National Women’s History Month | Woodstock Wednesdays Premieres Katherine Rondeau | March 3, 7pm/CST

Perfect for National Women’s History Month! Katherine Rondeau’s voice holds holds authenticity and soul in every note. Modern folk music in the finest tradition of the form. Justin Helmer, KVSC-FM

The Woodstock Folk Festival brings quality folk music to our community. Katherine kicks off National Women’s History Month, 7pm/CST this Wednesday, March 3!

Show your support and appreciation by going to katherinerondeau.com to purchase CDs.

Check back in this spot to a link to her show on March 3.

Visit our Video Gallery anytime after the show to enjoy it again or share with others. While you’re there, check out past performers’ shows such as Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba or Pete Morton.

Folk music lovers: Want to receive email updates each Monday from the Woodstock Folk Festival? Then subscribe in the right column of every page of this site. Want more folk music online and real time? Then use the Donate button just above the subscription form.

Featured Performer: Katherine Rondeau

Katherine’s Woodstock Wednesdays video includes segments from the Folk Alliance International 2020 Conference and the 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Chicago-area musician Eric Lambert accompanies her on guitar. 

Katherine Rondeau is a bold voice in the folk world and Unfortunate Point of View showcases her strengths as a dynamic songwriter and singer. Chris Kocher, WHRW-FM

Her January 2019 release, Unfortunate Point of View, self-produced with the assistance of award-winning engineer Glenn Barratt, is still shared with folk audiences by iconic folk DJs across the world. The album has enjoyed one full year on the Folk DJ charts! It is the #4 album for January with #1 original song. Appearing on the weekly NACC Top 30 Folk charts for nine weeks, Unfortunate Point of View establishes Katherine Rondeau as a major voice on the national folk scene.

Katherine is scheduled to perform at the Woodstock Folk Festival on July 18, 2021, in honor of National Women's History Month
Katherine is scheduled to perform at the Woodstock Folk Festival on July 18, 2021, in honor of National Women’s History Month

After bursting onto the Philly folk scene in 2015, Katherine was quickly recognized for her rich, bold voice and engaging performance style. How to describe Katherine’s music? Her voice – strong, soulful, warm – rings out like a bell on a clear summer’s night. Her original songs draw audiences in and take them on journeys both real and imagined. Whether sharing stories of love lost and found, calling out robust anthems of peace and justice, or reimagining classic songs from the Folk Revival, there is no mistaking that Katherine has earned her place at the table!

Listen to some of Katherine’s CDs — then look at videos on her website, katherinerondeau.com. Subscribe to the “Rondeau-View” to keep up to date on Katherine’s news!

Honor National Women’s History Month with Katherine’s Woodstock Wednesdays Performance!

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Just what you need! How to get official Woodstock Folk Festival masks …

Woodstock Folk Festival Masks - Get yours through Read Between the Lynes or Warp Corps.
Woodstock Folk Festival Masks – Get yours from Read Between the Lynes or Warp Corps.

Exciting news! We now have Woodstock Folk Festival masks for sale at WARP CORPS & READ BETWEEN THE LYNES on the historic Woodstock Square.

$15 for 3 layers of protection!

If you want to stay safe while you “shop local” and at the same time support the Festival, Warp Corps, and Read Between the Lynes, then call one of these vendors to get your mask.

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Rev. Robert Jones & Matt Watroba | Honoring Black History Month

Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners for over 30 years presenting roots music that unites people! We are excited to have them perform for us in honor of Black History Month.
Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners for over 30 years presenting roots music that unites people! We are excited to have them perform for us in honor of Black History Month.

The Woodstock Folk Festival brings quality folk music to our community. February 24 in honor of Black History Month Woodstock Wednesdays presents Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba.

Show your support and appreciation by going to revrobertjones.com and mattwatroba.net to purchase CDs, make a donation or learn about virtual shows.

Here’s your link for the show on February 24.

Visit our Video Gallery anytime after the show to enjoy again or share with others. While you’re there, check out past performers’ shows such as Pete Morton or The Flyin’ A’s.

Folk music lovers: Want to receive email updates each Monday from the Woodstock Folk Festival? Then subscribe in the right column of every page of this site. Want more folk music online and real time? Then use the Donate button just above the subscription form.

Featured Performers for Black History Month: Rev. Robert Jones & Matt Watroba

Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. is a native Detroiter and an inspirational storyteller and musician.

TrueFire Online Guitar Lessons on Traditional Blues and Gospel
TrueFire Online Guitar Lessons on Traditional Blues and Gospel – check it out by clicking on the picture.

In live performances, he celebrates the history, humor and the power of American Roots music. As he interweaves timeless stories with original and traditional songs, Robert shares his deep love for traditional African-American and American traditional music.

Robert entertains and educates audiences of all ages in schools, colleges, libraries, union halls, prisons, churches and civil rights organizations. At the heart of his message is the belief that cultural diversity is a story to celebrate, not just tolerate.

Blues Chronicles videos feature music and stories of Blues history. If you want to enjoy songs by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House and many more, then use the link to check them out. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the roots of African American music.

Known to many as the voice of folk music in Michigan, Matt Watroba was born in Detroit and raised in Plymouth, Michigan.

Matt looks forward to holding community sings in person in the future! For now, you can sing along with Matt’s CDs!
Matt looks forward to holding community sings in person in the future! For now, you can sing along with Matt’s CDs!

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, where he majored in English Language & Literature with a minor in Theatre Arts and Communication.  Throughout his high school and college career, Matt performed in a variety of plays and productions. Eventually, these experiences inspired his love and enthusiasm for communicating to an audience from the stage. Matt gravitated, though, mainly toward music and education as his main vehicles of expression.

Many know Matt as the voice of folk music in Michigan thanks to his work with WDET–Detroit Public Radio.Watroba came in contact with many aspects of folk music and culture through his work. He produced and hosted the Folks Like Us program and the nationally syndicated Sing Out Radio Magazine and Folk Alley. These experiences then helped shape a repertoire and presentation unique on stages across the state and country. Now he wants to inspire the world to sing — one town at a time.

In 2019, Matt was inducted into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame at the Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal. Now you can hear “Folk With Matt Watroba” on Michigan State Public Media, WKAR in East Lansing, MI. The show runs from 6-8pm (Eastern) on Sunday nights. Want to listen in? Then you can stream it at wkar.org.

Common Chords: Creating Connections Through Music & the Arts – Just Right for Black History Month

Click on the picture to watch the Common Chords video.
Click on the picture to watch the Common Chords video.

In 2019, Matt Watroba and Robert Jones co-founded the Detroit Non-Profit, Common Chords. The purpose of Common Chords is to create connections through music and the arts in order to bring us into a common understanding of one another. Through Common Chords, Matt and Robert want to promote an idea of community that showcases qualities we have in common while celebrating the diversity that makes us different. To educate and build community, they use the tools of artistic expression. Using the spirit of the folk tradition, they teach through demonstration and encouraging imitation. That then leads to innovation.

COMMON CHORDS provides programs to augment and enhance the impact of education curricula. There are virtual programs for every grade level and for adults.

Enjoy Robert and Matt presenting music and songs from blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock, Motown, to hip-hop. It is music that breaks down barriers and brings people together!

African American History Month This Web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Other Dedicated Web Sites

African American History Month Resources

National Endowment for the Humanities – African American History and Culture in the United States

National Park Service – Black History Month

Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of African American History and Culture

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month

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Just what you need! How to get official Woodstock Folk Festival masks …

Woodstock Folk Festival Masks - Get yours through Read Between the Lynes or Warp Corps.
Woodstock Folk Festival Masks – Get yours from Read Between the Lynes or Warp Corps.

Exciting news! We now have Woodstock Folk Festival masks for sale at WARP CORPS & READ BETWEEN THE LYNES on the historic Woodstock Square.

$15 for 3 layers of protection!

If you want to stay safe while you “shop local” and at the same time support the Festival, Warp Corps, and Read Between the Lynes, then call one of these vendors to get your mask.

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Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board members.

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Pete Morton Folk Singer | Woodstock Wednesdays | Feb. 17

Pete Morton virtually from the UK! Singer songwriter whose songs of social commentary are deeply embedded with music of the British Isles.
Pete Morton virtually from the UK! Singer songwriter whose songs of social commentary are deeply embedded with music of the British Isles.

The Woodstock Folk Festival brings quality folk music to our community. Next up: enjoy our February 17 artist, Pete Morton, singer, songwriter, “folk rapper.” Show your support and appreciation by going to petemorton.com to purchase CDs or music to download. Then on Friday, February 19, go to twowaystreet.org at 8pm/CST to hear a livestream concert by Pete. He is scheduled to perform at the Woodstock Folk Festival in July, 2021.

Your link for the Premiere on February 17.

Visit our Video Gallery anytime after the show to enjoy again or share with others. While you’re there, check out past performers shows such as The Flyin’ A’s or Lia Nicine McCoo.

Folk music lovers: Want to receive email updates each Monday from the Woodstock Folk Festival? Then subscribe in the right column of every page of this site. Want more folk music online and real time? Then use the Donate button just above the subscription form.

Featured Performer: Pete Morton

For almost thirty years, Pete Morton has toured the folk scene throughout Europe, North America and beyond, performing self-penned songs. These songs of social commentary alongside original interpretations of traditional ballads are deeply embedded with music of the British Isles. Pete gets high marks as one of the best on the contemporary roots music scene.

Pete’s latest CD delivers his unruly mix of humor, politics, love and social comment wrapping their way around the tradition.

With a catalogue of studio albums recorded over the years, Pete regularly performs on guitar and writes. Still, he considers himself a singer first and foremost.

Often referred to as an old style troubadour, he has a compelling stage presence and approachable style. He delivers a unique unruly mix of humor, politics, love and social comment wrapping their way around the tradition. Songs like “Another Train” and “When We Sing Together” have become folk club standards.

If you want to hear what’s best in contemporary roots music, then be sure to listen in on Pete Morton’s Show!

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Woodstock Folk Festival Masks

Just what you need! How to get official Woodstock Folk Festival masks …

Exciting news! We now have Woodstock Folk Festival masks for sale at WARP CORPS & READ BETWEEN THE LYNES on the historic Woodstock Square.

$15 for 3 layers of protection!

If you want to stay safe while you “shop local,” and at the same time support the Festival, Warp Corps, and Read Between the Lynes, then call one of these vendors to get your mask.

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Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board members.

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Valentine’s Day Special! | The Flyin’ A’s | Woodstock Wednesdays | Premieres Wednesday, February 10, 7pm/CST

See our upcoming Woodstock Wednesdays show from The Flyin’ A’s – Photo by Todd V. Wolfson

The Woodstock Folk Festival brings quality folk music to our community. Enjoy the performance by The Flyin’ A’s to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Show your appreciation by going to theflyinas.com and purchasing their CDs and other merchandise. Make a difference!

HERE is your link to the special video for Valentine’s Day

Visit our Video Gallery anytime after the show to enjoy again or share with others. While you’re there, check out past performers shows such as Lia Nicine McCoo or Spook Handy.

Folk music lovers: Want to receive email updates each Monday from the Woodstock Folk Festival? Just subscribe in the right column of every page of this site. Want more folk music online and real time? Then use the Donate button just above the subscription form.

Featured Performers: The Flyin’ A’s

The Flyin’ A’s latest album, “You Drive Me Crazy,” was selected to be on the 2017 first round Grammy Ballot.

The Flyin’ A’s perform Americana with a Texas Kick. They performed at the Woodstock Folk Festival in 2010. We are thrilled they are performing for Woodstock Wednesdays.

This husband and wife duo hails from Austin, Texas. You can hear their Texas roots in all they do.  This high energy duo is famous for their top notch songwriting, breathtaking harmonies and exceptional live performance. 

Their latest album, “You Drive Me Crazy,” was selected to be on the 2017 first round Grammy Ballot. It has taken them on tour around the US, UK, and EU. Check out some Flyin’ A’s videos of performances in the U.S. and Europe at The Flyin’ A’s Video.

From Stuart Adamson’s outstanding lead guitar work and gritty vocals to Hilary Claire Adamson’s powerhouse vocal gymnastics and lilting harmonies, it is no wonder this duo is quickly gaining momentum at home and abroad.  They combine the best of Texas country, southern blues, folk and gospel to create an original sound that is all their own. 

Online Shows from The Flyin’ A’s

The Flyin’ A’s now have a weekly online show and socially distanced safe live shows too! Check out Tuneful Tuesday, a weekly online show every Tuesday, 5:30pm Texas time, 11:30pm UK time or 10:30am NZ time – www.facebook.com/the flyinas. Two big announcements are on the way over the next two shows. If you want to know what’s up, then stop in to find out!

Enjoy The Flyin’ A’s performance!

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In other Festival news…

Bill Camplin Performs on Folkstage, WFMT 98.7 FM, Saturday, February 6, 8-9pm/CST!

Bill Camplin Feb. 6, 2021 on WFMT

Tune in to WFMT 98.7 FM or go to WFMT.com as Rich Warren, Folkstage producer, hosts Bill Camplin from 8-9pm/CST! Rich Warren has co-hosted the Woodstock Folk Festival and was the recipient of one of the Festival’s Inaugural “Woody” awards in 2018. WFMT is a Radio Partner of the Festival. Enjoy Bill Camplin‘s January 13 performance for Woodstock Wednesdays by clicking on the picture on the right.

Woodstock Folk Festival masks for sale at Warp Corps & Read Between the Lynes. $15 for 3 layers of protection!

Just what you need! How to get official Woodstock Folk Festival mask…

Exciting news! We now have Woodstock Folk Festival masks for sale at WARP CORPS & READ BETWEEN THE LYNES on the historic Woodstock Square.

$15 for 3 layers of protection!

Stay safe while you “shop local,” supporting the Festival, Warp Corps and Read Between the Lynes.

Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board Members.

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Folk Music Lovers! Lia Nicine McCoo | Woodstock Wednesdays | Premieres Wednesday, February 3, 7pm/CST

Lia Nicine McCoo | Woodstock Wednesdays | Premieres Wednesday, February 3, 7pm/CST – for Folk Music Lovers Everywhere

The Woodstock Folk Festival is excited to bring high quality folk music to our community. Sing out loud as Lia Nicine McCoo kicks off Black History Month for Woodstock Wednesdays on February 3!

How can you show your gratitude to Lia? Make a donation to her via https://www.paypal.me/liamccoo. Want to hear more of Lia? She is scheduled to perform online for Two Way Street on February 5 at 8pm/CST.

Here’s your link to the video at 7pm/CST on February 3.

Visit our Video Gallery anytime after the show to enjoy again or share with others. While there, check out past performers’ shows like Spook Handy or John Flynn or even last year’s Festival.

Folk music lovers: Want to receive email updates each Monday from the Woodstock Folk Festival? Then subscribe in the right column of every page of this site. Want more folk music online and real time? Then use the Donate button just above the subscription form.

Featured Performers: Lia Nicine McCoo & Keryn Moriyah

For many years, cantorial soloist Lia Nicine McCoo led attendees of the Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in song. In addition, she performed at many Woodstock Folk Festival concerts, led All-Sing Finales, and performed in the Children’s Area of the Festival.

“Lia is one of the few people I know who can captivate a room with her voice.” ~ Keith Johnson, Off Square Music

“Lia has always been a part of our FaithBridge Interfaith Prayer Breakfast for as long as I have been a member. She and Keryn have joined us to ‘send us off’ at each event with the song we have posted on our webpage: All Are Welcome Here.” ~ Paul Kalmes, FaithBridge Board Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast — Faithbridge (faithbridgeinterfaith.org)

“Moriyah & McCoo” have been a musical duet since 1984. Both Lia and Keryn are trained musicians, performer-songwriters, Period/Era history music performers (specialization in World Beat musical genres), and arrangers. They are worship ministers and produce original music and music videos.

Keryn Moriyah is creator and head producer of her studio, “MorPROStudio”, i.e., Moriyah Productions Studio.

How can you support these performers? For CD sales information and for “LIVE” or virtual performance inquiries, please contact Keryn Moriyah at MPS – Email: MorPROStudio@gmx.com – Phone number: 1-(815)-575-8146. Or – order the following CDs on PayPal with your phone number and address included at www.PayPal.me/LiaMcCoo.

CDs for Sale include:

  • “Restless Wanderer, Moriyah” World Beat Original, Hebrew Gospel – $15
  • “Civil War Live” – Folk Songs of the 1860’s with Civil War Duet, Lia Nicine McCoo & Keryn Moriyah (AKA “Little Red Canoe”) – $12
  • “Nightingale Winter” Moriyah & McCoo – Songs celebrating the wintery festivals of LIGHT – $12

Black History Month Virtual FestivalFebruary 2021

ASALH, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, announces 2021 Black History Theme, The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. For Black History Month Information, go to asalh.org.

ASALH will hold innovative virtual programming in the month of February celebrating the 2021 Black History Month Theme, The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. For schedules, times, and other updates, check asalh.org

We know you will enjoy Lia and Keryn’s performance of folk music!

Love the Festival? Consider a Woodstock Folk Festival face mask, available at WARP CORPS & READ BETWEEN THE LYNES on the historic Woodstock Square. $18 for 3 layers of protection!

Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Folk Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board members.

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Woodstock Folk Festival face masks! – Gotta have ‘em if you love folk music!

Woodstock Folk Festival masks for sale at WARP CORPS & READ BETWEEN THE LYNES on the historic Woodstock Square. $15 for 3 layers of protection! STAY SAFE!
Woodstock Folk Festival masks for sale at WARP CORPS & READ BETWEEN THE LYNES on the historic Woodstock Square. $15 for 3 layers of protection! STAY SAFE!

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Spook Handy | Woodstock Wednesdays | Premieres Wednesday, January 27, 7pm/CST

The Woodstock Folk Festival is excited to bring high quality music and spoken word to our community. We know you will enjoy the show by Spook Handy. Since Jan. 27th is the date of the 7th anniversary of Pete Seeger’s passing and Spook performed frequently with Pete, we are so glad that he can share his repertoire of songs connected to Pete. You can support Spook during these times by going to Spook’s website to purchase his CDs or T-shirts. You can make a difference!

The video premieres HERE at 7pm/CST on January 27, the 7th Anniversary of the passing of Pete Seeger.

The video will remain in our Gallery after the show if you would like to see it again or share it with others. You can enjoy watching our past performers’ shows, such as John Flynn, by clicking on our Video Gallery or the red Woodstock Wednesdays button on the right side of any page.

To receive emails each Monday from the Woodstock Folk Festival, subscribe in the right column of every page of this site. Just above the subscription form is a donation button if you would like to make a donation in any amount to the Festival.

Featured Performer: Spook Handy

Spook Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 – 2013 learning firsthand many of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Even more, he learned who Pete Seeger was and what he stood for. Spook has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada with his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour, keeping alive Pete’s tradition by sharing a few songs by Woody Guthrie (Pete’s most notable mentor), plenty of songs by Pete Seeger and a healthy handful of new songs Spook wrote under Pete’s tutelage.

Spook’s sixth studio album, “Pete, Woody & Me, Volume II – Dedicated to the Proposition” reached the No. 3 position on the International Folk Radio Charts in May, 2019. His fifth studio album, “Pete, Woody & Me, Volume I – Keep the Flame Alive,” held the No. 3 position on the same charts in June and July, 2016 with his original song, “Vote!” reaching No. 2. Recorded with his backup band “The Seed Planters,” the CD is more than just a tribute to Pete. It is a work that, as John Weingart of WPRB Radio says, “certainly rests on the shoulders of the past but is unmistakably steeped in the present.” 

Spook was named Best Folk Artist by Upstage Magazine, Gannett New Jersey, The Courier News, The Home News and About.com. His song “Whatcha Gonna Do?” was used in the BBC documentary film “Doomsday Code,” and four of his songs, including “Bring Back Abiyoyo” were used in a theatrical adaptation of Pete’s children’s story, “Abiyoyo.” Spook is a well known speaker and workshop facilitator at festivals, conferences and colleges around the country. 

A Personal Message from Spook Handy

In the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, I am more determined than ever to continue in my small way to use the gift of music to help support the efforts of those who understand that we are all in this together; that this is a time to double down on loving our neighbor and forgiving others; and that we need to help build the community of reasonably minded people who see a path forward in the coming elections to put into office people with good sense and good hearts.  These are very challenging times that are leading us to an unpredictable future.  

Here’s what I’m doing:  I am giving free Facebook Live concerts that are seen live or later by about 800 people each show.  Each concert has one theme or another, but all of them are based around the idea of building the positive energy needed to survive and thrive in these times.  I am also giving free guitar lessons on Facebook live on an irregular basis.  And I am giving private guitar, harmonica and LSAT lessons online.  

If you would like to be a part of these efforts:
* send me a “friend” request, or follow me at www.facebook.com/spookhandy.
* “follow” me at twitter.com/spookhandy  
* send an email to spook@spookhandy.com and ask to be put on the email list to receive my monthly newsletter.

If you would like to help support my work financially or leave a “tip” you can do so:
* at Venmo: @spookhandy
* at www.paypal.me/spookhandy 
* by sending me an email at spook@spookhandy.com to request my mailing address (this is the best way to avoid fees).
* purchase CDs and T shirts at www.spookhandy.com/wp/store  
* want Guitar Lessons?  Harmonica Lessons?  LSAT Lessons?  send me an email

“The passion, purpose and spirit of American Folk Music are alive and well with Spook Handy and his Remembering Pete Seeger World Tour and concert.”
… Gary Wien – Editor in Chief, New Jersey Stage

A Note from Spook Handy about Hobo’s Lullaby.  There is question about where the line “CAN’T YOU HEAR the steel rails humming” – as opposed to “LISTEN to the steel rails humming” – came from.  The copyright owner is Goebel Reeves.  As far as I know, there is only one recording of him singing the song and in his version of the song Goebel sings “Listen …”  Also, I have only ever been able to find one recording of Woody Guthrie singing the song.  In Woody’s version, he also sings “Listen …” However, at woodyguthrie.org, the official Woody Guthrie website, the song is attributed to having been written by Goebel Reeves with the words “Can’t you hear…” 

The song was also recorded by Guy Carawan in 1959 and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot in 1963.  Both of them sing “Listen…”  The first known recording of someone singing “Can’t you hear …” was by Pete Seeger in 1971.  Almost every one of the over twenty five other known recordings use the words “Can’t you hear…”

When I asked Pete why he “changed” the words, his long and informative answer included “it’s not polite to tell people what to do.”  However, Pete neither claimed nor denied that he originated the idea to sing the alternative words.  Knowing Pete, however, it was equally as genius of him to incorporate alternative lyrics he may have heard elsewhere as to have originated the words himself.  Then again, Pete was well known for giving credit where credit is due and I never heard him credit the words to somebody else.  So, the question of how this line changed from “listen” to “can’t you hear” remains, at least for me, one of the great unsolved mysteries of American folk music history.

One final note:  I have heard it questioned whether Goebel Reeves actually wrote the song, or if he, as was quite common in 1927 simply copyrighted the words and music he heard from others.  This brings up the possibility that Pete did some research and found an earlier version of the lyrics with the words “Can’t you hear…” 

If anybody has further information on this, I’d be delighted to hear from you. 

– Keep the Flame Alive!

Enjoy Spook’s show!

Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Folk Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board members.

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John Flynn | Woodstock Wednesdays | Premieres Wednesday, January 20, 7pm/CST

This year Woodstock Folk Festival continues to feature amazing artists.  For the January 20 Woodstock Wednesdays we are featuring John Flynn.

Woodstock Folk Festival is excited to bring high quality music and spoken word to our community. John Lynn is a terrific singer-songwriter but also an activist and humanitarian for social justice. Be sure to read about the foundation that he started.

The video premieres HERE at 7pm/CST, Wednesday, January 20.

It will remain in our Gallery after the show if you would like to see it again or share it with others. You can enjoy watching our past performers’ shows by clicking on our Video Gallery.

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Featured Performer: John Flynn

John Flynn is an American singer-songwriter and activist known for his powerful music and tireless efforts on behalf of the lost and the lonely, the shackled and scarred. His career has embodied an authentic troubadour odyssey that moved legendary folk DJ Gene Shay to call Flynn “the most quintessential folk singer in my life,” and Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma to write, “John Flynn is the real deal. His work follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, and other social justice troubadours as he speaks the truth and gives a voice to society’s disenfranchised. His work fills your heart and opens your eyes as he continues to walk the walk of a true advocate for equality, justice, and peace.” 

Long-time friend and Flynn champion, Kris Kristofferson, has called John “an important artist whose work in prisons, rehabs, and half-way houses is distilled into the truth and the beauty of heartfelt and heartwarming slices of life.” In 2007 Kris cited Flynn to TV Guide Magazine as one of his favorite country artists, saying, “He’s got a great heart, and I like the way he thinks.”
 
John abruptly changed course and began writing songs in earnest. He put himself through Temple University playing folk and country rock covers in bar bands, slowly introducing his original songs into the mix. After graduation John’s plans to attend law school were abandoned when Billy Swan’s recording of John’s song “Rainbows and Butterflies” went top-forty on the country charts and John took a staff songwriting position at Combine Music in Nashville.

New Beginnings – Next Step

In 2017, Flynn founded New Beginnings – Next Step, Inc., a 501 C 3 non-profit dedicated to helping incarcerated and returning citizens successfully transition to freedom. He currently serves as the executive director of this organization, and that work has become the largest part of John’s multi activity work life. 

Over the years John’s work for social justice and as an ardent opponent of the death penalty has seen him perform in a series of MERCy Concerts (Musicians Encouraging the Repeal of Capital punishment). Flynn also currently serves on the Advisory Board for Camp Dreamcatcher, a therapeutic summer camp for children whose lives have been impacted by AIDS/HIV, where his annual concerts for the kids and holiday fundraisers have become a tradition. 

In 2005 Flynn began volunteering as lead inmate support group facilitator at Delaware’s maximum-security penitentiary, The Howard R. Young Correctional Institution. Due to the success of this work, Flynn eventually took on other prisons and in 2013 began running additional groups for those who had been released. These groups provided much needed community and transitional support for ex-offenders and have had a powerful impact in the fight against recidivism in northern Delaware. 

Check out this short documentary by filmmaker Peter Safran of John’s 2019 benefit concert for New Beginnings-Next Step.

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Enjoy John Flynn’s presentation!

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Folk Music Lovers | Bill Camplin | Woodstock Wednesdays | Premieres Wednesday, January 13, 7pm/CST

The Woodstock Folk Festival is excited to bring high quality folk music to our community throughout the year.

Bill Camplin, co-owner with Kitty Welch of Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, contributes greatly to the folk music scene in Wisconsin and beyond.

Bill’s performance for Woodstock Wednesdays is especially relevant given the current state of our nation. His songs, “Village of Kindness” and “Inspiration” invite us to think and dream about kindness and follow the inspiration of people we admire.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 18th.  Dr. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. Bill’s third song, “I’ve Let My People Down”, reminds us that we need to walk our talk as did Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandella.

The Woodstock Folk Festival is excited to feature artists that have performed for us before such as Bill Camplin. To sign up for the Café Carpe events email list, go to cafecarpe.com. In-house events are cancelled, but you can check for live streamed events. Many fans are eagerly awaiting the day when we can go to concerts in the listening room, dine in the café and have a drink in the bar!

The video premieres HERE at 7pm/CST, Wednesday, January 13

Bill’s video will remain in our Gallery after the show if you would like to see it again or share it with others. You can enjoy watching our past performer’s shows by clicking on our Video Gallery.

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Featured Performer: Bill Camplin

“When I think of Bill, I experience his warm voice and gentle guitar that pierces the heart in the night.” ~ Corky Siegel

“Bill is one of THE nicest club owners on the planet, with a keep love of music, and a strong commitment to bringing the best music to Ft. Atkinson, WI. Warm-hearted, generous, and slightly surreal, he and Kitty provide the most simpatico and copasetic vibes possible at Café Carpe, along with great food. Not to mention his great singing voice that I wouldn’t mind hearing more of! Bill, my hat is off to you, even though it’s REALLY cold out there now!” ~ Howard Levy

Bill Camplin is one of my favorite songwriters and performers!  His percussive guitar and innovative interpretations of cover songs are second only to his original material. Musician, club owner, head cook or human being, Bill is one of the best! ~ Tricia Alexander

“What can I say about Bill Camplin that you haven’t already heard on your police scanner? Well, when he’s not running from the law, he is singing soulful renditions of his own songs, delivering inventive interpretations other others’ material (most notable Bob Dylan), and accompanying himself on his Martin guitars. He makes a mean jambalaya in the galley kitchen of the beloved Café Carpe in Ft. Atkinson, WI. He is a longtime dear friend and colleague, but if you happen to see him, please remind him he owes me forty bucks.” ~ Randy Sabien

“I have been a follower of Bill Camplin’s music for over a decade. I love to sit in the dimmed lights of the listening room at the Café Carpe and get lost in Bill’s performances. He is one of those rare performing artists who seems to become one with the song–whether his own or a cover arrangement–and, in becoming one with the music, he invites us into that experience as well. To be carried away by Bill’s music is not an escape so much as a journey of emotion and ideas. With Bill, it seems to me that it’s about the music, the art; his guitar playing and singing serve the songs, amplifying their power and beauty. As a singer myself, I have extra appreciation for Bill’s vocals. His strong, passionate voice, gorgeous and true, masterfully conveys all that each song has to say, fulfilling a promise to us as listeners and, also I believe to the Muse, to Art itself. I feel enormously grateful to have had the opportunity to enjoy his concerts, and even learn a thing or two from him over the years.” ~ Kaia Fowler

“Bill Camplin is well known as a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist. He was an integral part of the Milwaukee acoustic folk scene for many years and is also proprietor (along with Kitty Welch) of the World Famous Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson. The club attracts people on the singer-songwriter circuit, and has gained a national reputation among songwriters. ” ~ Wisconsin Public Radio

Bill is a singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist, playing professionally in the Milwaukee area since the late 1960s. Bill writes and arranges his own material and has produced a considerable body of work. He has appeared regularly at various clubs including the Blue River Café, Numero Unos, The Crystal Palace, The Avante Garde and the 19th Street Coffee House. Live performances with the Bill Camplin Band can be seen on Facebook, Reverbnation and on YouTube. Call the Café Carpe at 920-563 -9391, email info@cafecarpe.com or go to cdbaby.com to order Bill’s CDs. You’ll also enjoy The Bill Camplin Band’s CD, “Reunion at Ebbott’s Barn.” Watch and listen to a fantastic show that Bill and other musicians performed in October, 2020 by clicking here: It’s… a lot concert (w/ SistaStrings, Willy Porter, Paul Cebar, & Bill Camplin).

Bill has performed in the past for both the Woodstock Folk Festival and Off Square Music, and we are grateful that he will join us virtually for our January 13 Woodstock Wednesdays.

Enjoy Bill’s folk music show!

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Connie Kaldor | Woodstock Wednesdays | Premieres January 6, 7pm/CST

We’re kicking off the year in style! This NEW Year we will begin to feature some performers who are NEW to the Festival.  Canadian singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor will kick off this NEW era for our January 6 Woodstock Wednesday.

Woodstock Folk Festival is excited to bring high quality music and spoken word to our community. We continue to support artists that have performed for us before. In addition, we look forward to adding variety and diversity in support of artists new to our audience.  We approached Connie for previous festivals, however due to her being from Canada, the logistics and timing never worked. Now in the world of virtual concerts, we are happy to present this Juno Award-winning, internationally acclaimed artist.

The video premieres HERE at 7pm/CST, Wednesday, January 6.

It will remain in our Gallery after the show if you would like to see it again or share it with others. You can enjoy watching our past performers’ shows by clicking on our Video Gallery.

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Featured Performers: Connie Kaldor

Inspired by her new holiday album, Woodstock Folk Festival was inspired to ask Connie to participate in Woodstock Wednesdays. Because Connie and family are all quarantined together in Montreal, her husband and sons will join her; they’re all performers in their own right. Her son Gabriel has a rock band and son Aleksi is trained in jazz and plays violin in addition to his singer-songwriter skills. In fact, Aleksi has a new album due out fall of 2021. The family splits their time between Montreal and Saskatchewan.  You can purchase one of their latest releases on Bandcamp. If you are ever traveling through Saskatchewan Canada in July, consider attending their Willow Bunch Farm Fest Terre Ferme to experience prairie life first hand.

Connie has long been recognized on the international folk scene since the late 1970s as an outstanding artist, writer, song-writer and performer. Her songs “Bird on a Wing” and “Wood River” have become classics.  She is a member of the Order of Canada, an honor which recognizes exceptional talent and service as well as contributions to Canada and humanity. The family performed in Hinsdale in January 2020, one of the last in-person concerts before the pandemic began.  

CHECK OUT “BIG SKIES TO BRIDESMAID DRESSES”

With 12 albums and projects available from Connie, you are sure to find something that strikes a chord in you. You will find stories of prairie life, podcasts, books, children’s books, CDs, original lyrics, and recipes on her website as well as videos and recordings of her music.

Her multimedia presentation “Big Skies to Bridesmaid Dresses” incorporates all of Connie’s great songs about the prairies plus insights into prairie culture, dating rituals, midnight luncheon tables and jellied salads. It comes with a downloadable Big Skies cookbook, for audience members.  All you’ve never wanted to know about the prairies!

Connie adapted so quickly to the virtual world folk artists now face by offering three different livestream shows for presenters to offer in their lineup. Aside from her virtual concerts, her numerous albums and books for children, Connie has also written for musicals, films and web-series.  Be sure to check out her e-cookbook on her website with recipes from the prairie. 

Enjoy Connie Kaldor’s show!

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