Ron’s Favorites of 2015

Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM on June 15, 2004

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for January 10, 2016 The year 2016 is two weeks old and I have already received over a dozen new recordings to share on my radio show. While I am looking forward to all the musical treats the coming 12 months promise, I want to take a … → read more

“Willie Moore”

Leonard Rutherford (fiddle) and Dick Burnett (banjo) – Theirs is the earliest known recording of “Willie Moore” Introduction One thing I find about murder ballads in my own life is that I often remember the first time and place I hear one, or at least I remember the time I … → read more

Benefit Concert for NYC Folk Music Exhibit

Upcoming Folk Music Exhibit, Folk City

A benefit concert featuring Pete Seeger and other folk singers, musicians and writers will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine on Thursday, June 20th. The concert will benefit an upcoming folk music exhibit, “Folk City,” on display at the Museum of the City of New York in … → read more

Guitarist, Singer, Producer Artie Traum Passes

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of guitarist, singer, writer, songwriter and producer Artie Traum on Sunday, July 20, 2008. Artie’s work appeared on more than 35 albums. He produced and recorded with The Band, Warren Bernhardt, Pat Alger, Tony Levin, John Sebastian, Richie Havens, Maria … → read more


Artie Traum 1943-2008 Artie Traum passed away at his home in Woodstock, New York on Sunday afternoon. He had battled cancer for the last several years. His family reported that he was not in any appreciable pain and he saw it through “with remarkable acceptance and enormous dignity.” He was … → read more