folk music

When the Coen Brothers first started working on their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, about the folk scene in mid-20th Century Greenwich Village, they started with a singular image: Songwriter Dave Van Ronk being punched out in the street.

    In a career that spans five decades, some two-dozen albums and several Grammy awards, multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in films, television and radio.

As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. He will be performing a family concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Sunday, February 9th at 3PM.

  WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Ingrid Croce, author of I Got A Name: The Jim Croce Story.

    Blending country, folk and pop styles, Lucy Kaplansky makes every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons, or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe.

She is performing at Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday, July 20th.

Sam Amidon

Jun 19, 2013

      Sam Amidon will perform this Saturday afternoon in Courtyard C at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA as part of the Solid Sound Festival.

Enveloped in traditional music while growing up in Vermont, Sam’s most recent album, Bright Sunny South, is a continuation of his particular method of folk music delivery.

At first listen, his music seems to follow the singer-songwriter model. His background is wrapped in the Appalachian folk-music tradition, and his songs feature expressive vocals and fast, finger-plucked melodies. But a singer-songwriter he is not. Sam Amidon composes new tunes for traditional folk ballads and an array of cover songs that he's attentively made his own.

    Peter Seeger will perform with his sister, Peggy, this Sunday afternoon at The 8th Step at Proctors in Schenectady, NY.

Musician Richie Havens died at 72 on Monday. The soft-spoken singer and guitarist stayed on the road for 45 years until ill health finally forced him to give up touring in 2012.

The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver is a new album, released today by ATO Records, featuring sixteen interpretations of the singer-songwriter and activists' songs.

The artists featured on the record are: My Morning Jacket, Dave Matthews, Kathleen Edwards, J. Mascis and Sharon Van Etten, Train, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams, Amos Lee, Allen Stone, Brett Dennen and Milow, Evan Dando, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Blind Pilot, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Josh Ritter, Barnstar!, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

In this segment - we get the back-story on making the record from Brian L. Schwartz, he works for Red Light Management in Denver, CO and manages John Denver's estate on behalf of Denver's three kids.

Tune for Today

Mar 21, 2013

Our Tune for Today is “Bottom of the Bottle” by Brown Bird from their 2010 album The Devil Dancing

Brown Bird will be performing this Saturday, March 23, at The Linda, WAMC’s performing arts center, as part of Roots Music Festival 4.

You can get more information on the festival online at TheLinda.org.

  "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow" - Johnny Cash and June Carter

Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston Taylor is the fourth child in the very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh.

From Top 40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” both recorded by his brother James, Taylor’s creative output has continued unabated, creating well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

Taylor’s musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres – folk, pop, gospel, jazz – and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads. He will be performing Friday night at the College of Saint Rose in Albany on Friday night.

Rob Rock

  Mike and Ruthy have organized the first Winter Hoot at The Ashokan Center in Olive Bridge, NY. It will be a three day festival that will feature music and dancing as well as birding, hiking, blacksmithing, nature photography, and indoor farmers market, silent auction and more!

Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell is a new portrait of the reclusive icon that examines how significant life events — failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, debilitating sickness — have influenced her creative expression.

Tom Rush - The Bennington Center for the Arts

Sep 27, 2012
S. Ti Muntarbhorn

For over 50 years folksinger & songwriter Tom Rush has captivated and delighted audiences with his music. Considered the original troubadour, Rush helped put Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Brown in the limelight after doing covers of their early work.

Tom Rush will be performing at The Bennington Center for the Arts this Saturday Sept 29th at 8PM.  He spoke with WAMC’s Katie Britton about his career, and how he bridges the gap between his folk roots, and the younger generations.

WAMC’s folk music program, “The Hudson River Sampler,” has been hosted by Wanda Fischer on the WAMC airwaves since September 18, 1982 and is one of the longest, continuously-running radio programs in the Northeast, hitting the 30-year mark with an on-air celebration planned for Saturday, September 15 from 8-10 pm. We welcome Wanda to the show to talk about her show's big 3-0!

Paula Court

WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with musician and actor Loudon Wainwright III, who appears at Helsinki Hudson on Thursday.

Adirondack Theatre Festival concludes its 18th summer season with a celebration of the Woody Guthrie Centennial: Woody Sez, a musical tapestry of the American folk hero’s life and songs. The show will be onstage at the Charles R. Wood Theater from July 19–21 and July 25–28.

Brian Stowell

We welcome Josh Ritter back to the show and speak with him about the paperback release of Bright's Passagehis EP, Bringing in the Darlings;, a recent health scare; and more.

Folk singer, Melanie, is performing with her son, Beau Jarred, at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY on Saturday, June 2nd. Here we speak with her about her new album; the loss of her husband and manager, Peter, last year; and - of course- Woodstock '69.

The Wood Brothers are playing at Helsinki Hudson on May 26th at 9pm. Here, we speak with Oliver Wood about his music and The Wood Brothers' live album, Live, Volume 1: Sky High .

Johnny Irion

May 23, 2012
Photo from the artist's website

Johnny Irion stops by to tell us about his show at The Guthrie Center this Friday, a new record he's working on with his wife, Sarah Lee Guthrie (being produced by Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco) and to play Riverside Rocker live in studio.

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