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Old Folkies

For those who got their start in the '50s and '60s and continue to embrace folk music today.

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Hello again friends.I turned 66 this summer and I'm still mad as hell and insanely optimistic about politics, war and peace and life in general. To give vent to the mad as hell part I wrote and recorded "You Bet Your Ass It's Class Warfare", and to…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette yesterday.

Radical Folk in the 21st Century

"I'm 65. I'm still alive and I''ve been around the block ..."I figured if anybody would get a kick out of my newest album, Gentle Heretic, it would be this group.Outside the Box - from the Gentle…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette Nov 4, 2013.

This Old Folky finally's on Pandora

It took a long time and many hoops to jump through but I finally have the songs of my first album on Pandora. I would really appreciate it if my old folky pals went to Pandora and created a "Lon Milo DuQuette" radio station and when my tunes turn up…Continue

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette Sep 14, 2013.

Harps and racks... 18 Replies

I know there's a group for real harp players, but I'm not in that class. However, since finding my old harp rack, and one of my harmonicas, I decided I'd start using them again when playing some of my favorite folk tunes.Any other of you folks using…Continue

Started by Phil Manuel. Last reply by Phil Manuel Aug 28, 2012.

Guitar Army 3 Replies

I live in Punta Gorda, Florida (between Sarasota and Fort Myers).  Every Thursday evening for years, and ever-growing bunch of musicians gather in Gilchrist Park (on Charlotte Harbor), naturally congregate into groups, and play/sing all sorts of…Continue

Started by Steve Widmeyer. Last reply by Jud Hair May 17, 2012.

Ok, THIS group is definitely for me. 1 Reply

I started playing back in the 60's and it has always been mostly PP&M, John Denver, Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Everley Bros., I could go on. Now days it is mostly John and PPM with a lot of Suzie Bogguss thrown in. If you're not…Continue

Started by Mike Bishop. Last reply by Blues Agent Apr 21, 2012.

I've waited 45 years for this! 6 Replies

O my gosh!!  Even though I'd grown up on traditional folk tunes, my acute awareness of music didn't come of age until 1962.  I was eleven years old by then, but could absolutely NOT get enough of P,P&M, Kingston Trio, Weavers, Highwaymen, Terry…Continue

Started by J. D. Woods. Last reply by Blues Agent Apr 19, 2012.

Old folky refusing to lay down n die. 2 Replies

Old folky refusing to lay down n die.

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette Jan 10, 2012.

Jap P. ? 3 Replies

Where did you go to school upstate?  I was at SUNY Platttsburgh.  Did you ever hear or know of the Chapin Brothers?  They were big in my area and Tom. the oldest made it nationally as you and others probably know.

Started by Lou. Last reply by Lou Aug 26, 2011.

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Comment by David Reinstein on February 20, 2012 at 9:25pm

Bluesy Folk, Folksy Blues... Makes no never mind ... Tantalize Me

Comment by Edward Sparks on February 3, 2012 at 6:49am

This is cool, wish I had funds to bid on something like this!  Edward

Buddy Holly "Listen to Me" Guitar to Be Auctioned for Grammy Camps


The one and only Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959, a day many believed was the “day the music died,” as immortalized in Don Maclean’s famous song, “American Pie”, which first hit the charts 40 years ago this month. Jackson Browne noted when doing his album track, “True Love Ways” for the album “Listen To Me: Buddy Holly”, that Holly’s death on February 3, 1959 “was not the day the music died; it was the day the music became immortal.” 

True to this spirit, Songmasters, in collaboration with Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation, will auction the one and only “Listen To Me” Holly Guitar through MusiCares to benefit the GRAMMY Foundation’s Grammy Camps as part of the Person of the Year Award celebrations on February 10th. Only a limited number of these unique, hand-built re-creations of Buddy Holly’s customized Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar and hand-tooled leather case exist. Of these, all but one of the Holly Guitars – this “Listen To Me” guitar – have been awarded by the BHGF on a long-term “legacy loan” basis to guitar icons and legendary performers such as Pete Townsend, Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, and Graham Nash, among others. 
The auction of this extraordinary instrument – the only one available to the public – will bring to life one of Buddy Holly’s personal dreams: to support exceptional young musicians and music innovators. Songmasters’ Listen to Me: Buddy Holly campaign continues to prove that Holly’s music – and musical legacy – lives and thrives.  
Comment by Jonathan Gates on January 31, 2012 at 6:43pm

The headliners are not jazz which is insulting. Call it a jazz fest then hire anything but as headliners? BUT, the balance of the NINE DAYS of so-called club events are almost all jazz, people I have never heard of but my jazz friends marvel at. It is an incredible street party of free concerts by wonderful people in addtn to concerts in area nightclubs and concert halls. Does not hurt it is staged in the shadow of the Eastman School of Music. Lots of fun and I encourage people to come.

Comment by Jeff Lustick on January 31, 2012 at 5:24pm


Sounds like a great festival. Are you going??? I never really thought of Marc Cohn (who I like) as being anywhere near jazzy.

Comment by Jonathan Gates on January 31, 2012 at 5:01pm

Not really folkies, but Bonnie Raitt, Marc Cohn and Steve Martin w/bluegrass band, are among the headliners at the forthcoming Rochester NY Jazz Festival. Tickets for those shows sold out in about 1 week.

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 23, 2011 at 6:51am

Ken, prayers for you all during the cyclone are in process...Happy Christmas to you and yours!  


Comment by Edward Sparks on December 22, 2011 at 8:07pm

Jeff, WAS a young man?!?!?...I just "unfriended" you!  I am still just a kid at 56!  Thanks, Ed

Comment by Jeff Lustick on December 22, 2011 at 6:02pm

As always Ed a beautifully written and performed song-and you were auch a young man then too!!!!

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 22, 2011 at 10:07am

Jay P., Thanks for the kind words!  You have a great Christmas and I'll look forward to talking to you here in the New Year!  Edward 

Comment by Jay P. on December 22, 2011 at 9:20am

Well done Edward! Nicely haunting, as life in the mines must be. The Harmonica is a nice touch as well.

Have a very Merry Christmas my friend.



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