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.

THE WILD RUMPUS: 304

The WIld Rumpus: 304

        THE WILD RUMPUS 304 Mudbone 002-03 www.thewildrumpus.com   There is a tradition of irreverent and sometimes reckless behavior among old-time players. The Wild Rumpus travels that road. They describe their sound as “stompgrass” and that is very appropriate. There is very little information about the band … → read more

THE ATOMIC DUO: Broadsides

The Atomic Duo: Broadsides

        THE ATOMIC DUO Broadsides The Atomic Duo www.theatomicduo.com   The Atomic Duo are Silas Lowe and Mark Rubin. They hail from Austin Texas and you may recognize Mark as a co-founder of the band The Bad Livers. Broadsides is a very appropriate title for this collection … → read more

SPIRO: Kaleidophonica

Spiro: Kaleidophonica

        SPIRO Kaleidophonica RealWorld 188 www.realworldrecords.com www.spiromusic.com   Spiro is a quartet of highly imaginative musicians centered around the English town of Bristol. At first glance the combination of fiddle, piano accordion, mandolin and guitar would indicate a traditional folk ensemble. The first hint that something is … → read more

DENNIS STROUGHMATT: La Belle Blondine

Dennis Stroughmatt: La Belle Blondine

        DENNIS STROUGHMATT La Belle Blondine Swallow 6223 www.swallowrecords.com www.creolefiddle.com   When you studied US history, you probably never learned about the French Creole settlers who founded the Illinois territory 300 years ago along the Mississippi and the Wabash Rivers. With the The Louisiana Purchase the influence … → read more

RYAN McGIVER: Troubled in Mind

Ryan McGiver: Troubled In Mind

        RYAN McGIVER Troubled in Mind Ryan McGiver www.ryanmcgiver.com   Ryan McGiver’s debut album, Troubled in Mind, features mostly traditional music from his native Catskill Mountains. Ryan is a fine singer whose intimate style resembles Nick Drake at times and he accompanies himself well on guitar. What … → read more

CHEYENNE BROWN: Parallel Latitudes

Cheyenne Brown: Parallel Latitudes

          CHEYENNE BROWN Parallel Latitudes Bird Creek 001 www.cheyenneharp.com   Cheyenne Brown is Alaskan by birth but she has spent the last nine years in Scotland where she has studied the harp and won numerous awards. Parallel Latitudes is a cycle of tunes ranging from the … → read more

BRYONY GRIFFITH and WILL HAMPSON: Lady Diamond

Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson: Lady Diamond

        BRYONY GRIFFITH and      WILL HAMPSON Lady Diamond Selwyn 0007     www.selwynmusic.co.uk www.facebook.com/BryonyandWill   English fiddler and traditional singer Bryony Griffith and melodeon player and dancer Will Hampson have played together in various ensembles for the past 20 years. These include Bedlam, The Newcastle … → read more