New England Folk Music Archives Event November 17-18
NEW ENGLAND ARCHIVE CELEBRATES LOCAL FOLK MUSIC HISTORY
PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE “WHO’S WHO” OF FOLK MUSIC SCENE
The New England Folk Music Archives presents two rare opportunities to participate in a traditional folk “salon” on the evenings of November 17th in Somerville, and November 18th in Cambridge.
The evenings celebrate the new acquisition of the Black Sheep collection by the New England Folk Music Archives, and present classic folk music and folk music story-telling with some of this region’s finest music scene heroes.
11/17 FOLK SALON at 7PM: “The 80s Folk Revival & the Black Sheep Review”
Participants in Wednesday night’s panel include moderator Scott Alarik (folk musician, longtime folk music writer for the Boston Globe, contributor to the Black Sheep Review and SING OUT! and well-known commentator on the folk music scene in New England); Brian O’Donovan (WGBH radio’s brilliant host of “The Celtic Sojourn”); Brad Paul (former host/producer of WGBH radio’s “Folk on WGBH” and Sr. Vice President at Rounder Records); Geoff Bartley (folk musician, local legend and prophet of the Boston folk music scene); Kari Estrin (producer, editor, folk impresario, and the force behind Black Sheep); and Catharine David (area musician and assistant at Black Sheep).
11/18 FOLK CONCERT at 7PM
A reception and concert on Thursday night features folk music performances and story-telling by Jeanie Stahl & Mason Daring, Geoff Bartley, and Scott Alarik.
Both evenings are offered free to the public and include a preview of the Black Sheep collection. Donations are appreciated.
The Black Sheep Review, published and edited for five years by Kari Estrin, was the internationally distributed journal of record for New England folk music’s robust revival during the 1980s. Estrin’s company Black Sheep Concerts promoted and presented more than 70 folk music shows in Cambridge and Boston during the 80s – including Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, Doc Watson, and others.
The collection includes rare copies of the Review as well as music posters and folk scene flyers from three decades ago.
Tim Mason, director of the New England Folk Music Archives, says the Black Sheep collection “adds depth to the documentation of the 1980s folk revival, when Bob and Rae Ann Donlin were running Passim…and newcomers Patty Larkin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Colvin, and John Gorka were inspiring us.”
The Black Sheep acquisition follows the Folk Music Archives’ September acquisition of Rounder Records’ collection of recordings from their 40-year history in Cambridge.
Reception, Salon and Discussion
11/17, Wednesday, 7PM
NEFMA Gallery at Hi ‘n’ Dry Studios
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
Concert and Reception
11/18, Thursday, 7PM
NEFMA Gallery Space
30 Brattle Street
For press inquiries, biographies, and hi-resolution images, please contact:
Tim Mason, Director
New England Folk Music Archives