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  • Music For The Rest Of Us

    CD REVIEW MUSIC FOR THE REST OF USThe Low Tide Drifters (©2014)CD Baby This latest release from Eugene, Oregon’s Low Tide Drifters could be classified as music with a social conscience. Their songs touch on poverty, depression-era stories, lab...
  • Songs From a Rocking Chair

    CD REVIEW SONGS FROM A ROCKING CHAIRThe Quiet AmericanAaron & Nicole Keim (©2014), CD Baby In this latest release from the Quiet American, Aaron and Nichole Keim create the feel of sitting on a rustic back porch in a comfortable rocking chai...
  • Collecting Songs

    ARTICLE COLLECTING SONGS By Stewart Hendrickson I’ve been coming to the community SING at Dusty Strings for over a year now and usually bring a new song to share each time. Kate Power, director of the Dusty Strings Music School, calls me a ...
  • Many Ways of Learning

    ARTICLE FULL BENEFIT MANY WAYS OF LEARNING by Laurie RileyLearning obviously comes from many sources and in many ways. We can learn music from our families, peers, friends, teachers, recordings, and/or You Tube. We can learn from notation or tabla...
  • On The Blessed Road - CD Review

    CD REVIEW ON THE BLESSED ROAD Julie Mainstone For her second CD Julie Mainstone has put together a stellar group of local musicians from Vashon Island to produce an interesting and varied collection of traditional and contemporary songs.  Mount...
  • Anerican Women - MusicBox Project

    ARTICLE a mural of Alice Gerrard at her home “AMERICANA WOMEN Movie + Music Night” Benefit Event for MusicBox ProjectSat, Feb. 15, 2014by Dyann Arthur MusicBox Project, a Snohomish-based 501(c)(3)non-profit arts organization run by Dyann and Rick Arth...
  • Music is Not a Spectator Sport

    ARTICLE MUSIC IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT!Making Music Together in the Seattle Areaby Stewart Hendrickson In the beginning there was music. I think we are genetically programed to respond to music by playing instruments, singing, and moving our bodies in...
  • Listening, Really Listening

    ARTICLE Listening, Really Listening by Laurie RileyAt some time in our lives most of us, musicians and non-musicians alike, have played and re-played some favorite recording until, from repeated listening, we know every note of it. But did we realiz...
  • Musical Sentences

    ARTICLE MUSICAL SENTENCES by Stewart Hendrickson A thread on the Mudcat.org titled “musical sentences” began: “During a quiet spell in chat we started bandying about daft sentences made up of tunes.” Starting with about five sentences in th...
  • Heart's Swift Foot

    CD REVIEW The Heart's Swift FootRed Tail Ring, © 2013 CD BabyThere is a lot to like about this CD, the third release from Michigan-based folk duo Red Tail Ring. Just two musicians with guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and dobro, no overdubbing or ...
  • Odd Meters

    ARTICLE ODD METERS - 7/8 ANYONE? by Stewart HendricksonRecently some Irish musicians have been composing tunes in odd meters such as 7/8. One example of this is the "Road To Barga" (starts at about 1:47 on the video) by Cillian Vallely of the Irish ...
  • Princeton Traditional Music Festival

    ARTICLE The Princeton Traditional Music Festivalby Rika Ruebsaat with intro. by Stewart HendricksonThe Sixth Annual Princeton Traditonal Music Festival takes place in Princeton, B.C. Canada this August 16-18. The whole town of Princeton comes out to sup...
  • Styles – Making Your Music Your Own

    ARTICLE Styles – Making Your Music Your Own, Within the Style You Play by Laurie RileyThere are purists whose aim is to preserve every piece of traditional music in the exact form they find it. This preserves musical styles, but the folk process (...
  • The Folk Process

    ARTICLE The Folk Process - Embrace the Change by Laurie Riley“But you’re playing it wrong!” “That’s how I learned it from so-and-so.” “Well, it really goes like this.” how often have you heard that? Probably quite a lot. In classical...
  • Paul Newman's Greatest Scene

    ARTICLE Paul Newman’s Greatest SceneBy Ross Altman  (Reprinted by permission from FolkWorks) “You better kill me this time, Burt…you better have your goons go all the way with me; because if you just break my thumbs again, or my arms and legs, I’...
  • Musicl Styles

    ARTICLE Styles – Regional, National and Personal by Laurie RileyPersonal Style. Whether you’re aware of it or not, you have a personal style of playing (in addition to the genre of music you play). Your personal style is not necessarily someth...
  • Learn The Song

    ARTICLE LEARN THE SONG by Stewart Hendrickson A few years ago I wrote a piece entitled “Not In The Book” in which I said that Rise Up Singing “is really a fine collection of songs to sing in groups, but not to be used in group...
  • Sessions - Hoot Style

    ARTICLE SESSIONS - HOOT STYLE by Bob Nelson We recently participated in an amazing hoot. It was our annual get-a-away to a gorgeous B&B at Skamokawa, Washington. This was the fifth year when a bunch of us Seattle folkies come down and take over the faci...
  • Irish Music Session

    ARTICLE THE IRISH MUSIC SESSION by Stewart Hendrickson What is the nature of playing Irish music in pubs? What happens when Irish musicians get together and play? What are the preferred instruments? What is the proper session etiquette? ...
  • Irish Session - Origins

    ARTICLE THE IRISH SESSION - ORIGINS by Stewart Hendrickson There is an Irish session at Fadó, an Irish pub near Pioneer Square in Seattle. With its dark wood, old Irish pictures and artifacts, and a pint of dark Guinness, it evokes the feeling of...