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Alela Diane Releases To Be Still

Article written by on Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 in Reviews

I came across this CD while looking for new folk music on Amazon, and I was hitting the “add to cart” button almost before I knew it. Alela has a hauntingly beautiful voice and her own folk style. This is her second label release, the first being The Pirate’s Gospel. Yes, I ordered that one too!

http://www.beggarsgroupusa.com/releases/To-Be-Still/

http://www.aleladiane.com/about.html

http://www.myspace.com/alelamusic

http://www.last.fm/music/Alela+Diane

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New Tom Rush Album Released Tuesday

Article written by on Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 in Reviews

Tom Rush has released his first album in years. What I Know is a mixture of original music, traditional pieces such as “Casey Jones,” and covers. Guest vocalists include Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Bramlett and Nanci Griffith. Tom may not have recorded in a while, but he certainly hasn’t lost his touch. The album has 15 tracks; I think “River Song” is my favorite so far.

http://www.tomrush.com

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Get Onboard with Eric Bibb

Article written by on Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 in Reviews

Prolific and talented acoustic blues and folk artist Eric Bibb has released a new album, Get Onboard. The CD features Ruthie Foster and Bonnie Raitt as guest artists, and song samples are available on Eric’s web site. If you haven’t listed to him before, you might also want to check out the YouTube video of the song “Connected” (not on this CD) on his MySpace page. In it you can see something of his sense of being rooted in the folk and jazz music communities by means of family and other musical influences.

http://www.news.con.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,25114623-5003421,00.html

http://www.ericbibb.com/

http://www.myspace.com/ericbibb

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Odetta’s Life and Music Celebrated in Manhattan

Article written by on Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 in Concerts,Passings,People

Maya Angelou, Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, Harry Belafonte, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Peter Yarrow and other notables joined this past Tuesday in a celebration of folk music artist Odetta, who passed away last December.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/arts/music/26odetta.html

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Bluegrass Album from Steve Martin

Article written by on Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 in Releases

Steve Martin —  yes, funny guy Steve Martin — released a CD of original banjo music earlier this month. The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo also features vocals by Dolly Parton and Vince Gill. Amazon.com has exclusive distribution of both CD and download until April 26. Steve, who took up the banjo early in his comedy career, plays in clawhammer style.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/arts/music/02banjo.html

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Stories of Folk Music Patron Victor Heyman

Article written by on Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 in Passings

Washington Post writer Kay Coyte has an article in yesterday’s Nashua Telegraph about the life of Victor Heyman, known to many for his quiet support of folk musicians. Victor passed away last month at the age of 73. Kay’s story gives insight into some of the lives Victor touched.

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090223/NEWS03/302239938

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Ottawa Folk Festival Youth Audition Deadline March 2

Article written by on Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 in Contests,Festivals

Festival performer audition spots are still open for Ontario and Quebec residents under 25. Auditions will be held March 21 and the festival is scheduled for August 20-23. Contact information and details are at:

http://www.ottawafolk.org/main/performer.html

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Ottawa Folk Festival Performer Application Deadline Feb 23

Article written by on Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 in Festivals

If you are a recorded musician interested in performing at the Ottawa Folk Festival August 20-23, you have just a day or two to submit your bio and CD for consideration. The postmark deadline is February 23.  Contact information and details are at:

http://www.ottawafolk.org/main/performer.html

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