By Terry Roland

Cathy_Fink_Marcy_Marxer_2.jpgThis Sunday, November 7th at 11:00am, McCabe's Guitar Store, will be celebrating 25 years of making music for children.

One of the challenges of enduring and endearing music for children is to create music that appeals to parents as well as kids. I am speaking from the experience of a parent who banned Barney from his home back in the 90's. Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are a duo who have long excelled at this. In a recent interview with Cathy Fink it's striking how diverse and busy she and Marcy Marxer have been since they first met 35 years ago. As a duo they have produced a series of children's albums introducing kids to instruments like the dulcimer, ukulele, mandolin and the clawhammer banjo along with original songs filled with wit and charm for audiences of all ages.


Trad for Trocaire

Traditional Irish musicians turn out
to help raise money for relief efforts

By Patti Amelotte

Looneys_Fortune.jpgTrócaire (pronounced tráwk-er-uh) is an Irish word that means compassion. It is also the name of an Irish NGO (non-governmental organization) that was founded in 1973.

Many years ago I met the man who is now regional manager for Trócaire in Asia. After reading about his work and the tragedy of the flooding in Pakistan I was moved to action. I went to the Trócaire website and made a donation. On the site I read about a fund raising effort they had in Ireland during the last week September called Trad for Trócaire. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle player in the band Altan) made a video encouraging musicians and venues all around Ireland "to host a session, play a session or support a session in aid of Trócaire."

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Did I Say That?

A Talmudic Commentary On Who Wrote Dylan

By Ross Altman, PhD

Dylan.jpgYou know you are reaching the end of the road as a writer when the best you can come up with is a commentary on your own previous work, but I happen to have a rabbi-and when your rabbi asks you to do something, you don't ask questions, you do it.  My rabbi addressed the following letter to me after reading my column, Who Wrote Dylan:


A clever rejoinder and fun to read. However, I wonder whether you might do some musing on the darker issue, here, which is: what gives?? There is a time honored tradition of artists changing their names (both music, stage, film and rock). Why is Dylan singled out by her? And the stage persona vs. actual personality?

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