April 7, 1991 |
The Circlewood Coffee House will continue its series of folk-music performances with an April 19 concert of Irish music by the Wood's Tea Company, starting at 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Church of Cherry Hill on 401 N. Kings Highway. The Coffee House is "going on its second year" of presenting folk-music shows, said Laurie McCarthy Bates, who does publicity for the all-volunteer group. "We're not trying to make a profit," although group members wouldn't mind if they did, Bates said.
May 12, 1989 |
Everyone talks about the "new folk" these days, but whatever happened to the "old folk"? The people who first listened to the old folk music when it was new folk music may have families, cars and mortgage payments now, but a lot of them still get the urge to spread a blanket on the grass and listen to the kind of music that is nothing more than a sweet voice and a guitar. Fortunately, there are still plenty of old folk singers out there, traveling the lonesome highways and byways of America with their acoustic guitars.
June 12, 1992 |
For Philadelphia folkies, summertime is festival time. This summer it seems as if everyone is getting into the act of staging a folk festival or concert series. From mom-and-pop restaurants to small-town recreation departments, folk music is popular music. There certainly is no lack of venues for folk music year-round. But the grass-roots groups that temporarily take over church community halls and recreation rooms as the Cherry Tree Music Co-op and the Folk Factory in Philadelphia and the CircleWood Coffeehouse in Cherry Hill at other times of the year defer to outdoor spots in June, July and August.
July 27, 2001 |
'There is no room for folk music in the commercial music business anymore, and I'm doing my best to keep it alive on the Internet, where hopefully these songs will live on," Roger McGuinn says. Along with his band, the Byrds, McGuinn essentially invented the genre of folk-rock in the mid-'60s by electrifying Bob Dylan's acoustic songs with Beatlesque harmony and chiming guitars. He had cut his teeth on folk music, playing with the Limeliters and the Chad Mitchell Trio before forming the Byrds in 1964.
March 16, 2003 |
Sue Deckhart's business card reads: certified medical transcriptionist, songwriter, folk musician. Deckhart, who busily transcribes for three medical practices, still makes time to direct Mom & Pop's Coffeehouse, a folk-music series she started nine years ago at United Christian Church on New Falls Road. The coffeehouse, which has grown from nine to 15 concerts a year, has attracted the likes of Michael Cooney, Small Potatoes, and Kim and Reggie Harris. Featured performers play without a guaranteed fee, getting paid from donations taken at the gate and at the baked-goods table, Deckhart said.
April 21, 1989 |
When the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir performed at International House in November, its instrumental accompaniment was an afterthought. The plucked stringed instrument known as the tambura provided the singers with guide tones. Musicians only occasionally outlined the writhing melodies and even then seemed deep in the background. The stabbing syncopations and ear-bending counterlines of Bulgarian folk music would seem suited to a merger of vocal and instrumental styles.
March 21, 1986 |
This first weekend of spring brings a musical garden of earthy delights, with a special emphasis on back-to-the-roots folk music, appropriately. Tonight and tomorrow, the Philadelphia Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival will be blooming at the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting. This evening at 7:30, the flowers of the folksy musical world include the Seldom Scene, Nashville Bluegrass Band, the Lonesome River Band and the Tacky Branch Ramblers. Tomorrow afternoon, beginning at noon, the fest swings into workshops with the music of Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Poole, Cockerham and Jarrell, interpersed with concert sets with Mountain Laurel, Dry Branch Fire Squad and Roger Spring, Hal Wylie and the Progressive Bluegrassers.
January 13, 1991 |
Russian Poteshki, a folk-musical group from the Soviet Union, visited the area recently and appeared at the Moorestown Mall for a free concert that included such native instruments as the balalaika and the domra. While in the area, the group stayed in Moorestown, too.
November 5, 1996 |
If John Zorn plays klezmer music, he does so by throwing it into his jazz stew and letting the listener sort it out. The saxophonist and composer performed Sunday night at International House with Masada, a pianoless quartet, a la Ornette Coleman; many of his compositions, on the surface, came off straight ahead, with deep roots in bop. But deeper listening did bring into focus Zorn's intentions. Throughout the evening's two sets, the quartet provided an intellectual, well-realized combining of traditions - the blues and European Jewish folk music - that share many affinities.
December 27, 2001 |
Temple Sinai will hold its first program at its newly opened Cantor's Cafe in Norristown at 8 p.m. Jan. 12. The evening will feature the synagogue's cantor, Stephen Freedman, who will present Hebrew, Israeli and Yiddish folk music. Freeman is an accomplished folksinger and composer who often performs his own arrangements as well as traditional songs. Light refreshments will be available. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 215-643-6510 for tickets or reservations.