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  • 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”...
  • Gigs, Anger & Lifestyle

    COLUMN THE BUSKING MUSICIANGIGS, ANGER & LIFESTYLEby Artis the Spoonman Dear Readers:  Busking is not a means in itself.  That is, whether you think you are devoted to busking as a lifestyle or not, if you are successful at entertaining, someone is goi...
  • Seattle Song Circle

    ARTICLE  The Seattle Folklore Society Song Circleby Hank PayneLast Sunday Claire Favro and I wound up the weekend in Seattle and decided to attend the Song Circle sponsored by the Seattle Folklore Society (SFS). There were about fifteen voices and song l...
  • On The Road Again

    ARTICLE ON THE ROAD AGAINby Bob Nelson Hey, that might be a great title for a song, eh? At my tender age of 72, Judy and I hit the road for a ten day vacation and singing tour. We had spent several weeks in the planning, connecting with folks in Idaho an...
  • Humility

    COLUMN  THE BUSKING MUSICIANHumility, Humiliationby Artis the Spoonman Dear Readers, Busking, as a life style, is an extensive array of experiences that probably doesn't occur in many other vocations, even theater entertainment.  I have met and known bu...
  • Rhapsody In Bloom

    VENUE REVIEW A Rhapsody In Bloom“Bloomin’ Music” by Matthew Moeller I’ve heard from my father (an avid gardener) that a patient gardener grows beautiful flowers. I’ve never had enough patience which is probably why I’ve never been a good g...
  • Wayward Coffeehouse

    ARTICLE COFFEEHOUSE CONCERTS AT THE WAYWARD COFFEEHOUSEby Stewart Hendrickson Coffeehouses played a big role in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. Don Firth, whose interest in folk music began in the 1950s in Seattle, recent...
  • Busking Musician

    COLUMN THE BUSKING MUSICIANAn Overview of Buskingby Artis the SpoonmanDear Readers, My name is Artis. I have been carrying the moniker “the Spoonman” for 35+ years. The vast majority of my entertainment lifestyle has been performing on the streets and...
  • Archiving Folk Music

    ARCHIVING FOLK MUSIC By Stewart Hendrickson            Anyone who’s been involved in folk music for many years has probably accumulated a lot of recordings in many different formats. Back in the pre-digital age  we had reel-to-reel ta...
  • Seattle Coffeehouses during the "Folk Revival" of the 1960's

     Seattle Coffeehouses during the "Folk Revival" of the 1960sby Don Firth      According to legend, coffee was discovered in Ethiopia in the ninth century, first roasted, ground, and brewed by the Turks, then brought to Europe by Venetian traders. Cof...