As the heyday of lumber camps faded, a young scholar named Franz Rickaby strapped a fiddle on his back to seek the quickly disappearing songs of Upper Midwestern lumberjacks. Rickaby fell into easy conversation with the men, collecting not just song lyrics but tunes, making careful notes about singers’ lives and performances. His book on […]
Singer-songwriter Teddy Davenport brings us a slice of Americana with his country-tinged folk music. Davenport’s new album, “Deepest Blue” comes out in December. Meanwhile, Teddy and fiddler Nate Dickson joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing in the WORT studios for some conversation and live music.
Matt Brown, fiddle, plays and teaches traditional old-time songs and instrumental music nationally. Karen Mueller is one of the top players and instructors in the contemporary autoharp world. Renaissance cowboy/raconteur Pop Wagner has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy. All three are on staff at the […]
Romana Shemayev migrated from the Soviet Union and settled in Dane County, Wisconsin. Since coming to the United States, Romana has dedicated herself to bringing the protest music of the pre-Glasnost days of the declining Soviet era to a modern audience. She plays frequently around town, including an ongoing series of collaborations with Madison singer-songrwiter, […]
A benefit concert for “Open Doors for Refugees,” a nonprofit volunteer organization advocating for, welcoming & helping settle refugees in the greater Madison area. Peter Mulvey, acclaimed Milwaukee folk singer/songwriter, will headline the event along with Sistastrings, a female duo also from Milwaukee. Madison’s own Clare Norelle will open. Food & beverages will be available […]
The young twenty-first century has certainly gotten off to a rocky start, with a wide assortment of odious, intolerant and boorish villains committing a variety of heinous and heretofore uncontemplated assaults on civic order and decency. Enter musicians Tom Kastle and Ramana Shemayev who offer, if not an antidote to, at least a cheeky respite […]