Folk Music

Morris dancers' performance branded 'racist' after they 'black-up' for Lichfield festival

Birmingham-based Morris dancers have defended themselves from racism claims after they appeared "blacked-up" at a folk festival.<p>The Beorma Morris …

Birmingham, UK

Stick in the Wheel New Album: Follow Them True

Regular followers of Folk Radio UK will be familiar with East London five-piece folk band <b>Stick In The Wheel</b>, headed by singer <b>Nicola Kearey</b>, and …

Music (UK)

Folk Music Group Kacy and Clayton's Truck, Gear Stolen In Wicker Park

<b>CHICAGO (CBS) —</b> A Canadian folk music group lost a truckload of equipment when their pickup was stolen in Wicker Park over the weekend.<p>Kacy Anderson …

Bands

The Folk Music Festival That Started With A Spider Bite

The tarantella is a lively folk dance and musical style originating in southern Italy's Apulia region, the heel of the Italian geographic boot.<p>Its name derives from the poisonous bite of a local spider and is rooted in pagan tradition.<p>Today, it's the theme of one of Europe's biggest annual folk …

Music

Saskatchewan cousins Kacy & Clayton make folk music that is far out

"There's two kinds of people living in this galaxy," sings Kacy Anderson, high and lonesome. "Everybody else and me." And yet, Anderson is one half of the duo Kacy & Clayton, which means there is at least one other like-minded soul in her world.<p>The world is psychedelic folk music, groovier than a …

Shania Twain

Elephant Sessions Announce UK Tour November 2017

Winners of the <b>MG Alba</b> <b>Scots Trad Awards ‘Up and Coming Act of the Year 2014,</b> and nominated<b></b> as <b>Live Act of the Year in 2016</b>, the fiery Highland …

Music (UK)

Pammi Bai blends folk with disco in new track, Heer Saleti

Punjabi folk singer Singer and lyricist Paramjit Singh Sidhu, better known as Pammi Bai, is set to release his new solo track, ‘Heer Saleti’, along …

Jodhpur RIFF 2017: Folk music traditions from diverse cultures find their melodic meeting points

A sensitive listener could discern the richness of different textures of sounds at Jodhpur RIFF. As the day progressed, one realised, the selected …

An Old Danish Dance In The Key Of Melancholy

Classical and folk music continue to intermingle in fascinating ways. The intersections stretch back far beyond Bach, who cleverly slipped a German folk song into his <i>Goldberg Variations</i>. Later, composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams and Béla Bartók combed the countryside, collecting tunes from …

Music

Classical CD Of The Week: Folk Music For String Quartet, Out Of The Woodwork

Amazon mp3: $9 | Amazon CD: ~$16 / Vinyl $30 | ArkivMusic: $20 | Qobuz download: £8-12 (Hi-Res) | iTunes mp3: $10<p>The folksiness of Scandinavian traditional music has all the associative ingratiating quality of the smell of pine cones, fresh straw and moonshine, but none of hog pen and swamp. By …

Opinion

Journal of Folklore Research: JFR Review for Women Musicians of Uzbekistan: From Courtyard to Conservatory

Category: Music and Dance<p><i>Women Musicians of Uzbekistan: From Courtyard to Conservatory</i><p>By Tanya Merchant. 2015. Champaign: University of Illinois …

Documentary ‘Up Down and Sideways’ finds rice and music growing in the hills of Nagaland

A community-based folk music tradition is the subject of an accomplished film by Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar.<p>Rice may be cultivated in many …

Nagaland

Rhiannon Giddens Scores with "Community and Connection" Keynote Address

Nashville, TN – Rhiannon Giddens, Co-Founder of Carolina Chocolate Drops, 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo recipient and …

Bluegrass Music

Elaine Hoffman Watts, 85, who performed klezmer folk music

Elaine Hoffman Watts, 85, of Ardmore, a noted percussionist who performed the distinctive eastern European Jewish folk music known as klezmer, died …

Philadelphia

Homestead Players preparing to stage Sandy Ives theatrical performance

The stage production will be based on his memoir Drive Dull Care Away<p>A book written by respected folklorist Sandy Ives is becoming a stage show in …

Prince Edward Island

Folk Music Helps David Rawlings See the World

We spoke to the Gillian Welch-collaborator about his new album 'Poor David's Almanack' and how he sees himself fitting into the long tradition of the genre.<p>The great American folk music tradition is a storied one, and those stories are usually disagreed upon, bastardized, stretched, exaggerated, …

Music

Robert Plane: Contrasts CD review – it's a little gem

Plane/Gould/Adams/Neary/Frank-Gemmill/Frith (Champs Hill)<p>Clarinettist Robert Plane was inspired to record this all-Hungarian programme by the discovery of a previously unheard 1949 trio by Tibor Serly called Chamber Folk Music. That title could apply to most of what’s here: the piquant harmonies …

Music

Watroba to Host New Folk Music Radio Show

<i>Matt Watroba and WKAR bring locally hosted folk, blues and bluegrass to Capital Region listeners. Sundays at 6pm beginning Oct. 1 on 90.5 FM</i><p>Music …

Sisters Folk Festival Offers Partial Refund For Canceled 2017 Festival

The Sisters Folk Festival is offering refunds to ticket holders. This year’s concerts were canceled amid heavy wildfire smoke.<p>The festival was …

Festivals

What Kinds of Folk Music Pop up in Classical Music?

For centuries, composers have been drawing on folk-music traditions to inspire their own compositions. Here's just a taste of how it's been done.

Orchestras

2017 Oldtone Roots Music Festival report

The Oldtone Roots Music Festival has once again dazzled its audience with great music and fun activities for an entire weekend. The festival is …

Festivals

Steel Sheep: Trucker's Tan (Album Review)

<b>Steel Sheep – Trucker’s Tan</b><p><b>Buma / Sterma – 12 August 2017</b><p>I had initially considered that <b>Steel Sheep</b> had based their name on the concrete cows of …

Music (UK)

Wanda Fischer celebrates 35 years with 'Hudson River Sampler'

All Wanda Fischer ever wanted was a chance to cue up folk music on the air for a couple hours each week – her own, regularly broadcast radio show, …

Sisters tries to bounce back after tough year

A-A+<p>SISTERS — On a day when thousands of visitors were supposed to be enjoying renowned musicians during the annual Sisters Folk Festival, the town …

Oregon

Digging Up Lost Sounds with Greg Reish

Now that Nashville has a successful Americana radio station in WMOT, I've been listening to the station while poking around the website. I was …

Sisters Folk Festival falls victim to wildfires, cancels event

The Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon has announced the cancellation of this weekend’s event, owing to the poor air quality at the festival site in the …

Bluegrass Music

Jack Johnson, Paul McCartney among big-name artists heading to Perth this summer

Laidback singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is one of a number of big-name acts heading to Perth this summer, with scores of local and international acts …

Electronic Music

Meet the Anti T-Swift Taking Folk Music Back to Its Protest Roots

Bearded and wearing a flannel shirt, Eli Smith stands on a block of cement with a banjo in his hand, offering it to passersby for a toss into …

Culture

Some of Game Of Thrones' cast could have a future in folk music when the show ends

<i>Game Of Thrones</i> can be a very grim and gloomy show, even when it sacrifices believability for a faster trip to the proverbial fireworks factory, so …

Game of Thrones

The music of the heart: 48th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

“Music is both a piece of history and ever evolving,” said singer-songwriter Lorraine Conard. “Some performers are historians who beautifully …