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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Ron     

Bev Grant Gets Personal

You can trace the start of Bev Grant’s socially conscious songwriting to the turbulent era of the late 1960s. The anti-war and civil rights movements helped galvanize her as an activist and artist. Her involvement in the burgeoning women’s liberation movement of the era would find her writing songs with … → read more

Clearwater Festival to Sail Again in 2017

Following a one-year hiatus, the Great Hudson River Revival is returning to Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, New York on June 17 and 18. Evolved out of a local “folk picnic” organized by Toshi Seeger and her husband Pete Seeger in 1966, the Great Hudson River Revival was first held … → read more

We Can Turn this Ship Around

Christine Lavin gets political!

Remember last summer when we couldn’t wait for the election to be over so we could get back to normalcy? Remember our hopes of uniting this country again and finding common ground? With the inauguration of Donald Trump looming this coming week, our lives seem anything but normal. A line … → read more

Caffè Lena Set to Re-Open on December 30

On December 30, the historic Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York will once again open their doors following six months of construction and renovation. The eager patrons of the landmark venue have quickly snapped up tickets and the “re-opening” night concert featuring The Suitcase Junket is now officially sold … → read more

Brother Sun to Set in 2017

Brother Sun, the popular trio of Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor have decided that the group will cease touring in 2017 and each artist will pursue individual projects.  This will effectively end a six year run that saw the Brother Sun grace stages of venues and festivals across the continent and … → read more

People’s Music Network at NERFA

PMN at NERFA 2016

The 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) was held November 10-13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. This was a new location for NERFA and the general consensus appears favorable for the new digs. Some growing pains, but it is a sign of a healthy organization and … → 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