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  • 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...
  • 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...