January 30, 2014 |
Pete Seeger, 94, the folksinger and social-justice advocate who popularized "We Shall Overcome" as an anthem of the civil-rights movement, wrote "Turn! Turn! Turn!", and had a career spanning more than seven decades, has died. Kitama Cahill-Jackson, the singer's grandson, told the Associated Press that Mr. Seeger died in his sleep about 9:30 p.m. Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. President Obama praised the man Carl Sandburg once called "America's tuning fork": "Over the years, Pete used his voice - and his hammer - to strike blows for workers' rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation.
August 17, 2013 |
Lisa Schwartz remembers a time not too long ago when folk music "wasn't considered particularly cool" - a development not lost on organizers of the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. By the start of the last decade, younger music fans had stopped gravitating en masse to the venerable weekend-long event. But in recent years - with roots-rock bands like Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, and the Avett Brothers wooing listeners in their 20s and 30s - " 'Trad' became 'rad,' " said Schwartz, president of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, which organizes the festival.
August 16, 2013 |
"DON'T MESS with my fest!" For sure, some old-school folkniks attending this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival will be whining that line. But we're thinking that the general populace will rejoice at some offbeat bookings for the 52nd annual get-together on the Old Pool Farm, in Upper Salford Township, acts intended to make this homey event even more user-friendly and connectable. As ever, there's lots at the fest that qualifies as tried and true folk music, from Celtic talents ( Burning Bridget Cleary , RUNA )
January 31, 2013 |
Benita Segal does not underestimate the healing power of music. In fact, it is only when she picks up one of her 10 guitars and begins strumming, singing, and creating her "alternative country" sound that she truly feels at peace. "I get lost in the guitar, in the music," explained the 59-year-old Mount Laurel resident, who has been reinventing herself since 2006 with an art form she dabbled in as a teenager. That was in an era, she says, of flower children, folk music and the antiwar movement; a culture influenced by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Croce.
August 17, 2012 |
WHEN the Philadelphia Folk Festival locks into gear at noon Friday on the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, it won't be with some old-timey string band, rural bluesman or British chantey singer. Michigan-based singer/songwriter Chris Bathgate has a slow-rockin', bittersweet-romantic aura that could win the hearts of the same teens and twentysomethings who pant for a John Mayer or Ed Sheeran. And that's exactly the selling point for so much of this weekend's festival in Schwenksville.
February 24, 2012 |
Two years after singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell released the ambitious and career-defining folk opera Hadestown - a musical retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Depression-era America - she's back with a decidedly different but equally ambitious effort, Young Man in America. Produced by Todd Sickafoose, who also helmed Hadestown, the new album features several New York-based rock and experimental jazz musicians, and has Mitchell inhabiting several musical characters, male and female.
October 6, 2011
Bert Jansch, 67, a legendary folk guitarist, died in London on Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer. Mr. Jansch was a founding member of the influential group Pentangle, which won wide acclaim in the late 1960s and the 1970s, and he also enjoyed a solo career that spanned five decades and more than 25 albums. Known for his gentle eloquence on the acoustic guitar, the Scottish-born Mr. Jansch was a central figure in the British folk-music revival in the 1960s and played to appreciative audiences throughout the world for many decades.
July 8, 2011
Special Events Animal Care & Control Team's Kitten Ice Cream Social Enjoy free ice cream and learn more about providing foster care for kittens. Philadelphia Animal Care & Control Shelter, 111 West Hunting Park Ave. loveaphillycat.com. 7/9. Noon-3 pm. Hispanic Fiesta Celebration of Latin cultures around the world. Dancing, folk music, crafts & more. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. Closes 7/10. Holistic Nutrition for Dogs and Cats Presentation by Dr. Natasha Kassell.
June 5, 2011 |
The esteem in which Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson is held in the folk-music community is best expressed by Texas troubadour Guy Clark in his song "Dublin Blues. " "I have seen the David ," Clark sings. "And the Mona Lisa , too / And I have heard Doc Watson play 'Columbus Stockade Blues.' " These days, the 88-year-old musician - a masterful acoustic guitarist and singer who has been blind since infancy - doesn't play much outside his home base in western North Carolina, where every April he hosts the MerleFest music festival named after his son, Merle, who died in a tractor accident in 1985.
May 13, 2011 |
Hers is a voice you can't mistake for any other: high, tremulous, non-Western, a voice for all that's human, a voice from the '60s all the way to the present. Buffy Sainte-Marie - Canada-born First Nations (Cree) woman, songwriter, singer, activist - plays at World Cafe Live at 8 p.m. Monday. She promises a mix of hits - including "Universal Soldier" and "Up Where We Belong" - plus "songs that Philly audiences have never heard. " It'll be a highly eclectic outing. She's a folkie and a C&W fan who loves Edith Piaf, flamenco singer Carmen Amaya, Delta bluesman Bukka White, and Elvis.