• URGENT

    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.

    ALIVE AND ONLINE

    Given that most of us are in  quarantine and at home with our computers and TVs, here are some things you can spend time enjoying:

    Folklife Festival online

    NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

    Saturday, May 23, 2020 - May 25, 2020

    Click for Schedule

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    PASSINGS

    RIP: JOHN PRINE

    (OCTOBER 10, 1946 - APRIL 7, 2020)

    JOHN PRINE IS GONE: AN APPRECIATION

    ANOTHER COVID-19 CASUALTY

    PARADISE LOST

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    John Prine“Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County, down by the Green River where Paradise lay…” Like another John--John Milton—we lost Paradise today.

    “The world has lost John Prine to COVID-19. After he survived throat and lung cancer, I was hoping he was perhaps immortal. Nobody could write songs like him, at once spare, profound and amusing. There’s an unbelievable story about how he was discovered that is apparently true. He was at an open mic night at the age of 24, a mailman at the time, making fun of the talentless performers. He was challenged to get up and play himself. He got on stage and played Sam Stone, Paradise, and Hello In There. After the first two he was met by dead silence, the audience stunned at what they had just heard. After the third, it was raucous applause, and he was off to the races. Can you imagine being at an open mic night and a kid gets up and plays those three songs back to back?” (Ryan Grim from The Intercept)

    Read more: RIP: JOHN PRINE

    KENNY ROGERS

    (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020)

    Folk-Americana reached beyond his Country Music stardom.

    By Larry Wines

    Kenny RogersMarch 21, 2020 - Word comes from Keith Hagan of SKH Music that the Rogers family is sad to announce Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 pm at the age of 81. Rogers died peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.

    Read more: RIP: KENNY ROGERS

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    May-June 2020

    STAY-AT-HOMER MUSIC SERIES

    By David Bragger

    Magic LanternWe’re excited to launch our NEW MUSIC SERIES for all of you stay-at-homers! These are half hour music shows featuring some of the best traditional musicians in the world. Our first episode features the musical genius of the Thompson’s and the Stefanini’s. Enjoy fiddle duets, Cajun, Old-time, Blues, breakdowns, rags and more. There’s even a banjo!

    Read more: STAY-AT-HOMER MUSIC SERIES

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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.


    SHORT TAKE VIDEOS

    Referred to by Dave Leddel

    Referred to by Eileen Ivers in her Caltech Online concert...
    Stefani Rosenberg looked this up and found the YouTube and lyrics

    Click to read the lyrics

    Read more: Irish Black Bottom - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (1926)

    recomended by Colin Quigley

    recomended by Milt Rosenberg

TITLE: SUD DE LA LOUISIANE

ARTIST: THE FOGHORN TRIO

LABEL: QUICKSILVER PRODUCTIONS

RELEASE DATE: 2011

By Jackie Morris

Foghorn_Trio_Sud_dl_la_LouisianeFor a slice of bona-fide old-time Americana -- or, as they describe themselves, the kind of “ass-kickin redneck stringband music” you’d expect to hear on some front porch in Appalachia in the 1930s -- there is no better contemporary band than The Foghorn Trio. The Trio is an offshoot of The Foghorn Stringband, which has been together for ten years. Based in Portland, Oregon, with four albums to their credit, the up to 7-member band (depending on availability) has long been one of the brightest stars on the thriving Old Time Music Revival scene in the Northwest.

The Foghorn Trio is a distillation of this stellar group, comprised of founding members Caleb Klauder and Stephen “Sammy” Lind, and the recently-added French Arcadian bassist, Nadine Landry. All three are accomplished multi-instrumentalists and excellent singers in their own right. And they show it off accordingly: Klauder on hard-driving mandolin, fiddle, guitar and vocals….Lind on high-octane fiddle, guitar, banjo and vocals….and Landry on guitar, upright bass, and vocals. The result is pure joy.

Sud de la Louisiane is a delightful, rousing gumbo of Kenturcky bluegrass, Louisiana Cajun and Appalachian folk music, all played with a fervor that comes from real passion and respect for the music. Determined to keep traditional music alive and exciting, the Foghorns have recorded their tunes just as they were originally recorded: performing in unison around a single microphone. So, it seems only fitting that their debut album was recorded by Joel Savoy in his rural Louisiana studio – a converted cook shack that once belonged to his grandpa (depicted on the album cover).

The songs, however, go far beyond Sud de la Louisiane (which means “Southern Louisiana” in French). In truth, only the title track is of Cajun vintage, and is sung in French by Landry, who is French Canadian. There are covers of early Country classics like I Don’t Claim to be an Angel by Kitty Wells…hillbilly favorites like Hello Central and Let’s Be Lovers Again by The Carter Family…the moralistic, “stop-your-drinking” song, Go Home by The Smokey Valley Boys….and Doc Watson’s I’m Troubled….as well as an equal number of instrumentals, including Gentleman from Virginia, Liza Jane, and such rare old-time gems as Nuts and Bolts by Odie Griffith. In all, 14 tracks cleverly alternate the vocals with the instrumentals, creating a refreshing contrast between each song.

Of particular note are two original compositions by Caleb Klauder – one being a wonderfully hummable early Country-style song, Just a Little; the other, a fast-paced instrumental called Puttin’ Up the Wood. Here again, as in the case of Klauder’s recent solo release, Western Country, Klauder’s special genius becomes apparent. Klauder’s new songs immediately sound like “vintage classics,” just as authentic and memorable as the real vintage songs. They blend in seamlessly.

There is no doubt that The Foghorn Trio’s debut album will be a favorite among lovers of old-time country and fiddle music as well as bluegrass fans everywhere. It’s not trendy, not trying to be anything other than what it is: a re-creation of the mesmerizing sound of mountain music as it was first recorded in the last century, during the Great Depression. It lifted people’s spirits then….and it still works today.

A New York transplant to the tiny town of Carpinteria, CA, Jackie is a freelance writer by profession and a singer-songwriter by passion. Her newly-released third album of original Folk/Americana songs was among Top Albums on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Charts for July and August, 2011. Jackie is also an active member in such acoustic music communities as SummerSongs, SongMakers, and FARWest Folk Alliance.