Friday, January 31, 2014

Community Sing-a-Longs and Radio Specials in Celebration of the Life, Spirit and Music of Pete Seeger

Community Sing-a-Longs and Radio Specials in Celebration of the Life, Spirit and Music of Pete Seeger

This compilation began when members of NEFolk and Folklore posted notice of three "Community Sing-a-Longs in Celebration of the Life, Spirit and Music of Pete Seeger" in early February in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It has expanded to include radio specials. Check back often, new events are being added.


Community Sing-a-Longs in Celebration of the Life, Spirit and Music of Pete Seeger
Friday, February 7, 7pm.
Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Pete Seeger, one of America's best-loved folksingers, an untiring activist, environmentalist, and an inspiration to many, passed away on January 27th, 2014. 
Folk Life Studio and members of the Cape Ann folk-singing community invite all to an open community sing-a-long to celebrate the life, spirit and music of Pete Seeger. 
Come as you are! Bring a song or a story, a snack or non-alcoholic beverage to share if you wish. 
Acoustic musical instruments are welcome, too! This will be a participatory evening, as what could be a more appropriate way to remember and honor Pete? 
We'll start at 7 to be more accessible to families with young children. Song sheets will be available. Spread the word! Bring your friends! Bring your family! There is no charge for admission.
Organizer contact info and additional info can be found in the Facebook event.
Added 1/31 11am.

The Ashokan Center
477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, New York 12461
The festival ends with a tribute to Pete.
I would not be the least surprised if The Mammals came out of hibernation.
w/ Mike and Ruthy
Deep Chatham
The Paul Green Rock Academy
The Sweetback Sisters
Connor Kennedy
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
The Stacks
Arc Iris
Gustafer Yellowgold
Rushad Eggleston
Heather Masse w/ Roswell Rudd and Rol Strum
Elizabeth Mitchell & Friends
Family Square Dance w/ Kristin Andreassen
Square Dance w/ Red Dog Run
Square Dance w/ Molecricket
+ Fiber Flame art activities, local food + beer, massage balcony, environmental fair, blacksmithing demos, kids zone + more

Seeger Sing A Long
Sunday, February 9, 7pm
Ashburnham Community Church, Main Street, Ashburnham MA
"Come participate in a Seeger Sing A Long on February 9, 2014 at the Ashburnham Community Church on Main Street and Chapel! Time is 7:00 p.m. a little later than we'd hoped but early enough for the young ones to come for awhile. We'll have lyrics available for those who don't know the words. No charge, but donations accepted. Will be split between NCSC, Fredericks Piano Collection and the church. Guitars, banjos and mandolins are welcome! Acoustic only though.
Contact Pat Stewart through NEFolk and Folklore for more information.
Added 1/31 11am.

Friday, February 14 at 7:00pm

Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton, Rhode Island

7 pm to 10 pm
FREE, but donations for the musicians are greatly appreciated
Bring your own beer, wine, food, chocolate, flowers, etc.
Sandywoods Center for the Arts
43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI
(Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly)
Pete Seeger, singer, songwriter, banjo player, and folk icon, passed away on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94. He spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change.
Please join us on February 14th as Bill, Sally, Howie, Aubrey, Elwood, Art, John, Joyce, and Jimmy honor and pay tribute to Pete Seeger.
"A good song reminds us what we're fighting for."

Organizer contact info and additional info can be found in the Facebook event.
Added 1/31 11am.

Pete Seeger Memorial Sing-Along
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 3:00 pm
Sponsored by First Parish Church of Stow & Acton
FPC Sanctuary
353 Great Road, Stow, MA
Come join us for a few afternoon hours of singing some of Pete Seeger's beloved songs. In the spirit of the tradition he championed lyrics will be provided so everyone can sing along Bring copies of 'Rise Up Singing' if you have them.
Everyone welcome! Bring kids, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors - and, please, guitars, banjos, mandolins, autoharps if you play!
Added 2/8

Family Sing-a-long of Pete Seeger Chidren's Songs and Stories
Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester
A free family sing-a-long of Pete Seeger's children's songs and stories with singers Rose Sheehan and John Hicks.
Sorry, no contact info, just a Facebook link.
Added 2/9

Singalong Celebrating Pete's Life and Vision 
Sunday, February 16, 7pm
First Congregational Church165 Main Street, Amherst MA
"We are planning a similar singalong celebrating Pete's life and vision on Sunday, Feb. 16th, 7pm, at the First Congregational Church165 Main Street in Amherst.  Musicians / songleaders will include Charlie King, Sarah Pirtle, Annie Patterson, Peter Blood, Jay Mankita, Paul Kaplan, and others.  Bring copies of Rise Up Singing if you have one.  Free admissoin: we will be singing together and telling stories to honor & celebrate Pete.
For more information contact: Alan Sax or Annie Patterson"
Added 1/31

Pete Seeger, the inspiration for the Rise Up Singing book
Friday, February 21, 7:30pm
UU Church of Wakefield, 326 Main Street, Wakefield
From Maddie Sifantus "We will be focusing on Pete Seeger, the inspiration for the Rise Up Singing book, at our next session which is Friday, February 21 at 7:30 PM at the UU Church of Wakefield, 326 Main Street, Wakefield center. One of our attendees is a banjo player, Ed Britt, who knew Seeger from NY. It will be awesome to have him there! the more the merrier."

Tribute Concert
Saturday, February 22
Falcon, Marlboro, NY

(A tribute to Pete Seeger)..."whose timeless tunes include, “If I Had a Hammer.” Happy Traum, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, David Bernz and Jacob Bernz, and Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia are among those scheduled to perform. Bethany Yarrow is the daughter of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. Those attending are asked to bring food for a potluck dinner.
Admission is free. Call 845-236-7970 or for information."

Remembering Pete Seeger with songs and stories
Folk Song Society of Greater Boston
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:00pmFirst Parish of Watertown35 Church St., Watertown, Massachusetts 02472"Join us – this event is free of charge and open to the public. Voices, instruments, songbooks and children are all welcome! Snacks for the break are always welcome! This venue is handicapped accessible."

Added 2/12

Pete Seeger Celebration Sing-Along
Peoples' Voice Cafe, New York City
Saturday, April 12
There will be a Pete Seeger Celebration Sing-Along at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in New York City on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Peoples' Voice Cafe is located in Community Church of New York at 40 East 35th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. Doors open 7:30 PM. Show time 8:00 PM.


Saturday, February 1, 8am
My Back Pages
Barnes Newberry

Community radio WMVY, Martha's Vineyard
"...on My Back Pages we will celebrate the wonderful Pete Seeger who left us on the 27th. I've been reading and hearing comparisons to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan for a few days now, and while they may be valid in some ways I don't think anyone could touch the influence that Pete has had on generations of people through his music and his actions. Plus, he was always accessible and friendly in his associations with his fellow man (woman and child!). He truly was a giant of a man in so many ways. We will start the show with Pete and the final hour tomorrow will be all Pete, including various duets and cover songs.
Please join us at 8am right here @mvyradio and thanks for listening!"

Sunday, February 2, 3pm
WFDU-FM celebrates the life and music of PETE SEEGER
Ron Olesko, Bill Hahn and special guest host Rick Nestler pay tribute to Pete Seeger on WFDU-FM from 3 to 6pm. Listen in at 89.1FM in the NYC area or streaming at . The program will feature tributes from a number of Seeger's friends including Tom ChapinSonny Ochs , Gene ShayJoe JencksRik PalieriPaul Kaplan,Maryellen HealyJon SteinThom WolkeVincent CernigliaAngela PageMick Lane ,Mark D. Moss , Fred Gillen Jr. and many others.

Monday, February 3, 9:30am
The Old Songs' Home
Bob Weiser, producer and host
Community radio WOMR, Provincetown
Streaming at
"We'll hear a bunch of Pete Seeger songs on Monday, in part thanks to the generosity of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings."
Updated 2/2: "
we'll honor Pete Seeger with the help of several people who knew him. Sharing their stories will be Allyson Bizer Knox of Bourne (worked on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater before moving to Cape Cod), physicist and musician Steve Kaplan (one of my oldest friends going back more than 50 years), and Seeger photographers John Economos and Maxine Smith (see below). Your music requests are welcome! log on or tune in to WOMR starting at 930 am."

Tuesday, February 4, noon
Lost & Found 
WMBR, 88.1fm, streaming at
Produced/hosted by Eli Polonsky 
Tufts University music professors, ethnomusicologist Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, music technology expert Paul Lehrman, and their group including Tufts music faculty members Ben Krakauer, Beth Bahia Cohen and guests, are scheduled for a return engagement with host Eli Polonsky live in the studio from approximately 12 Noon to 12:30 PM EST to perform socially-conscious "topical" folk and acoustic music of the 1960s and '70s originally by artists including Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Pete and Peggy Seeger, John Prine, Nina Simone, Tom Lehrer, Tom Paxton, and other important songwriters of the day, and discuss how their music reflected and affected the great changes that were taking place in society during that time, as well as parallels today. 
This group will be presenting "More Songs You Should Know (And That Still Matter)", a concert and discussion of socially-conscious folk music of the 1960s and '70s, on Thursday, February 6 at Tufts University's Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Avenue in Medford at 8:00 PM. This years concert will include a special dedication to the music and legacy of Pete Seeger. The concert is free and open to the public. More information is available at or at 617-627-3679.

Thursday, February 6, 7pm
The Folk Revival
Nick Nobel, producer and host
WICN, Worcester
"streaming live online around the world at * on the air in central MA at 90.5 FM"
"Four hours of music with host Nick Noble, featuring a tribute to the late, great Pete Seeger; tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station, and an in-studio visit from Craig Sonnenfeld."

On Demand

Out of the Woods - Show #199 - WSCS-FM - 1-30-14

From Jon Colcord This week we join the rest of the world in remembering the life and legacy of the great Pete Seeger. Local listeners who tuned in early got to hear even more songs from Pete as I prepared for the rest of the show, and this version includes all of this(glitches included). The'official' show normally has to fit into the usual 3-hour slot, but we can cheat a little bit here. Plenty of great songs from Pete and many friends... Here's the show:

If there are other community events or radio specials, please ask the organizers to post info in NEFolk and Folklore and/or in its sister Yahoo group. I will update this blog entry with additional information as it becomes available.

The above information is correct as of when it was entered. As all events are subject to change, please confirm with the organizers before heading to one.

Thursday, January 30, 2014



To my old brown earth
And to my old blue sky
I'll now give these last few molecules
of "I"
And you who sing
And you who stand nearby
I do charge you not to cry
Guard well our human chain
Watch well you keep it strong
As long as sun will shine
And this our home
Keep pure and sweet and green
For now I'm yours
And you are also
— Words and music by Pete Seeger, 1958

 free download from Paul Winter.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Independent College Radio is Saving Boston from Corporate Radio

Community and independent college are types of radio service that offer a third model of radio broadcasting beyond commercial and public. Community and independent college stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular to a local/specific audience but which may often be overlooked by commercial/mass-media and so-called "public" broadcasters. 

A new Facebook page - Boston-area Independent College Radio - has been created with the intention of bringing greater awareness to Boston-area (and beyond) independent college and community radio stations. 

DJ's are encouraged to share news and supporters learn what is happeing on the independent student airwaves, web streams and podcasts.

If you produce/host a Boston-area independent college radio program, or are involved in station management
1. Share the page/group with your listeners.
2. Post your program event URL's
3. Share program information
4. Share station information.
5. Grow listenership.
6. Save the world from corporate radio.

If you are a listener, give the page a couple days for DJ's to join and start posting content. Share news of this new page with friends involved in Boston-area college radio by forwarding this article and/or the Facebook event.....unless you're a fan of corporate radio.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bud Sargent Marks 30 Years of Producing and Hosting "Four Green Fields"

From Bud Sargent in Celtic Music in New England:

"On Saturday's Four Green Fields (WCUW 91.3 FM and I will be featuring the songs of Donal Clancy from his new album Songs of a Roving Blade. Tune in at if you can at 10:00 am for this and a wide selection of Irish music as I celebrate my 30th year this month as the host."

Congratulations, Bud!

Four Green Fields' program description reads: "From Altan to Zozimus, Irish music of all types comes to you every Saturday morning on the "Four Green Fields." Combine this with announcements of local Irish happenings and the occasional interview with Irish musicians and newsmakers, and you have the best Irish program west of Fastnet Rock!"

WCUW is a community radio station in Worcester, MA, broadcasting at 91.3 and streaming at

UMass Boston-licensed WUMB Continues Student Exclusion Policy, Hires Triple A DJ

In its neverending quest to emulate fellow triple A format radio stations WXRV and WZLX, NPR affiliate, taxpayer-supported and student-excluding* UMass-Boston-licensed WUMB has announced via its Facebook page that it has hired Lisa Garvy, the latest in a long line of Boston-area triple A radio professionals.

From its Facebook page:
We're very happy to announce the addition of A-Train with Lisa Garvey starting Sunday, January 12th at 8am! She'll be featuring music from John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Etta James all the way up to current artists like Amos Lee and more!

Photo: We're very happy to announce the addition of A-Train with Lisa Garvey starting Sunday, January 12th at 8am!  She'll be featuring music from John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Etta James all the way up to current artists like Amos Lee and more!

Lisa is late of Triple A WXRV ("The River"), and, according to her Facebook page, a UMass Amherst alumna.

  • WXRV Cuts Ties With Middday Host Lisa Garvey

    Carolyn Morrell Replaces Her

    March 13, 2012 at 4:26 AM (PT)
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    Lisa Garvey

    NORTHEAST BROADCASTING Triple A WXRV/BOSTON midday host LISA GARVEY has exited the station after five years.  According to the BOSTON.COMshe was removed from the air even before her show was over last FRIDAY (3/9).
    "I had just played a tribute to BRAD DELP of the band BOSTON on the [five-year] anniversary of his death," GARVEY told THE GLOBE.  "It was uplifting.  So I guess that gave me some small comfort in what happened next."
    Meanwhile, GM DONALD ST. SAUVEUR told ALL ACCESS that it was time for a change in their ongoing rebranding of the radio station and "that they wished LISA well in her future endeavors."
    She has been replace by CAROLYN MORELL, who has a long history in the BOSTON radio with a resume that includes WFNX and WBOS. MORRELL has been a part-time host on the station since last JULY, filling in on holidays, hosting a SUNDAY show and filling in for the now-retired BOB STUART during afternoon drive.
    Further, Production Director AJ CROZBY will now focus solely on station production as he vacates afternoon drive, now filled by MATT PHIPPS. Source:

Radio host Lisa Garvey is out at WXRV The River
Lisa Garvey
, a popular afternoon and weekend radio host on Haverhill’s WXRV, 92.5 FM The River, has been let go. WXRV management declined to discuss the circumstances of Garvey’s departure when they were reached by phone Monday, but in a brief telephone interview Garvey confirmed: “I did not leave by choice.”
A 20-year veteran of the Boston radio market, Garvey was most popular for her Sunday midday show, “Brunch by the River,” which featured selections from her personal music collection, ranging from jazz and blues to ’70s soul.
Garvey also confirmed Internet buzz that she’d been yanked off the air Friday before her show was even over.
“I had just played a tribute to Brad Delp of the band Boston on the [five-year] anniversary of his death,” Garvey said. “It was uplifting. So I guess that gave me some small comfort in what happened next.”
Garvey -- who spent part of Sunday thanking fans on a Facebook page for their words of encouragement -- said she hopes either to land another radio hosting gig in the Boston area or to syndicate “Brunch by the River” on the Internet.
In an interview Monday, WXRV General Manager Donald St. Sauveur declined to discuss Garvey’s departure from the station. Asked to confirm that Garvey was pulled off the air and dismissed last week mid-show, St. Sauveur wouldn’t comment. “I can’t address that,” he said.
St. Sauveur would say that Garvey has been replaced.
“We believed we needed to go a different direction. We have replaced her with a longtime personality in the marketplace, from WBOS, Carolyn Morrell. ... We’ve been really impressed with her.”
St. Sauveur said Morrell has been a part-time host on the station since last July, filling in on holidays, hosting a Sunday show, and filling in for the now-retired Bob Stuart during afternoon drivetime, St. Sauveur said. JAMES H. BURNETT III
Source -

This personnel change is in keeping with UMass Boston's policy of excluding students from broadcast operations, instead employing a staff of paid triple A format professionals....
"When asked about UMass Boston-licensed WUMB's policy to exclude UMass students from production and DJ positions and instead operate it as a NPR affiliate with paid professional state employees, Vice-Chancellor of Enrollment Management Kathleen Teehan, to whom WUMB management reports to, stated "We see it as a marketing vehicle for the university, an asset, because it’s prestigious for a university to own a public radio station. It brings the university to the attention of the audience.”"
-From “WUMB: A brief history and comparison to its sister radio stations” by Daniel Richardson and Lea Aliberti, The MassMedia, 9/1/13.

The programming change is consistent with WUMB being a me-too triple A station.

Perhaps The Mass Media can ask Vice-Chancellor Teehan how running a radio station licensed to a state university playing pop music benefits its students.


Update 1/7

Reactions to WUMB's Sunday morning format change extracted from its Facebook announcement:

Kendra Downey: "I will miss Acoustic Sunrise…the format of WUMB no longer is unique or pleasing to my ears."
January 3 at 5:52pm 

Barry Wilensky: You lost me and my wife during the weekdays with the change of format. Now you're trying to get rid of us on the weekends, as well!. Our better than 25 years of contributing to WUMB are long over. How long until you dump Dave and Gail--the last remnants of when your station was worth listening to.
January 3 at 7:08pm

Sarah Garrett-Regnier: WICN already does this. Don't listen to WUMB for this genre ...not sure what your identity is anymore
January 3 at 9:26pm via mobile

Linda Stapleton Olsson: This is very sad news for us. Sunday morning is the perfect time to “rest beneath the strength of strings”. Horns don’t make it. What happened to the pride of carrying on the folk tradition for 30 years? Now you are letting it disappear. I suspect some contributing members will also be disappearing. Accoustic Sunrise gave us music we can’t get anywhere else, not even on WUMB.
January 4 at 11:15am

Oops, can WUMB management made yet another bad decision?