OSCAR BRAND, JEAN RITCHIE, NORRIS BENNETT & JERRY EPSTEIN SING AND CHAT ON WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS

This Sunday, November 11th, I will present a “sneak preview” of the upcoming Eisteddfod-New York Festival. This remarkable festival of traditional music will take place next weekend (November 16-18th) at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, Queens. The festival (indoors of course!) will feature numerous workshops, performances, and opportunities to share music with some of the finest traditional musicians in the world. This is the fourth New York edition of Eisteddfod, an event that began in Pittsburgh four decades ago.

I recently was invited to the home of Jean Ritchie and her husband George Pickow (an acclaimed photographer whose work dates back to the early days of the folk revival). Joining us were the legendary Oscar Brand, Norris Bennett from the group the Ebony Hillbillies, and Jerry Epstein of New York Pinewoods/Folk Music Society of New York.

All four artists will be appearing at this years Eisteddfod festival, and our conversation focused on the traditions of folk music and what the rare opportunity this festival provideds to the folk music community. Our conversation was peppered with great music – and some insightful commentary on folk music from these legendary artists.

Please tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS this Sunday from 3 to 6pm ET. If you are in the NYC/NJ area you can set your radio dial (do they still have dials?) to 89.1FM – and from ANYWHERE in the world you can join us by going to www.wfdu.fm . WFDU streams live on the internet – simply click on the “Warp Radio” icon that can be found on our homepage.


I have been hosting WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS since 1980, and I can honestly say that this conversation is one of my favorites. During the conversation you will hear Jean, Oscar, Norris and Jerry discuss the song tradition and variations in folk song. I found it incredibly insightful and a rare opportunity to hear from individuals who helped build the folk community that we continue to enjoy.
Be sure to check out Eisteddfod – go to www.eisteddfod-ny.org for more information about this remarkable (and affordable) event.

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Don’t forget – Pete Seeger & Friends at FDU Friday night! More information at http://www.wfdu.fm/

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The Borderline Folk Music Club will present an evening with bluegrass group SHOREGRASS on Saturday November 17th at 8PM. The special house concert will take place in the home of Steve Shapiro, 7 – Trailside Court, New City (Rockland County), NY. 10956.

This is a 5 piece band featuring Barbara Shaw on Guitar & vocals, Frank Shaw on Banjo & baritone vocals, Paul (PJ) Pozzi on Mandolin & tenor vocals, Bill Reveley on Fiddle, & Rick Brodsky on stand up Bass.

Suggested donation is $20 per person which INCLUDES REFRESHMENTS.

For Reservations & Information e-mail to mailto:tosolz@att.net or telephone (845)-354-4586

About Ron Olesko

For over 40 years, Ron has been a radio programmer with WFDU-FM in Teaneck, New Jersey. He created WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS in 1980, a show that he continues to host and produce every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6pm Eastern Time. He's the president of and booker for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and is a regular contributor to Sing Out! as well as the host of the Folk Music Notebook blog on this site. Ron can also be found emceeing concerts and festivals around the NYC/NJ area. A lifelong Mets fan and a rabid soccer geek, Ron is a Red Bull season ticket holder since their inception and will most likely be in his seat when not in the studio.

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