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  • Excellence is Not the Exception

    ARTICLE EXCELLENCE IS NOT THE EXCEPTION by Laurie RileyIt’s assumed by most people that only a few can achieve excellence. That’s why the word exists  –  to excel in something means to do significantly better than the norm. But it’s really...
  • Montrond Tapes

    ARTICLE THE STORY OF THE MONTROND TAPESby Bob Nelson  It was in the Spring of 1959 that the late Don Firth and I left Seattle and headed south, seeking our fame and fortune. (our fame was fleeting, as was our fortune). As was the plan, we crashed with "P...
  • Paddy Graber - obituary

    Obituary PADDY GRABER (1925-2015)  Paddy Graber passed away Dec. 26, 2015, age 90, in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. He was born in Co. Tipperary, Ireland on December 18, 1925. From his mother, Eileen (Mead), a well-known traditional singer, he learned a vast r...
  • Performance Anxiety - Part 2

    ARTICLE A NEW VIEW OF PERFORMANCE ANXIETY - Part 2 by Laurie Riley(This article is a continuation of Part 1, which can be found here) As a performer, your demeanor signals audiences how to react; it affects how they feel about you, about your music,...
  • Hootenannies- Don Firth

    ARTICLE HOOTENANNIES IN SEATTLE - 1950s - Don Firth Introduction by Stewart Hendrickson: This is the first of a series of articles on the early Seattle folk music scene taken from the personal reminiscences of the late Don Firth – this one from the Mud...
  • Performance Anxiety

    ARTICLE A NEW VIEW OF PERFORMANCE ANXIETY by Laurie Riley“Stage Fright”, as we often call it, is the bane of many a performer, both amateur and professional. Although some won’t admit it, a majority of performing musicians experience some form...
  • Red Scare Seattle Folk Music

    ARTICLE Woody Guthrie, Ivar Haglund, Pete Seeger, Terry Pattus (SeattleMet)THE RED SCARE AND SEATTLE FOLK MUSICThe Dark Side by Bob Nelson Born in 1937 and raised in the Seattle area, I’ve been blessed, or perhaps cursed, with a rich heritag...
  • Don Firth (1931-2015)

    ObituaryDon Firth (1931-2015) Don Firth passed away in Seattle, Washington on Friday morning, September 4, 2015. He was a pillar of the folk music community of the Pacific Northwest since the early 1950's, and a founding member of the Pacific Northw...
  • Theodore Bikel

    ObituaryTheodore Bikel, Actor, Musician, Dies at 91 Theodore Bikel died Monday, July 20, 2015, at age 91. He was an actor, folk singer, musician, composer, and activist. Some of Bikel's most notable acting included an early role in the London staging o...
  • Why Play Music

    ARTICLE WHY PLAY MUSIC, ANYWAY? by Laurie RileyAsk any number of musicians why they play music, and you’ll get a different answer from each one, ranging from, “My parents made me,” to “I can’t NOT play music – it’s my passion!” Ass...
  • Klezmer Music Seattle

    ARTICLE KLEZMER MUSIC AND SEATTLE   by Bernice Maslan What is klezmer music? Klezmer music originated in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s. Lovely melodies were played to accompany wedding celebrations; different tunes helped to shape and choreog...
  • Songs of the Pacific NW

    ARTICLE SONGS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST by Stewart Hendrickson There is a wealth of songs of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). They tell of our history, labor and leisure, joys and sorrows. Some are old and traditional, others more recent, and some are s...
  • Coffee Stories - CD Review

    CD REVIEW The Coffee Stories: Musical Memoir from Cold Spring and BeyondAnita Rose MerandoCD Baby  2014 Anita Rose, formerly of Seattle, sent me this wonderful double-CD album that combines her childhood stories of growing up in a strong, close-knit ...
  • Music Changes the Brain

    ARTICLE MUSIC CHANGES THE BRAIN by Laurie RileyIn the last twenty years or so it has come to our attention that there is researched proof that music positively affects how our neurology develops. Humans are musical beings and have always used musi...
  • Claudia Schmidt

    ARTICLE CLAUDIA SCHMIDTPerforms at the Couth Buzzard, April 19 If you listened to the Prairie Home Companion show in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s you certainly knew Claudia Schmidt, one of Garrison Keillor’s regular performers. She was ubiq...
  • Group Singing Workshop

    WORKSHOP Pacific Northwest Folklore SocietyGROUP SINGING WORKSHOPSING TOGETHERStewart Hendrickson Saturday, May 9, 12-2 pmCouth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle Americans don’t sing together anymore. The music industry has convinced...
  • PNWFS-Past, Present, Future

    ARTICLE THE PACIFIC NW FOLKLORE SOCIETY PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE by Stewart Hendrickson This is a reflection on what we have done in past years, how we have evolved in ways that we never expected, what we are doing now, and what we plan for the...
  • Bring Back America Singing

    ARTICLE BRING BACK AMERICA SINGINGBy Stewart Hendrickson When was the last time you sang as part of a community? In a baseball stadium during the seventh-inning stretch when everyone belted out "Take Me Out to the Ballgame?" At church when ever...
  • Seattle Folksingers - The Ashfords

    ARTICLE SEATTLE FOLKSINGERS THOSE WHO LED THE WAYJOHN ASHFORD & SALLY PUSHKARA ASHFORD By Bob Nelson In these articles titled “Those Who Led The Way” I want to bring to you the stories of five folksingers who were very influential in the Sea...
  • J. W. McClure and Friends - CD Review

    CD REVIEW J. W. MCCLURE & FRIENDS Interpretations of Jimmie Rogers J. W. McClure © 2014 CD BabyJ.W. McClure loves to yodel. He has been doing it for "quite a while," he says, and he is very good at it. It's not surprising, then,...