music is a defiantly regional business, one of the few things
that still is. People in British Columbia and people in Texas
have different "favourite" folksingers. Amen. Still it would
be nice if catching wind of the good stuff from across the continent
were not quite so chancy. Even if you live within earshot of
a good folk radio show (I don't) or a folk festival with an
adventurous artistic director (I do), you are still likely to
miss much of the best folk music around. Ergo, Old Folksinger's
Pick, cyber-tipsheet and cassette.
cassette came first. I figured, if the CBC wasn't going to
have a folk show (it doesn't), I'd make my own. I started
asking some of performers I've shared stages with over the
years if I could borrow a cut or two from their recent CDs.
Most were keen. (Actually, all the musicians were keen; the
enthusiasm lessened when it came to some of the labels.)
result was Old Folksinger's Pick, a 90-minute cassette of
music by 14 Canadian, British and American folk performers.
Being: Keith Bennett & Tin Sandwich, Rick Bockner, Steve
Gillette, Ken Hamm, Veda Hille, Hilary James, Crow Johnson,
Penny Laing, Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Cindy Mangsen,
Simon Mayor, Rick Scott and Travels with Charley.
cassette came out in the fall of 1995 and proved a roaring
success (i.e. it broke even). If you would like to buy a copy,
go to the Store. At $11, what's to lose? Satisfaction guaranteed,
or your money cheerfully refunded.