FolkWorld Issue 40 11/2009

News & Gossip

++ Fiddle Stolen ++ Archie Fisher ++ Norma Waterson ++ Jim Reid ++ Mercedes Sosa ++ Mary Travers ++ Mike Seeger ++ Jerry Holland ++ Rita Keane ++ Folk Against Fascism ++ Folk Danmark ++ Esma Redžepova ++ Up and Coming: ... ++ Guinness ++ Bob Dylan ++

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Die Zuagroastn "hollaradio"; Soulfire Artists; 2009

Die Zuagroastn deliver their phat reggae beats for more than two years. The Zuagroastn sound is a blend of reggae, ska and dancehall, mixed with gypsy and folk music and rendered in Tyrolean dialect. Their debut album "hollaradio" arrived in July 2009, aimed to take their Tyrolean-rub-a-dub-sound into the world.

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Tommy Peoples Fiddle Stolen

Tommy Peoples' fiddle has been stolen in London. The description as so far obtained by the Stolen Instrument Gallery on Facebook:
"The fiddle was stolen out of the car which was parked about 200 yds from The Corner House Hotel, 201 Camden Rd London, NW1 9AA. It was taken in the early hours of Friday morning, 11th September. It was in a black rectangular composite case. In the inside pocket of the case were two St Martin relics/medallions, a red glass heart, two D'Addario strings and a box set of Helicore strings. The fiddle has a split or crakc between the E and A tuning pegs. It also has an unusual brown composite chin rest."

Happy Birthday

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Archie Fisher, *23.10.1939, Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish folk singer and song writer Archie Fisher is known throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show, which he has presented for over 25 years. He is furthermore claimed for introducing the DADGAD tuning into the Scottish traditional world. Archie was born in Glasgow into a large singing family. Two of his six sisters Ray and Cilla Fisher are also professional singers, in 1965 the whole family released an album "Traditional and New Songs from Scotland". His current "Windward Away" release has already achieved widespread acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. His original songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Eva Cassidy, Stan Rogers, Sheena Wellington, John Renbourn and Wizz Jones, among others.

Jim Reid (1934-2009). I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jim Reid early on Monday, 6th July. I had known Jim for very many years and always enjoyed his frank, no-nonsense approach to life. He was also a most entertaining and reliable artist to book and I was proud to call him friend. Jim Reid was regarded as one of Scotland's finest singers and was certainly one of my all-time favourites. He sang in a natural couthie style to guitar accompaniment and handled his mouthie in the Scottish style. I booked The Taysiders, one of Jim's early groups, into the Police Folk Club (Fuzzfolk) on many occasions and these were always exceptionally fine evenings. Jim also gained wider fame with the wonderful Foundry Bar Band. In the 80's when I was running my first business enterprise, Discount Folk Records, Jim's first solo album "I Saw The Wild Geese Flee" was consistently our best seller over several years. The album included the evocative "The Wild Geese (Norland Wind)" and Jim was never allowed to do a gig without performing this song. Robbie Shepherd played it regularly over the years on The Reel Blend. When I launched Greentrax Recordings on my retiral from the police in 1986 I had Jim on my must record list but time passed and Jim had by then started his own record label Greylag Music and it was not until 2005 that Dr. Fred Freeman and myself persuaded him to record an album for Greentrax. This followed the publication of Jim's own book "Songs, Tunes and Life Stories" (Taigh na Teud), which included his own compositions, traditional songs and many of Violet Jacob's poems which Jim lovingly set to music. I was delighted with Jim's album "Yont The Tay" - and was so pleased he chose to re-visit "The Wild Geese", a personal favourite. At the end of the recording Jim profusely thanked engineer Peter Haigh , Dr Fred Freeman and myself for being given the opportunity to record the album and generously expressed the view that this was his finest recording experience. Jim was a lovely man and he will be greatly missed by his partner Julia, family and friends. Jim's passing will also be a huge loss to the traditional music community. There have been far too many such losses in recent years. Jim, goodbye and thanks for the music. Ian Green, Greentrax Recordings Ltd.

Tønder '96

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Norma Waterson, *15.08.1939, Kingston Upon Hull, Yorkshire, England. Norma Waterson is best-known as one of the original members of The Watersons, a premier English traditional group. She first came to prominence with her siblings Mike and Lal Waterson, with their second cousin John Harrison. They formed a group calling themselves The Folksons before finally using their family name. They had a wide repertory but their abiding interest was in the traditional songs and customs of their native East Yorkshire. The Watersons' first recordings were for Topic Records (founded in the year of Norma's birth) in 1965. Guitarist-singer Martin Carthy joined the Watersons in 1972 and made a permanent family commitment by marrying Norma in the same year. In the early 1990s Norma joined forces with Martin Carthy and their daughter, Eliza and began touring and recording, first of all as the Carthy Family and then as Waterson:Carthy. In 1996 Norma released a solo album with contemporary songs. A follow-up was released in 1999 and the traditional 'Bright Shiny Morning' in 2000. Besides Waterson:Carthy Norma has worked in an occasional project with brother Mike, Martin and Eliza as well as Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson as Blue Murder.

Rest In Peace

Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009). 74-year-old Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa, nicknamed La Negra for her long, jet-black hair, died on October 4, 2009.
Her career spanned four decades and she has been the recipient of several Grammy awards and nominations, including three nominations which will be decided posthumously. With her roots in Argentine folk music, Sosa was a key player in the mid-60s nueva cancionero movement, later broadening her repertoire to include material from throughout Latin America. During the Argentine military junta she was arrested on stage and lived in Europe from 1979 to 1982. Sosa became known as the "voice of the voiceless ones," recorded a tribute to Chilean poet Violeta Parra in 1971, including what was to become one of Sosa's signature songs, "Gracias a la Vida," and her composition "Balderrama" is featured in the 2008 movie "Che".

Just heard the sad news of the passing – at 72 - on September 16th of “the hooker”. No longer will “the rabbis” form that great unit any more! Peter, Paul and Mary the “two rabbis and a hooker” of Ralph J. Gleason’s unforgettable epithet*. The word “great” is used ad nauseam these days, usually about people who were mildly talented at best. But it really should be applied to her. Yet curiously, I have only come to that view in the last two years or so. Oh golly, I always loved that group from the start. And in 1972, I recall buying her second solo album “Morning Glory” (which I still have in my vinyl collection), and playing to death her fabulous renditions on it of five really fine songs by David Buskin** But in truth, through all those years, I thought her just (ha “just”!) very good. But YouTube has made me change my opinion. I have used these Daigressing pages before to talk about the early PP&M, and highlighted my words with copious use of YouTube clips. I don’t want to cover old ground here, but feel it necessary to show this early clip that demonstrates what a Force of Nature she was! Not just a hot sexy chick, but a really wonderful singer who projected her voice so successfully. It has a remarkable resonance. It has the "singer's formant frequency" of an opera singer. Look at her here at the mighty Newport Folk Festival in 1963. Nerves? Not a trace. On the contrary, singing with immense brio and with fantastic vocal control. The adrenalin is producing a performance she probably never even emulated in the recording studio. Icon Movie Truly, Albert Grossman knew what he was doing when he put her together with Peter Yarrow and Noel (Paul) Stookey! David "Dai" Woosnam

Mary Travers (1936-2009). American singer-songwriter Mary Travers passed away on September 16 in Connecticut. After successful recovery from leukemia, she succumbed to the side effects of the chemotherapy treatments.
Mary Travers was a member of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, along with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s, known for anthems such as "If I Had a Hammer" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone". While in high school, she had joined the Song Swappers, which sang backup for Pete Seeger on four Folkways recordings during 1955. Peter, Paul and Mary was formed in 1961, broke up in 1970, and re-formed in 1978.

Mike Seeger (1933-2009). On August 7th, just a week before his 76th birthday, American folk musician and folklorist Mike Seeger died at his home in Lexington, Virginia, after stopping cancer treatment.
Seeger, brother of Peggy Seeger and a half-brother of Pete Seeger, was a self-taught musician who began playing stringed instruments at the age of 18. He began collecting songs by traditional musicians on a tape recorder. Folk musicians such as Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, and others were frequent guests in his parental home. In 1958 he co-founded the New Lost City Ramblers, an old-time string band from New York City. The Ramblers, focusing on the traditional playing styles they heard on old 78rpm records from the 1920s and 1930s, influenced countless musicians in subsequent years. Seeger produced more than 30 documentary recordings, and performed in more than 40 other recordings. He received six Grammy nominations and was the recipient of four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jerry Holland (1955-2009). Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland died on July 16, 2009 from cancer. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Canadian parents.

During his childhood, Jerry was exposed to the music of the large Cape Breton expatriate community in Boston. Jerry's family made annual summer trips to Cape Breton, and Jerry moved there permanently in 1975. His 1982 album "Master Cape Breton Fiddler" made his reputation as a ground-breaking musician. Jerry pioneered a new, more modern sound for Cape Breton music, while remaining firmly within the Cape Breton tradition. Jerry released 13 albums and appeared as a guest musician on over 25 more. He published 2 collections of fiddle tunes, many of his own have entered the traditional repertoire around the world.

Rita Keane (1922-2009). Traditional Irish singer and accordionist Rita Keane of Caherlistrane in East Galway, Ireland, died on 28 June 2009. With her sister Sarah, she had a significant impact on traditional singing in Ireland.
The extended Keane family contains many other fine singers and musicians, Rita was a paternal aunt of singers Dolores (De Danann), Seán (FW#39) and Matt Keane (FW#38). (When they started recording professionally, they were able to draw on a wealth of material.) In the late 1960s the broadcaster Ciarán Mac Mathúna made recordings of the Keane sisters. These resulted in an album entitled "Once I Loved" in 1969. This and a follow-up in 1985 feature a mixture of sean-nós (traditional unaccompanied Irish language singing) and ballads sung in English. In 2006, Rita and Sarah were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Irish language television channel TG4 for their contribution to traditional music.

Folk Against Fascism

Folk Against Fascism

The British National Party (BNP) with its crude blending of racism and intolerance encourages its members to insinuate themselves into the folk and traditional customs of Britain. It has recommended to its members that they involve themselves in local celebrations of traditional customs like folk singing, mumming and morris dancing, and St George’s Day events. Via their merchandising arm Excalibur they have been selling traditional music albums despite protestations and public renunciations by some of the artists.

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In order to counter such trends a number of people have set up the Folk Against Fascism organisation. It has an incipient website and newsletter in the offing, and will be organising events to raise general awareness and to expose BNP incursions. The UK folk scene is a welcoming and inclusive one; folk music and dance have always been about collaboration, participation, communication and respect. Folk Against Fascism has been created to take a stand against the BNP’s targeting of folk music.

Folk Against Fascism is currently organising a series of large-scale concerts to be held starting next year, but also encourage people to join the group, set up shows, distribute stickers, badges and T Shirts, or simply pass on information to friends. Any folk club or organisation can affiliate to Folk Against Fascism.

Furthermore, folksinger Chris Wood has given the website an exclusive new track 'Spitfire', that he has written in response to the BNP and the BNP's use of that very British symbol on their publicity. Here's a video of Chris playing 'Spitfire' @ Chris Wood recently spoke to The Independent about Folk Against Fascism and the BNP's increasing involvement in traditional folk culture @

Radio Skala

Folk Danmark Online Radio

Den2Radio (D2R) proudly presents the magazine program Folk Danmark, a radio program about the Danish roots and folk music scene as it appears right now. In this internet program you can listen to the music as well as getting information about the development on the folk music scene in general. The editor and host of the program, Morten Alfred Høirup, has many years of experience as a writer and employee at the Danish Broadcasting Association, Danmarks Radio.

Morten Alfred Høirup states: "We have been needing a radio program representing traditional and contemporary Danish roots & folk music. The Danes simply haven´t been able to find the music or information about it anywhere. I am sincerely happy that Den2Radio is helping us realizing this idea. This internet radio station is already known as a place where you can find a different kind of radio program, and as a place where real people, not computers, decide what and when music should be played."

Esma Redzepova

Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Esma Redžepova

Esma Redzepova, known as queen of Europe's Roma and world famous for her music, won a 26.000 euro compensation in a lawsuit against Sacha Baron Kohen. Esma sued the British comedian and the film's producers on the ground that the movie "Borat" used her famous song "Chae Shukarie" without her permission. "It turned out that he got permission from my production house to take the song, and I was not notified. The worst thing is that they didn't read the script, thus, the song goes in the movie in scenes mocking the Roma people, the Jews and the Americans," Esma said.

Meanwhile Sacha Baron Cohen has been threatened by a Palestinian group because of this summer's film “Bruno”. “We reserve the right to respond in the way we find suitable against this man,“ according to a statement from the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades.

Up and Coming ...


7-23 November 2009 - KlezMORE FESTIVAL
Vienna, Austria

Armagh, Northern Ireland

Belfast (Northern Ireland) & Dublin (Ireland)

December 2009 / January 2010 - SHANTALLA REUNION CONCERTS

14-31 January 2010 - CELTIC CONNECTIONS
Glasgow, Scotland Laima Jansone

21-25 April 2010 - folkBALTICA
Flensburg & Sønderjylland-Schleswig (Germany/Denmark)

29 April - 2 May 2010 - SHETLAND FOLK FESTIVAL
Shetland Islands, Scotland

Donington Park Farmhouse (Derbyshire), England

2-4 July 2010 - TFF.RUDOLSTADT
Rudolstadt, Germany

Kaustinen, Finland

Viljandi, Estonia Tonder Festival

Britanny, France

Dranouter, Belgium

13-15 August 2010 - FOLKWOODS FESTIVAL
Eindhoven, Netherlands

26-29 August 2010 - TØNDER FESTIVAL
Tønder, Denmark
Last but not least (1): Guinness Is Good for You

No concert featuring Irish music would be complete without the dark beer from St. James's Gate, Dublin. Way back in 1759, Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on a brewery. 250 years later, his stout is one of Ireland's best-known exports and one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. To celebrate Arthur's Day drinkers around the world lifted a glass to Arthur on 24th September 2009 at 17:59 GMT. Artists performed at the Guinness brewery, four further major music venues and 28 smaller pubs across Dublin, and further Guinness parties were being hosted in more than 150 different countries all over the world.

Facts & Myths about Guinness Stout
  • The mash is filtered through the swim bladder of fishes.
  • A pint of Guinness contains less calories than the same amount of skimmed milk.
  • It takes 119,53 seconds to draw a pint in two legs.
  • Ten million pints are drunk every day in 150 countries all over the world.
  • The Guinness museum is Ireland's biggest tourist attraction drawing more than a million visitors annually.

  • Bob Dylan

    Last but not least (2): Here Comes Santa Bob

    Bob Dylan made twice the news. First, Columbia Records has released Dylan’s first-ever Christmas album in mid October, with the U.S. royalties of "Here Comes Santa Claus" being donated to the charity Feeding America.

    Second, Dylan is in talks with two car manufacturers who want to secure his voice for their in-car navigation systems. As one reporter quipped, “Insert your own Dylan-lyric pun here about ‘no direction home’ or ‘there must be some way out of here’ or ‘how many roads…’”

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