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  • Humility

    COLUMN  THE BUSKING MUSICIANHumility, Humiliationby Artis the Spoonman Dear Readers, Busking, as a life style, is an extensive array of experiences that probably doesn't occur in many other vocations, even theater entertainment.  I have met and known bu...
  • Rhapsody In Bloom

    VENUE REVIEW A Rhapsody In Bloom“Bloomin’ Music” by Matthew Moeller I’ve heard from my father (an avid gardener) that a patient gardener grows beautiful flowers. I’ve never had enough patience which is probably why I’ve never been a good g...
  • Wayward Coffeehouse

    ARTICLE COFFEEHOUSE CONCERTS AT THE WAYWARD COFFEEHOUSEby Stewart Hendrickson Coffeehouses played a big role in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. Don Firth, whose interest in folk music began in the 1950s in Seattle, recent...
  • Busking Musician

    COLUMN THE BUSKING MUSICIANAn Overview of Buskingby Artis the SpoonmanDear Readers, My name is Artis. I have been carrying the moniker “the Spoonman” for 35+ years. The vast majority of my entertainment lifestyle has been performing on the streets and...
  • Archiving Folk Music

    ARCHIVING FOLK MUSIC By Stewart Hendrickson            Anyone who’s been involved in folk music for many years has probably accumulated a lot of recordings in many different formats. Back in the pre-digital age  we had reel-to-reel ta...
  • Seattle Coffeehouses during the "Folk Revival" of the 1960's

     Seattle Coffeehouses during the "Folk Revival" of the 1960sby Don Firth      According to legend, coffee was discovered in Ethiopia in the ninth century, first roasted, ground, and brewed by the Turks, then brought to Europe by Venetian traders. Cof...
  • CARY IT ON

    CARRY IT ONBy Stewart Hendrickson     Go to any folk music concert now, and what do you see? A sea of gray-haired old folkies, myself included. This is the music we grew up with in the late ‘50s, ‘60s and even early ‘70s....
  • Folk Music & Folklore of PNW

    FOLKLORE & FOLKMUSIC OF THE NORTHWESTKCTS-TV Show, Jan. 20, 1959, Seattle     In 1959 KCTS-TV in Seattle produced a series of six programs entitled Ballads and Books. Five of these programs were recorded in the studio by Bob Nelson. The fifth program ...
  • Ethics Of Archiving

    ETHICS OF ARCHIVINGBy Bob Nelson     I was thirteen when I heard my first folksong. It came to me by way of a man who had a profound impact in my life, Bill Higley, aka “WilliWaw Willy.” He was a radio personality from the earliest days of radio w...
  • An Appreciation of Stew Hendrickson

    An Appreciation of Stew Hendricksonby Bob Nelson     It was just over five years ago that I started hearing that there was a new guy in town I should meet, and I did meet him when Stew and Betty Hendrickson came to our annual hoot in Everett. This was...
  • Paul Ashford - Pacific Northwest Folklorist

    PAUL ASHFORD - PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOLKLORISTStewart HendricksonOn May 26, 2008 I led a workshop at NW Folklife, “55-Years Folksinging in Seattle.” One of the panel members, John Ashford, talked about his father Paul, a song collector and folk singer in...
  • Stan James: 1935-2008

    STAN JAMES: May 20, 1935 - October 31, 2008 photo by Paul Dorpat     Stan James, a Seattle folksinger from the early 1950s passed away at his cabin near Granite Falls. One of the mainstays of folk music in this area, he was one of a group of young fol...
  • Live Local Music in Seattle

    LIVE LOCAL MUSIC IN SEATTLEWhere have all the audiences gone?     Where have all the audiences gone? / Long time passing, / Where have all the audiences gone? / Long time ago. / Where have all the audiences gone? / Gone as relics, every one. / When wi...
  • Hootenannies in Seattle

    HOOTENANNIES IN SEATTLEStewart Hendrickson     Hootenanny was a term you used if you couldn’t think of the right word, like thingamabob, gizmo or whatchamacallit. Its use to describe a folk music jam originated in Seattle.     Pete Seeger and Wo...