Pappas Post: Unique Collection of Recorded Greek Folk Music Digitized

Pappas Post: Unique Collection of Recorded Greek Folk Music Digitized. “A unique collection of recorded Greek folk music has been digitized and made available to the public by Harvard University’s Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature. The collection, named after Trinity College Classics Professor James A. Notopoulos, is particularly notable for its wealth of songs that use centuries-old musical and poetic techniques to narrate recent occurrences such as the Italian invasion, Nazi occupation and other events from World War II.”

Complete Music Update: Folk Expo unveils Folk Talk Academy

Complete Music Update: Folk Expo unveils Folk Talk Academy. “English Folk Expo has launched the Folk Talk Academy, a new online learning hub for the music community covering a wide range of music industry topics….The new hub will host nearly 50 lectures between May and August from a host of music industry experts, including Bev Burton of Black Deer Festival talking about programming festivals; Dee Bahl, manager of Biffy Clyro, on working with record labels; Francine Gorman from the PRS Foundation’s Keychange project on gender equality in music; Beth Morton from UTA on working with agents; and CMU’s Chris Cooke with his ‘Music Copyright Explained’ session.”

The Telegram: Digitization of long out-of-print Newfoundland traditional music creates permanent record

The Telegram: Digitization of long out-of-print Newfoundland traditional music creates permanent record. “A light thump and/or slight crackle are often the first sounds heard when ‘Play’ is pressed for audio files on the Bandcamp page Kelly Russell established for his production company, Pigeon Inlet Productions. It’s an odd noise to hear on a WAV file or MP3. But there’s a reason. Russell recently uploaded his out-of-print vinyl collection to the internet as a way to preserve the songs, jigs, reels and recitations he had carved into wax beginning 42 years ago.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Folklife Festival Goes Virtual for 2021

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Folklife Festival Goes Virtual for 2021. “In addition to monthly digital programs online, the festival will offer a weekend of artisan-based digital programming in late June. Activities will include master classes and family workshops, cook-alongs and panel discussions. The festival is scheduled to return to the National Mall in 2022 with the programs ‘UAE: Living Landscape | Living Memory,’ ‘Creative Encounters: Living Religions in America’ and ‘Earth Optimism.’ This is the second year the Folklife Festival has been virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Star (Malaysia): Alena Murang launches virtual platform Project Ranih to archive Kelabit folk songs

The Star (Malaysia): Alena Murang launches virtual platform Project Ranih to archive Kelabit folk songs . “Have you heard the Leleun Kuh Ba’o Buda, a beautiful lullaby from a mother monkey to her baby? What about Piu’ Piu’ Alung Alung, a chant-song about a child who is good at fishing? Kuching-born KL-based musician/artist Alena Murang, 31, and her cousin Joshua Maran grew up listening to these Kelabit children’s folk songs. Now, the cousin-duo want to share it with the world via their newly launched Project Ranih, an online archive of Kelabit children’s songs and rhymes (complete with lyrics in Kelabit and English).” New, still in progress.

Northwestern University: Archive of Berkeley Folk Music Festival fully available online

Northwestern University: Archive of Berkeley Folk Music Festival fully available online. “Fifty years ago today [October 8], the famed Berkeley Folk Music Festival opened its annual concert series for the 15th and final time, presaging the sunset of a creatively and politically impassioned folk revival in America….A half century later (almost, if not quite, to the day), Northwestern Libraries has finished a massive grant project to digitize the festival’s archive, which resides in the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives.”

Library of Congress: Spending a Lot of Time at Home? Take the Archive Challenge!

Library of Congress: Spending a Lot of Time at Home? Take the Archive Challenge!. “At the American Folklife Center, we know it’s been hard for those of you who are cooped up at home in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Most of the staff live in areas under stay-at-home orders, and have been working from home for weeks. And although some cities and states are starting to open up a little, we have a feeling it will be a while before we’re going out to concerts, theaters, jams, or open mics to perform or enjoy live music and performing arts. But guess what? At the Library of Congress, we have an amazing online archive of folk music and folklife which you can explore right from home, and we’d like to offer a suggestion: why not learn a song, tune, poem, or story from the archive, make […]

Library of Congress: No Depression Features Zora Neale Hurston

Library of Congress: No Depression Features Zora Neale Hurston. “We’re happy to announce a new venture in getting our stories out there! We’re working with No Depression, The Journal of Roots Music, which is published by the nonprofit Freshgrass Foundation. They’ll be publishing a column called Roots in the Archive, featuring content from the American Folklife Center and Folklife Today, over at their website.”

The Telegram (SaltWire): St. John’s web developer and musician creates online database for traditional Newfoundland music

The Telegram (SaltWire): St. John’s web developer and musician creates online database for traditional Newfoundland music. “[Allan] Farrell, who works as a web developer, can also be found most Sundays at a session of like-minded individuals plucking, strumming, bowing, beating, blowing or — as the accordion is his preferred instrument — squeezing the tunes of old Newfoundland and Ireland back to life. But carrying around all those sheets of paper was a nuisance, so he decided to make a publicly available, online database of traditional music he could access from anywhere on his phone.”

HoustonPress: Tracking Folk Punk’s New Wave With Its Archivist

HoustonPress: Tracking Folk Punk’s New Wave With Its Archivist. “The folk punk genre has its share of skeptics. Type the words into your Google search engine and plenty of derisive tropes and snarky memes will populate. But, maybe now more than ever, you’ll also find a broad and acclaimed array of music from diverse artists whose blend of folk music’s activism and punk’s urgency is just right for the times.”

Middlebury College: Students Examine Folk Music History Through a Digital Lens

Middlebury College: Students Examine Folk Music History Through a Digital Lens. “Focusing on the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, the class investigated how digital methodologies can be used to enhance historical inquiry. Key questions, said Michael J. Kramer, Digital Liberal Arts acting director and assistant professor of the practice, included ‘What does it mean to be American? What is authenticity? What is democracy? What are politics and power and identity?’” The article includes roundups of projects done by four students. A good read.

Internet Archive: After 50 Years, Riley Shepard’s “Encyclopedia of Folk Music” is Finally Available

Internet Archive: After 50 Years, Riley Shepard’s “Encyclopedia of Folk Music” is Finally Available. “On my 54th birthday, 10 years after my father’s death, I took my copy of The Encyclopedia to Internet Archives and gave it to Jeff and Brewster. It’s hard to put into words the closure this gave me, knowing that at least after all the twists, turns and broken promises, Dad’s early copy will be online for people to use at no cost. I was told by Jeff Kaplan that he’d already found an obscure song in The Encyclopedia and performed it with his duo. I wish I could have been there to hear it!”