Mya Byrne – The Challenges Facing Transgender Artists and playlist for WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS for June 15, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS June 15, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko I enjoy having the opportunity to invite guests into the studio to share their songs and stories. Today’s show featured one of the most moving and important discussions that I’ve had the privilege to share on WFDU-FM. My guest today was Mya … → read more

Runa visits WFDU-FM and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 1, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 1, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko Three members of the group Runa traveled up the NJ Turnpike from Philly to join me in our Teaneck, NJ studios. Shannon Lamber-Ryan, Fionan de Bara and Cheryl Prashker visited WFDU to share selections from their brand new CD, Current … → read more

Songs for Memorial Day, Gun Control and the Start of Summer – WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 25, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 25, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko Memorial Day weekend – I hope that our audience remembers the holiday means more than the start of summer and an excuse to barbecue. I did my best to remind them of those who have served and sacrificed for their … → read more

Mother’s Day reflections – WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for May 11, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 11, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko There is a certain code among Folk DJs, perhaps an unwritten law, but whenever a holiday or anniversary of an important event occurs, we have been assigned the duty to commemorate the said day on our radio programs with a … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist and program notes for May 4, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 4, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko When the show started, it was a rather windy and chilly spring day in Teaneck, New Jersey, and a little rain was also falling in the area. I’m not sure if it was the power of the music from my … → read more

A Day in New Jersey with NERFA

When musicologists first began collecting folk songs, they found themselves studying the communities and the kinship the songs had with the common people in the localities they were examining. In the early 20th century the study of folk songs took on a greater urgency when there was a fear that … → read more

Honoring the Past and Carrying Traditions Forward

Back in 1971, the late Harry Chapin created a notable song called “Circle.” Originally written for his brother Tom’s TV show “Make a Wish,” the song has entered our folk canon partially due to the powerful lyrics describing a life as part of an endless cycle with “no straight lines” … → read more

Two New Blogs Added to Sing Out!

We’re pleased to announce some great additions to the Sing Out! “online content” family! We’ve been exploring ways to build more traffic and activity on our site, adding useful archival material (like the only Broadsides and People’s Songs collections that have already been added to our pages) … and today … → read more

Welcome to the “New” Folk Music Notebook

Ron Olesko onstage at the Hurdy Gurdy 2013

“We propose to devote ourselves to the creation, growth and distribution of something new, yet not so new, since its beginnings have been visible, or rather – audible, for some years now. We call it ‘Peoples Music’ “ Those words were printed on page 2 of the very first issue … → read more