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Adrienne Young’s Forthcoming CD to Support Sustainable Agriculture

Article written by on Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007 in Releases

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Long an ardent supporter of sustainable agriculture Nashville-based singer-songwriter Adrienne Young has integrated a national responsible-farming awareness campaign and fund-raising effort into the release of Room to Grow. Due May 22, 2007 on her own AddieBelle Records.

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New Site Hopes to Attract Festival Goers

Article written by on Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007 in On The Web

Festival Preview

Covering all music genres under five major headings for roots, rock, R&B, jazz and classical, Festival Preview aims to be the one-stop source of daily updated news, opinion and community involvement for North American music festivals of all genres.

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Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie Podcast

Article written by on Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 in On The Web

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This weeks show from Down Home Radio a folk music podcast by Eli Smith and Henrietta Yurchenco features a sixty seven year old program hosted by Leadbelly with Woody Guthrie as a guest.

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Daughter for Ani DiFranco

Article written by on Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 in People

Singer Ani DiFranco gave birth to a daughter, Petah Lucia at her Buffalo home January 20th. Mother and baby are both healthy and happy, according to her web site.

People Magazine: Singer Ani DiFranco Welcomes a Daughter

via About Folk Music

OK – I can’t quite believe I just linked out to People Magazine.

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Format Changes End Two Long Running Folk Shows

Article written by on Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 in Media

Format changes at two public radio stations mean the end for two long running east coast folk radio shows. Earlier this month WFCR-FM in Amherst Massachusetts ended ‘Valley Folk’ which has been part of the folk music community in Western Mass for more than 22 years. This week WETA FM in Washington D.C. canceled ‘Traditions’, the D.C. area’s longest running folk music program.

It’s sad and shocking to see two important shows gone in such a short time.

Sometimes audience response can turn these things around so if you live in the broadcast areas of either of these stations, please take a few minutes to let station management know what you think.

At WFCR contact Helen Barrington, Program Director: 413-577-0541 hbarrington@wfcr.org or Martin Miller, General Manager: 413-545-1990 miller@wfcr.org

At WETA contact Sheryl Lahti Director of Audience Services (703) 998-2724. slahti@weta.com

Update Ron Olesko has a very thoughtful post on the situation and the future of folk music radio. He also points us to articles in the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper.

Update January 29 WAMU has picked up Mary Cliff’s ‘Traditions’ program which will now air Saturday nights, 11 pm to 1 am.

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New CD from The Wyrd Sisters

Article written by on Monday, Jan 22, 2007 in Releases

Winnipeg’s The Wyrd Sisters have released a new full length CD “Wholly”.

As with their last Juno-nominated release “Sin & Other Salvations,” the new CD “Wholly” was produced by Murray Pulver – two-time Prairie Music Awards Producer of the Year nominee and winner of the Canadian Music Alliance Musician of the Year award in 2003.

www.wyrdsisters.com

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Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Win Children’s Book Prize

Article written by on Monday, Jan 22, 2007 in Awards

The Deaf Musicians Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacob’s book “The Deaf Musicians” has been awarded the Schneider Family Book Award for “books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

“The Deaf Musicians” tells the story of a young boy who forms a jazz group with other deaf performers. who communicate through sign language, becoming a sensation for their nightly subway concerts.

MSN News: Pete Seeger Among Winners for Children’s Book Prizes

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Hootenanny TV Series Boxed Set

Article written by on Monday, Jan 22, 2007 in Releases

Shout Factory has released a three DVD boxed set of performances from ABC-TV’s 1963-64 Hootenanny TV series.

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