Cecil Sharp Appalachian Diaries to Inspire New Music

Article written by on Monday, Feb 28, 2011 in Concerts,Conferences,Organizations,People

English folk musicologist Cecil Sharp and his secretary Maud Karpeles spent several months of 1916-1918 on multiple trips through the Appalachian Mountains collecting folk songs, largely those Sharp believed to be of British origin. Sharp’s Appalachian diaries are the focus of an upcoming residential project sponsored by the English Folk Dance and Song Society and the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Participants include British folk artists Steve Knightley, Jackie Oates, Andy Cutting, Jim Moray, Patsy Reid and Kathryn Roberts; American folk artist Caroline Herring and Canadian folk artist Leonard Podolak. The week-long project begins March 18 and is intended to result in new folk music works. Concerts and a CD release will follow.


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Saturday is Record Store Day

Article written by on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 in Organizations

Started in 2007 to honor independently owned music retailers, and celebrated the third Saturday in April, Record Store Day is April 18th this year. With special promotions, artist appearances, guitar giveaways and fun activities, it is becoming a popular event. Find your nearest participating record dealer here.

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Willie Nelson Documentary Wins National Headliner Award

Article written by on Sunday, Apr 05, 2009 in Awards,Organizations

A National Headliner Award in the Public Affairs category was recently given to the “Texas Music Matters” program of KUT 90.5 radio, based at the University of Texas at Austin, for the audio documentary “Amazing Grace: The Story of Willie Nelson.” The documentary was produced by David Brown of KUT along with journalist Michael May. The awards are given by the Press Club of Atlantic City.

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RootsFest Denver March 28

Article written by on Monday, Mar 23, 2009 in Concerts,Festivals,Organizations

The Swallow Hill Music Association is celebrating its 30th anniversary Saturday night, with RootsFest Denver, an event known in previous years as the Denver Folk & Roots Music Festival. Shawn Colvin, Leo Kottke, the Boulder Acoustic Society and Joe Pug are among the performers. Also playing is the longrunning bluegrass group Hot Rize, currently consisting of Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Nick Forster and Pete Wernick. A Taylor Leo Kottke 12-string guitar, signed by Leo Kottke and estimated to be worth $3400, will be raffled off at the festival. The location is the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available online or at the box office.

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Greg Brown to Play Autism Benefit Concert at Chicago’s Harris Theater March 19

Article written by on Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 in Concerts,Organizations

The nonprofit organization Parents Allied with Children and Teachers for Tomorrow (PACTT) is sponsoring a concert by folk singer/songwriter Greg Brown to benefit children and young people suffering from severe autism.

Tickets range from $25 to $100, with the $100 including premium seating and a private afterparty with the Grammy-nominated performer.

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Winter Bluegrass Weekend March 6-8 in Minnesota

Article written by on Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 in Concerts,Conferences,Organizations

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association will hold its Winter Bluegrass Weekend in Plymouth, Minnesota this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Headliners Greg Cahill and The Special Consensus will play two concerts Saturday night. Bands performing throughout the festival include the Mill City Grinders, the Goose River Boys, Hello Stranger, Morgans Run, Switched at Birth and a multitude of others. Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass and guitar workshops and the Grass Seeds Academy youth workshop are among the many activities offered.

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Chad Mitchell Trio Celebrates 50 Years

Article written by on Wednesday, Mar 04, 2009 in Concerts,Organizations

The Cedar Lane Universalist Unitarian Church in Bethesda, Maryland will be the venue for two World Folk Music Association anniversary celebrations in one: 50 years of the Chad Mitchell Trio and 25 years of folk/acoustic duo Side by Side. The concert will be held March 31; tickets (all general admission) are on sale for $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

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Job Opening: Swallow Hill Music Association Executive Director

Article written by on Sunday, Mar 25, 2007 in Organizations

The Swallow Hill Music Association seeks a dynamic, experienced and creative Executive Director to lead, develop and operate the organization.

Located in Denver, Colorado, The Swallow Hill Music Association is the largest folk, roots and acoustic music organization west of the Mississippi. Swallow Hill is an award winning 30-year-old non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and presentation of folk and roots music. It currently presents more than 250 concerts a year in a 22,000 square foot facility with two concert halls and a coffee house. Through its on-site music school, Swallow Hill provides instruction to more than 3000 students enrolled in 300+ classes.


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