Folk music

  1. New York 'Seeger Fest' to Honor Pete Seeger

    April 30, 2014 7:59 PM EDT A five-day festival honoring the late folk singer Pete Seeger is set to feature music, film and remembrances in New York City and the state's Hudson Valley region. Related Articles Pete Seeger to be Celebrated at Hudson River's Clearwate ...

  2. Pete Seeger to be Celebrated at Hudson River's Clearwater Festival

    April 16, 2014 8:11 PM EDT Folk singer Pete Seeger's life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer. Related Articles A Petition For a Pete Seeger Memorial on the National Mall: Guest Post by Dan Efram In Memoriam: Arlo Guthrie Remembers Pete See ...

  3. Willie Dixon, Doc Watson, Memphis Slim Footage Unearthed For New Documentary

    June 18, 2012 6:39 PM EDT Folklorist Alan Lomax threw a house party at his New York City home in 1961 to fete the folk musicians -- Roscoe Holcomb, Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson -- in town for a concert thrown by the Friends of Old Time Music. He wanted to mix it up a bit ...

  4. Backbeat: Rufus Wainwright Plays BAM, Why New Mark Ronson-Produced Album is Getting Big Airplay

    May 11, 2012 2:25 PM EDT Rufus Wainwright performs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Thursday night. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Rufus Wainwright kicked off his U.S. tour Wednesday at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music , celebrating the release of his seventh studio album ...

  5. How the UK Folk Music Scene Is Quietly Making Ends Meet

    April 06, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Bellowhead, one of the UK's more successful folk groups which sold 60,000 copies of their 2012 album "Hedonism." This year's U.K. BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards showed one thing about the U.K's folk music scene: With increased co ...

  6. June Tabor Wins Big at UK BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

    February 09, 2012 7:15 AM EST Folk veteran and erstwhile performer June Tabor was queen of the scene at the U.K's 13th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards last night in Salford. The 64-year-old English singer-turned-librarian-turned-singer waltzed away with Folk Singer Of The ...

  7. Bert Jansch, British Folk Legend, Dies at 67

    October 05, 2011 11:46 AM EDT He was quiet, modest, uncomfortable in the spotlight - not looking for No. 1 hits or commercial ditties. But when Bert Jansch picked up an acoustic guitar, people listened, often spellbound by his subtle innovation and mastery. Jansch, who died of ...

  8. Newport Festivals Foundation Announces Creation of Musician-Comprised Advisory Board

    September 30, 2011 12:41 PM EDT The Newport Festivals Foundation announced Wednesday that it has created the Newport Folk Festival Board of Advisors. According to the foundation, the board will serve to "further advance the dialogue with both established and budding musicia ...

  9. National Folk Festival Coming to Nashville

    August 03, 2011 7:40 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville has no theme park, no beach and no casinos. But it has music. Lots of it. The National Folk Festival, which is coming to Nashville Labor Day weekend, caps off several months of major events held here that validate ...

  10. Newport Folk Festival Sells Out

    August 01, 2011 6:59 AM EDT NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Blue skies and strong ticket sales blessed this year's Newport Folk Festival, two days of veteran acts and up-and-comers from a variety of musical genres. An estimated 10,000 people attended the long-running festival Sund ...

  11. Bruce Springsteen Records New Song For Pete Seeger Album: Exclusive

    June 15, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen has recorded a new Pete Seeger song for a Seeger album that is penciled in for release this holiday season. Springsteen sings two verses and a chorus on "God is Counting on Us," a song Seeger wrote in response to the oi ...

  12. Concord Group Acquires Rounder Records

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Concord Group, which owns Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Fantasy, Stax, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, Peak, Heads Up, Prestige, among others, announced it has acquired Rounder Records. Forty year old Rounder’s roster includes Alison ...

  13. Canadian Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle Dies At 63

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canadian folk singer and songwriter Kate McGarrigle, best known for performing with her sister Anna, has died of cancer. She was 63. McGarrigle's brother-in-law, Dane Lanken, said the singer died at her Montreal home Monday night surrounded b ...

  14. American Folk Legend Odetta Dies At 77

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77. Odetta died Tuesday (Dec. 2) of heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, said her manager of 12 years, Doug ...

  15. Righteous Babe, Barsuk, Domino Join eMusic

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Indie digital retailer eMusic announced they have added the labels Righteous Babe, Barsuk, and Domino to their catalogue, bringing the total number of tracks available on the site to 4.5 million. The company also announced they have now sold 250 m ...

  16. '60s Songwriter Erik Darling Dies At 74

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Erik Darling, the reedy-voiced guitarist and banjo player who deftly stepped in when Pete Seeger left the pioneering folk music group The Weavers, has died after battling lymphoma. He was 74. He died Sunday in Chapel Hill, not far from Raleigh. Da ...

  17. WOMEX Honor For Hungarian Folk Veterans

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hungarian folk act Muzsikas will receive the 2008 WOMEX Award during this year's edition of of the world music event. The veteran group will perform at the closing of the WOMEX awards ceremony on Nov. 2 in Seville. The global music event begi ...

  18. Buffett, Black Crowes, Power Set For Newport Folk Fest

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jimmy Buffett, the Black Crowes, Cat Power and Jakob Dylan are among the artists performing at this year's Newport Folk Festival, to be held Aug. 1-3 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. Other artists include the Avett Brothers, Levon He ...

  19. Appleseed Recordings Preps 10th Anniversary Releases

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie label Appleseed Recordings is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a string of civic-minded compilation releases featuring new songs from such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and Jon Bon Jovi. Former consumer advocate lawyer Jim M ...

  20. McKennit Goes Back To Court Over Book

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Just two months after winning a lengthy libel case, Canadian singer Loreena McKennit has launched another legal battle against her former friend Niema Ash over her self-published book. Ash, whose last tussle with McKennitt over her book went as fa ...

  21. Girl Authority To Get Multi-Platform Push

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rounder Records 'tween group Girl Authority is ready for its close-up. Rounder and PorchLight Entertainment have partnered to co-develop a multi-platform campaign starring the Boston-based girl group. This encompasses a TV series, feature fil ...

  22. McKennitt Readies First Tour Since 1998

    February 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Canadian singer/instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt will begin a North American tour April 15 in Toronto, her first since 1998. It follows a previously announced 21-date European tour that begins March 11 in Stuttgart, Germany, and finishes April 6 ...

  23. McKennitt To Tour U.S. And Canada

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Canadian singer/instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt will begin a North American tour in April with 21 U.S. dates and five Canadian dates. The trek is in support of her debut, "An Ancient Muse" (Verve/Quinlan Road). The jaunt, which kicks o ...

  24. UK Conference Aims To Boost Music Education

    December 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli, legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela, renowned British folk musician Martin Carthy, and Mercury Prize-nominated jazz/rap artist Soweto Kinch are among the industry luminaries participating in a London ...

  25. Foley, Leach Join Universal Classics

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Paul Foley named GM. Paul Foley has been named GM of Universal Music Classics Group (UMCG). Based in New York, Foley will report to Christopher Roberts, chairman of UMCG, and will oversee all sales, pop marketing, new media, publicity and promotio ...

  26. Green Linnet Flies To New Home

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Move follows Digital Music Group deal. In a new acquisition twist, when Digital Music Group closed on its deal to buy the Green Linnet Records catalog last week, it simultaneously sold in perpetuity the exclusive physical sales rights of the label ...

  27. Q&A: KEN IRWIN

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Miraculous as it may seem, Marian Leighton, Bill Nowlin and Ken Irwin remain business partners 36 years after launching Rounder Records. Billboard visited Rounder in its old digs and talked at length Miraculous as it may seem, Marian Leighton, Bil ...

  28. Koch Adds Good Charamel

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Label run by Goo Goo Doll Robby Takac Port Washington, N.Y.-based Koch Entertainment Distribution has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution deal with Good Charamel Records, the label co-owned by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac and Gregg Bell. Go ...

  29. Red House Founder Feldman Dies

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran label exec was 56. Bob Feldman, president of St. Paul, Minn.-based Red House Records, died Wednesday (Jan. 11) in his home. He was 56. In a statement released by Red House, the firm notes that Feldman had been battling a host of "heal ...

  30. Red House Founder Dies

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bob Feldman was 56. Bob Feldman, president of St. Paul, Minn.-based Red House Records, died Wednesday in his home. He was 56. In a statement released by Red House, it notes that Feldman had been battling a host of “health issues” in recent weeks. ...

  31. Folk Music Promoter Harold Leventhal Dies

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Introduced Bob Dylan in his first major show. Harold Leventhal, a renowned folk music promoter who worked with Woody Guthrie and introduced Bob Dylan in his first major concert hall show, has died. He was 86. Leventhal died Tuesday at New York Uni ...

  32. Injured DiFranco Taking Touring Hiatus

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT West Coast tour canceled. Following the July 31 conclusion of her current touring leg in Floyd, Va., singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco will begin a year-long hiatus from the road. The artist is suffering from tendonitis in her wrists and hands, a c ...

  33. Folk Music

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST The 17th annual International Folk Alliance Conference runs this week. Also, selected profiles of new music by noteworthy folk music acts. The 17th annual International Folk Alliance Conference runs this week. Also, selected profiles of new music ...

  34. BBC Folk Awards To Honor Paxton

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tom Paxton will receive the accolade for lifetime achievement in songwriting during the BBC Folk Awards on Feb. 14. The event, organized by the British public broadcaster, will take place at the Brewe Tom Paxton will receive the accolade for lifet ...

  35. BBC Folk Awards To Honor Paxton

    January 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tom Paxton will receive the accolade for lifetime achievement in songwriting during the BBC Folk Awards on Feb. 14. The event, organized by the British public broadcaster, will take place at the Brewe Tom Paxton will receive the accolade for lifet ...

  36. Ryko To Distribute Smithsonian Label

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Catalog features classic folk music. Catalog features classic folk music. News ...

  37. Key Folk Music Figure Sis Cunningham Dies

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Agnes "Sis" Cunningham, a key figure in the American folk music movement as a performer, documentarian and magazine publisher, died Sunday (June 27) in New Paltz, N.Y. She was 95. Agnes "Sis" Cunningham, a key figure in the Ame ...

  38. Minnie Driver Signs With Rounder

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pop/folk album due in September. Pop/folk album due in September. News ...

  39. DiFranco Eyeing Swing-State Tour, New Album

    March 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter/activist Ani DiFranco is pondering a U.S. tour of swing states around the time of the presidential election, she said during an interview yesterday (March 20) at South By Southwest i Singer/songwriter/activist Ani DiFranco is pon ...

  40. Rhonda Vincent Signs Deal With Upper Management

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Herb Sandker, president of Upper Management, has signed a new management deal with Rounder Records recording artist Rhonda Vincent. NASHVILLE-- Herb Sandker , president of Upper Management, has signed a new management deal with Rounder Records rec ...

  41. Folk Talent

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Today's buoyant folk scene is marked by its range of styles and diverse audience. Today's buoyant folk scene is marked by its range of styles and diverse audience. News ...