Folkways Remembrances of Mike Seeger

Article written by on Friday, Aug 28, 2009 in People

Smithsonian Folkways has set up a Mike Seeger appreciation page and also welcomes comments about him on their Facebook page. If you have not already done so, you may want to take some time and visit one or both of these sites.

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“Bridge Over Troubled Water” Keyboardist and Arranger Dies at 69

Article written by on Monday, Aug 24, 2009 in Passings,People

Larry Knechtel, whose keyboard arrangement of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” for Simon and Garfunkel won him a Grammy award, passed away last Thursday. I confess a special attachment to that particular piece of music, and I suspect I am not the only one who feels that way. As described in the AP story from KOMO News, Larry was an accomplished musician who provided guitar and keyboard accompaniment for many well-known performers.

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Folk Music History from the BBC via YouTube

Article written by on Friday, Aug 21, 2009 in Media,On The Web

Thursday’s issue of The Chicago Tribune has a great column by Eric Zorn listing the BBC series American Folk History, with some of the videos and links to the rest, as shown on YouTube. From The Carter Family through Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, The Weavers, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan to The Byrds, in a dozen episodes. Watch one or two now, check out the others later.

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Walt Cronin Sings From the Heart

Article written by on Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 in People,Reviews

When you listen to Walt Cronin, don’t expect fancy language or complicated musical structure. Listen to the words, though, because simple words can carry a great impact. On his recent solo release, The Gousters, Walt sings of love, war and everyday things, and brings you into the experience. These are songs from the heart — the essence of true folk music. Of a war widow: “It’s the hurt that’s in us all, as we watch those young men fall….” (Flowers in Her Hand). Of a veteran’s life: “…I was a soldier, led to the places that left me bereaved….Came home a stranger….” (The Rift). Of a homeless girl: “How can this be, in the land of the free….no one is listening…” (She’s On Her Own).

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Mike Seeger Passes

Article written by on Friday, Aug 14, 2009 in Passings,People

Folk musician Mike Seeger, a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, passed away on Friday, August 7 at the age of 75. Mike was half-brother to Pete Seeger and brother to Peggy Seeger. He was an essential part of the folk music movement of the mid-twentieth century and spent a good part of his life collecting folk music and making it known to a wider audience. He will be greatly missed.

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