A New Hand at the Tiller

Article written by on Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 in Announcements

I’m really excited to announce that after more than a year of silence the Back Porch News has a new owner!!

Sharon Lundsford is taking over editorial duties at the “news” as of today and over the next couple of months the site and email list will be moved to her web hosting account. Sharon is a fan of the kinds of music covered here, has lots of ideas for moving the site forward and is looking forward to getting more involved with the folk music community. Please make her welcome.

Thanks to all of you for reading over the last few years and especially thanks to all of you who’ve been patiently waiting for something to happen while I was trying to find someone to take over. I’ll see you around, at a festival or concert somewhere. Keep picking and singing.


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The Back Porch News is For Sale

Article written by on Saturday, Jan 26, 2008 in Announcements

Update: The site now has a new owner. After much thought I’ve decided to put The Back Porch News up for sale. My time and energy are going into new projects and as much as I keep thinking I’ll get back to ‘The News’ it just hasn’t happened. I’ve put a lot of time and effort into the site over the last four years and I’d really like to see it continue.

If you are looking for fame and fortune traditional music probably isn’t the best subject to write about but as weblogs go Back Porch News is modestly successful. It has about 172 subscribers and and gets about 1900 page views a month. It makes a tiny amount of advertising revenue. It could bring in more if properly handled but we are talking about folk music.

However if you love folk music and want to share that love with other people AND you want to help the community grow and prosper this could be your chance.

The price depends, frankly on who you are and what you want to do with the site. For a strictly commercial sale I’d be looking for about $2,500. For someone with the right plans for the site it could be considerably less. If you think you might be interested use the contact form to get in touch with me.

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Henrietta Yurchenco 1916-2007

Article written by on Monday, Dec 17, 2007 in Passings

Folk radio pioneer Henrietta Yurchenco died last week at 91. The following is from Eli Smith co-producer of her latest project “Down Home Radio”.


Dear Friends,

I am very sorry to report that Henrietta Yurchenco, my friend and co-creator of Down Home Radio, died on the morning of Monday Dec. 10th at the age of 91. Although she had not been feeling well for some time, her death was never-the-less sudden and shocking. She was an extraordinary person, incredibly full of life, energy and love for people and for music. Henrietta leaves behind untold numbers of friends, devoted students and people who she influenced in any number of ways. The value of her work documenting and promoting the indigenous cultures of Mexico, the United States and many other parts of the world is extraordinary.

The Down Home Radio project was not Henrietta’s first time around with radio, it was more like her fourth or fifth, and yet she approached it with all the zeal of someone a quarter her age. (more…)

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Tommy Makem Has Died

Article written by on Thursday, Aug 02, 2007 in Passings

Tommy Makem died Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer. Born in Armagh Ireland he came to the United States in 1955 looking for work as an actor. The folk music revival was booming in New York city in the late 1950s.
After teaming up with Liam, Tom, and Paddy Clancy they found a ready audience for the songs all of them had learned in childhood. Together they largely introduced irish music to the U.S.

Condolences and Mass Cards can be sent to PO Box 336, Dover, NH 03821-0336. New York Times Article

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Site News June 2007

Article written by on Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 in Announcements

I know things have been rather slow here of late. I haven’t gone away or given up. I’ve been quite busy with another project….

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FAR West Region Folk Alliance Conference

Article written by on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 in Conferences


Main Showcase applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) annual conference.

This year’s conference will be held November 2-4, 2007 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington near Portland, Oregon.

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Hear Merlefest Live

Article written by on Tuesday, Apr 24, 2007 in On The Web

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Merlefest 2007 begins this Thursday, April 26th, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in North Carolina. It’s one of the largest Americana music festivals in the country. This year, Main Stage performers include Doc Watson, Alison Krauss, Pam Tillis, The Waybacks, Sam Bush, Earl Scruggs, The Duhks and more.

The Wilkes Community College campus radio station, WSIF, has carried a feed from the Watson Stage, on its broadcast for many years. This year, for the first time ever, WSIF will be streaming their radio signal, so fans around the world can listen in. At showtime, go to to hear the free live feed.

Again this year, will be at Merlefest, recording, archiving and rebroadcasting performances from the stages of Merlefest. You can hear selected sets during regular broadcasting hours on the station’s stream. Performances from participating artists will be posted on mvy’s Merlefest page, There will also be tons of pictures, interviews and a Merlefest journal on that page.

Hear a Merlefest preview show from April 11th, hosted by WSIF’s Al DeLaChica, at

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Red Truck Radio

Article written by on Tuesday, Apr 24, 2007 in On The Web

Red Truck Radio is a monthly streaming radio show which bills its self as “Real Music from Real Places”.

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