Folk Music News & Blog Posts

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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Youth Traditional Song Weekend

I met Nicole Singer during Traditional Song Week at the Swannanoa Gathering in 2013. There seems to be a concern that community singing, and folk music events in general, seem to attract mainly an older audience. Nicole told me about ...

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Putting Community Sings on the Map

This blog all about community singing is just getting started and already the response has been great. I have to admit, I'm not all that surprised. I have been sensing for years that there is this under-the-radar network of singing ...

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Video of the Week

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (born May 6, 1937, died April 20th, 2014) was an American middleweight boxer. In 1966, police arrested Carter for a triple homicide in the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. Police stopped Carter's car and brought him and another occupant, John Artis, to the scene of the crime. There was little physical evidence. Police took no fingerprints at the crime scene and lacked the facilities to conduct a paraffin test for gunshot residue. None of the eyewitnesses identified Carter or Artis as the shooters. Carter and Artis were tried and convicted twice (1967 and 1976) for the murders, but after the second conviction was overturned in 1985, prosecutors chose not to try the case for a third time. Carter's story inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song Hurricane. From 1993 to 2005, Carter served as executive director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted.