Folkfinds: Rob Fong’s “Katy Hill”

For those concerned about traditional music’s appeal to the youth today, this week’s Folkfinds is Rob Fong of Asheville, NC. Rob fell in love with Southern traditional music a few years ago and has since become a skilled Piedmont guitarist, banjo player and fiddler. That may not be unusual, except … → read more

Folkfinds: Jesper Deleuran’s “Pretty Saro”

Jesper Deleuran

Folkfinds has hit Scandinavian old-time before, but our visit to Jesper Deleuran marks our first time in Denmark. Jesper is an old-time enthusiast with a command of several instruments, an eclectic repertoire of traditional American songs, and a voice that is warm and husky, familiar on first listen and consistently … → read more

Folkfinds: Rob Clamp’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Allan”

Rob Clamp

We’ve visited the UK’s thriving old-time scene before, but for our first trip to Scotland we visit multi-instrumentalist Rob Clamp. Rob focuses his musical attentions on his Scottish and American heritage. His original ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Allan,’ written for his grandmother, is a lovely and straightforward waltz which … → read more

Folkfinds: Pepilune’s “Old Joe Clark Est Vraiment Vieux”

Pepilune

Continuing around the world for old time’s sake, Folkfinds visits northern France this week and the quirky band Pepilune. A grassroots outfit, Pepilune busks and shares their music with their community; they also construct and sell awesome handcrafted instruments – cigar box guitars, diddley bows, and banjos – made from … → read more

Folkfinds: Jack and Mark Laskey’s “Old Man Can Your Dog Catch A Rabbit”

Our old-timey trip around the world brings us back to the US. With Father’s Day coming up, a reminder that folk music frequently starts in the family comes to us from banjo player Jack Laskey and his dad Mark. Jack can be heard in & around Bloomington IN playing for … → read more

Folkfinds: Juan Cordero’s “Julie Ann Johnson”

Sonora, Mexico’s Juan Cordero grew up playing ranchero music, pop music and anything else that piqued his fancy. On becoming a dad, his fancy turned to American children’s songs and thereafter to the old-time music that was the source of many of those songs. He’s only been playing banjo since … → read more

ERYNN MARSHALL and CARL JONES: Sweet Memories … Never Leave

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones Sweet Memories Never Leave

          ERYNN MARSHALL and CARL JONES Sweet Memories … Never Leave Dittyville 006 www.dittyville.com   Georgia-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carl Jones has been a well-known figure in old time music circles for decades through his solo work as well as partnerships with fiddler James Bryan … → read more

FRANK WAKEFIELD and RED ALLEN: The WDON Recordings, 1963

Frank Wakefiend Red Allen WDON

          FRANK WAKEFIELD and RED ALLEN The WDON Recordings, 1963 Patuxent 258 www.pxrec.com   Talk about a time capsule! There are twenty-two performances here from WDON broadcasts in 1963. WDON was an AM station in Wheaton MD. The chemistry between Red Allen and Frank Wakefield was … → read more

Flatpickin’ Dobro Man Tut Taylor Passes

Tut Taylor

Sad news today as word that Dobro player Tut Taylor has passed at age 91 on Thursday morning. Known for his contributions to John Hartford’s revolutionary Aereo-Plain record, Taylor was a beloved name throughout the bluegrass and old-time music community. His unique playing style was defined by his use of … → read more