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What really happened last night

February 26, 2005

Abbe and I bailed, but our friend Mary B. from MB Booking (who's at the table next to us) is here to tell you what was happening in showcase world:

"Hey y'all, having a blast with my new blogging buddies Last night Uncle Earl, one of the sweet old-time bands I represent, kicked it down in Performance Alley. Everyone headed upstairs where a full jam session ensued with Uncle Earl, Mark Simos and members of the Brooklyn based band, The Wiyos. Old-time picking & grinning!! With very little sleep we continue to run on the big & sustaining power of MUSIC" ...MB Booking

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:01 PM | Comments (1)

Day 3 - and I'm still trying to speak French

So far Folk Alliance has been a really great experience. We've met tons of musicians and agents and presenters - all coming together to support the future of folk music. I'll have Jim report later on everything he saw during the showcases (I fell asleep after a long day of being friendly!). I've discovered that the French word for turkey is dinde and that most people will help you out when you get stuck.

Montreal is a very nice place. They are holding the "Festival Montreal En Lumniere" across from our room, complete with a sledding hill, fireworks and a giant orb with lights and music that people stand inside. Tonight Abbe and I want to go ice skating on the outdoor rink if they rent skates. And then on to showcases for our last night here.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 7:18 AM | Comments (3)

Abbe's wild night of fun

February 25, 2005

After a full day in the exhibit hall (where at least I got to see Fruit perform), I barely made it through dinner with Jim Pipkin, Bob and Debbie Zucker, Caji Da Bahia and Kyle Harris from AMAZ Records and a showcase with The Mammals. Abbe and Jim, however were like the Energizer Bunny and kept going and going. After I went up to the room (at least I shared an elevator with Emmylou Harris - but I didn't speak to her), Abbe and Jim continued on into the wee hours attending showcases. Here's a list from Abbe:

"Wow! What an amazing night. So much awesome music that I am reeling.

The night began with a rousing performance by The Mammals, then on to Lori McKenna (Love this- I have found my new best friend), The Duhks were hip,hot and fresh, and a late night performance by Tracey Grammer & Jim Henry was riveting. Other acts we saw included Uncle Earl, Clare Burson, Crooked Still and many talented musicians performing in the strangest places. I left Jim at 1 AM at the Roots Review, I needed some rest. Go Jim, go!"

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 7:15 AM | Comments (2)

Well, here I am

February 24, 2005

Bienvenue a Montreal! I arrived yesterday just in time to set up the Folk Alley booth at Strictly Mundial Folk Alliance Conference in centre ville at the Palais de Congress and when I logged on today, David Francey was playing (which seemed only fitting).

We (Jim, me, and Abbe) will be here through Sunday spreading the word about Folk Alley to the folk music community. It's pretty crazy, folkies everywhere, playing music, listening to music and talking about music.

And it's really cold and they don't salt the sidewalks so much, but Montreal is beautiful and there's so much to do here. I think I saw Emmylou Harris in the hotel lobby, but I'm not sure. More from Jim about the showcases (and photos) later.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 8:58 AM | Comments (6)

Funny Folk Songs with a HEE HAW Theme

February 18, 2005

A question from Beth:


I was hoping you could give me a few suggestions on some fun folk songs.

My family is having a reunion where we have a theme. One year it was 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' and this year it is HEE HAW. I have planned a funny skit for my cousin and I to do, and I would like to find an old folk song about not getting married or looking for love. It should be on the funny side not serious. Can you help?

Beth Griffin"

So, can y'all help Beth out with her HEE HAW request? I know you can!

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 4:55 PM | Comments (23)

Folk Grammy Awards

February 17, 2005

The following folk albums received Grammy Awards last Sunday:

Best Traditional Folk Album:
Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster by various artists

Best Contemporary Folk Album:
Revolution Starts Now by Steve Earle

Best Native American Music Album:
Cedar Dream Songs by Bill Miller

Best Hawaiian Music Album (this is the first time the award was given out)
Slack Key Guitar Volume 2 by various artists

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 11:01 AM | Comments (7)

The definitive wedding song list

February 14, 2005

Thanks to a listener named Anne who was looking for folk songs for her wedding, we are offering you this list. The folk wedding song post received more comments than anything else we've ever done, with a lot of great ideas that might be useful for other occasions where love and devotion come into play (like, say, Valentine's Day). So here it is, with links to purchase albums through Amazon where we could. I've listed the songs as they were added to the post and it's a long list - click for more at the bottom. And, feel free to add more!:

As -- Stevie Wonder
You and I -- Stevie Wonder
You are the Sunshine of My Life -- Stevie Wonder
There Is Love -- Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey or Peter, Paul and Mary
Give Yourself to Love -- Kate Wolf: Give Yourself To Love (Live In Concert)
The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face -- Gordon Lightfoot or Roberta Flack: The Best of Gordon Lightfoot
The Wedding Song -- Buffy Sainte Marie: Fire & Fleet & Candlelight
True Companion -- Marc Cohn
Dance ME to the End of Love -- Leonard Cohen
May I Suggest -- Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert (by Susan Werner): Side of the Road
Gulf Coast Highway -- Nanci Griffith: Little Love Affairs
I Believe -- Emmylou Harris
Red Dancing Shoes -- Peter Ostroushko: Down the Streets of My Old Neighborhood (out of print)
Forever Young -- Bob Dylan
Somebody Loved -- Weepies: Weepies

In My Life -- Beatles
Wedding Song -- Bob Dylan
Tomorrow is a Long Time -- Bob Dylan
any song by -- Steve Newman
any song by -- Tony Cox
any song by -- Steve Newman
any song by -- Tananas
Corinna, Corinna -- Leo Kottke: Standing in My Shoes
Magnolia Wind -- Guy Clark: The Dark (2002)
All I Want to Do is Sing Your Name -- U. Utah Phillips
Riddle Song
Song For Asking -- Paul Simon: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Friends -- Elton John
Time In a Bottle -- Jim Croce
I Will -- Ben Taylor
It's Only Love -- Mary Chapin Carpenter
Grow Old With Me -- Mary Chapin Carpenter: Party Doll & Other Favorites
Can I Have This Dance -- Anne Murray
In Spite of Ourselves -- John Prine and Iris Dement: In Spite of Ourselves
The Lover's Waltz -- Jay Ungar and Molly Mason: The Lover's Waltz
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You -- Van Morrison
At Last -- Etta James
I'll Never Find Another You -- The Seekers
World of Our Own -- The Seekers
Perhaps Love -- John Denver
Give Yourself to Love -- Kathy Mattea (cover by Kate Wolf): Treasures Left Behind: Remembering Kate Wolf
Dimming of the Day -- Richard and Linda Thompson: Pour Down Like Silver
Night Comes In -- Richard and Linda Thompson
Mairi's Wedding -- Silly Sisters (Maddy Prior and June Tabor)
Trumpet Voluntary
When I Need You Most of All -- David Buskin
The Roseville Fair -- Bill Staines: The First Million Miles Vol.1
Last First Kiss -- John McCutcheon: Greatest Story Never Told
Morning Has Broken
Dodi Dodi From Israel
Marie's Wedding
Unhappiest Squirrel in the Whole USA -- Ben Colder
Mick O'Connor's -- Seamus Egan: When Juniper Sleeps
Jackie Wilson Said -- Van Morrison
You Are Love -- Tom Paxton
If I Were a Featherbed -- John McCutcheon: Water from Another Time
The Great Storm is Over -- John McCutcheon: Water from Another Time
Fields of Gold -- Eva Cassidy: Songbird
Bridal Veil Falls -- Chris Thile: Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Since You Asked -- Judy Collins: Colors of the Day: The Very Best of Judy Collins
Careless Love
Long Dark Night of the Soul -- Loreena McKennitt
Song of Songs -- Pierce Pettis: Great Big World
Family -- Pierce Pettis
The One Who Knows -- Dar Williams: Beauty of the Rain
When Love Begins -- Don Maclean
If I Needed You -- Townes Van Zandt: The Best of Townes Van Zandt
Star of the County Down -- Northeast Winds
Hearts Overflowing -- Brewer and Shipley
45 Years -- Stan Rogers
Beggars to God -- Bob Rogers
Romance -- Gordon Lightfoot: Salute
Longer -- Dan Fogelberg
Beautiful -- Gordon Lightfoot: Don Quixote
Inisheer -- Greg Trooper
Today -- Jefferson Airplane
Open Windows -- Sarah Harmer: You Were Here
Always Marry an Ugly Girl -- Al Batten
Love's An Injection -- Mike Monroe
Annie's Song -- John Denver
Blue Bonnets Over the Border -- Natalie MacMaster: In My Hands
Like We Used to Do -- Tim O'Brien and Pat Alger
I Will Whisper Your Name -- Michall Johnson
Beautiful Dreamer -- Stephen Foster: Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster ( Raul Malo )
Hymn Song ( Here With You) ( I Believe if I Lived My Life Again) -- U. Utah Phillips: The Legends of Folk ( RedHouse records )
Seize the Day -- Ellis Paul: Ellis Paul LIVE
Here She Is -- Ellis Paul: Stories
Red, Red Rose -- Dave Mallett: Artist in Me
I Will -- Alison Krauss: Now That I've Found You: A Collection
The Water Is Wide -- Eva Cassidy: American Tune
Greensleeves -- Henry VIII
This Love Will Carry -- Dougie Maclean: The Dougie Maclean Collection
For You -- Tracey Chapman: Tracey Chapman
I Want You -- Tom Waits: The Early Years Vol. 2
I'll Prove My Love -- Gordon Lightfoot
I'll Lay Ye Doon Love -- Enoch Kent
Years From Now -- Dr. Hook
For the Rest of My Life -- John Denver
Gentle Arms of Eden -- Dave Carter: Drum Hat Buddha
Nothing Without You -- Steve Earle: Train A Comin
Silver -- Carrie Newcomer: The Gathering of Spirits
Hey Baby Hey -- Greg Brown: Further In
Waltz Across Texas -- Ernest Tubb
Attics of My Life -- Grateful Dead: American Beauty
Follow Me -- John Denver or Mary Travers
Judith's Song -- Judy Collins
One Time Only -- Tom Paxton: I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound: The Best Of Tom Paxton
Love Song -- Lesley Duncan
Child Song -- Neil Diamond: Tap Root Manuscript
Ireland Forever -- Patrick Moore
Rising in Love -- David Roth: Rising in Love
Intertwined -- Debi Smith: More Than Once
Let a Woman Flow -- It's a Beautiful Day
Sunlight -- The Youngbloods: The Best of the Youngbloods
Beautiful -- The Youngbloods: Elephant Mountain
Time Is -- It's a Beautiful Day
B.B. King Was Wrong -- John Gorka
Double Yodel -- Lou and Peter Berryman
Gadeng Vadoo -- Lou and Peter Berryman
It's Better Than That -- Lou and Peter Berryman
Don�t Should On Me -- David Roth and Christine Lavin
Somos El Barco -- We Are the Boat or H.A.R.P.
Singing With You -- H.A.R.P.
Might As Well Dance -- Patty Larkin: Angels Running
Irish Blues -- Maura O'Connell: Wandering Home
Silver Lining -- Cheryl Wheeler: Driving Home
Magnolia Street -- Buddy Mondlock
In My Dreams -- Debi Smith: In My Dreams
The Tree -- Megon McDonough
Lookin In for Number One -- David Roth: Digging Through My Closet
Summerfly -- Maura O'Connell (written by Cheryl Wheeler): Helpless Heart
Arrow -- Cheryl Wheeler: Cheryl Wheeler
Ten Complaints -- Dee Carstensen
All That Is -- Garnet Rogers: All That Is
Anniversary -- Claudia Schmidt: Essential Tension

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 6:33 AM | Comments (14)

Songs about kids... and trains!

February 10, 2005

A post from Jenna in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada:

The post about the wedding songs went over so well, I was wondering if I could ask for one like it....this time for kids....that is songs written about children or to children (not looking for goofy children songs).

And while we're on it any songs about trains?

Thanks a lot.


Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 2:46 PM | Comments (55)

Puppy Love - Winn-Dixie and Blue

February 8, 2005

From Abbe - the true story of one contest, a lost dog, and happily ever after:

"We have a rule in our household that whenever one of our kids asks to be read to, we read. No exceptions. Even if the kids are getting dressed for school, the baby's crying or the cat is barfing on the rug. We read a lot at our house, and I am always looking for new material.

My daughter received Because of Winn-Dixie as a Christmas present this year from her Aunt and we fell in love with the book immediately. We are excited to meet Opal, the Preacher, Gloria Dump, Otis and of course, Winn-Dixie, when the movie opens on one of four movie screens in my little town on Feb. 18.

So, I was happy when our new friends at Nettwerk America called offering movie prize packs for Folk Alley to give away that included the book, a soundtrack CD and, of course, the plushy dog. They were interested in Folk Alley because the music has a real singer/songwriter feel to it and Jim's already added songs from the movie to the Folk Alley playlist.

This soundtrack makes a girl smile. First, I was drawn to the Emmylou Harris song, and then delighted by the Be Good Tanyas. Other fun songs include The Clapping Song by Shirley Ellis and Glory Glory by Patrinell Wright and Gloria Smith. Both songs transported me immediately- one to feeling like a 10-year-old girl again while dancing around the living room with my daughters, and the other to Sunday worship at Reverend Al Green's church in Memphis, TN.

And then, just as I was working on putting together the contest around the Because of Winn-Dixie soundtrack, my dog Blue ran away and all I could think about (while trying not to burst into tears at work) was Blue, and all of my pets that had gone on before. Nice timing...

Blue, name inspired by the traditional song Ol' Blue (performed by Bill Staines on the One More River CD), is a Border Collie that likes to run. Most days find her chasing the other dogs, cats, chickens, goats or horses on our property, Lucky Penny Farm. But her favorite animal to chase is deer, and this cold January day she ran into the woods in happy pursuit. Unfortunately, when the deer got away, she kept on running. Down the Headwater Trail into town, first visiting the lumberyard (where they fed her a can of wet food), and then visiting the Save-4 Mini-mart (where they fed her a can of wet food).

No one could reach us. Her collar with ID tags was sitting on the kitchen counter -- removed the night before for a long overdue flea bath. When Blue didn't come home that night I couldn't sleep, and I listened to the coyotes howling in the woods and wept.

The next morning we created "Lost Dog" posters (so easy with modern technology), and distributed them at the local shops and meeting places: post office, gas station, library and liquor store. Neighbors and strangers stopped to offer their assistance, and the community was in search of Blue.

Hallelujah! It worked. Someone saw those fancy posters, recognized the dog and telephoned. Actually, it was the clerk at the Save-4 store who found Blue a temporary home with a girl who works at the video store, and within 24 hours (due solely to the kindness of strangers) we brought Blue home. Although she oddly smelled like Febreeze, she was no worse for the wear.

Because of Winn-Dixie is a story about a girl and her dog, and now you have heard my story as well. I look forward to hearing your stories about your special pets. A quick disclaimer -- I may have a soft spot for any tales about goats.

Thanks for listening, sharing and being an active part of Folk Alley.

Abbe Turner"

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 4:57 PM | Comments (6)

Links to Jim's Picks for February

Here is a list of the artists and albums mentioned in the Jim's Recent Additions section of the February Folk Alley Chat (in inboxes today):

David Francey - The Waking Hour
Nanci Griffith - Hearts in Mind
The Duhks - The Duhks
Various - These Times We're Living In
John Smith - Kickin' This Stone
Vance Gilbert - Unfamiliar Moon
Tim Grimm - Names
The Bills - Let 'Em Run
Leahy - In All Things
The Waifs - A Brief History
Beyond the Pale - Consensus
Various - The Kennebunk Coffeehouse: The Best of 5 Live

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 2:22 PM | Comments (3)

Juno Nominees Announced

February 7, 2005

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has released the complete list of Juno Award nominees for 2005. Among the many artists that Jim plays that are not nominated in a Folk Music category are k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright, Connie Kaldor, Sarah Harmer, Norah Jones (as an international artist), Great Big Sea, and Sarah McLachlan.
Nominated in the Roots & Traditional Album - Solo category are:

Michael Jerome Browne - Michael Jerome Browne & The Twin River String Band
David Francey - The Waking Hour
Amos Garrett - Acoustic Album
Harry Manx - West Eats Meet
Jenny Whiteley - Hopetown

For Roots & Traditional Album - Group:
The Bills - Let 'Em Run
Leahy - In All Things
Nathan - Jimson Weed
La Volee d'Castors - Migration
The Wailin' Jennys - 40 Days

The awards will be presented in a telecast from Winnipeg, MB, on Sunday, April 3. The event will be hosted by Brent Butt, one of the funniest people in Canada.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 4:46 PM | Comments (1)

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