Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Don't Celebrate, Donate!

In his next-to-last telegram before being executed, Joe Hill wrote to Bill Haywood, "Goodbye, Bill, I die like a true blue rebel. Don't waste any time mourning. Organize!"

In a similar selfless manner, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Si Kahn asks we celebrate by making a donation to his Musicians United Project to Protect Bristol Bay

Si Kahn on "In the Tradition with Jeff Boudreau" at community radio WCUW.
Photo copyright J. Boudreau

I am doing everything I can to use my 70thbirthday to raise $70,000  for Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay, so our team can concentrate for the next year on winning this battle.  PLEASE DONATE

Over the weekend, I performed 3 house concerts; in Oakland, Berkeley and Takoma Park, Maryland  So far I have raised almost $12,000.  I am meeting with donors across the country.  I just spent 2 days in meetings all over Washington, D.C.  Please help me get to my goal so I can rest! Today is my 70th Birthday! PLEASE DONATE

When I retired, I swore I would never fundraise again, but this fight to stop the Pebble Mine and protect Bristol Bay has become incredibly important to me.  And the way we have chosen to fight is proving so effective; by uniting musicians and their networks and writing and recording songs to tell the stories of the people; of the land; of the salmon; and of the corporate greed that threatens to destroy it all.

Awareness in “the lower 48” of the struggle over Bristol Bay, Alaska is critical, and Musicians United is playing a strong role in spreading that awareness, creating a buzz and building the movement.  This won’t just be an important victory; it will be an important activist model for the future.  If you have loved my music, my passion or my activism at some point in the last 70 years, please celebrate with a gift to Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay today!  PLEASE DONATE

If you have already donated, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

In Music and Solidarity,
Si Kahn  


Monday, April 14, 2014


Monday, 4/14/14
Cantab Lounge738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

From Ed: "I am the featured performer this coming Monday 4/14 @ the Cantab Lounge - I have been playing there (almost) every Monday for TEN YEARS! so this show is very special to me. Hope you can all come and help me celebrate. It starts @ 9:30 @ 738 Mass Ave. Cambridge. Requests?" 

Yes, The Ramone's "I Wanna be Sedated" and anything else of your choice, big man!

From Geoff: 
Ed White, the Reigning Ukulele King of the Cantab, plays the 9:30 to 10:00 feature set at the Cantab Monday Night Open Mic tonight.  

Ed's style is punk ukulele.  His songs are unflinching and often hilarious.

The open mic starts at 8:00.  
First-timers get an early slot.  

$3 for two songs.

There will be a Guitar Seance from 7:00 to 7:30.  You pick the topic!

Your pal,


Today's Insight into Modern Life
If everything seems to be going well, you've obviously overlooked something

The "World Famous"
Cantab Lounge
738 Massachusetts Ave
(Central Square)
Cambridge MA 02139
617 354-2685 
The Cantab is 21+

Geoff Bartley (1948 - ?)
Prize-winning acoustic 
guitarist and songwriter. 
Two No.1 CDs on folk radio
Geoff Bartley is 21+

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Come to a show and hear everything from Country to Western!

Sunday, April 13, 7pm
Joe's Truck Stop (acoustic)
"Conceived at a greasy spoon, Joe's Truck Stop is here to replace the pills in that there jar. Please, put those away."

Joe's Truck Stop's sole purpose is to entertain and spread the old American Country and Blues gospel. 

Where the coffee's hot and the showers free

Come to a show and hear everything from Country to Western!

Download our (old) demo, "Demo Derby" for free at our Bandcamp page.

"Country music belongs to America." - Bill Monroe

$10, $5 students
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

notloB Parlour Concerts Abandons 7-Year Mission, Goes Crass Pop/Commercial


notloB Parlour Concerts has decided to abandon its seven year mission of being a not-for-profit all-volunteer collaborative presenting acoustic string music in small, intimate settings, and will be selling out, presenting crass untalented commercial pop artists in large arenas!

The spring season:

*We are very excited about Madonna's bluegrass project!
Read about it here.

In the immortal words of Jack Hardy, "NO! NAE! NEVER!"
April fools!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

10 String Symphony and Tattletale Saints Arrive in New England

10 String Symphony and Tattletale Saints, on a tour of New Zealand and now the USA, have reached Boston!

Sunday, March 30, 2014
please note the date change
Doors 6:30, Concert 7:00
The concert will be presented at a private residence just outside of Cambridge.
Suggested donation is $15pp student, $20pp regular 
(more if you can, less if you cannot)
Send an email to, upon receipt notloB will reply with additional information.

10 String Symphony
“When each song ended, the two pressed tight into their microphones, savoring the last strains of the harmony – and even the bartenders seemed to be leaning forward breathlessly, awaiting someone to clap first.  Their self titled recording aptly demonstrates the power of a spare, tightly-connected acoustic performance that is given room to evolve – for bluegrass fans, the lightning-fast harmonic runs on dueling fiddle is worth the price of admission alone. But it’s the off the road experiments, especially from Christian’s biting bow-strokes that will make future audiences take note.”   -Z. N. LUPETIN, The Bluegrass Situation
“The fiddle playing from both Sedelmyer and Baiman is beautiful, articulate, expressive, and their synchronicity is compelling.  Baiman’s clawhammer work is tastefully gentle as well, and Sedelmyer’s improvisational work is a wonderful balance of the traditional mountain music fused with contemporary harmonic and rhythmic influences that make for a great listen. Their vocals are equally impressive, capturing that far away feeling so loved in folk music, and when set against the texture of the two fiddles (or fiddle and banjo), it is easy to get lost in this record.”                                                   –The AcoustiCana Journal
The Nashville music scene is a famous home for world-class side musicians, as well as a plethora of legendary songwriters.  Now it presents us with a duo that combines the best of both worlds, skilled instrumentalists with an incredible amount of soul and a love of great songs.
10 String Symphony is an arena for mesmerizing acoustic innovation.  Although difficult to categorize, their music is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices, encompassing “aggressive, almost discordant, celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations” (The Bluegrass Situation).  Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players.
 Sedelmyer (Formerly of the Farewell Drifters) and Baiman (Formerly of Belfry Fellows) met in Nashville, and realized a mutual love for the range and depth of the 5-String fiddle.  Their desire to see just how far a two-fiddle, two-vocals instrumentation could take them was the inspiration for the 10 String Symphony project.  By the time their first full-length album was released in November 2012, their instrumentation had expanded to include the occasional clawhammer banjo and resonator mandolin, though still maintaining a stripped down, tightly woven and carefully arranged duo sound.
 Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer’s virtuosic improvisation and creative harmonic soundscape ideas alongside Baiman’s old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities. Just over a year old, the duo has already gained recognition and attention from some major festivals, landing slots at the ROMP festival in Ownsboro, KY and the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA in the summer of 2013.
Tattletale Saints are a New Zealand based duo described as a “masterful blend of Americana fused with jazz, soul and pop” and made up of Cy Winstanley voice/guitar/harmonica and Vanessa McGowan voice/double bass.

"Sensitively understated folk and subtle simplicity… songs as memorable, lyrically considered and melodically engaging as many of Paul Simon's… a very emotionally engaging album"
Graham Reid,

"Cy is a beautiful singer, melodic yet conversational, and a vocal resemblance to Paul Simon is only heightened by the ambitiousness of his songwriting… in the unadorned setting of the duo it becomes clear how complete that talent is"
-Nick Bollinger, The Listener April 2013.

"There is something utterly beguiling about a musician armed with a guitar and a suitcase full of memories, which need little or no adornment.There's nowhere to hide, the voice has to engage you and the songs have to have substance. That's the natural, unadulterated beauty of Tattletale Saints debut album. Cy Winstanley has the rich voice and lyric instincts of a Paul Simon and his foil, the equally talented Vanessa McGowan adds lovely punctuation harmonies and the sort of swinging bass lines that you'd expect from a jazz musician."
-4.5/5 Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times 17/04/13

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Licenses for WGBH FM and WCRB FM in Boston being challenged before the FCC

Since November 6, 2009 "Supporters of Folk and Blues on WGBHhas been in the forefront of the fight by WGBH management to replace "the peoples' music"* with "single format"** (talk and news) format. We welcome this recent effort by the "Committee for Community Access", which formed some time during or after 2009, when WGBH fired Steve Schwartz, reduced Eric Jackson's on-air hours and eliminated Bob Parlochato's jazz sprogrms. For additional background, read

Graphic in "WGBH drops folk and blues programs", 11/7/09 -, Jeff Boudeau
Marita Rivero Vice President and General Manager for Radio and Television, WGBHJune 1, 2012 at 1:10am · Latest version by Jeff Boudreau
Brendan Hogan returns to Boston NPR radioSeptember 30, 2011 at 12:16pm · Latest version by Jeff Boudreau
Consider community radioSeptember 29, 2011 at 4:07pm · Latest version by Jeff Boudreau
Re-statement of purposeJune 23, 2011 at 3:06pm · Latest version by Jeff Boudreau
WGBH has been escorting long time employees out the doorJune 10, 2011 at 9:17pm · Latest version by Jeff Boudreau
Scott Dickinson's brilliant idea, an open group resource for folk, blues, roots & americana in New EnglandMay 26, 2011 at 12:51pm · Latest version by Jeff Boudreau
...all in "Supporters of Folk and Blues on WGBH's" files areaas well as "WGBH drops folk and blues programs", 11/7/09 - - and subsequent WGBH-related articles in Jeff Boudreau's blog -
* Attributed to Jim Kweskin, November 7, 2009, quoted by Jeff Boudreau  ""I can only assume this has something to do with the almighty dollar. Isn't this supposed to be public radio and aren't we the public. Folk music has been a mainstay on WGBH for as long as I can remember. Acoustic artists are as popular as ever and in some ways even more popular then in days gone by. I don't get it. WGBH should be ashamed of itself. Well, as Ma Joad said, "We're the people and you can't stop us and you can't lick us. We just keep coming, 'cause we're the people."
** A term used by WGBH management at meetings of the the "Community Advisory Committee", November, 2009.


Licenses for WGBH FM and WCRB FM in Boston being challenged before the FCC

Committee for Community Access
4 Carol Avenue | Suite 6 | Boston | MA 02135617.277.4715
Media Contact: Sue Auclair, 617-522-1394

March 25, 2014

For Immediate Release:

Broadcast Licenses for WGBH FM Educational Foundation and WCRB FM in Bostonbeing challenged before the FCC by Committee for Community Access

Boston, MA--The Committee for Community Access, a local public interestmedia advocacy umbrella organization, filed Petitions to Deny Renewal ofthe licenses held by WGBH Educational Foundation and WCRB FM with theFederal Communications Commission, Washington D.C. on the first business dayin March, which was March 4, 2014. (The FCC was closed on Monday March 3 dueto asnowstorm.)

Massachusetts radio stations have a 10-year FCC renewal cycle and 2014 isthe year for all radio stations in the state to renew their licenses withthe FCC.

The WGBH Educational Foundation's Oppositions to Committee for CommunityAccess's Petitions to Deny are due 30 days later, or on April 3, 2014. CCA's Replies to the Oppositions will be due 20 days from when theFoundation's Oppositions are filed or April 23rd, whichever is later.

On behalf of Classical, Jazz, Folk and Blues music lovers, The Committeefor Community Access is requesting that the trustees of the EducationalFoundation restore full time music programming on the high power, clearsignal facility of WGBH-FM 89.7 mHz.

CCA calls on members of the public who wish to protest the WGBH EducationalFoundation's dropping of almost all of WGBH-FM's music broadcasts,canceling all Blues and Folk shows, ending its decades long tradition ofjazz all night by limiting jazz to weekend evenings, and its relocation ofall classical programming to a weak out-of-town station, to mail theirsupport of CCA's FCC petitions within the next two weeks to the FCC and tothe WGBH Educational Foundation's Board of Trustees, so the station and theCommission may understand the depth of public feeling on this issue.

A sample letter for the public is on CCA's new webpage: _http://www.ccaccess.info_ (

Addresses:Media Bureau - Audio SectionFederal Communications Commission445 12th Street S.W., Room TW-A325Washington D.C. 20554

RE: License Renewal Applications ofWGBH-FM #BRED 20131202BIAWCRB-FM #BRH 20131202BIR

Board of TrusteesWGBH Educational FoundationOne Guest StreetBrighton, MA 02135

A steering committee, led by CCA's Chairman, Jacob A. Bernstein andincluding lobbyists for Classical, Jazz, Folk and Blues music programminghas been formed to publicize and raise funds to support these efforts.

"We cannot believe the trustees approved the way Jazz radio was decimatedin June 2012," states Jack Bernstein, Chairman of the Committee forCommunity Access. "Management is chasing a pot of gold in their combinedradio/TV/Web News/Talk format infiltrating and taking over the proud musicbastion they spent 40+ years in the making. We're opposing what they'redoing because they created the demand among New England music lovers forthe best presentation and reception of music. WGBH-FM was an establishedhighly polished exposition of music that was TOO ESSENTIAL TO LOSE!"

Brief History of Eliminating Music at WGBH:

September 1995: Ron Della Chiesa's Music America scrapped by management
September 2009: WGBH bids to purchase WCRBNovember 2009: WGBH purchases WCRB for $14 Million
November 2009: FCC approves WGBH purchase of WCRB; WGBH moves all classical programming to WCRB FM. A protest is held at Old South Churchwith a panel featuring Chris Lydon, Richard Dyer and others. John Voci wasrepresenting WGBH at this event.
December 2009: WGBH Discontinues BSO Friday Afternoon Broadcasts
January 2010: Folk and Blues shows dropped
June 20, 2012: WGBH FM cuts jazz programming; fires Steve Schwartz, cutsEric in The Evening to weekends only; cuts all-night


Related articles from this blog:

1000 supporters of folk and blues on WGBH can't be wrong!, 11/15/09
Which side are you on?, 12/26/09
NPR Ate My Local Public Radio Station, 7/7/10
On the demise of folk, blues and classical on WGBH-fm. one year on., 11/9/10
WGBH's March Towards "Single Format" Continues, 6/20/12
Jazz Funeral for Jazz on WGBH Radio, 7/5, Brighton, 7/3/12
Folk, Blues, Classical and Jazz Funeral for ALL Passed WGBH Music Programs, Copley Square, 7/27, 7/27/12
This will be your last email from WGBH, 8/27/12
4th Anniversary Folk-to-AAA Format Change at "Boston's NPR Music Station", 1/24/13
Think before you donate to so-called "public" radio, 6/7/13
4th anniversary of WGBH killing the peoples' music, 12/2/13


Appended 3/27/13. 

notloB Music asked Scott Fybush for his opinion, who obliged: "As I said when Jeff passed along the news of this initially - good luck with that. Ever since the WNCN fight in the 1970s, the FCC has been steadfast in its determination not to be a judge of content, especially at renewal time. And unlike Canada, where stations are required as a condition of license to program a certain amount of spoken-word content, there's nothing in the FCC rules that mandates whether stations run spoken-word or music programming. If WGBH's license could somehow be pulled for not carrying any music programming, then so could WBUR's, and WEEI's, and WBZ-FM's, and most of the AM dial. If the aim here is to get publicity, so be it, but it's not going to go anywhere at the FCC."
Scott was involved for many years in Boston-area commercial radio and is now the owner of Northeast Radio Watch.

Scott's analysis appears to be dead on. In "Group challenges WGBH programming" by Joseph P. Kahn  | GLOBE STAFF   MARCH 25, 2014,  Jack Bernstein is quoted as saying “We expect to be turned down...”
Read the full article here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


You may be aware of Lord Geoffrey by last Fall's 8 concert series of rising young talent enrolled at Berklee and NEC*, but he has another side, that of presenting established nationally touring
musicians (Darol Anger, Rushad Eggleston and Paul Geremia, just to name a few). In that light, on Wednesday, April 2 we are presenting two top-shelf string players, JORDAN TICE and SIMON CHRISMAN!

Jordan Tice is a guitarist and composer from Annapolis, MD who currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY. The son of two bluegrass musicians, he grew up playing with various bluegrass bands around Maryland until 2005 when he enrolled at Towson University to study music on full scholarship. In addition to his studies, the next four years were also marked by performances and recordings with the likes of Mark Schatz and friends, Frank Wakefield, Darol Anger, and "Corbett, Chrisman, and Tice" featuring Wes Corbett on banjo and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer. Jordan's collaboration with Corbett and Chrisman yielded a self titled record which was listed as one of the Chicago Tribune's top 5 "best compact discs of the year" in the bluegrass/newgrass category in 2008. Also in 2008, Jordan released his second record as a leader entitled "Long Story". The record, featuring all Tice originals as well as an all-star band of Casey Driessen, Noam Pikelny, Andy Hall, and Mark Schatz, brought about rave reviews from acoustic music publications for its "engaging and melodic tunes" and "inspired solos" (Bluegrass Unlimited) as well as being a "very musical album" (The Bluegrass Blog). Other highlights include being featured on the cover of the January 2011 Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and performing the music of actor/comedian Steve Martin for Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at New York City's esteemed "Shakespeare in the Park" in summer 2012. 
Jordan's current project, The Jordan Tice Trio, features Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) on bass, and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer. Their debut release "The Secret History" released in late 2011 has been praised as containing "exceptional craft" (Bluegrass Unlimited). In addition to performing with the trio, Jordan can be seen playing with Tony Trischka, the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, The Dan Trueman/Brittany Haas Band, The Depue Brothers Band, Lily Henley, and Mariel Vandersteel.

Hammered dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman tours with the Bee Eaters, has performed with Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, opened for Bill Frisell, and at 16 was a scholarship guest artist at the Augusta Heritage Festival in West Virginia. His sophisticated rhythmic sense and ingenious tonal flexibility, on an instrument usually considered limited, has created a buzz among musicians all over the world.

Sliding scale $10-20+
This concert WILL sell out, reservations strongly recommended -

*Friday, March 21 Elizabeth and Ben Anderson
Sunday, April 13 Joe's Truck Stop
Wednesday, May 14 Fresh Haggis
Friday, May 16 Lady Rogo and Friends
Saturday, May 31 Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul 
See details at

See brother series notloB Parlour Concerts offerings at

Jordan Tice and Simon Chrisman 
Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Sq., Cambridge
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00