About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He’s been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

On the Edge
Episode #17-50 | airing 12-13-17

For this show, we are sharing some recent recordings from artists that play music the pushes the envelope. We’ll hear from Trio Dhoore from Belgium, Anna Lisa Tornfelt & Gideon Freudmann, Annie Gallup and The David Grisman Sextet among others. Music at the edges of what we usually think of … → read more

Sing Me a Story, Pt. 2
Episode #17-49 | airing 12-06-17

This week we conclude our two-part feature “Sing Me a Story,” focusing on singers and songwriters who tell wonderful stories in their songs. We’ll hear tales from the North Woods with Brian Miller & Randy Goza, A classic song from James Keelaghan, some great English story-songs from Martin & Eliza … → read more

Sing Me a Story, Pt. 1
Episode #17-48 | airing 11-29-17

This week we begin a two-part feature called “Sing Me a Story.” Stories are a an important part of the holiday season, and this week we’ll listen to some of the finest singers and songwriters that tell wonderful stories with their songs. You’ll hear Joel Mabus, Stan Rogers, Woody Guthrie, … → read more

The Travel & Food Issue
Episode #17-47 | airing 11-22-17

This is the time of the year when we are overwhelmed with news magazine shows and periodicals featuring food and travel for the Holiday season. Why should we mess with a good thing? This week’s show focuses on food and travel with some dance tunes and a little music for … → read more

Native Tapestry
Episode #17-46 | airing 11-15-17

November has been designated Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate this week with a wide selection of music from various North American musicians. Included are great songs from Bill Miller, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Joanne Shenandoah and Walela, and we include a wonderful story from Murray Porter and a fiddle tune from … → read more

Podcast: Coffee Country
Episode #17-45 | airing 11-08-17

This week we travel to the Pacific Northwest and beyond to hear some great music from Coffee Country. We’ll hear traditional musicians John Reischman & the Jaybirds and Marley’s Ghost; songwriters Coty Hogue, Leah Kaufman and Matt Patershuk and some great instrumental jazz from Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick … → read more

Podcast: The Mountain State
Episode #17-44 | airing 11-01-17

West Virginia Musicians

I have just returned from West Virginia. It’s my second home. I We attended the Augusta Heritage Center October Fiddler’s Reunion an event encouraging friends to get together visit and play music before the arrival of the big snow. This week we’ll be listening to some great Old-Time music from … → read more

Podcast: It’s Scary Out There!
Episode #17-43 | airing 10-25-17

For this week’s show, we celebrate the Halloween season with new and traditional songs and tunes that remind me of dark nights and magical happenings. You’ll hear music from Sven Nyhus, The Young Tradition, Anne Hills, Edden Hammons, The Wainwright Sisters and many more. It’s Halloween … on The Sing … → read more

Podcast: My Viet Nam War Soundtrack
Episode #17-41 | airing 10-11-17

Many of you have watched the new documentary on The Viet Nam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It’s a remarkable piece of work. I became much more aware politically and musically in the second half of the 1960s, and have decided to put together a soundtrack from the … → read more

Podcast: Honoring Woody
Episode #17-40 | airing 10-04-17

October 3, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of Woody Guthrie. On this week’s program we’ll hear Woody along with some wonderful covers of his songs from Cisco Houston, James Talley, Anne Feeney and others. We’ll also hear new melodies adapted to Woody’s lyrics from Tim O’Brien, Jay … → read more