Folkfinds: John Ashley Murphy’s “New Hot Springs Creek”

photo of John Ashley Murphy by Sheila Newman © 2007

John Ashley Murphy is a fiendishly talented harmonica player who’s only recently gotten around to releasing his debut album, ‘Midstream.’ While the influence of his rock roots is evident in his playing, John’s involvement in the Charlottesville old-time scene (with band Faster than Walking) has affected his repertoire and composition … → read more

Restoration of Caffè Lena Receives a Big Boost

The nation’s oldest continuously operating folk music coffeehouse, the historic Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York has announced a unique philanthropic partnership with Bonacio Construction Inc.  The deal is part of a restoration campaign aimed at repairing, preserving and enhancing the historic venue. Caffè Lena will sell their parking lot … → read more

Podcast: Jazz Folk
Episode #16-04 | airing 1-27-16

On our last program we listened to jazz players and composers who have used folk music as the foundation for their own music. This week we turn the tables and listen to some folk music performers who play music from the jazz idiom. Included will be Claudia Schmidt, Billy Novick … → read more

Faur distant: Burns, MacColl & the Spanish Civil War.

The power and influence of a poet A kind of madness breaks out in unexpected places across the world on the 25th of January. People gather in Edinburgh, London, Moscow, and Washington D.C., among other places, to eat, drink, and remember the words and works of a long dead poet … → read more


Jenna Moynihan Woven

          JENNA MOYNIHAN Woven Self-Released   I once asked Kevin Burke what kind of fiddlers impressed him. He replied that just about anyone with a moderate amount of talent can play fast; he pays attention when they can play slowly. Burke would probably love Jenna … → read more


                  Stephen Petrus and Ronald D. Cohen FOLK CITY: NEW YORK and THE AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL Oxford University Press   Straightforward and engaging, breezily fresh and poignant, rich in reminiscences and primary as well as secondary sources, Folk City: New … → read more

OLA BELLE REED and Southern Mountain Music On The Mason-Dixon Line

Olla Belle Reed

            Henry Glassie, Clifford R. Murphy, Douglas Dowling Peach OLA BELLE REED and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line Dust to Digital 978-0-9817342-7-9   The Mason-Dixon line was created in Colonial America to end a regional boundary dispute between the British colonies of … → read more