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  • 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...
  • NW Fiddle Field Recordings

    ARTICLE NORTHWEST FIDDLE FIELD RECORDINGSPhil and Vivian Williams have a web-based library of a hundred or more recordings of fiddle tunes, mostly by Northwest fiddlers. "For over fifty years we have been doing field recording of fiddlers in the Pacif...
  • PNWFS - Past, Present & Future - Needs You

    ARTICLE From a 1914 recruitment poster depicting Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener, used in the British Army recruitment campaign of World War I. THE PACIFIC NW FOLKLORE SOCIETY PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE – WE NEED YOU!by Stewart Hendrickson This ...
  • Silkie Lore

    ARTICLE SILKIE FOLKLOREby Stewart Hendrickson "It all started long ago when the cottages on Ron Mor were newly built, five or six there must have been then, right down on the shore of the only bay on the island, and a family living in each. They w...
  • Woody in the Northwest - Part 2

    ARTICLE WOODY GUTHRIE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWESTPART 2,  by Carl Allen When we last left Woody he was Los Angeles with his wife Mary and three small children, broke and unemployed. Gunther Von Frisch, a film director for the Bonneville Power Administrati...
  • Busking Musician - Hillibilly Willy

    COLUMN Hillbilly Willy at the Tempe Art Festival THE BUSKING MUSICIANCROW, A.K.A. HILLBILLY WILLYby Artis the Spoonman "Crow is one of my names... Born near a car raised on the road on the West Coast..."Dear Readers,Crow, AKA Hillbilly Willy, is . . . Wh...
  • Woody in the Northwest - Part 1

    ARTICLE WOODY GUTHRIE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWESTby Carl Allen Woody Guthrie had a way of sabotaging success.  After years of roaming the country during the Dust bowl years, writing songs about what he saw and heard, he found himself in New York City sing...
  • Paul Ashford Archive

    ARTICLE  Paul Ashford Archive A Brief Biography Paul Ashford’s collection (at the University of Washington Library) reflects the cultural life of the Seattle and Puget Sound area during the 1930s and ‘40s. The material in the collection ...
  • Murphy & Middaugh

    CD REVIEW MURPHY AND MIDDAUGH (2010)  Orville Murphy & Jerry MiddaughM&M Music - CD BabyTo immerse yourself in this album is to take a journey. With the first song you know you are in the presence of two people who know their ...
  • Old Fisherman

    NEW SONG THE OLD FISHERMAN by Bob NelsonIntroduction by Bob Nelson I’ve been haunted by the story of Pappa Kari, and his eventual death, since I was sixteen. I recently spent time in Westport searching ...
  • Heart of the Matter CD Review

    CD REVIEW Heart of the Matter (2010)Hank Payne & Claire FavroCD Baby This first CD from this new duo is a winner. It’s rare to find first efforts so well done. This CD is a lesson in good musicianship....
  • How Do Ballads Happen

    ARTICLE HOW DO BALLADS HAPPEN? By Bob Nelson As a longtime collector of ballads, I think I’m beginning to understand just how those haunting songs get written. The lasting strength of a ballad comes from the truth of the tale, be it a story of love, h...