Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Folk Song, Folk Music, Folk News.



Folk Song, Folk Music, Folk News.



I have already produced this version of the blog two days ago. As I was about to press Publish a little flag came up to tell me I had a fatal error. The error was no where near as fatal as the life of this computer. As I had deleted the information as it was entered, I now have to go back and find it all.



Three bald heads together.


To placate me please read this blog word by word and leave comments. Just to reassure me I have not wasted my time.



Two items from Cindy Funk



Discover Fretkillr. He’s a guitar guy on YouTube that’s driving people crazy. All you can see is his guitar and his hands. He has tons of songs up on YouTube, and they’re all great! His guitar playing is flawless, and his voice is a bit gravelly, a bit gruff and totally great. Everybody thinks that they will try to figure out who he is…and if they don’t, they SHOULD.

Here’s your first one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS6co7ULbNo&feature=related

If you wanted to learn how to play finger-style guitar, this would be a primer.

Have fun!

Cindy






Came across this -- had not heard of this artist previously:

Texas singer seeks to understand a tragedy NAOMI KOPPEL The Associated Press
5/23/2008

KILKENNY, Ireland—"Forget his face? Of course I don't," Sam Baker sings, of a young German boy who died along with his parents on a train in Peru in 1986.

The three had been sitting on facing seats and the bomb that killed them was in the luggage rack above their heads, set by Shining Path guerrillas.

The man in the fourth seat was Baker.

The song probes the psychological legacy for Baker, who had been talking to the boy before the bomb went off. Its title, "Broken Fingers,"
reveals part of the physical legacy—three twisted, unusable fingers that forced him to relearn to play the guitar left-handed.

That he survived at all is remarkable: The explosion severed the main artery and vein in his left thigh and he almost bled to death. He suffered brain damage, kidney failure, gangrene and severe hearing loss, and went through years of surgery.

Perhaps the most extraordinary part of Baker's
story: He is making a name for himself as one of the most original new singer-songwriters in contemporary folk music.

Before the bombing, the native of Itasca, Texas, had been a whitewater river guide who enjoyed traveling, walking and climbing. That all ended in a moment...

Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/4rwto4





This is another one from Cindy.





Do not throw away your old strings. Go to the link below.


http://www.secondstringsproject.org/





Here is a good one from Dave Hawkins.





If you have not been to a Dave Hawkins gig do not hesitate he is gooooood.





For those who have had a house concert, or know someone who might be interested in what's involved here's a little "intro."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC-9Xbn5Smo
Thanks! Hope to see y'all soon!
d



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John

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