Murder Ballad Comedy, Part Three: “Fertile Liza”

Introduction Ken started us last week on a new, short, and lighter path for a few posts – murder ballad comedy.  We learned the obvious from John Cleese – that indeed, dark humor can be good humor, and really has an advantage in being such.  The uncomfortable nature of the … → read more

Unfinished Business

The weekend prior to Pete Seeger’s passing at the age of 94, an ironic, and in retrospect, provocative call came from Oscar Brand. This before I had any knowledge of Pete’s illness. “Hello Roger, this is Oscar. I’m calling to remind you, I want you to come over and record … → read more

Honoring the Past and Carrying Traditions Forward

Back in 1971, the late Harry Chapin created a notable song called “Circle.” Originally written for his brother Tom’s TV show “Make a Wish,” the song has entered our folk canon partially due to the powerful lyrics describing a life as part of an endless cycle with “no straight lines” … → read more

Delia / Delia’s Gone: A Digital Compendium, 1900 – 1992

Fahm Street, west side. Row houses built around 1850 - Frances Benjamin Johnston, ca. 1939

Note:  This is Part 1 of a two-part series on “Delia’s Gone” – See also Part 2 Introduction – “O, I am fortune’s fool!” I wonder if you’ve seen that ‘meme’ that goes in part like this – “Romeo and Juliet is not a love story.  It’s a three day … → read more

Listen to a Pete Seeger Interview Radio Special

Pete Seeger at Clearwater

In the fall of 2008, Matt Watroba (then the host) interviewed Pete for a special feature for The Sing Out! Radio Magazine. The interview, interwoven with lots of recordings of Pete’s songs, both by Pete himself and a wide range of covers by a sampling of other artists inspired by … → read more

Sing Out! Mourns the Passing of Pete Seeger

Last night, at around 9:30 pm, Pete Seeger passed on. He was 94, so it shouldn’t have been a huge shock or surprise … but Pete was always so engaged, inspiring, and such a curious amalgamation of sage wisdom with a flexibility and ability to evolve that is usually reserved … → read more

Pete Seeger Dies at 94

We’ve just received confirmation that Pete Seeger, our friend, mentor, founder and hero, passed a few hours ago of natural causes at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. We are working to gather details, and our thoughts, and will post a more comprehensive piece in the morning. Here’s a link to the NY Times … → 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

Summer Folk Festivals: June Edition

View of crowd at Philadelphia Folk Festival

Sing Out! provides an international listing of folk music festivals and camps, which can be found at www.singout.org/fests.html. Our listing is currently updated to feature festivals throughout the summer. Before making summer road trips, camping excursions, etc., be sure to check if there’s a festival near you! Folk music thrives … → read more