Singer/songwriter Terence Martin has died of pancreatic cancer. I didn’t know Terence Martin, but I’ve played tracks from his last several CDs because they were excellent.
From the man behind Festival Radio, discussing folk music and more.
Rosanne Cash invites Festival Radio listeners and FolkBlog readers to send requests and questions by twitter to @rosannecash to build the setlist for her first “Live from Zone C” concert she will record in her living room on 11/2.
Tweets should include the hashtag #essentialrc (for Essential Roasanne Cash). You may also include the hashtag #FolkBlog or #FestivalRadio to indicate where you heard about the event. Songs should be chosen from the Essential Rosanne Cash 2-cd set. The full track list is after the jump.
The lines for the requesting are open from 10/25 to 10/31.
Hey, America. They play folk music in Canada, too. Nominees for the Canadian Folk Music Awards, to be held in Toronto on December 4. A few (fewer than I would like) of these artists can be heard on Festival Radio. More specifically, I’ve given heavy play to the Bruce Cockbur, Ruth Moody, April Verch and Lynn Miles CDs. Other artists I play regularly (though maybe not the work nominated) are David Francey, Enoch Kent and The Wailin’ Jennys.
2011 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES
TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR / ALBUM TRADITIONNEL DE L’ANNÉE
CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR /ALBUM CONTEMPORAIN DE L’ANNÉE
CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR /ALBUM JEUNESSE DE L’ANNÉE
TRADITIONAL SINGER OF THE YEAR /CHANTEUR TRADITIONNEL DE L’ANNÉE
CONTEMPORARY SINGER OF THE YEAR /CHANTEUR CONTEMPORAIN DE L’ANNÉE
INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ALBUM INSTRUMENTAL DE L’ANNÉE – SOLO
INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /ALBUM INSTRUMENTAL DE L’ANNÉE – GROUPE
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /GROUPE VOCAL DE L’ANNÉE
ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR /GROUPE DE L’ANNÉE
SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ARTISTE SOLO DE L’ANNÉE
ENGLISH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR ANGLOPHONE DE L’ANNÉE
FRENCH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR FRANCOPHONE DE L’ANNÉE
ABORIGINAL SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR AUTOCHTONE DE L’ANNÉE
WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SOLO /ARTISTE DE MUSIQUES DU MONDE DE L’ANNÉE – SOLO
WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – GROUP /ARTISTE DE MUSIQUES DU MONDE DE L’ANNÉE – GROUPE
NEW/EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR /ARTISTE DE LA RELÈVE DE L’ANNÉE
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR / RÉALISATEUR DE L’ANNÉE
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES /PRIX INNOVATION MUSICALE
YOUNG PERFORMER OF THE YEAR /JEUNE ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE
American by birth, Liz Meyer has lived in Europe since 1985 and has been active in promoting bluegrass and American roots music on the continent. She has been a performer, songwriter, producer and the creative force behind the European World of Bluegrass festival and workshops. I have played her music on Festival Radio.
Note from woodsmeister – This is a guest article from regular FolkBlog contributor and Australian correspondent Sue Barrett. Published by permission. All rights, credits, plaudits, etc., belong to her alone.
Celebrate Canada – 2011
By Sue Barrett
When Elizabeth Taylor died earlier this year, American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash shared a story via Twitter about how the film star (born 27 February 1932) used to send a birthday telegram every year to Rosanne’s father Johnny Cash (born 26 February 1932), which read: “Remember, I’m younger than you!”.
Amongst Johnny Cash’s music is a live album recorded in 1969 at San Quentin State Prison (Johnny Cash at San Quentin), with its intriguing line: ’cause I’m the *bleep* who named you “Sue”. Of course, these days, the bleep has been demystified, courtesy of YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=T678ic45k98)!
Canadian Buffy Sainte-Marie is another *bleeped* performer, with at least one of her singles (‘She Used to Wanna be a Ballerina’/ ‘Moratorium’) affected – *bleep* the war and bring our brothers home.
Some time after Johnny and Buffy released their records, two American performers met at a folk festival in Toronto – Cathy Fink (who had spent a number of years living in Canada) and Marcy Marxer. Later, working as a duo, Fink and Marxer included the Lou and Peter Berryman *bleeped* song, ‘A Chat With Your Mother’ (aka The F-Word Song), on their 1995 album, A Parents’ Home Companion.
Also appearing on A Parents’ Home Companion is Canadian Nancy White’s song, ‘Daughters of Feminists’ (“How do they get so girlie? How come they want a Barbie?”). Nancy White (www.myspace.com/nancywhitemusic) has two musician daughters – Suzy Wilde (StoneFox, Flashlight Radio) and Maddy Wilde (Spiral Beach).
In Canada, at this time of year, there is a series of Celebrate Canada events – National Aboriginal Day (21 June), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (24 June), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (27 June) and Canada Day (1 July).
Six musicians from Canada now share their story – Mary Kastle (Vancouver), Annette Campagne (Regina), Little Hawk (Winnipeg), S. Lynn Phillips (Random Order) (Toronto), Faith Nolan (Toronto) and Tanya Davis (Halifax).
Canada has the right idea about many things, including this one – honor your artistic legends while they are living. Bruce Cockburn, along with Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Robbie Robertson & Ginette Reno will be honored with postage stamps in the Canadian Recording Artist stamp series. Alas, Kate McGarrigle did not live to see the day, though the other artists honored are still living. For those who may not be familiar with her, Ginette Reno records mostly in French and has put out over 60 albums.
Just found out that one of my favorite young singer/songwriters, Rebecca Loebe, will be appearing as one of the contestants on the new NBC show The Voice tomorrow night (4/26). So, check the TV schedules in your region. And, so you’ll recognize her when she comes on, here’s a brand new video for her song, “The Bees.”
Jack Hardy, a leading light of the New York City folk music scene and mentor to singer/songwriters such as John Gorka and Christine Lavin, has died. Hardy hosted a regular dinner at his home for singer/songwriters, and was instrumental in forming a club for folk singer/songwriters in which they could hone their craft, as well as the Fast Folk Music Magazine.
Some more information on Jack Hardy:
I’ll update this post as I learn more.
For years, many in the folk community have been begging for a collection of the best of Canadian folk legend Stan Rogers. Finally, it has been released on Borealis Records. If you are unclear as to why Stan Rogers is worth your time, see the video above. The CD is available on Amazon as an import, but I recommend buying directly from Borealis Records. I’m not affiliated with Borealis Records in any way, so I don’t get a cut.