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  • 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...
  • Famous Buskers

    COLUMN THE BUSKING MUSICIANFAMOUS BUSKERSby Artis the Spoonman Dear Readers: There are many buskers who have become famous, some regionally, some nationally, and some internationally. Personally, I feel it is fine and can be fun to accomplish a broad deg...
  • First NW Folklife Festival

    ARTICLE Washington Old Time Fiddlers performing at the Plaza of the States, NW Folklife, 1972The First NW Folklife Festival – 1972A Modest Beginningby Stewart HendricksonAfter recently witnessing the 39th Annual (May, 2010) NW Folklife Festival, with a...
  • Tugboat Tales CD Review

    CD REVIEW NORTHWEST TUGBOAT TALESMaritime Folknet           CDBaby I didn't think there would be so many songs about tugboats, but this is a great collection. Some are new, composed for this CD, and some are not so new. They...
  • Northwest Legends CD Review

    CD REVIEW Allyoop Music, 2010 - CDBaby NORTHWEST LEGENDS, Vol. 1 is a winner. As a native Puget Sounder, I find delight in hearing these familiar legends put to music. Al Hirsch is a talented song writer and performer who took it upon himself to add som...
  • Northwest Legends CD Review

    CD REVIEW Allyoop Music, 2010 - CDBaby NORTHWEST LEGENDS, Vol. 1 is a winner. As a native Puget Sounder, I find delight in hearing these familiar legends put to music. Al Hirsch is a talented song writer and performer who took it upon himself to add som...
  • Tugboat Tales

    ARTICLE TUGBOAT TALESby Stewart Hendrickson Historic Northwest Tugboat Tales is the title of a new CD by a new non-profit organization, Maritime Folknet.. This project grew out of an idea by Mary Garvey, a prolific Northwest songwriter, and the late Stan...
  • Bob Nelson Archiving Update

    ARTICLE BOB NELSON'S ARCHIVING UPDATEby Bob Nelson It’s  almost  two years now since I sat down to seriously begin my folk music archive project. I know that I’m making progress as I’ve burned up five tape recorders, and my CD cabinet needs to ex...
  • What's Your Schtick

    COLUMN THE BUSKING MUSICIANWHAT'S YOUR SCHTICK?by Artis the Spoonman Dear Readers: What are you gonna do? What kinda show are you going to bring to the diverse audience - more diverse than any auditorium, any staged (professional) venue, be it TV, school...
  • Couth Buzzard Cafe Buono

    ARTICLE COUTH BUZZARD - ESPRESSO BUONOBOOKS   FOOD   MUSIC   COMMUNITYGreenwood’s newest bookstore/espresso café/music venue is becoming the new home for the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society. We had our first 2nd-Friday Coffeehouse Concert the...
  • Want To Be A Busker?

    COLUMN THE BUSKING MUSICIANWANT TO BE A BUSKER?by Artis the Spoonman Dear Readers: So, you want to be a busker, eh? So, you want to be homeless; itinerant; often broke; considered a “bum”; disenfranchised; in service to the meek; desperate; damaged; ...
  • March "Music" Madness

    COLUMN MARCH “MUSIC” MADNESSby Hank PayneThey’re cheering or crying in living rooms and sports bars across the country; leaning forward on easy chair or bar tool, praising or cursing the flat screen icon.  That’s how March Madness is experience...
  • Predicaments

    COLUMN THE BUSKING MUSICIANPREDICAMENTSby Artis the Spoonman Dear Readers: There are some aspects of busking that leave a lot to be desired. It seems like there are few vocations that leave one alone, unprotected and insecure among “strangers”. Buske...
  • Singing The New Year In

    ARTICLE SINGING THE NEW YEAR INby Hank Payne and Claire PavroThe new year is here, and we were very happy to sing in our first New Year together, with friends old and new at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (PSGW) New Year’s retreat. This is such a good...
  • Concert Review 1/8/10

    Concert Review Squirrel Butter Smalltime String Bandat the Wayward Coffeehouse 1/8/10  by Jim PortilloTonight, I attended one of the coolest concerts I’ve seen in a long time.  It was an old-time music concert featuring two acts, “Squirrel Butter”...