Jerry Epstein, 1941-2015

On September 23, the folk music community lost one of its guiding lights with the passing of Jerry Epstein. To sum up all the contributions and inspiration this man provided is an impossible task. Labels of folklorist, singer, arranger, conductor, concertina player, pianist, dancer, caller, writer, teacher and organizer are … → read more

This old hammer killed John Henry, won’t kill me

This is the second of three posts on “Swannanoa Tunnel.” You can read the first here and the third here. North Carolina-based musician and radio host Wayne Erbsen makes a curious claim in introducing his performance of “Swannanoa Tunnel” on the compilation album In the Land of the Sky:  Songs and Stories … → read more