Bill Ochs, Tin-Whistle Master, Passes

Bill Ochs, a contributor to Sing Out! in the 1970s, and a world-class performer and teacher of Irish traditional music – called a major figure in the “renaissance of the tin whistle” by NPR – passed away on Oct 5th at age 70. A New Jersey native, Ochs studied French … → read more

Folk Revival Inspiration and Folk Radio Pioneer Oscar Brand Passes

During the evening of September 30th, the legendary Oscar Brand passed away at the age of 96. He died peacefully in his home in Great Neck, New York after a two week battle with pneumonia. The accomplishments of Oscar Brand could fill a book. He is in the Guinness Book … → read more

Guitarist/Singer Fred Hellerman, last surviving original Weaver, Passes

Fred Hellerman

For any of us baby boomer folkies who came to this great community of music we called folk in the early- to mid-1960s, the Weavers were our perfect gateway drug. I can admit to a sense of awe and gratitude through every interaction I had with each of them through … → read more

NOLA Legend Allen Toussaint Passes

Toussaint at Bluesfest

New Orleans legend, Allen Toussaint, composer, pianist, producer and performer, passed away after suffering a heart attack while on tour in Spain earlier today, Tuesday November 10th. Composing hits, such as Al Hirt’s “Java” and Benny Spellman’s “Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette),” which was later covered by the O’Jays and … → read more

Jerry Epstein, 1941-2015

On September 23, the folk music community lost one of its guiding lights with the passing of Jerry Epstein. To sum up all the contributions and inspiration this man provided is an impossible task. Labels of folklorist, singer, arranger, conductor, concertina player, pianist, dancer, caller, writer, teacher and organizer are … → read more