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  • Walt Robertson - part 1

    ARTICLE WALT ROBERTSON“Dean of Northwest Folk Singers” (Part 1)by Bob Nelson Walt Robertson (1928-1994) was known as the “Dean of Northwest Folk Singers.” His impact on the Northwest folk scene was immense and spanned nearly 50 years. Start...
  • Oregon Folklife Network

    ARTICLE By Nathan Moore The Oregon Folklife Network's (OFN) mission is to document, sustain, and promote Oregon's diverse folk traditions.  Located at the University of Oregon, the OFN continues the work of the Oregon Folklife Program (OFP), which opera...
  • New Hard Time Blues

    CD REVIEW NEW HARD TIME BLUESLow Tide Drifters - 2011 CDBaby The Low Tide Drifters are a folk roots band, formed in 2007 in Eugene, Oregon  They are influenced by socially-conscious folk-singers like Woody Guthrie and Utah Phillips, and their songs refl...
  • Grapevine - Andrew Calhoun

    CD REVIEW ANDREW CALHOUN - GRAPEVINEWaterbug - 2011 CDBaby What’s not to like about this new CD! From the first moments I was captured by Andrew Calhoun’s rich and sonorous voice. And even better was his choice of the first song … an a cappella sin...
  • Debra Cowan - Preview

    CONCERT PREVIEW DEBRA COWAN7:30 pm, Nov. 4th, Seattle House Concert Debra Cowan is coming to the West Coast for the Folk Alliance Region West Conference. Oct. 20-23 in Eugene, Oregon. When she called to set up a Seattle concert I was very excited. I’ve...
  • Dana & Susan - Preview

    CONCERT PREVIEW DANA & SUSAN ROBINSON7:30 pm, Oct. 28th, Couth Buzzard Books Dana and Susan Robinson, from Ashville, North Carolina, were last in Seattle in 2009 at the Haller Lake Community Club. They gave a great performance and we’re excited to have...
  • MusicBox Project

    ARTICLE  Dyann Arthur and the MusicBox Project’s Americana Women by Devon Leger Seattle folklorist and filmmaker Dyann Arthur has been putting countless miles on her car and traveling cross-country to document the music of Americana women, but this ...
  • Brokedown Ballads - CD

    CD REVIEW BROKEDOWN BALLADS & HARD LUCK BLUES SONGS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION -  Eddie McGehee Fire Mountain Music - FMM-110401, CDBaby “Songs are the statements of a people. You can learn more about people by listening to their so...
  • Long Gone - CD Review

    CD REVIEW LONG GONEUtah Remembers Bruce “Utah” PhillipsWaterbug, WBG-96 © 2011  This is more than just another tribute to Utah Phillips, it is a remembrance of him by many artists who were influenced by him, studied under him, performed with him, ...
  • Harry Stamper

    ARTICLE A VISIT WITH HARRY STAMPER ILWU Labor Activist, Songwriter, Musician by Nathan Moore Last month, my wife and I traveled to the tiny town of Charleston, Oregon to meet Harry Stamper—retired longshoreman, labor activ...
  • Seattle World's Fair

    ARTICLE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARYTHE 1962 SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIR FOLK SONGS SUNG AT THE UN PAVILION by Stewart Hendrickson  During the 1962 Seattle World's Fair local folk singers would gather every Sunday afternoon in front of the UN Pavilion in ...
  • Remembering Harry Stamper

    ARTICLE HARRY STAMPER (1944-2012): FOLKSINGER by Nathan Moore “The woods are full of wannabe, wouldbe, and hopetobe songwriters who write songs that will never be sung because they are no good. I wasn’t holding my breath while I waited f...
  • Archiving makes humble

    ARTICLE ARCHIVING MAKES YOU HUMBLE/CRAZY By Bob Nelson  There’s something of an untold history in our region, that by default, I now find myself documenting. I say, “default” as no one else seems to be doing it. It’s the history of the folk...
  • Soul of a Fiddle

    ARTICLE THE SOUL OF A FIDDLE By Stewart Hendrickson I was given an old fiddle by a friend. This was his mother's violin, but it had a sad and traumatic history. His mother was not always sane and used the instrument to punish and put fear...
  • Lost and Found - CD Review

    CD REVIEW KATE MacLEOD and KAT EGGLESTONLOST and FOUND Waterbug WBG100 - © 2011   Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston have put together a beautiful CD with a wide variety of music, both vocal and instrumental. It includes original songs by Ka...
  • Heavy Bug - Lindsay Street

    CD REVIEW Heavy Bug - Lindsay Street © 2011, Etsy My first reaction to this recording was – these people are having fun! That began with the colorful and whimsical cover artwork and continued with the upbeat, happy and sometimes humorous tunes a...
  • 40 Years of Folklife

    ARTICLE Washington Old Time Fiddlers performing at the Plaza of the States, NW Folklife, 1972 4o YEARS OF FOLKLIFE - 1972-2011 The First NW Folklife Festival – 1972An Audacious Beginningby Stewart HendricksonAfter recently witnessing the 39th Annual ...
  • CD House of Memory

    CD REVIEW House of Memory - Rose Laughlin, 2011. CD Baby  House of Memory is Rose Laughlin’s third CD and the best by far. It is professionally produced with a stellar cast of supporting musicians: Kat Eggleston – guitar, harmony vocals, hammered du...
  • Earl Robinson

    ARTICLE Earl Robinson - photo by Jim Robinson Earl Robinson – Seattle-Born Composer/Song Writer/ActivistBy Stewart Hendrickson Bob Nelson recently loaned me a collection of posters of folk music concerts in Seattle in the ea...
  • Woody in the Northwest - Part 3

    ARTICLE WOODY GUTHRIE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWESTPART 3, by Carl Allen By mid June, 1941 Woody's thirty day contract to write songs about the New Deal hydro power programs was over.  He had written twenty six songs in those fertile thirty days.  Where di...