About Matt Hengeveld

Matt is the Managing Editor of Sing Out! Magazine. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010.

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 at age 70. A New Jersey native, Ochs studied French … → read more

Guitarist/Singer Fred Hellerman, last surviving original Weaver, Passes

Fred Hellerman

For any of us baby boomer folkies who came to this great community of music we called folk in the early- to mid-1960s, the Weavers were our perfect gateway drug. I can admit to a sense of awe and gratitude through every interaction I had with each of them through … → read more

Sing Out!’s Best of 2015

Best of 2015

As we close out 2015, we gather up our thoughts to compile a list of the albums that we, as a staff of writers and editors, feel ought to be commended for their excellence. We recognize that this list is not all-encompassing, which should not be expected, given the enormous … → read more

NOLA Legend Allen Toussaint Passes

Toussaint at Bluesfest

New Orleans legend, Allen Toussaint, composer, pianist, producer and performer, passed away after suffering a heart attack while on tour in Spain earlier today, Tuesday November 10th. Composing hits, such as Al Hirt’s “Java” and Benny Spellman’s “Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette),” which was later covered by the O’Jays and … → read more

Flatpickin’ Dobro Man Tut Taylor Passes

Tut Taylor

Sad news today as word that Dobro player Tut Taylor has passed at age 91 on Thursday morning. Known for his contributions to John Hartford’s revolutionary Aereo-Plain record, Taylor was a beloved name throughout the bluegrass and old-time music community. His unique playing style was defined by his use of … → read more

Sam Charters Passes

American music historian, author and musician Samuel Charters passed away on March 18th. Known for his field recordings of influential blues musicians, many of the works Charters uncovered went on to inspire and shape much of today’s musical landscape. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1929, Charters developed a connection with … → read more

Legendary Folk DJ Gene Shay to Retire

Beloved Philadelphia folk music DJ and icon Gene Shay announced that he will be retiring from broadcasting. Shay has been an influential member to the folk music community for more than five decades. WXPN, a non-commercial, member-supported radio service out of the University of Pennsylvania who currently hosts Shay’s “The … → read more

Great Albums of 2014

As the final hours of 2014 approach us, we wanted to take some time to list the albums that impacted us this year. Looking at other “Best of 2014” lists, it would be easy for us to bolster the ubiquitous releases that have enthralled the masses. Instead, we chose to … → read more

Stephen Colbert Ends The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert is ending his long-running comedy show, The Colbert Report, tonight. Although, not a music show per se, the Report has been home to plenty of artists, such as Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dom Flemons, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young and many many others. He’ll be moving to … → read more