Folk Music News: Sing Out! News

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

The Gene Shay Celebration Recap

On March 1st, 2015, we packed the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia to the gills in celebration of “the dean of folk radio” Gene Shay’s 80th birthday (and his recent retirement from radio). Thanks to the amazing line-up of performers: Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Silk City, Kim and Reggie Harris, … → read more

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 tell the story of the legendary African-American actor, singer and … → read more