Lineup for 2016 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase Announced

The venerable Falcon Ridge Folk Festival has announced the names of the 24 artists selected for this year’s Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase. 2016 marks the 28th edition of Falcon Ridge, one of the nation’s highly respected festivals festivals. Over the years, Falcon Ridge has presented a “who’s who” of … → read more

36th Annual Old Songs Festival to be held June 24-26

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 19, 2016 This coming weekend’s forecast calls for sunny skies in Albany, New York area.  I take that as a good omen as the 2016 Old Songs Festival will be taking place just outside of the capital city at the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, … → read more

Shawna Caspi’s Contemporary Canadian Roots

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 12, 2016 A recent visit from singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi helped remind me that our folk community is still producing artists that care about creating songs that tell engaging stories through honest and heartfelt lyrics. Shawna taps into her Canadian folk roots to share songs … → read more

Still Making a Joyful Noise

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 29, 2016 It has been over a year since the trio Red Molly announced they were going on an “indefinite hiatus” following their summer tour. Their final concerts last August were bittersweet affairs with a lot of friends joining them onstage and eager fans … → read more

Irish Mythen named Music P.E.I.’s Songwriter of the Year

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 22, 2016 Irish Mythen fits the old cliche of being being a “20 year overnight success.” The passionate singer-songwriter has been impressing audiences in the United States over the past couple of years following showcase performances at a Folk Alliance International Conference and at … → read more

Faster Folk

Roy Zimmerman

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for April 17, 2016 Folk songs, once recognized as transmitted from generation to generation in an oral tradition, took on a new method of delivery during the folk revival. Songs would be written and tried out on audiences in the clubs and coffeehouses. If the new … → read more