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 2 of 2

This is my second and final installment of my 2016 Old Songs diary. Part 1 featured some background about the fest and the first night of the fest. Every festival has a personality of its own, and Old Songs is unique. I welcome all readers to submit a comment at … → 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