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

Folk Revival Inspiration and Folk Radio Pioneer Oscar Brand Passes

During the evening of September 30th, the legendary Oscar Brand passed away at the age of 96. He died peacefully in his home in Great Neck, New York after a two week battle with pneumonia. The accomplishments of Oscar Brand could fill a book. He is in the Guinness Book … → 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

Ron’s “2016 Old Songs Diary” – part 1 of 2

There are numerous festivals to enjoy every summer and opportunities to join loyal nomadic families of folkies who come out to enjoy spectacular performances and good times with good friends. Newport, Philadelphia, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge and so many other festivals large and small have become annual destinations for these pilgrimages. … → read more

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train Ride Again

Sharon Katz is once again riding the Peace Train. On July 9, the 2016 US Peace Train tour kicks off with a performance in New York City at the Ethical Culture Society. Additional stops are being made in Jersey City, Trenton, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Harry and Shari Belafonte are … → read more

James Durst, 1945 – 2016

“I love unconditionally.” — James Durst When you heard those words uttered by James Durst, you knew that he was speaking the truth. His music and his life were filled with messages of the deep personal connections we have with each other as well as the planet and all the … → read more

Restoration of Caffè Lena Receives a Big Boost

The nation’s oldest continuously operating folk music coffeehouse, the historic Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York has announced a unique philanthropic partnership with Bonacio Construction Inc.  The deal is part of a restoration campaign aimed at repairing, preserving and enhancing the historic venue. Caffè Lena will sell their parking lot … → 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