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  • 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...