Dai Woosnam (* 20 July 1947, Rhondda, Wales, UK). Besides contributing to FolkWorld, Dai Woosnam, based in Grimsby, Lincolnshire has written for British and overseas newspapers, magazines and literary journals, notably The Living Tradition magazine since its inception in 1993. In 1994, Dai had started a mailing of opinions and jokes called Daigressing which had become more and more YouTube clip orientated. In early 2016, he put it on hold due to his ill health.
Happy birthday, Dai! Keep going!
Dave Pegg (* 2 November 1947, Birmingham, England). He is the longest-serving member of British folk rock band Fairport Convention (1969, after the departure of Ashley Hutchings) and has been bassist with a number of important folk and rock groups including The Ian Campbell Folk Group and Jethro Tull. While Fairport took a break and only played their annual reunion at Cropredy, Dave Pegg and his wife tried to keep interest in Fairport alive and took over the organization of what was to become the Cropredy Festival. In 2007, a major retrospective of Pegg's career was launched, A Box of Pegg's, summarizing his work on four CDs.
Tom Paxton (* 31 October 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA). The American folk singer-songwriter Thomas Richard Paxton has had a music career spanning more than fifty years. He is noteworthy as an advocate for folk singers to combine traditional songs with new compositions. His songs have been widely covered, including "The Last Thing on My Mind", "Bottle of Wine", and "Ramblin' Boy". In 2009, Tom Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the mid 19950s, Tom Paxton discovered the music of Woody Guthrie and The Weavers. He began writing songs and spent almost every weekend visiting Greenwich Village in New York City during the emerging early 1960s folk revival. Dave Van Ronk said, "the person who started the whole thing was Tom Paxton. Prior to that, the folk community was very much tied to traditional songs, so much so that songwriters would sometimes palm their own stuff off as traditional."
During the 1990s, Paxton recorded nine children's albums. He also began to give workshops in songwriting. In January 2017, Paxton released his sixty-third album, Boat In The Water. He is in "semi-retirement," though he still performs occasional shows and did a UK tour in 2017.
Pierre Bensusan (* 30 October 1957, Oran, Algeria). As Sephardic Jews, Pierre Bensusan's family came from Spain, Spanish Morocco and French Algeria. He moved to Paris with his family when he was four years old and began to teach himself guitar. At seventeen, his debut album Près de Paris won the Grand Prix du Disque at the Montreux Festival.
Pierre Bensusan's music has been characterized as Celtic, folk, world music, New Age and chamber jazz. He uses the DADGAD tuning and electronics such as delays, distortion and volume pedals. He has stated that he became interested in playing in DADGAD because of its mystical and romantic quality which made him feel like he had gone back to the 16th or 17th century.
Eleftheria Arvanitaki (* 16 October 1957, Piraeus, Greece). In 1981, Eleftheria Arvanitaki (Greek: Ελευθερία Αρβανιτάκη) had her first appearance on a CD, by being featured on Vangelis Germanos' "Ta Barakia". She started a solo career in 1984 with her self-titled album Eleftheria Arvanitaki. She sings exclusively in Greek and her music is very much influenced by traditional Greek music, but is considered pop music in Greece.
Thanks to her contract with the Universal Music Group, her music has enjoyed international release and exposure. In 2004, she participated in the closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics. In 2006, she took part in the "Frostroses" concert in Iceland as part of the "European Divas" (Sissel Kyrkjebø, Eivør Pálsdóttir, Petula Clark, Ragga Gisla and Patricia Bardon). In 2014, Eleftheria Arvanitaki appeared in a sold-out Carnegie Hall in New York.
Barbara Dickson (* 27 September 1947, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland). Described as Scotland's best-selling female singer, Barbara Dickson has placed fifteen albums in the UK Albums Chart from 1977 to date. In 1984, Tim Rice had approached her to take part in the cast album recording of the musical Chess; "I Know Him So Well", a duet sung with Elaine Paige, is still cited in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling female duet of all-time.
Dickson's singing career started in folk clubs around her native Fife in 1964. Her early work included albums with Archie Fisher, the first of which, The Fate O' Charlie, a collection of songs from the Jacobite rebellions, was released in 1969. She became a well-known face on the British folk circuit of the late 1960s and early 1970s, but changed her career soon after.
Dickson's twenty-fourth studio album, Time and Tide, was released in 2008 featuring a mix of contemporary and folk songs, which marked Dickson's return to songwriting after a break of almost twenty years.
Cilla Fisher (* 26 September 1952, Kingskettle, Fife, Scotland). Her siblings Archie and Ray Fisher made a smash in the folk music industry when they were young; husband and wife Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise started touring as a folk singing duo in 1974. The group name "The Singing Kettle" came about in 1982 and their first venture was a children's album, featuring traditional Scottish rhymes and American folk songs. Soon after the "The Singing Kettle" album was turned into a show, as they were unimpressed by other children's theatre shows at the time.
Fisher and Trezise retired from performing at the end of the "Fairytale Castle" tour in February 2013.
Bonga Kuenda (* 5 September 1942, Kipiri, Angola). Singer/songwriter José Adelino Barceló de Carvalho, better known as Bonga, left his native Angola when he was 23 years old, becoming the Portuguese record holder for the 400 metres. While Angola was still a Portuguese colony, he was an outspoken supporter of independence, which led him to be exiled in the early 1970s and move nomadically between Germany, Belgium and France until Angola's independence from Portugal in 1975.
Bonga Kuenda has released over 30 albums, singing in Portuguese and traditional Angolan languages. His tracks are a mixture of Portuguese folk sounds, semba (a traditional type of Angolian music) and kizomba (a late 1970s musical genre). In 2016, he publisheds his 31st album Recados de Fora (Messages from Elsewhere).
Titi Robin (* 26 August 1957, Rochefort Sur Loire, France). French composer and improviser Thierry Robin (guitar, buzuq, mandolin, oud), known as Titi Robin, has developed a particular musical style defined as "Mediterranean," the confluence of Gypsy, Oriental and European cultures. On his latest album Taziri (2015), he is joined by Mehdi Nassouli, who blends his Moroccan traditions with Robin's crossover sound.
Linda Thompson (* 23 August 1947, Hackney, London, UK. The English folk rock singer Linda Thompson (née Pettifer) became one of the most recognised names and voices in the British folk rock movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Around 1966 she started singing in folk clubs. Her reputation led to her being invited to join The Bunch, featuring former Fairport Convention members Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson and Ashley Hutchings, that recorded an album of 1950s rock and roll classics.
Linda and Richard married in 1972 and went separate ways in 1982 after their most successful album Shoot Out The Lights. In 1985, she released her first solo album, ran an antique jewellery shop in London, and was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, preventing her temporarily from singing.
Linda's latest solo album, Won't Be Long Now, was released in 2013. The album features compositions and backing vocals from her children as well as guitar work by Richard Thompson. Linda also appears on the album Family (2014) by Thompson (the band being named for all the Thompsons that appear) .
Márta Sebestyén (* 19 August 1957, Budapest, Hungary). Hungarian singer Márta Sebestyén (Hungarian name: Sebestyén Márta) is a founding member of the folk group Muzsikás, established in 1973. She is known for adaptations of folk songs from Somogy and Erdély (Transylvania), the traditional song "Szerelem, szerelem", performed with Muzsikás, featured in the movie The English Patient (1996). Sebestyén has also adapted Hindi, Yiddish, Serbian, Bulgarian and Slovak folk songs into traditional Hungarian style.
John McCutcheon (* 14 August 1952, Wausau, Wisconsin, USA). American folk music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon has produced about 35 albums since the 1970s. In his 20s, he travelled to Appalachia and learned from some of the legendary greats of traditional music such as Roscoe Holcomb. He is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, though his music has increasingly evolved into rock-influenced ballads.
His vast repertoire includes songs from contemporary writers like Si Kahn (in 2011 he portrayed labour organizer and songwriter Joe Hill in Si Kahn's one-man play Joe Hill's Last Will) as well as a large body of his own music, focussing on writing politically and socially conscious songs. Married to children's author and storyteller, Carmen Agra Deedy, John McCutcheon has also produced several children's albums.
Maddy Prior (* 14 August 1947, Blackpool, UK). Best known as the lead vocalist of Steeleye Span, Madelaine Edith Prior moved in her teens to St Albans, where she befriended the young Donovan Leitch. She became a roadie for visiting American musicians, including Reverend Gary Davis, who gave her useful advice about singing British folk songs instead of American songs.
By 1966 she began performing with Tim Hart, and recorded two albums before becoming founding members of Steeleye Span in 1969. Maddy Prior has also recorded albums of her own songs and medieval music and carols with The Carnival Band. She was also one half of the duo Silly Sisters, which helped to boost June Tabor's career.
Maddy Prior plays the tambourine, spoons and ukulele, and always gives a sprightly performance of her individual dances. In 1974 Ralph McTell wrote "Maddy Dances" in her honour. Since 2003, she has run an Arts Centre called Stones Barn in Cumbria. Working with fellow singers like daughter Rose Kemp, she has offered residential courses focussing on singing, meditation, cookery and performance.
Ian Anderson (* 10 August 1947, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland). Best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of British band Jethro Tull, Ian Scott Anderson's progressive rock music infused with folk elements was influenced by his father's big band and jazz records but was disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early American rock and roll stars.
Anderson became known for his famous one-legged flute stance. He abandoned his ambition to play electric guitar, because he felt he would never be "as good as Eric Clapton", traded it in for a flute which, after some weeks of practice, he found he could play fairly well in a rock and blues style.
At the time being, in keeping with Jethro Tull's 50th anniversary, Ian Anderson presents a cross-section of the group's oeuvre in multi-media Best Of shows.
John Kirkpatrick (* 8 August 1947, Chiswick, West London, UK). In 1959, the English player of free reed instruments (melodeon, Anglo concertina, button accordion) joined the Hammersmith Morris Men, beginning a career-long love of folk music.
In 1972, John Kirkpatrick recorded his first solo album Jump at the Sun which included Richard Thompson on acoustic guitar. In 1974, Kirkpatrick and Ashley Hutchings produced a themed album The Compleat Dancing Master, a history of English country dancing. In 1977, Steeleye Span recruited both Kirkpatrick and Martin Carthy, with Kirkpatrick appearing on the albums Storm Force Ten and Live at Last; in concerts he would perform solo morris dances.
John became part of Richard Thompson's backing band in 1978, as a session musician he recorded with Pere Ubu, Gerry Rafferty, Maddy Prior and many others. John has recorded several solo albums. He often unearths obscure English tunes and songs. He has also produced one of the only teaching videos for English (D/G) melodeon.
Caetano Veloso (* 7 August 1942, Santo Amaro da Purificação, Bahia, Brazil). Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, writer and political activist Caetano Emanuel Viana Telles Veloso became known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement Tropicalismo, which encompassed theatre, poetry and music in the 1960s, at the beginning of the Brazilian military dictatorship.
Since the Brazilian government at the time viewed Veloso's music and political action as threatening, he was arrested (along with fellow musician Gilberto Gil) in 1969. The two eventually were exiled and went to London. After he moved back to his home country, in 1972, Veloso once again began recording and performing, becoming popular outside Brazil in the 1980s and 1990s and winning nine Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards.
Moya Brennan (* 4 August 1952, Dublin, Ireland). Born Máire Philomena Ní Bhraonáin the Irish folk singer and harpist has promoted herself as Moya Brennan — a spelling closely resembling the phonetic pronunciation of her name for those not familiar with the Irish language.
Moya grew up in a musical family in the remote parish of Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair), a Gaeltacht area in County Donegal. She sang along with her siblings in the family pub, Leo's Tavern, and began performing professionally in 1970 with the band Clannad alongside her two brothers Pól and Ciarán and their mother's twin brothers Noel and Pádraig Ó Dúgáin. Clannad graduated to chart success in 1982 and Moya's voice became synonymous with Celtic music.
Moya released her first solo album in 1992, her music usually classified as New Age or Celtic. She has also recorded music for several soundtracks, including Titanic and King Arthur.
Arto Tunçboyacıyan (* 4 August 1957, Istanbul). Born in Turkey as the the son of a poor shoemaker of Armenian descent, Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Armenian: Արտո Թունջբոյաջյան) began his musical career at the age of 11 playing and recording traditional Anatolian music with his brother Onno Tunç. In 1981, Arto settled in New York to work with numerous jazz legends. He fronts his own group called the Armenian Navy Band, is a member of the instrumental jazz quartet Night Ark, and also worked with Turkish singer Sezen Aksu and Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki.
Ian A. Anderson (* 26 July 1947, Weston-super-Mare, England). The future magazine editor came to prominence as guitarist on the Bristol based country blues scene of the mid to late 1960s (the middle initial was added to avoid confusion with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull). In 1973, Anderson began performing internationally with Maggie Holland as the duo Hot Vultures. In 1980, they teamed up with melodeon player Rod Stradling and others to become the world music influenced English ceilidh band Tiger Moth.
Anderson regularly contributed as a freelance writer to musical publications. In 1979, he co-founded a local quarterly folk music magazine for the south of England. By 1984, it had become so popular that Anderson turned it into a glossy monthly magazine under the new title, Folk Roots. The magazine, its title was abbreviated to fRoots in 1999, became well-known for its campaigning for wider acceptance of both British folk music and world music.
fRoots was given the WOMEX Award for professional excellence in 2010. In 2016, Anderson and Holland got together again for a Hot Vultures reunion tour, and in 2017 he commenced doing solo gigs again for the first time since 1973.
Luigi Lai (* 25 July 1932, San Vito, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy). As a child Luigi Lai became a student of launeddas player Antonio Lara. The launeddas is the distinctive Sardinian triple clarinet or triplepipe, a polyphonic instrument with one of the pipes functioning as a drone and the other two playing the melody in thirds and sixths.
In 1977, Luigi Lai collaborated with Angelo Branduardi playing the launeddas on the album la pulce d'acqua. He now works to spread awareness of the instrument in Italy and abroad, instructing numerous students.
Roger McGuinn (* 13 July 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA). In 1957, James Joseph McGuinn III, known professionally as Roger McGuinn, enrolled as a student at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, where he learned the five-string banjo. After graduation, McGuinn performed solo at various coffeehouses. After relocating to Los Angeles he gave rock style treatments to traditional folk tunes and joined forces with Gene Clark in 1964, what was to become the folk rock band The Byrds.
During his time with The Byrds, McGuinn developed two influential styles of electric guitar playing. The first was "jingle-jangle" – generating ringing arpeggios based on banjo finger picking styles. The second was a merging of saxophonist John Coltrane's free-jazz atonalities, which hinted at the droning of the sitar.
After the break-up of The Byrds, McGuinn released several solo albums. In 1973 he collaborated with Bob Dylan on songs for the sound track of the Sam Peckinpah movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid including "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". Since 1981, McGuinn has regularly toured as a solo singer-guitarist.
Roger McGuinn has used the Internet to continue the folk music tradition since November 1995 by recording a different folk song each month on his Folk Den site. A selection was released on CD as Treasures from the Folk Den, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Traditional Folk Album. In 2005, McGuinn released a four-CD box set containing one hundred of his favorite songs.
Arlo Guthrie (* 10 July 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA). Like his father, Woody, Arlo Davy Guthrie is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice. His best-known work is his debut piece, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree”, a satirical talking blues song about 18 minutes in length. The song lampoons the Vietnam War draft. In the song, Guthrie is rejected as unfit for military service as a result of a criminal record consisting solely of one conviction for littering.
A 1969 film called Alice's Restaurant, directed and co-written by Arthur Penn, was based on the true story told in the song, featuring Arlo portraying himself.
Arlo's only top-40 hit was a cover of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans". He also had a minor hit with his song "Coming into Los Angeles", which was played at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. His song "Massachusetts" was named the official folk song of the state in which he has lived most of his adult life.
Peter Rowan (* 4 July 1942, Wayland, Massachusetts, USA). In 1956 while still in high school, the bluegrass singer-guitarist formed his first band, the Cupids, a rockabilly band. In college, Peter Rowan discovered bluegrass and auditioned for Bill Monroe. From 1963 to 1967 he was hired as songwriter, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. Internationally, he often performs as a solo singer-songwriter, while he plays with three different outfits in the US.
In 2012, Peter Rowan received the Bluegrass Star Award presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
The award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of
advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage.
Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi (1961-2017). Konono No.1 bandleader Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi died on October 16, 2017, aged 56. His father and the group's founder Mingiedi Mawangu had died two years ago. Augustin's son, Makonda, inherited his likembé (a traditional instrument similar to the thumb piano mbira) and leadership.
Konono Nº1 from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, combine electric likembé with voices, dancers and percussion instruments that are made out of items salvaged from a junkyard. The group achieved international renown in 2005, with its DIY aesthetic appealing to many fans of rock and electronic music.
Tom Paley (1928-2017). On September 30, 2017, guitarist, banjo and fiddle player Allan Thomas "Tom" Paley died in Brighton, England at the age of 89. His parents were left-wing activists, and Tom Paley grew up hearing spirituals and political songs. He began performing, both solo and with other musicians including Woody Guthrie. In 1953, Tom recorded his first album Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. In 1958, he formed the New Lost City Ramblers with John Cohen and Mike Seeger.
They recorded nine albums between 1958 and 1962;
Tom left the band when Cohen and Seeger wanted the group to become more professional and
he refused to sign statements about his political allegiances.
He and his wife Claudia left the United States in 1963 and lived first in Sweden, then moved to England.
After learning the fiddle, he released two albums of traditional Scandinavian music, both recorded with his son Ben
(The Long Hill Ramblers, McDermott's 2 Hours).
Oumou Sangaré to Receive WOMEX Artist Award
Oumou Sangaré – internationally-beloved star singer from Mali – is to receive the WOMEX Artist Award at the 23rd edition this fall. Closing the most important showcase festival and conference for global music, Oumou Sangaré will not only be presented the Award but will perform live on stage in Katowice’s renowned NOSPR Concert Hall on Sunday, 29 October.
“This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me to keep singing and writing songs. I am so glad and honoured to receive this award from WOMEX, one of the festivals that always believed in my music, and this is really the icing on the cake of my career. Thank you!” Oumou Sangaré, August 2017
Singing professionally from an early age, already providing for her family, Sangaré is not only famous for her Wassoulou pop music but for staying true to her original style in her many musical projects, including collaborations with the likes of Tony Allen and Herbie Hancock. Her presence is strong both on and off the stage. Her song lyrics address women's rights or vow against suicide, which she mirrors off stage with her work organising festivals and community projects.
To honour her dedication to activism and advocacy for the underprivileged in Mali and beyond, her exciting and innovative developments in Wassoulou music and her longevity as an internationally-beloved star, the WOMEX 17 Artist Award is presented to Oumou Sangaré. Earlier Artist Award winners include Calypso Rose (2016), Cheikh Lô, High Masekela, Mariza, Staff Benda Bilili and Totó La Momposina - see WOMEX Award Archive for a list of all winners.
Petr Dorůžka Receives 2017 Professional Excellence Award
Petr Dorůžka is a shining example of the role great journalist's play in disseminating global music. He is well-known for his world music programmes on both Prague Radio and Czech National Radio, as well as writing for many publications. His website is a much-frequented go-to pool of information among global music experts.
Through his life-long efforts to pass on not only information but the passion for this worldwide music, Petr Dorůžka has become a key journalist and a member of many important panels in world music. He’s been a part of the World Music Charts Europe almost since its inception (he got on board in 1992), has served in the fRoots Magazine’s critics’ poll since 2001, and participated several times on the jury of the Sayan Ring festival in Siberia…as well as serving as one of WOMEX’s 7 Samurai in 2007. He continues to earn himself the respect and praise of the musicians he writes about, promotes and consults as Jakub Nozicka of WOMEX 16 Showcasers Ponk points out: "Petr is not only a great journalist but also a relentless promoter of Czech music abroad. Ever since the early beginnings of Ponk band he was always willing to help – either by advice, criticism or contact. We are very thankful and grateful for his ongoing support." (Jakub Nozicka, WOMEX 16 Showcase artist)
Petr would not be Petr had he not suggested to use the attention created by the Awards, to sport a discussion on music journalism at WOMEX 17: "I am aware how many other music writers deserve this honour - and I accept the award only if we can read it as a statement: even if you live in a small country and speak a minority language, still you can have a vision. You can build bridges between yet unknown music and the adventurous audience. Let's see how this works in real life - on a panel discussion 'Heritage & Future: Reclaiming Roots' in Katowice." Petr Dorůžka, August 2017
The WOMEX Label Award
For the fourth time in a row, Glitterbeat takes home the WOMEX Label Award and will join us again in Katowice, Poland. The WOMEX Label Award is based on combined monthly chart results and the expertise of international experts including radio broadcasters and journalists. Glitterbeat is the label that has the most popular releases in the network this year.
Ferhat Tunç Risks Jail
The artist Ferhat Tunç risks 5 years and 8 months in jail after being charged for insulting President Erdogan. Additionally he may be detained for 6 years for ”making propaganda for a terrorist organization”.
The artist Ferhat Tunç from Istanbul has shared critical statements about President Erdogan in social medias. For his actions he has been charged for insulting the president. The frame of punishment for such an act is 5 years and 8 months in prison. In the court documents Tunç has been quoted saying things like “You managed to arrest more than 5 thousand Kurds, you did not even show any mercy to 74 year old Ahmet Türk who clings to life with a pace maker in his heart. You are cruel!”. He is also accused for sharing a cartoon of the Turkish president done by the internationally acclaimed cartoonist @LatuffCartoons. I addition to this, Tunç has also been charged for making propaganda for a terror organization. Among other things, the charge quotes Tunç of having expressed ”Concerns about Ocalan who millions of people call their leader should be overcome and the isolation ended”. This case has a potential punishment of 6 years in prison. The two court cases against Ferhat Tunç will happen in December 2018 and February 2018. Ferhat Tunç is the first well known artist in Turkey to receive charges like this since the failed coup attempt last year.
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Last but not least: Musician Boating Tragedy
Kerry poet Danny Sheehy, better-known as Domhnall Mac Síthigh, died after a naomhóg (or currach, i.e. a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame over which skins or canvas are stretched) capsized off the Iberian coast. Sheehy (66) was taken ill after he and the three crew were caught by a wave close to the Minho river estuary on the Spanish-Portuguese border.
With him were musician Liam Ó Maonlaí of the Hothouse Flowers, west Kerry musician and oarsman Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich and Co Cork boatbuilder Padraig Ua Duinnín.
The four were approaching the river mouth in the Naomh Gobnait when the incident occurred in mid June 2017. All four stayed with the upturned boat, which then swept them up on a beach.
Emergency services tried to revive Sheehy, but he failed to recover.
His three companions, who suffered shock, were treated in a local hospital and discharged.