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Mike Waterson, RIP

Mike Waterson of the English singing group the Watersons died on Wednesday.  From the New York Times obituary:

A vital part of the British folk revival of the 1960s, the Watersons were known especially for their renditions of traditional British music, including ballads, work songs and ancient carols. Through their small discography and their […]

How to sing…

I wanted to put a few more Hazel Dickens recordings from youtube.  These are just sound, but well worth a listen.

Hazel Dickens, great singer of Appalachian music, has died

Hazel Dickens, one of the great singers of American traditional music, has died at 75.  I’m going to post a couple of clips below, one showing her live in a benefit for the Pittston, Tennessee coal miner’s strike in 1989-90, singing a song about the Mannington Mine disaster in West Virginia in 1968, and […]

Cape Breton coal miner’s song

This is a Waterson-Carthy peforming a song from Cape Breton.  Martin Carthy describes the song in the notes:

Norma learned When First I Came to Caledonia from the estimable collection called Songs and Stories of Deep Cove, Cape Breton [by Amby Thomas]. Caledonia is the name of a pit, number three seam. Scatarie is an […]

Mike Seeger, musician (New Lost City Ramblers), folklorist has died

Mike Seeger, who was in the folk-revival band New Lost City Ramblers, and who documented banjo and other traditional music styles (including little-known ones like the fretless style played in rural Panola County, Mississippi) has died.  He’s mentioned in Bob Dylan’s memoirs (Chronicles, Vol. One).  Pete Seeger is his half-brother and Peggy his […]

Archie Green has died

Archie Green (1917-2009) was a folklorist and write, author of Only A Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-Mining Songs, which is how I came to know of him.   He was considered the major force in passage of the legislation establishing The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.   You can listen to the […]