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  • Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival

  • Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival
    From Washington Square Park and the Gaslight Cafe to WNYC Radio and Folkways Records, New York City's cultural, artistic, and commercial assets helped to shape a distinctively urban breeding ground for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s. Folk City explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar America. It involves the efforts of record company producers and executives, club owners, concert promoters, festival organizers, musicologists, agents and managers, editors and writers - and, of course, musicians and audiences. In Folk City, authors Stephen Petrus and Ron Cohen capture the exuberance of the times and introduce readers to a host of characters who brought a new style to the biggest audience in the history of popular music. Among the savvy New York entrepreneurs committed to promoting folk music were Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, Mike Porco of Gerde's Folk City, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. While these and other businessmen developed commercial networks for musicians, the performance venues provided the artists space to test their mettle. The authors portray Village coffee houses not simply as lively venues but as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture, where artists from diverse backgrounds honed their performance techniques and challenged social conventions. Accessible and engaging, fresh and provocative, rich in anecdotes and primary sources, Folk City is lavishly illustrated with images collected fo
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  • Caffe Lena: Inside America's Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse

  • Caffe Lena: Inside America's Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse
    In 1960, burgeoning actress and defiant dreamer Lena Spencer opened a small, grassroots coffeehouse in the quaint upstate New York town of Saratoga Springs. Within her then-husband's plan to start the Caffe as a means for the couple to artistically flouri
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  • Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music

  • Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music
    A freewheeling blend of continental European folk music and the songs, tunes, and dances of Anglo and Celtic immigrants, polkabilly has enthralled American musicians and dancers since the mid-19th century. From West Virginia coal camps and east Texas farm
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  • Folk Music Of Haiti (music Of Haiti,

  • The 18 tracks heard on this 1951 release were originally recorded in Haiti by Harold Courlander. Secular and religious music, work songs, and trance s
    The 18 tracks heard on this 1951 release were originally recorded in Haiti by Harold Courlander. Secular and religious music, work songs, and trance songs are all presented here. On "Pile Pied'M: Ibo Dance Song," polyrhythmic Ibo drumming weaves through a parable-like song: "Injury once done can not be talked away." With "M'Pas Bwe M'Pas Mange: Work Song," percussive sounds come from a group of men pounding grain in a large wooden mortar. While in a trance, a testifying priest acts a medium for the gods on "Spirit Conversation (Cult Priest at Leogane)." Harold Courlander's detailed introduction and liner notes contextualize this outstanding collection of Haitian folk music. ~ John Vallier
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  • Caribbean Folk Music, Vol. 1

  • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicat
    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. We believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world. Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials we seek to strengthen people's engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others. Whether purely instrumental or with a chorus, each of these recordings manages to capture the spirit of the English, Spanish, and French speaking Caribbean. Many of the recordings are of dance music as music and dance are commonly linked in Caribbean cultures. Representing fifteen countries this collection speaks to the vibrant nature of the West Indies where even a song like Nous Allons Dodo or Were Going to Sleep is anything short of a lullaby. Year of Recording 1960. Record Label Folkways Records. Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Credits Produced by Harold Courlander. 101 Trulla de Navidad (Christmas Rush) n/a 2:05. 102 Baquine n/a 3:18. 103 Arada Dance n/a 2:23. 104 Kumina Dance n/a 2:12. 105 Heel and Toe Polka n/a 1:27. 106 So Them Bad Minded (Calypso) n/a 2:10. 201 Stickman (Calypso) n/a 2:15. 202 Old
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  • America's Music Legacy: Folk

  • America's Music Legacy: Folk
    This installment in the America's Music Legacy series focuses on the unique contributions that the originators of folk music have made to the realm of popular music we know today, with performances by the likes of Buffy Saint Marie, The Limeliters, Glenn Yarbrough, Theodore Bikel, and more. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi.
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  • Portuguese Folk Music / Various

  • Portuguese Folk Music / Various
    Portuguese Folk Music (CD NEW)Label: Sound Of WFormat: CDRelease Date: 14 Mar 2006No. of Discs: 1EAN: 8712177037414Album Tracks1. Malhao2. Cabo De S Vicente3. Baile Pesado4. Laranjinha5. Saias Do Ze Manel6. O Meu Amor7. Charamba8. Velho9. Fadinho Rodopiado10. O Mar Enrola Na Areia11. Vai O Comboio12. Barquinha13. Acto De Contricao14. Baile Mandado15. Bailinho Da Madei16. Bate Palmas17. Regadinho18. Fado Corrido19. Rolinha Chora Chora20. Padre Antonio
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