Folk News and Information.
Music and storytelling news and events. Keep that information coming in folks.
We start off with the death of Utah Phillips. Not a happy starting point but an important one.
Bruce "Utah" Phillips served in the United States Army for three years beginning in 1956. Witnessing the devastation of post-war Korea greatly influenced his social and political thinking. Following service, he returned to Salt Lake City, Utah and joined Ammon Hennacy from the Catholic Worker Movement in establishing a mission house of hospitality named after the activist Joe Hill. Phillips worked at the Joe Hill House for the next eight years, then ran for the U.S. Senate as a candidate of Utah's Peace and Freedom Party in 1968. He received 2,019 votes (0.5%) in an election won by Republican Wallace F. Bennett. Phillips met folk singer Rosalie Sorrels in the early 1950s, and has remained a close friend of hers ever since. It was Sorrels who started playing the songs that Phillips wrote, and through her his music began to spread. After leaving Utah in the late '60s, he went to Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was befriended by the folk community at the Caffé Lena coffee house, where he became a staple performer throughout that decade. An avid railfan, Phillips has recorded several albums of music related to the railroads, especially the era of steam locomotives. His first recorded album, Good Though!, is an example, and contains such songs as "Daddy, What's a Train?" and "Queen of the Rails" as well as what may be his most famous composition, "Moose Turd Pie" wherein he tells a tall tale of his work as a gandy dancer repairing track in the Southwestern United States desert. In 1991 Phillips recorded, in one take, an album of song, poetry and short stories entitled I've Got To Know, inspired by his anger at the first Gulf War. The album includes "Enola Gay," his first composition written about the United States' atomic attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Phillips was a mentor to Kate Wolf. He has recorded songs and stories with Rosalie Sorrels on a CD called The Long Memory (1996), originally a college project from Montana. Ani DiFranco has recorded two CDs, The Past Didn't Go Anywhere (1996) and Fellow Workers (1999), with him. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his work with Ani DiFranco. His "Green Rolling Hills" was made into a country hit by Emmylou Harris, and "The Goodnight-Loving Trail" has become a classic as well, being recorded by Ian Tyson, Tom Waits, and others. Phillips has become an elder statesman for the folk music community, and a keeper of stories and songs that might otherwise have passed into obscurity. He is also a member of the great Traveling Nation, the community of hobos and railroad bums that populates the midwest United States along the rail lines, and is an important keeper of their history and culture. When Kate Wolf grew ill and was forced to cancel concerts, she asked Phillips to fill in. Suffering from an ailment which makes it more difficult to play guitar, Phillips hesitated, citing his declining guitar ability. "Nobody ever came just to hear you play," she said. Phillips tells this story as a way of explaining how his style over the years has become increasingly based on storytelling instead of just songs. He is a gifted storyteller and monologist, and his concerts generally have an even mix of spoken word and sung content. He attributes much of his success to his personality. "It is better to be likeable than talented," he often says, self-deprecatingly. Until it lost its funding, Phillips hosted his own weekly radio show, Loafer's Glory: The Hobo Jungle of the Mind. In August 2007, Phillips announced that he would undergo catheter ablation to address his heart problems. Later that autumn Phillips announced that due to health problems he could no longer tour. Phillips died on May 23, 2008 in Nevada City, California, of complications of heart disease.
Columbus Folk Music Society Coffee House This Saturday
Saturday will see the last of the winter/spring coffee house performances of the Society. The monthly events will move to outside venues for the good weather. Two important dates for you to keep in mind.
1 Saturday 31 May is the coffee house with Victoria Parks as the featured artist. There will be a jam session and open mic before hand. It starts at 7pm. See the calendar for more information.
3510 N. High Street
2 June is the annual Meeting. If you are on the slate it would be a good idea to turn up. There is competition for positions this year so it should be a good meeting. YOUR VOTE COUNTS More information to come.
John Schomburg sent the following
Check out the line up of bands for the International Washboard Festival in Logan. We've been down there a couple of times. A place where a bazooka, kazoo, or even tuba player, feels at home. They've even got trad jazz, dad.
On Memorial Day I took part in the Parade in Powell. The Espresso Yourself Cafe had a float of a large guitar painted red white and blue and around 14 guitarist walked in front and played. We had a great time. I did not know there were so many people in Powell.
The Storytellers Of Central Ohio are moving to Clintonville.
After 18 years of meetings in the Reynoldsburg Public Library, the Storytellers of Central Ohio are moving to the Aeropagitica Bookstore, 3510 N. High St. They will meet there on the second Saturday of the month from September through June. There are no meetings in July and August. Their first meeting there will be on June 14, 2008 at 10:30AM. Anyone interested in storytelling is welcome to attend.
Storytelling is considered by many as the earliest art. It existed from the beginning of language. Tales of the hunt, tales of the changing of the seasons, tales of the coming of rain, of the great drought, and many others were told around the early campfires.
The Storytellers Of Central Ohio was started by Emil McVeigh in 1990. Its primary purpose is the promotion of storytelling, and in support of that primary purpose it assists tellers in the improvement of their art. Of the fifty-one members most are professional tellers, some are amateurs, (in the truest sense of the word-they tell for the love of storytelling) and story listeners, which out which there would be no tellers.
Storytellers of Central Ohio hold three major events throughout the year: Tellabration in November, Fireside Tales in the spring and Spooky Tales in the Blendon Woods Metro Park in October.
As part of our outreach we work with inner city children who struggle with low proficiency scores in language arts through our Columbus Story Adventures. We use storytelling to promote writing and reading with the children attending summer and after school programs. We also have Speak Easy, an open mike for storytelling on the third Wednesday of each month from January through May.
For more information about our group please see our website www.socotales.org
2780 Atwood Ter
Columbus Oh 43211-1160
Hi! Here is information about Speak Easy - Open Mic Storytelling.
This is the final Speak Easy for 2008. Hope you can attend.
Please forward this information on to anyone you think would be interested in a fun evening of storytelling! Thanks!
Storytellers of Central Ohio
An Open Mic Night of Storytelling
966 S. High Street, Columbus, Oh
Speak Easy starts at 7:30pm with thirty to forty minutes of stories from a featured teller. After a short intermission, we open the mic to anyone who signed up at the door to tell an eight-minute story. All these events are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Admission is $5. The Maennerchor provides ample and lighted parking.
The line-up of featured tellers this season is sure to warm any winter night:
Wednesday, May 21 - Eric Wolf - Eric tells many genre of stories. They include: modern fairytales, morality tales, peace stories, historical characterizations and personal tall tales.
Come early, have dinner and join the fun. This is our fourth year with Speak Easy and we have heard some wonderful stories, both from our featured tellers and members of the audience. This event is open to anyone who wishes to tell a tale or just wants to have an evening of listening pleasure.
Questions - Contact Sally Crandall: at (614) 445-8016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Proceeds are used to buy new books for at risk-children in the Columbus area via
SOCO’s outreach program, Columbus Story Adventures.
Sponsored by Storytellers of Central Ohio ~ Visit our website at www.socotales.com
Storytellers of Central Ohio in a nonprofit organization.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Folk News and Information.
Posted by John Locke at 7:32 AM