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  • 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...
  • Busking Musician - Jim Page

    COLUMN Artis and Jim Page at Ballard Market THE BUSKING MUSICIANJIM PAGEby Artis the Spoonman Jim Page is a songwriter/troubadour. I met Jim shortly after he arrived in Seattle, in 1971. A - Jim, when/where did you begin busking?J - New York City, Greenw...
  • Seattle Coffeehouse Live!

    ARTICLE SEATTLE COFFEEHOUSE LIVE!A Virtual CDBy Stewart Hendrickson  In March, 2008, the Pacific NW Folklore Society began a monthly series of Coffeehouse Concerts. Starting at the Kaffee Shachor in Green Lake, and then the Library Cafe on Crown Hill, w...
  • Magpie

    CONCERT PREVIEW MAGPIE RETROSPECTIVEby J. W. McClure  November 6 the Seattle Folklore Society will feature Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino of Magpie in a rare West Coast appearance. Their recent release “In This World” contains many of their memorabl...
  • Chico Schwall

    CD PREVIEW CHICO SCHWALL TRADITIONAL MEETS ORIGINAL FOLK MUSICThen What's It For? CD Previewby Nathan Moore “I remember you playing in Eugene thirty years ago,” an audience member recently exclaimed to folksinger and multi-instrumentalist Chico Schw...
  • Interview - Orville Murphy & Jerry Middaugh

    ARTICLE PACIFIC NW FOLKSINGER INTERVIEWSORVILLE MURPHY & JERRY MIDDAUGHInterviewed by Bob Nelson, Sept. 22, 2010  This is the first in what we hope are a series of interviews with prominent folksingers of the Pacific Northwest. Bob Nelson interviewed Or...
  • Busking Musician Reggie Miles

    COLUMN THE BUSKING MUSICIANREGGIE MILESby Artis the Spoonman Dear Reader: About 30 years ago, in the very early 80s or late 70s, I met Reggie Miles. We were in a band together for a couple of years and have performed and traveled together often throughou...