Ron’s “2016 Old Songs Diary” – part 1 of 2

There are numerous festivals to enjoy every summer and opportunities to join loyal nomadic families of folkies who come out to enjoy spectacular performances and good times with good friends. Newport, Philadelphia, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge and so many other festivals large and small have become annual destinations for these pilgrimages. … → read more

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train Ride Again

Sharon Katz is once again riding the Peace Train. On July 9, the 2016 US Peace Train tour kicks off with a performance in New York City at the Ethical Culture Society. Additional stops are being made in Jersey City, Trenton, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Harry and Shari Belafonte are … → read more

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

Finding A Voice

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 26, 2016 Justin Timberlake, who earned dubious street cred in the folk community for his role as a folksinger in the Coen Brothers film Inside Llweyn Davis, found himself in deeper hot water last weekend at the BET Awards. It started with Timberlake tweeting … → 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

Elisa Peimer Looks at Life From “Inside the Glass”

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 5, 2016 Elisa Peimer is not your typical singer/songwriter/folk artist. Many of her songs are played on the keyboard, not your standard issue folk instrument. Her background started at a young age with an interest in show tunes. As an adult, her early recordings … → read more