MY FAVORITE CDs OF 2008

RON OLESKO’S FAVORITE CD’S OF 2008 Okay, it is extremely difficult to put together a “best of” list, and I hesitate to call my selections that. These are however, CDs that I will be listening to and playing on the radio long after the clock reaches midnight on New Year’s … → read more

CD PICK OF THE WEEK: PETE SEEGER – ” AT 89″

Back in 1997, Pete Seeger received a standing ovation at the Grammy Award Ceremony when the 1996 Paul Winter produced CD “Pete” was named Best Traditional Folk Album of 1996. At the time many people were thinking this might be the last studio recording that Pete would be involved in. … → read more

PETE SEEGER TO PERFORM IN NEW JERSEY – AND MORE!!!

Pete Seeger at FDU,11/07 Pete Seeger continues to amaze. At age 89, he continues to set examples and shatter stereotypes of what defines a “senior citizen”. Of all the accolades bestowed upon him in recent years (many recognitions long overdue!), pehaps the title of the recent documentary on his life … → read more

GO GREEN – GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL THIS WEEKEND

The New York City metro areas largest and longest running “folk” festival takes place this weekend. The Great Hudson River Revival, an event that has been sponsored by the Clearwater for the past three decades, will once again draw crowds to Croton Point Park in Croton on Hudson. Each year, … → read more

A BENEFIT FOR UTAH PHILLIPS TO BE HELD IN WHITE PLAINS ON SUNDAY APRIL 20

I’d like to share a note that I received from John Pietaro, a member of the alternative protest ensemble Flames of Discount, about this coming Sunday’s benefit for Utah Phillips:A BENEFIT FOR UTAH PHILLIPSSunday April 20, 2PM – 4PMRosendale Community Center (site switched from Rosendale Cafe, when audience response was … → read more

News and notes – Pete Seeger, Utah Phillips, Willie P. Bennet, Chris Smither and more

I want to remind you that the broadcast premiere of “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” will be next Wednesday, February 27 on the PBS series “American Masters” at 9pm ET. Click here for a preview. Jim Brown did a superb job in capturing the essence of a true American … → read more

HENRIETTA YURCHENCO passes away at the age of 90

Henrietta Yurchenco Henrietta Yurchenco, one of the pioneers of the folk music community, passed away on December 9th at the age of 90. In a career that spanned over 70 years, she became a world reknowned ethnomusicologist, author, producer, radio broadcaster and a colleague of such diverse individuals as Alan … → read more

The Kennedys, Hurdy Gurdy, more photos

Pete and Maura Kennedy will be my special guests on WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS this Sunday between 3 and 6pm ET. You can listen online at www.wfdu.fm, or if you are in the NYC area set your radio dial to 89.1FM.The Kennedys will bring their “irresistible” (Rolling Stone) hip folk to Irvington … → read more