folk http://wkar.org en Feminist musician Near reflects on activism, career http://wkar.org/post/feminist-musician-near-reflects-activism-career <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-9c59af68-df8d-1a4c-52de-81ef5f5e07f1" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">March is <a href="http://womenshistorymonth.gov/">Women’s History Month</a>, and a pioneer of the women’s movement will be here on Friday. <a href="http://www.hollynear.com/">Holly Near </a>has been combining music and activism since the 1960s.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:32:45 +0000 Current State 50940 at http://wkar.org Feminist musician Near reflects on activism, career LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's The Bard Owls http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lansings-bard-owls <p></p><p>For today's live music,&nbsp;<em>Current State </em>was joined by&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.bardowls.com/">Bard Owls</a>, an old-time folk group based in Lansing. The ensemble discussed their musical inspirations, the Bard Owls group dynamic, and more.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:19:29 +0000 Current State 50028 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's The Bard Owls Folk artist Tom Chapin on career, musical family http://wkar.org/post/folk-artist-tom-chapin-career-musical-family <p></p><p>Folk singer <a href="http://www.tomchapin.com/">Tom Chapin</a> will be in East Lansing for a couple of performances this weekend.&nbsp;Chapin is the featured artist at this week’s <a href="http://www.tenpoundfiddle.org/">Ten Pound Fiddle</a> concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Grove Street in East Lansing. The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday.&nbsp;Chapin will also perform at the city of East Lansing’s Children’s Concert Series on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/hannah/">Hannah Community Center</a> on Abbot Road.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:44:29 +0000 Current State 49574 at http://wkar.org Folk artist Tom Chapin on career, musical family Musicians pay tribute to 'Fathers of Black Folk' http://wkar.org/post/musicians-pay-tribute-fathers-black-folk <p></p><p>Legendary African American folk-singer Josh White’s entrance into the world of music happened at age 7, when he took a job leading blind musicians across the states. Eventually Josh became an accomplished musician himself. He is credited with bringing gospel, blues and black folk music to the masses. In 1941, he was even the first African American musician to give a performance at the White House.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:37:56 +0000 Current State 49267 at http://wkar.org Musicians pay tribute to 'Fathers of Black Folk' 'Sweet Honey' founder to lead first night of singing festival http://wkar.org/post/sweet-honey-founder-lead-first-night-singing-festival <p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:58:42 +0000 Current State 48722 at http://wkar.org 'Sweet Honey' founder to lead first night of singing festival Musician Jon Brooks tests boundaries of 'folk' genre http://wkar.org/post/musician-jon-brooks-tests-boundaries-folk-genre <p></p><p></p><p>Canadian musician <a href="http://www.jonbrooks.ca/about/">Jon Brooks</a> will perform as part of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/474687399256740/">Pump House concert series</a> in East Lansing on Saturday September 28th. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:20:20 +0000 Current State 42968 at http://wkar.org Musician Jon Brooks tests boundaries of 'folk' genre Ten Pound Fiddle kicks off new season with favorite Claudia Schmidt http://wkar.org/post/ten-pound-fiddle-kicks-new-season-favorite-claudia-schmidt <p></p><p>East Lansing has long been a hotbed for folk music. The city is home to the Great Lakes Folk Festival every year, and for 39 years, Ten Pound Fiddle has brought great music to town.</p><p>Sally Potter books concerts for Ten Pound Fiddle. The season starts tonight with Claudia Schmidt and Dean McGraw at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Grove Street, starting at 8 p.m.</p><p>Current State's Scott Pohl talked with her about the plans for this year.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Current State 42279 at http://wkar.org Ten Pound Fiddle kicks off new season with favorite Claudia Schmidt The Bard Owls talk new album and folk music http://wkar.org/post/bard-owls-talk-new-album-and-folk-music <p></p><p>The loss of folk music in the face of popular music is happening worldwide, yet there are still young musicians who find their way into the genre. The East Lansing based band <a href="http://www.bardowls.com/">The Bard Owls</a> is composed mostly of college students and recent graduates. They play old time folk music, as well as original songs. We sat down with the group to discuss their upcoming album “No Tracks.”</p><p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:05:07 +0000 Current State 39546 at http://wkar.org The Bard Owls talk new album and folk music Current State #70 | April 19, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-70-april-19-2013 <p></p><p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:39:33 +0000 Current State 34539 at http://wkar.org Folk legend Tom Paxton discusses career and upcoming concert http://wkar.org/post/folk-legend-tom-paxton-discusses-career-and-upcoming-concert <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-family: Cambria, serif;">Folk singer <a href="http://www.tompaxton.com/">Tom Paxton</a> recently said that he enjoys songwriting more than ever. &nbsp;That’s especially noteworthy since he’s been doing that since the 60’s. &nbsp;Then, Paxton was at the center of America’s folk revival, performing in Greenwich Village with the likes of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and others. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:42:20 +0000 Current State 34537 at http://wkar.org Folk legend Tom Paxton discusses career and upcoming concert Singer Janis Ian on her career, upcoming performance http://wkar.org/post/singer-janis-ian-her-career-upcoming-performance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 15.75pt;">This Friday, musician <a href="http://www.janisian.com/">Janis Ian</a> will perform at the Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing. In 1967, Ian wrote her first hit song, "Society’s Child," which was about an interracial relationship. She was 13 years-old. The song was banned by some radio stations, and Ian received hate mail, but it became a national hit after conductor Leonard Bernstein featured it in a TV special.</span></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:54:25 +0000 Current State 32258 at http://wkar.org Singer Janis Ian on her career, upcoming performance Peter Yarrow Speaks on Folk and Friendliness http://wkar.org/post/peter-yarrow-speaks-folk-and-friendliness <p>Mid-Michigan has a strong folk music tradition.&nbsp; The annual Great Lakes Folk Festival held in East Lansing each August has attracted international attention, and you can hear folk music on 90.5 FM WKAR every Sunday night.</p><p>One of the genre's most famous performers will appear in Ann Arbor on Sunday.&nbsp; Peter Yarrow formed the folk super group Peter, Paul and Mary with fellow singers Paul Stookey and Mary Travers in 1961.&nbsp; Their music was part of the soundtrack of the civil rights era.</p><p>WKAR's Kevin Lavery asked Peter Yarrow about the current state of folk music. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:53:28 +0000 Kevin Lavery 24666 at http://wkar.org Peter Yarrow Speaks on Folk and Friendliness