• ANNOUNCEMENTS

    STREAMING worth catching:


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    PIPER SUNDAYS

    Zoom discussion with guest speakers about Irish piping and music
    Sundays 7pm (Irish Time) / 11am (PST) / 12noon (MST) / 1pm (CT) / 2pm (EST).
    Feb 07, 2021: Máire Ní Ghráda
    Feb 21, 2021: Darragh Ó hÉiligh 
    Feb 28, 2021: Leonard Barry 

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    DARLINGSIDE
    Thursday, February 11th
    12pm PST & 5pm PST
    Post Show Q&A: 6:30pm PST
    $15

    Click to livestream and for archived previous concerts

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    Mary O’s Virtual Sessions
    Thursdays 5pm PST

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    MONDAYS WITH JOHN (WHELAN)
    Every Monday at 4:00pm PST
    Live Link
    Whelan Master Sessions

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    Mark and Maggie O’Connor

    Every Monday 6:00pm PDT, encore Tuesday 10:00am PDT

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    OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC 

    Check for new online classes

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    SWALLOW HILL MUSIC

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    CAFÉ LENA ONLINE SCHOOL

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    STREAMING SHOWS

    Quarantine Happy Hour - On Facebook Daily at 5:30pm PDT

    Sat., Feb. 6 - Dori Freeman
    Thurs., Feb. 11 - Laurel Premo
    Fri., Feb. 12 - Allison and Tati
    Sat., Feb. 13 - George Rezendes
    Sun., Feb. 21 - Yoseff and Katya Tucker
    Mon., Feb. 22 - Jan Purat
    Tues., Feb. 23 - David Long
    Wed., Feb. 24 - Todd Grebe and Angela Oudean
    Thurs., Feb. 25 - Christine Balfa, Anya, and Kristi
    Fri., Feb. 26 - David Pugh and Jon Neufeld
    Sat., Feb. 27 (7:00 – 8:00pm)- David Molk
    Sun., Feb. 28 - Brendan Draper Swift

    Rolly Brown On FacebookSundays, 7:30pm PDT,  Saturdays, 12:00pm PDT, 

    Paul Simon

    Tom Paxton

    Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan - Fridays at 5:00pm PDT

    Kulak Woodshed's re-broadcast

    Windborne Singers

    More to come...

    new tip jar

    See Read more... for the entire list of donors to the new website.

    Read more: BUSKERS and DONORS

    REGARDING COVID-19 VIRUS

    Concerts, dances and festivals have all been cancelled in order to contain the spread of the covid-19 virus.
    Stay at home! Watch the numerous postings on social media of folk/traditional artists.
    If you find something you find exceptional that we haven't shared, please let us know and we will spread the word.
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    The FolkWorks CALENDAR of EVENTS and the RECURRING EVENTS)
    have been suspended until the stay at home orders have been lifted.

    PASSINGS

    RIP: PETER OSTROUSHKO

    (August 12, 1953 – February 24, 2021)

    Peter OstroushkoPeter Ostroushko was an American violinist and mandolinist. He performed regularly on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion and with a variety of bands and orchestras in Minneapolis–Saint Paul and nationally. He won a regional Emmy Award for the soundtrack he composed for the documentary series Minnesota: A History of the Land (2005).

    “Let’s start with the word ‘brilliant’ and move on from there,” said one reviewer. Acclaimed musician Norman Blake placed him among the greats of mandolinists. Decade upon decade, arts critics, fellow performers, and fans worldwide have sung the praises of Peter Ostroushko.

    Read more: RIP: PETER OSTROUSHKO

    RIP: ANNE FEENEY

    (July 1, 1951—February 3, 2021)

    Ballad of an Essential Worker

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Anne FeeneyEpigraph: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” (Bertolt Brecht—quoted on Anne Feeney’s CD, Have You Been to Jail for Justice?)

    Folk singer-songwriter, labor activist and former attorney Anne Feeney died of Covid-19 at a Pittsburgh hospital last February 3rd.  I wrote the following song in her memory:

    Read more: RIP: ANNE FEENEY

    RIP HARRY BRAUSER

    (December 21, 1934 – January 8, 2021)

    I'M Just Wild About Harry & Harry’s Wild About Life

    By Leda Shapiro

    2014 Asheville Gretchen Henn
    Photo by Gretchen Henn.

    Harry Brauser’s life was full of twists and turns from the beginning. Born in NYC, at the Society for the Lying-In Hospital on 17th Street and 2nd Avenue, his parents divorced when he was only three years old. According to Harry, his mother remarried when he was eight and Harry grew up in Bradford, PA, home of Zippo lighters and Kendall Gas and Oil...with one unusual diversion.

    Read more: RIP HARRY BRAUSER

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    March-April 2021

    Guitar Straps and Prolific Brilliance

    A chat with Mason Williams

    By Art Podell

    Mason Williams 2In my constant struggles to find the perfect accessory, the perfect finger pick, the perfect guitar polish…need I go on? Almost every player that I know, top to bottom, seems obsessed with these things. No?

    “Hey, I just found this new capo! It’s got a built-in tuner!”

    “Does it come in different finishes? I only use gold-colored accessories on my Brazilian rosewood guitar you know, the one with the paneled Sitka spruce top and the marbled mahogany neck.”

    “Dunno. I’ll check. But my music stand has an attachment where I can rest a can of soda and half a sandwich. I prefer grilled-cheese.”

    Read more: GUITAR STRAPS AND PROLIFIC BRILLIANCE

    FEATURE ARTICLES

    HOW MANY BOB DYLANS? SONGS OF THE HOLOCAUST

    JANUARY 27, 2021—INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

    By Ross Altman, PhD

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    Epigraph: The Second World War came to an end

    We forgave the Germans and then we were friends

    Though they murdered six million in the ovens they fried

    The Germans now too have God on their side. (Bob Dylan. © 1963)

    Read more: HOW MANY BOB DYLANS? SONGS OF THE HOLOCAUST

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— STILL A BOURGEOIS TOWN

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Leadbelly

    White folks in Washington they know how
    throw a colored man a nickel just to see him bow
    it’s a bourgeois town, it’s a bourgeois town
    I got the bourgeois blues,
    and I’m gonna spread the news around.

    Lead Belly wrote Bourgeois Blues in 1935—in the midst of all the Jim Crow housing laws still in place. Me and Martha was standin upstairs,
    heard a white man say I don’t want no colored here,
    he’s a bourgeois man, in a bourgeois town,
    I got the bourgeois blues
    and I’m gonna spread the news around.”

    Read more: WASHINGTON, D.C.— STILL A BOURGEOIS TOWN

    PHIL OCHS TURNS 80 YEARS OLD TODAY—DECEMBER 19, 2020

    By Ross Altman, PhD.

    Phil OchsI’m writing this on my birthday, which is just ten days before Phil Ochs’ birthday December 19, 2020 when--having been born in 1940--he would have turned 80 years old. The reason I mention it is that it’s the one day of the year my favorite author and poet Robert Graves took off from writing. I did not plan on writing today either, in recognition of Graves’ day off—but I’m no Robert Graves, and tomorrow is Human Rights Day—the 10th—and I may need to finish it then—to be able to get it done by FolkWorks’ deadline which is also the 10th. I don’t have time to waste.

    Read more: PHIL OCHS TURNS 80 YEARS OLD TODAY—DECEMBER 19, 2020

    EXTENDED LENGTH VIDEOS

    CD REVIEW

    ARTIST: THE ONLIES

    TITLE: THE ONLIES

    LABEL: Yodel-A-Hee 104

    RELEASE: October 2, 2020

    By WB Reid

    The Onlies CoverThe latest CD The Onlies from the band The Onlies is a joy and it succeeds on all fronts. The musicianship is seasoned and mature, delivered with flawless technique; the production shimmers; the selections and arrangements honor and extend tradition; the art is, well, provocatively arty. And in this age of individual tracks, here is an album to be experienced in one sitting the old-fashioned way, with pacing that evokes the arc of a dance night moving smoothly through different energies.

    Read more: THE ONLIES

     

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    REGARDING COVID-19 VIRUS

    Concerts, dances and festivals have all been cancelled in order to contain the spread of the covid-19 virus.
    Stay at home! Watch the numerous postings on social media of folk/traditional artists.
    If you find something you find exceptional that we haven't shared, please let us know and we will spread the word.
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    The FolkWorks CALENDAR of EVENTS and the RECURRING EVENTS)
    have been suspended until the stay at home orders have been lifted.


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