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  • 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...
  • Music Sessions

    ARTICLE MUSIC SESSIONS by Stewart Hendrickson There are many types of sessions where musicians get together to make music. Some, like Irish sessions, are devoted to a particular genre of music, while others may be restricted to instrumental music or...
  • Wild Bill Jones - CD

    CD REVIEW WILD BILL JONES The Quiet American. 2013, CD Baby Wild Bill Jones, the fourth CD by the Quiet American, a.k.a. Aaron Keim, is a little different in that it takes a thematic approach. Aaron and his wife Nicole, along with a couple of talented b...
  • Murphy&Middaugh-CD

    CD REVIEW MURPHY & MDDAUGH - SWEET SUNNY SOUTHOrville Murphy and Jerry Middaugh. 2013,  CD Baby With the release of their second CD Sweet Sunny South, Orville (Murph) Murphy and Jerry Middaugh again demonstrate their consummate musicianship. This is a ...
  • Musical Instruments, Not Guns

    ARTICLE Seattle Music Project MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, NOT GUNS by Stewart Hendrickson “The huge spiritual world that music produces in itself, ends up overcoming material poverty. From the minute a child’s taught how to play an instrument, he’s no lon...
  • Bob Nelson Folksong Collection

    ARTICLE THE BOB NELSON COLLECTION OF FOLK MUSICby John Vallier Bob Nelson approached the University of Washington Libraries in May 2011. He was eager to tell my colleagues and I about the collections of Pacific Northwest folk music he had been compiling...
  • Songs For Our Ancestors - CD Review

    CD REVIEW SONGS FOR OUR ANCESTORSMary Garvey, 2012 - CDBaby  Mary Garvey has done it again! After the success of “Northwest Tugboat Tales”, Mary has again been the spark that has produced this wonderful collection of Irish songs with the theme of t...
  • The Road Goes Ever On

    NEW RECORDING  I found a reel-to-reel recording of a concert I gave in 1972. I recently had it digitized and would like to share it with you here. I plan to produce this as a CD in the near future. You can also watch a video with audio and photographs. ...
  • Pretty Little Feet CD Review

    CD REVIEW PRETTY LITTLE FEETThe Mountain RunnersPretty Little Feet – 2012. CD BabyMusic in this album by Pretty Little Feet, an acoustic old-time music duo from Bellingham, WA, was used in the film, The Mountain Runners, documenting the Mount Baker Mara...
  • Finnish Fiddle Music

    ARTICLE Arto Järvelä and Kaivama (Sara Pajunen and Jonathan Rundman)Finnish Fiddle MusicKaivama and Arto Järveläby Stewart HendricksonLast May I enjoyed hearing some great Finnish fiddle music by Kaivama,  a duo of two young musicians of Finnish-Amer...
  • Tales From The Bar - CD Review

    CD REVIEW TALES FROM THE BAR – Songs of the lower Columbia RiverMaritime Folknet, 2012. Available from CDBaby.This CD is a collection of songs, mostly original, about crossing the Columbia bar, shipwrecks, fishing, towns and locales along the river, loc...
  • Laurie Riley Blog

    INTERNET REVIEW New Music Blog for Acoustic MusiciansLaurie Riley, an accomplished local harpist and multi-instrumentalist, has a new blog site for acoustic musicians at all skill levels. She posts on a variety of music-related topics: performance, busine...
  • Irish Slow Airs into Songs

    ARTICLE The Burren (Co. Claire, Ireland; photo © S. Hendrickson, 2004 ) Irish Slow Airs into Song By Stewart Hendrickson When I’ve had too much of fast jigs and reels and need some soothing contemplative music I turn to slow airs. M...
  • Don Fiirth Interview

    ARTICLE AN INTERVIEW WITH DON FIRTH As part of Bob Nelson's ongoing archive project he is interviewing some prominent folk musicians who have played major roles in the development of folk music in the Puget Sound region. Recently he interviewed Don Firt...
  • My Dream Café

    ARTICLE The Taybank - Dunkeld, Scotland My Dream CaféStewart Hendrickson Greg Brown has a song called The Dream Café, but it’s more about a mysterious woman than a café. My Dream Café is about music and musicians. Several years ago as my wife and I...
  • Seattle Song Circle

    ARTICLE  THE SEATTLE SONG CIRCLEthe old days by Bob Nelson   As I write this, I am listening to a recording made in 1979 of a Seattle song circle. The music I am hearing is breathtaking. It is group and solo singing at it’s finest. I am hearing a v...
  • Utah Phillips Songbook

    BOOK REVIEW STARLIGHT ON THE RAILS AND OTHER SONGS Dream Garden Press, Great Salt Lake CityA REVIEW - by Nathan Moore Utah Phillips was one of the most revered folksingers in the United States, known for his powerful songs about workers, union organiz...
  • Walt Robertson - part 2

    ARTICLE WALT ROBERTSON“Dean of Northwest Folk Singers” (Part 2)by Bob NelsonI've been a-wanderin’, early and late,New York City, to the Golden Gate,And it looks likeAin’t never gonna’ cease my wanderin’ In my first article I described how ...
  • Molly Buckham - CD Review

    CD REVIEW MOLLY BAUCKHAM: MAID ON THE SHORE 2011, CD Baby, Website What a delight! Molly Bauckham has put together a beautiful collection of tunes and songs with  harp and voice. Accompanying her on some of the tracks ...