Debe Dalton: A Songwriter’s Songwriter on a Lifetime Journey of Music

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Debe Dalton has been a passionate maker of music since childhood and has traveled a long journey through New York’s landscape of sonic self-expression. Along the way she was an active participant in the folk revival of the 1960s and ’70s and became a serious student of claw hammer banjo. Yet it wasn’t until she […]

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The Mediator Stage: Goosebumps And Great Music


(Tania Alexander performs during an open mic at The Mediator Stage.) Tania Alexandra, seated at a baby grand piano, turns around and breaks into an awkward grin. The piano at The Mediator Stage in Providence, Rhode Island, faces away from the audience in this old church, stage right. Colored lights play the dust on it. […]

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Nathan Salsburg: A Kentucky Folklorist Turns To His Own Story


Back Home In Bogenbrook by Nathan Salsburg There aren’t any words on the seven original songs on Nathan Salsburg’s debut album, Affirmed. But the album still tells the life story its author, who was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Kentucky, and worked in New York as a folklorist for the Alan Lomax Archive before […]

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Vance Gilbert: A Black Musician In A Folk World


“Less brisket, more chicken wing!” A Tuesday in early August, Vance Gilbert shows up to his workshop at the Lyons, Colorado Song School complaining about getting older and living half a life on the road. “Singing is an athletic event. I mean look at what you’re doing. You’re working this whole stage,” he shouts. Earlier, […]

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David Olney: Literate, Rabble-Rousing Troubadour

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It’s been nearly three decades since David Olney signed with Rounder as a solo artist. The gifted singer-songwriter has written hundreds of songs in that time and released 22 albums. Five of those are live, and several of those are in-concert performances in Holland, where he has a dedicated fan base. Olney’s oeuvre includes everything […]

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Nashville Lands National Folk Festival


Music City just got a little more diverse. No longer just the country music capital of the world, Nashville has been chosen to host next year’s National Folk Festival. The longest running multi-ethnic music festival in the United States—which boasts Native American, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and East Asian music among its offerings—will begin a three-year […]

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