional “newspapers” of the Spanish-speaking Southwest. Here’s one by California’s Eugene Rodriguez about a new Arizona law. It’s performed by his group, Los Cenzontles. The video features photographs by Bill Steen of The Canelo Project.

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Hat tip: Amy Kitchener, ACTA.

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