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January 19, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The grandfather of Philadelphia folk music is retiring from the radio. Ever since he took over Joel Dorn's slot on WHAT-FM in 1962, Gene Shay has been on the air in his hometown with his Sunday night folk-music show. But on Feb. 1, the DJ who grew up Ivan Shaner in Nicetown will close the book on The Folk Show with Gene Shay , which has aired on WXPN (88.5-FM) since 1995. To say Shay is a Philadelphia music-scene institution would be an understatement. The influential DJ, who got his start as an intern at Temple University station WRTI while a student in the 1950s, brought Bob Dylan to town for his first Philadelphia show at the Ethical Society in 1963.
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August 23, 1991 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
How do you explain the enduring popularity of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, which moves into its third decade this weekend? "I've got a theory about the longevity of the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the loyalty of its audience," suggests the event's most visible founder and spokesman - folk DJ and festival emcee Gene Shay. "There's a high comfort level, because there are so many festival traditions. The first year you come, you get a good positive image and want to come back.
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August 3, 2011 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
FOR SURE, there'll be some very familiar faces at the 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, returning to the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township in two weeks. Seasoned perennials such as Arlo Guthrie, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton and David Bromberg are among the guests coming back for the big birthday party, along with some of their rarely here contemporaries (Levon Helm, Jorma Kaukonen) and young turks of note like the Wood Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Hoots & Hellmouth, Dan Bern and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
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August 22, 1995 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the legions of pickers, strummers and acoustic music-makers descend on the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville for the 34th Philadelphia Folk Festival on Friday, they'll find much comfort in familiarity. There will be performances by longtime festival vets Tom Rush, Janis Ian and Dave Van Ronk, and short-term festival vets Susan Werner and Joseph Parsons. The banjo, mandolin and guitar players will be out in force in the parking lots and camping areas, taking the folkie do-it-yourself ethic to heart.
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August 23, 1991 | DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO
Year in, year out, you find many of the same souls schlepping out to the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford township. They're all attending the Philadelphia Folk Festival - nowadays with their children and even grandchildren in tow - to listen to folk music under a burning sun and chilly moon, packed like lemmings into a makeshift, often muddy campsite. What's the motivation here - apart from their common love of contemporary and Celtic folk music, blues and bluegrass? Jonathan Takiff talks to Gene Shay, one of the festival's founders, and spotlights this 30th-year extravaganza.
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March 5, 1993 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Not everything's coming up green next weekend, so if Irish music doesn't shake your shillelagh, consider the Philadelphia Folksong Society's annual Spring Folk Festival, at Swarthmore College March 12 and 13. It's an event the whole family can attend. Folkies will see some familiar faces from past Folk Festivals. Scheduled to perform March 12 at 7:30 p.m. are Mike Cross, John Flynn, Magic Slim & the Teardrops and Norman & Nancy Blake. Gene Shay hosts the concert. The lineup of events March 13 includes a children's concert from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a coffeehouse featuring some of the area's well-known performers and workshops.
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February 22, 2013
1ERIC BURDON On "Til Your River Runs Dry" (ABKCO), this voice of authority still growls like an Animal but ruminates like a confident yet world-weary blues rocker. 2SONS OF ROGUE GALLERY Philly-spawned producer Hal Willner grew up listening to Gene Shay on WXPN (88.5 FM). He passes on the knowledge with "Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys" (Anti), his second double-disc of tunes recast with contemporary artists and offbeat arrangements. 3RON SEXSMITH He's a master of subtle understatement and mellifluous good taste, yet always wears heart and hurt on his sleeve.
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May 10, 1991 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sophie Tucker, Totie Fields and Belle Barth, who frequently performed in Philadelphia, are united in the hereafter to share songs, memories and anecdotes in a new musical play. It's called Sophie, Totie and Belle and it opens Wednesday at Odette's Cabaret Theater, South River Road, New Hope. This "raunchy" production features Vikki True as Tucker, Penny Larsen as Fields and Joanne Bradley as Barth. Thomas Studer appears as the men in their lives. Sophie, Totie and Belle was written by Chicago playwright/author Joanne Koch and Albany, N.Y., college professor Sarah Blacher Cohen.
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August 27, 2004 | By Fred Beckley FOR THE INQUIRER
Crafts, dancing, food, camping and of course, the music: Nearly 60 acts will play more than 38 hours today through Sunday at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in Upper Salford Township. The mix includes big names (John Prine, Kris Kristofferson), up-and-coming names (Mindy Smith, Ollabelle), and foreign names (Sones de Mexico, La Bottine Souriante). There will be local heroes, such as singer-songwriters Robert Hazard, Essra Mohawk and Phil Roy. The seldom-seen Hazard and Mohawk each penned a hit for Cyndi Lauper - "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Change of Heart," respectively.
NEWS
December 9, 1991 | By David S. Rotenstein, Special to The Inquirer
There were no regrets following Saturday night's show by Tom Rush at the University Museum's Harrison Auditorium. Like the title of one of Rush's albums, the performance was packed with "blues, songs and ballads. " Rush has been a Philadelphia favorite since the folk music revival of the 1960s, and is a regular at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. In the years around 1970, each Thanksgiving, he used to play an annual four-night gig at the legendary (and late) Main Point folk club in Ardmore.
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May 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania,  Kanye West  now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
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January 19, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The grandfather of Philadelphia folk music is retiring from the radio. Ever since he took over Joel Dorn's slot on WHAT-FM in 1962, Gene Shay has been on the air in his hometown with his Sunday night folk-music show. But on Feb. 1, the DJ who grew up Ivan Shaner in Nicetown will close the book on The Folk Show with Gene Shay , which has aired on WXPN (88.5-FM) since 1995. To say Shay is a Philadelphia music-scene institution would be an understatement. The influential DJ, who got his start as an intern at Temple University station WRTI while a student in the 1950s, brought Bob Dylan to town for his first Philadelphia show at the Ethical Society in 1963.
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January 8, 2015 | the Inquirer Staff
Dunham denies it all Lena Dunham  posted an Instagram pic of her and her left hand - bedecked with sparkly ringlike jewels! Worlds hemorrhaged! Surely, this meant she was engaged to her bf,  Jack Antonoff , he of that cool band  Bleachers ! Nuh- uh,  she says. So does her bff  Jenni Konner , who also happens to exec-produce HBO's  Girls , source of Dunham's fame. At an HBO premiere show for Season 4 of  Girls,  Konner said she and LD wear friendship rings and that's what it is so shut  up. Philly folk man to fold 'em Gene Shay , 79, the grand man of Philadelphia folk music, announced Tuesday that he'd do his final installment of The Folk Show for WXPN on Feb. 1. This man has done more than even a legend could do. He cofounded the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1962, has been doing radio in our market since at least then, and has been on 'XPN since 1995.
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September 13, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
On Oct. 24, Gene Shay , radio guy, folk god, gets his very own plaque on the Philly Music Walk of Fame on South Broad, with six other local music stars. Philly-born Gene, now 78, brought Bob Dylan here for his first Philly concert in 1963. He also made up the name of WXPN's show World Cafe 22 years ago. Host of The Folk Show on XPN, he's been on local radio since 1962. Hard to imagine Philly without him.   Educating on education Keepin' it local . . . M. Night Shyamalan is about way more than the supranormal, OK?
NEWS
February 22, 2013
1ERIC BURDON On "Til Your River Runs Dry" (ABKCO), this voice of authority still growls like an Animal but ruminates like a confident yet world-weary blues rocker. 2SONS OF ROGUE GALLERY Philly-spawned producer Hal Willner grew up listening to Gene Shay on WXPN (88.5 FM). He passes on the knowledge with "Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys" (Anti), his second double-disc of tunes recast with contemporary artists and offbeat arrangements. 3RON SEXSMITH He's a master of subtle understatement and mellifluous good taste, yet always wears heart and hurt on his sleeve.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
EXHIBITS Buddhist relic exhibit A rare collection of sacred Buddhist relics will be displayed this weekend. The pearl-like crystals were found among the ashes of cremated Buddhist masters. Practitioners believe they are physical embodiments of a master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Living Buddhist masters from Burma, Indonesia, France, Thailand, Tibet, South Korea and Taiwan have contributed relics to the collection, including the Dalai Lama. Bo De Temple, 1114-20 S. 13th St., 6-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
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August 19, 2011
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the building of the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Berlin Wall. Thankfully, the festival is still standing, through the efforts of more than 2,500 volunteers. Proceeds from the event support the Philadelphia Folk Song Society's mission and musical education programs for schoolchildren throughout the Philadelphia region. The festival, founded by the society based in Mount Airy, actually began in Paoli, as the Hootenanny. It's one of the longest continuous events of its kind.
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August 19, 2011 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
A FUNNY THING happened on my way to Schwenksville, chatting it up with some of the powers behind this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival. Given how the event is celebrating big - marking the 50th annual music fest (and gathering of the tribes) - I expected organizers to be waxing nostalgic about all that's been and gone. You know, "the good old days. " But then I got on the horn with Levi Landis, executive director of the festival's parent organization, the Philadelphia Folksong Society, and discovered he's a relatively young folknik of 29. Not much "history" to share there.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
This year marks the Philadelphia Folk Festival's 50th birthday. But it's been a few years since the festival organizers' realized that the august institution, which takes place every August at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville, needed to attract a younger audience to ensure that it has a future to compare with its storied past. In recent years, festival bookers Rich Hardon and Jesse Lundy have brought in marquee names like the Decemberists and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco to give the fest a contemporary buzz.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
David Bromberg was born at St. Agnes Hospital in South Philadelphia, and before his family moved to New York, the dazzling guitarist, who will perform at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this weekend, spent the first few years of his life in either Chester or West Chester. "I know they're very different, but I can't remember which," says the 65-year-old singer and songwriter, who last month released Use Me , a genre-hopping roots-music album featuring Los Lobos, Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt, and Levon Helm on Appleseed Recordings, which is based in one of the places Bromberg may be from.
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