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  • 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...
  • 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...