Woody Guthrie died 50 years ago this month. A magnificent boxed set from Bear Family Records – containing three CDs and two books – marks the anniversary and celebrates his great legacy.
READ: Woody Guthrie: “The true voice of the American spirit”
The Tribute Concerts – Carnegie Hall 1968, Hollywood Bowl 1970 by Liz Thomson
- Jean Ritchie: A celebration of her music with Dan Evans and Virginia Thorn
February 2016. See the review >> Watch the video >>
- Wizz Jones with Simeon Jones and Dariush Kanani
March 2016. See the review >>
- Bonnie Dobson with Harry Phillips
April 2016. See the review >> Watch the video >>
- Bringing It All Back Home to Albany
Celebrating the opening of a Jean Ritchie exhibition at the New York State Library
See the review >>
SQUARE ROOTS PRODUCTIONS
is a major new folk music charity to promote Anglo-American folk music heritage.
Square Roots Productions made its public debut this spring with three concerts at Time Out’s award-winning Green Note in Camden Town, London. Each focused on a legacy musician or theme.
Square Roots Productions is a UK-based charity whose objective is to curate events and projects that celebrate the folk music heritage shared by Britain and the United States: the people, the places, the history and the music itself. In so doing, it will help secure a vital musical legacy while at the same time nurturing a new generation of folk musicians.
For centuries music has criss-crossed the Atlantic, changed and enriched by each journey and reaching a creative peak in the 1950s and ‘60s. We are now approaching a critical juncture. In 2016, folk legends Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Martin Carthy all turn 75. They play on – but many equally influential contemporaries are now sadly neglected. These unsung folk musicians need urgently to be rediscovered, given a platform, in order that their legacy can be shared with today’s audience and preserved for future generations.
Other events this year include a conference in the UK on the importance of journalism in launching the 1960s folk revivalists and, in the US, an exhibition and concert in partnership with New York State Arts at the Egg, in New York State Plaza.
The aim is to engage fully with the folk music community, old and young, across the country and Square Roots Productions welcomes suggestions and proposals, particularly for innovative regional activity.