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Howard Larman Passes

April 24, 2007

Howard Larman, who with his wife, Roz, hosted the radio program "FolkScene" for more than 3 decades, died this week. Howard and Roz were in a car accident last year, and Howard never fully recovered. The pair began broadcasting their show in 1970 (it is broadcast from Lucerne, near Los Angeles) and won respect for a folk program that bridged generations. Roz and engineer Peter Cutler will continue "FolkScene," which can be heard online or on stations that include KPFK in Los Angeles, WUMB in Boston, and Plains FM 96.9 in Canterbury New Zealand.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 12:00 PM | Comments (2)

Powder Kegs Win Inaugural People in Their Twenties Talent Show

The Powder Kegs, a 5-piece old-time string band from Burlington, VT won the first "People in Their 20s Talent Show" on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." The contest offered six entrants the chance to perform on Keillor's very popular radio show, which is broadcast live on Saturdays across the U.S. Other artists competing for the prize included Jim Blum's newest hot pick, Daisy May Erlewine and Seth Bernard, the Karg Boys, Jaryd Lane, Chris O'Brien, and The Sweetback Sisters. The program is available for streaming from the "Prairie Home" site.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 11:09 AM | Comments (0)

Jessee Havey Leaves Duhks

April 6, 2007

Lead singer Jessee Havey is taking an indefinite leave of absense from The Duhks. The Grammy- and Juno-nominated band is a favorite on both sides of the border for its soulful, bluesy sound blended with bluegrass and folk instrumentation. Although they profess on their website to be holding off making a permanent change to the line-up, Sarah Dugas will be sitting in with the band in the near future.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 9:59 AM | Comments (9)

Billy Joe Shaver Sought in Shooting Incident

An arrest warrent was issued for singer Billy Joe Shaver following an incident outside an Austin, TX saloon. According to Shaver, a patron threatened him with a knife and so he shot him in the parking lot. Shaver then tried to turn himself into police, but they had no record of the event, so they sent him home only to turn around and issue the warrent two days later.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 9:49 AM | Comments (7)

Junos Go to McDades, Fearing, Harmer and Others

April 2, 2007

Although Nelly Furtado and Billy Talent were the "big winners" at last night's JUNO Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (sorry to the little kids that have to spell that out for the first time), there were plenty Folk Alley-friendly artists that took home one of the lovely prizes. Here is a partial list:

Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo - Stephen Fearing, Yellowjacket
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group - The McDades, Bloom
Music DVD of the Year - Sarah Harmer, Escarpment Blues
Blues Album of the Year - Jim Byrnes, House of Refuge
Aboriginal Recording of the Year - Leela Gilday, Sedze
International Album of the Year - The Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
New Artist of the Year - Tomi Swick
Songwriter of the Year - Gordie Sampson (who I'm sure is a very nice person but he's not doing his Karma any favors by writing "Jesus Take the Wheel" for Carrie Underwood)
Children's Album of the Year - Jack Grunsky, My Beautiful World
Adult Alternative Album of the Year - Jim Cuddy, The Light that Guides You Home

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:44 PM | Comments (1)

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