A Moment of Awesome, from Jimmy Fallon
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A Moment of Awesome, from Jimmy Fallon
New additions to Festival Radio since 12/14/13, by album:
Pete Seeger believed in the power of music to change people, and acted accordingly by playing and writing music that created change, never wavering in his belief. If you want more details about a life well-lived, here are some other obituaries :
Albums with tracks added to Festival Radio since 10/26/13.
Festival Christmas is back on the air for your holiday enjoyment. All of the freeform goodness of Festival Radio in a sweet holiday package.
FolkBlog contributor Sue Barrett looks back on the life of Faith Petric.
Faith Craig Petric was born in a log cabin in Idaho on 13 September 1915 and passed away in San Francisco, California, at midnight on Thursday 24 October 2013, aged 98.
As the night breeze swept through Australia’s Port Fairy Folk Festival on a Friday evening in early March 1998, American performer Marcy Marxer was huddled against the cold. Nearby, Cathy Fink was buzzing – she had already introduced folksinger Faith Petric to the Port Fairy crowd and was now listening to Katy Moffatt yodelling.
Among the songs sung by Cathy and Marcy that night on Stage 4 were ‘Shady Grove’, ‘Orange Cocoa Cake’ and ‘Blue Love’. While Faith had sung ‘Highway Hunter’, ‘As Long as the Grass Shall Grow’, ‘You Ain’t Done Nuthin’ If You Ain’t Been Called a Red’ and more.
While chatting with Marcy and Cathy, the talk turned to Faith Petric. And it was Marcy, if memory serves me right, who suggested that I interview Faith – “She won’t be around for ever.”
A few weeks later, I interviewed Faith Petric for the first time – at a little table, in an upstairs venue at Australia’s National Folk Festival in Canberra, with passers-by interrupting every so often to say hello to Faith.
And thus began a friendship that lasted more than 15 years.
Late last year, Faith wrote saying, “I’m back home in San Francisco and expect to stay here for a while. Have a wonderful 2013!”. And just a few weeks ago, I sent Faith a card for her 98th birthday.
Faith Craig Petric was an American folksinger, whose father was an itinerant school teacher/carpenter/farmer/Methodist minister.
After graduating from Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington) in 1937, with radicalism planted deep, Faith worked at a Seattle bookstore, then had her heart captured by San Francisco (“I watched the 1938 Labor Day parade; tears in my eyes as the Longshoremen’s unit marched in silence…frighteningly powerful. A socialist world owned by idealistic labor was surely only a few years away.”).
Faith Petric brought her daughter up in San Francisco – as a single mother, without back up.
In the late 1950s, Faith became involved with the San Francisco Folk Music Club (which for more than 50 years has been meeting every other Friday at her home), then took to the road as a folksinger after retiring from her 9 to 5 job with the California State Department of Rehabilitation in 1970.
In addition to her involvement with the San Francisco Folk Music Club, Faith Petric was involved with many other organisations and causes, including the Freedom Song Network, People’s Music Network, Children’s Music Network, Raging Grannies, Industrial Workers of the World and American Federation of Musicians (being the oldest member of Local 1000 AFM, at the time of her death).
Faith wrote ‘The Folk Process’ column for Sing Out! magazine and had a vast repertoire that included songs by Utah Phillips, Malvina Reynolds, Jean Ritchie, Tom Hunter, Hazel Dickens, Biggs Tinker, Van Rozay, Carole Etzler and Lou and Peter Berryman.
Faith Petric was many things – politically engaged, thoughtful and caring, smart and knowledgeable. She loved a joke and could be quietly “outrageous” in delivering messages (who else could get away with singing, ‘The Priest Song’, in public). She had an affinity with nature and enjoyed the quirky things of life (like orphaned socks). Faith spoke lovingly of her daughter and her granddaughter. And so many people speak lovingly of Faith.
Over the past 15 years, Faith shared many thoughts…
New album adds to Festival Radio since 9/21/13
Full playlist in alphabetical order by artist. After the break.
New album adds to Festival Radio since July 15, 2013
Note: Sue Barrett’s articles appear on FolkBlog due to her kind permission and she maintains all rights to the article published below.
By Sue Barrett
A short time ago, an art and music lover was reminiscing about having once attended an adult education course on giants of modern art, where part of the discussion focussed on the influence of modern art on record covers.
With this in mind, and under the pretence of “tidying up” the music collection, a recent perusal of hundreds of records and CDs revealed a broad range of covers – some more memorable than others (in positive and negative ways).
Adorning the album covers are photos, paintings, drawings and ‘stuck on’ items. There are gate-fold covers and shaped covers. Some covers have no illustrations, some have no writing. There are covers with naked people, people in fancy dress, people with instruments. There are covers with motor vehicles, aircraft, boats and farm equipment. There are illustrations of food, flowers, ornaments, hats and caps. And buildings, walls, jetties. Some covers show rain, some snow and some sunshine. One cover has a picture of toilet paper. A close by album has a display of chest hair. And the artwork for English folk duo Spiers & Boden’s Vagabond (2008), shows scenes of performers busking.
Now musicians TRET FURE (USA), KAT GOLDMAN (Canada / USA), JENNY BIDDLE (Australia), KELLY MENHENNETT (Australia), NICK KEELING (of Mustered Courage) (USA / Australia) and KERRYN FIELDS (New Zealand / Australia) tell us about their experiences of busking – in streets, markets, parks/squares, shopping malls, cafes and railway stations. Playing for bread and milk. And playing for the rent.