Folk Thursday: Bob Dylan

August 28, 2014

Yup, still relevant.


Folk Thursday: Dave Van Ronk

August 21, 2014

I can’t believe I haven’t posted any Dave Van Ronk songs yet. I’m lucky nobody’s confiscated my folkie card for that. Ah, well. I’ll rectify that here.


Folk Thursday: Gil Scott-Heron

August 14, 2014

On a day like this, with protests and vigils scheduled all over the country — organized by the incomparable Feminista Jones — I’d be remiss if I posted anything that wasn’t “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” This is doubly true in light of the fact that most of it thus far hasn’t been televised; if you want to know the details, you’d better get on Twitter, because the revolution will be live-tweeted.

And yeah, I know Gil Scott-Heron ain’t exactly folk. Sue me. The folk revival was about revolution. You don’t have to play the song on acoustic guitar with the Weavers singing backup to earn a spot in my personal pantheon of revolutionary musicians.


Folk Thursday: Liam Clancy

August 7, 2014

This is one of my favorite songs. Bob Dylan ripped it off from an British folk tune. Unlike some of his stuff, it’s fairly easy to play. If you’re interested, Ultimate Guitar has chords here.


Folk Thursday: Don Conoscenti

July 31, 2014

Don Conoscenti is a Woodyfest regular. I like this cover of “Hallelujah.” Any folkie worth a damn ought to have at least one Leonard Cohen song in his repertoire.


Folk Thursday: Amy Speace

July 24, 2014

I’d never heard of Amy Speace until Judy Collins covered this song of hers at Woodyfest a couple of years ago. It was just about the saddest thing I’d ever heard.


Folk Thursday: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

July 17, 2014

Ramblin’ Jack covers one of the saddest things Woody Guthrie ever wrote.



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