Folk Music News & Blog Posts

"Mr. Tender" (Terrance Zdunich) and "Mr. Storm" (Saar Hendelman) (photo from American Murder Song, source: Facebook)

Murder and Mother Columbia: American Murder Song

Murder ballads in sepia We heard from the folks at American Murder Song last month. Their touring production of original murder ballads, set in an mostly imagined early 19th century America, intrigued me enough to want to explore it here. I ...

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Podcast: The Jumping Flea
Episode #16-42 | airing 10-19-16

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we feature music played on the ukulele. The ukulele was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants from the Azores in the late 19th century. The name is literally translated as a Jumping Flea ...

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Bill Ochs, Tin-Whistle Master, Passes

Bill Ochs, a contributor to Sing Out! in the 1970s, and a world-class performer and teacher of Irish traditional music – called a major figure in the “renaissance of the tin whistle” by NPR – passed away on Oct 5th ...

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Podcast: National Museum of African American History and Culture
Episode #16-41 | airing 10-12-16

This week we celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall in Washington DC LISTEN: http://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1641_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . Artist / "Title" / CD / Label Pete ...

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Murder Ballad Comedy, Part 5: Marrow Bones

"There was an old woman from Wexford..." Almost two years ago, Ken initiated an occasional series for our strange little blog wherein we explored the intersection of murder and comedy in ballads. Between his posts, mine, and Becky's, we explored mainly ...

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Joan Baez and Bob Dylan at the March on Washington 1963 (Public Domain, National Archives)

Podcast: Folk City, Part 2
Episode #16-40 | airing 10-05-16

This week we conclude our New York City folk music revival excursion. This week we take a look at the city after the arrival of Bob Dylan. LISTEN: http://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1640_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . Artist / ...

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Video of the Week

For the incomparable Roy Zimmerman, his guitar, voice and keen sense of satire are as sharp as a scalpel in the hands of a gifted surgeon ... and what better targets of that skill than the reality-impaired parade of buffoons clamoring for the title of "most deluded" as we enter the silly season, a literal barrel of fear merchants scrambling to "save us all" from partisan horrors they've been hallucinating for the past six-and-a-half years ... otherwise known as the modern Republican Primary season. We'll make you a deal: We'll stop calling them clowns, when they stop acting like 'em.