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Josh White Sr. and Jr.

Celebrating Josh White - Father & Son

WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS Playlist for November 30, 2014 As many readers will know, I wear two hats - one as the host of WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS and another as the President of the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. ...

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Murder Ballad Monday Joins Sing Out! in 2015

We're proud to announce that starting in January 2015, Murder Ballad Monday will become part of the Sing Out! family of blogs. About two years ago I did a sweep of Facebook, looking for every and any folk music related entity ...

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Paul Robeson film in the Works

English film director, producer, screenwriter and visual artist Steve McQueen, who was the first black director to win Hollywood’s "Best Picture" Oscar last March for his compelling slavery drama 12 Years A Slave, has announced that his next film will ...

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Danny Quinn

Remembering Danny Quinn (1959-2014)

WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS Playlist for November 9, 2014 For nearly four decades, Irish American musician, singer and songwriter Danny Quinn entertained audiences in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and England. He performed in pubs, coffeehouses, concert stages and festivals, singing a blend of ...

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A snap from the YouTube series of Pete Seeger discussing song leading.

Sunday Morning With Pete

I spent Sunday morning with Pete Seeger thanks to YouTube and the good folks of the San Francisco Folk Music Club circa 1980. As a performer and organizer dedicated to spreading the joy of community singing, I was thrilled to ...

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Larry Penn

Remembering Larry Penn

Larry Penn, who wrote wonderful songs such as “I’m a Little Cookie,” passed away on October 7 at his home in Milwaukee. He was 87 and died from complications of diabetes and heart problems. Larry will be fondly remembered as a ...

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Video of the Week

If the engineering of the "no indictment" decision coming from the St. Louis grand jury last week doesn't infuriate you, you're not paying attention. Sing Out! reader Jack Warshaw sent along this YouTube video of a song he wrote for slain teenager Michael Brown. Unfortunately, and clearly, this is a message that speaks in a context of dozens of similar, awful truths, with unarmed and often completely innocent Black men being shot, beaten and killed by police all over our country. In this case, no one refutes that Brown was unarmed. No one refutes that he was some 30-40 feet away from the officer when the fatal shots occurred. And there are nearly a dozen eyewitnesses that say Michael Brown's hands were in the air when he was shot in the head. Yes, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has a side of the story, too ... but to suggest that the facts here don't deserve a full trial shows a fundamental disregard for the life of Michael Brown, in specific, and all the other victims of, at best, questionable police action all around this country. Without justice, there can be no peace.