Monday, November 9, 2009

Ashville Open Mic escapes another closure.

Ashville Open Mic escapes another closure.

Over the last four years Ashville Open Mic has seen six owners and three venues and with new owners at Papa Joe's we survive once again. We were told to expect structural alterations and new paint. The new owners are not new to the industry and plan big changes.

1960’s Coffeehouse To Benefit Food Pantries

If you have been before you do not have to be told how good this event is. I have lost count of how many times I have been and I will be there again this year. It is becoming a regular end of year meeting place for folkies. This is for a very good cause so turn up and have a good time plus helping people less fortunate then yourself.

Civil rights sit-ins. Bell-bottoms. Anti-war marches. Student Power. Afros. Mini-skirts. Hippies. Riots. Space flights. The generation gap.

Those hallmarks of the turbulent 1960’s will be rekindled Friday November 13 at this year’s annual “Spirit of the ‘60’s Coffeehouse”:

Friday November 13 7:30 p.m.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement, but get there early for a good seat.

Bill Cohen will lead a candlelit, musical, year-by-year journey through the era, with live folksongs, “news reports” of sixties happenings, displays of anti-war buttons and posters, and far-out sixties fashions.

Bill will also challenge the audience with sixties trivia questions, and he’ll award prizes (with a 1960’s theme).

Proceeds from the suggested $10 donations will go to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Refreshments will be available at no extra charge. Free parking is also available in the lots just South and West of the church.

The program is suitable for ADULTS and MATURE TEENS.

It’s the 24th year of sixties coffeehouses for Bill. He’s performed the show more than a hundred times now at colleges, churches, synagogues, conferences, high schools, and middle schools across Ohio and beyond.

For more information, call Bill at (614) 263-3851. Or go to

Tellabration Time is Here.
This is a fantastic event folks.

Be a friend. Bring a friend to Tellabration. We are back
at the Ohio Historical Center Auditorium, courtesy of
Melanie Pratt and the SOCO members who have
volunteered their time at OHS. We have an outstanding
slate of tellers. Adele Browne, Beverly Comer, Michael
Kasony-O'Malley: Veronica Fenney-Okafor, John
Gardiner, Greg & Natalie Wittmann, Anthony Gibbs and
Hank on music. The doors will open at 7:00 and the
stories will begin at 7:30 on Saturday, November 21,

John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon – A Fund Raiser For Buckeye Forest Council – November 15, 2009
“That’s my goal. If you can recognize yourself in my songs, then I’ve done my job.” –J. McCutcheon

If you missed the opportunity to hear John McCutcheon when he traveled with Holly Near last year for the Sing Out The Vote concerts you have another chance Sunday November 15th. He will perform in a concert benefitting Buckeye Forest Council, when his musical stories of hope will fill the evening in energizing ways that must be experienced in person.

McCutcheon’s songs sing of the nation’s heritage. His words channel the conscience of our people into streams of poetry and melody. He writes about subjects small and great, from a child’s haircut to freedom and human dignity – issues equally eternal and enduring. Think of McCutcheon as an incarnation of Pete Seeger and Mr. Rogers, Will Rogers and Bruce Springsteen, and above all Everyman, righteously passionate and impishly playful, blessed with gifts as a songwriter, historian, musician and storyteller that have won him international praise.

John McCutcheon has been described by the Washington Post as “folk music’s rustic renaissance man.” An award-winning singer, songwriter, composer, teacher, archivist, activist, author and poet, perhaps among his greatest gifts is to bring listeners together, including those who might not otherwise share common generational or political ground. “This notion of telling stories of ordinary people who have done great things, and carrying those stories from one place to another, of telling people ‘this is where I’ve been, these are the stories I can bring you,’ is the heart of what I do,” McCutcheon sums up. “That’s my goal. If you can recognize yourself in my songs, then I’ve done my job.”

Hear John’s music at:

Sunday November 15th
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)
Ticket pricing: $20.00
Tax-deductible donations above this level will be gratefully accepted

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
93 West Weisheimer
Columbus, OH 43214
Map link:

To Purchase tickets
Call David Maywhoor at 614-487-9290 (o), (614) 738-0100 (c) or

In the Athens area please call Heather Cantino at 740-594-3338

Columbus based Global Gallery a non-profit, volunteer operated, marketplace in the Short North that promotes fair-trade and cultural awareness has agreed to sell tickets for the John McCutcheon Concert through their stores. For addresses, hours and contact info see below.

682 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone/Fax: 614/621-1744
M-Th 11-6
Fri-Sat 11-8
Sun 1-5

148 Easton Town Center,
Columbus, Ohio
Phone: 614/478-8007
(on the first floor of Easton Station Mall)
M-Th 10-9
Fri-Sat 10-10
Sun 12-6

3535 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Phone: 614/262-5535
Sun-Sat 7am-9pm

Hear John’s music at:

Folk Blog Calendar.

The calendar will no longer be updated. I had two replies to my request as to should it be continued.

I will endeavour to put items on the main blog as they come in.

Don Pedi Plays UK

Virtuoso Dulcimer Musician Don Pedi Plays UK
Media Contact: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-1754, x229
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2009) − Virtuoso dulcimer player Don Pedi is the next artist to perform as part of "Appalachia in the Bluegrass," a concert series that explores traditional music in the Appalachian region. Pedi's free public concert is scheduled for noon Friday, Nov. 6, at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky's Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

Pedi, a native of Massachusetts, came from a musical family. His early musical influences included his grandfather, who played guitar, mandolin and banjo; an uncle, who was a professional singer and musician; and his father, another gifted singer. Pedi became involved with Boston's folk music scene in the early 1960s, but, it was a 1964 performance by Mimi and Richard Farina that would peak his interest in the dulcimer.

"The sound of the dulcimer proved most alluring," said Pedi, who, by 1968, was playing the dulcimer. Pedi counts traditional musicians Frank Proffitt, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt and Almeda Riddle as influences on his musical taste.

A meeting with North Carolina musicians Tad Wright and Keith Zimmerman while living in Colorado in the early 1970s influenced Pedi to visit the musicians' home state. Once Pedi saw the North Carolina mountains, he has said he knew he found home. Pedi, who resides on a little farm in the mountains of Madison County, N.C., believes the area rich in traditional music and customs is where he belongs.

Considered a pioneer of the dulcimer, Pedi's music has broken new ground and cleared the path for other musicians. He is even credited by many with helping the dulcimer gain acceptance as an instrument suited for traditional Southern Dance music, as many old-time musicians felt the dulcimer was better suited as a piece of art hung on a wall.

Pedi's dulcimer playing earned him much recognition over the years. He won the first music contest he entered at Fiddler's Grove in North Carolina, as well as several that followed, which led to contest organizers declaring him a "Master Dulcimer Player" and removing him from future competition. He retired from competition with more than 30 first place awards. Pedi has also received a "Most Outstanding Performer" award at Asheville's Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award for "significant contributions" in Mountain Music.

Watch video of Don Pedi performing "Walk With Me" at the Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering 2008 on YouTube.

The "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series, presented by UK's John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, showcases a diverse selection of traditional musical expression. This series focuses on the many faces of indigenous American folk music, celebrating its roots in old-time music. All "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concerts take place in the gallery of the Niles Center in the Little Fine Arts Library on UK's central campus. Niles Gallery concerts are scheduled on Fridays at noon and are free and open to the public.

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