Ron Olesko

Welcome to the home page for my “Folk Music Notebook.” Here is where you’ll find regular musings about the music I love, play on the radio, and bring to the Hurdy Gurdy Coffeehouse … along with my playlists (see sidebar) for “Traditions” (heard on WFDU), and, hopefully, a whole lot more. You can subscribe to this blog by selecting one of the links in the sidebar to the right.

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Great “Mileage” from Toby Walker

CD cover

Seventeen songs, two guitars, one voice and an engineer were all that was needed to create the stunning new CD Mileage. Of course, we can’t forget that the guitars, voice and concept for this recording belong to internationally acclaimed roots guitar wizard Toby Walker. Toby teamed up with Grammy award … → read more

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

Howard Bursen, Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt
Old Songs 2016

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

Old Songs banner 2016

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

Lineup for 2016 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase Announced


The venerable Falcon Ridge Folk Festival has announced the names of the 24 artists selected for this year’s Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase. 2016 marks the 28th edition of Falcon Ridge, one of the nation’s highly respected festivals festivals. Over the years, Falcon Ridge has presented a “who’s who” of … → read more

Finding A Voice

Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 26, 2016 Justin Timberlake, who earned dubious street cred in the folk community for his role as a folksinger in the Coen Brothers film Inside Llweyn Davis, found himself in deeper hot water last weekend at the BET Awards. It started with Timberlake tweeting … → read more