SORM Playlist #15-10: Finger Pointin’ Songs, pt. 2
(airing the week starting 3-04-15)

This week we conclude our two part feature focusing on Topical Songs. We’ll hear songs about Human Rights, The Environment, The Never Ending War and Politics with a Comical View. Songs written or performed by The Freedom Singers, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon and Phil Ochs you may be surprised at … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-09: Finger Pointin’ Songs
(airing the week starting 2-25-15)

Topical songs have been a major component of American folk music for many years. This week we’ll hear some of the classic songs about warfare, railroads, coal mining and unions. Music from The Almanac Singers, Big Bill Broonzy, Guy Carawan, Paul Robeson and many more. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1509_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-08: Legacy of Leadbelly
(airing the week starting 2-18-15)

Smithsonian Folkways is releasing a massive 5CD collection of the music of Leadbelly on February 24th. On this week’s edition we will listen to some of the songs on that great collection. We’ll also hear some classic renditions of Leadbelly songs by a variety of folk musicians past and present. … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Songs of the Spanish Civil War

          VARIOUS ARTISTS Songs of the Civil War Smithsonian/Folkways www.folkways.si.edu   The Spanish Civil War, often referred to as the “dress rehearsal” for World War II, was waged between 1936 and 1939 and ended in victory for fascism in the person of General Francisco Franco – … → read more

SELDOM SCENE: Long Time … Seldom Scene

          Seldom Scene Long Time … Seldom Scene Smithsonian/Folkways 40199 www.folkways.si.edu   As a recap of the more than forty-year history of the Seldom Scene, the extensive liner booklet accompanying this new release is about as authoritative as it gets, containing first-person accounts from the band’s … → 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

PETE SEEGER: The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960

        PETE SEEGER The Complete Bowdoin College Concert Smithsonian/Folkways 40184 Smithsonian/Folkways Website www.peteseeger.net   If it was a difficult year for Sing Out! magazine co-founder and longtime columnist Pete Seeger, you’d never know it from the buoyancy of this March 13, 1960, performance in Maine. We’re told … → read more