Monthly Archives: September 2013

Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers at Rudyard Kipling with Special Guest Michael Johnathon

Sunday October 6, 2013

The Rudyard Kipling
422 West Oak Street
Louisville, KY 40203
502-636-1311
www.rudyardkipling.com

SI KAHN & THE LOOPING BROTHERS have teamed up for an extraordinary album that features the best-known and most-loved songs from this legendary songwriter, author, playwright and activist in a bluegrass setting. The Looping Brothers are one of Europe’s most respected, experienced and best-loved bluegrass bands, having worked and toured with such bluegrass legends as Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Dan Crary. Si is known all over the world by fans of American folk music. His songs of family, community, love, work, and freedom have been recorded by more than 100 artists and translated into half a dozen languages. Their just-released joint CD ‘Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions’ is a true collaboration as the Looping Brothers handpicked and arranged the material and casts each of Si’s classic songs in a new light. sikahn.com & looping-brothers.de

FOLK SINGER MICHAEL JOHNATHON is a popular touring artists, songwriter, author and playwright. He grew up in upstate New York and was folk icon Pete Seeger’s neighbor. A prolific songwriter, his tenth CD release is called “Front Porch.”

Johnathon is the host and creator of  the all-volunteer run WoodSongs broadcast twelve years in Lexington, Kentucky as a way to celebrate grassroots music on a global level. The program airs worldwide and is the only all-volunteer run national broadcast in America Today, his WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour airs on 509 radio stations worldwide plus American Forces Radio in 173 nations. The radio show is also a TV series on public television, airing in over 91M USA TV homes. His play about Henry David Thoreau, “Walden” has been performed 8,700 times in 42 nations. Last year he wrote a full symphony opera about the day Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land Is Your Land.” His latest projects are the Folk-Book.com social media site and the Caney Creek motion picture. www.woodsongs.com

Media contact:
For more information, Hi-Res Pics, Interview scheduling and review CDs, please contact
Loretta Sawyer Promotions, writelor@aol.com

Japanese Author/Educator Releases Book on Thoreau, Education and Nature

Henry D. Thoreau: His Educational Philosophy and Observation of Nature is the new book by Japanese Author Michiko Ono.

This literary work is the result of much research and comprehensive, detailed analysis of Thoreau’s writings.  Ms. Ono’s research revealed that Thoreau’s thought could be interpreted as unique educational philosophy, a correlation between nature and education.

Henry David Thoreau lived on the shores of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts for two years and two months from 1845 to 1847.  Collecting his thoughts and observations into journal notes that would become his famous literary work “Walden”.

Michiko Ono is associate professor of English at Iwate Medical University. She obtained her Ph.D. in American Literature from Tohoku University. As an AFS student she studied in California for one year during her high school days. She has been studying on Henry David Thoreau and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Thoreau Society of Japan. She has published many papers on Thoreau, and three are included in the books of academic works published by The Society in 1999, 2004 and 2012. Also, she translated Kenji Miyazawa’s stories into English and published two books in 2002.

For more information contact Loretta Sawyer Promotions, writelor@aol.com

Riding on the City of New Orleans

Old Town School performers Mark Dvorak and Christopher Walz perform October 8 – 11 on historic Pullman Rail Journey 

CHICAGO IL – Pullman Rail Journeys and the Old Town School of Folk Music announce a partnership to provide world-class entertainment on selected trips. The music programming reunites the American Songbook with Golden Age Rail travel. Pullman Rail Journeys is a rail transportation experience of a bygone time in distinguished Pullman Rail Cars restored to original splendor with modern enhancements to accommodate today’s traveler. Joining the train on selected trips will be live performers from the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago’s long-running hub of music, culture and community since 1957.

“The Old Town School of Folk Music holds a special place in my heart,” said Ed Ellis, President of Iowa Pacific Holdings, to which Pullman Rail Journeys belongs. “As a student at the Old Town School, I met my wife. But beyond my personal connection, so much American music has been influenced by the railroad, and the partnership between the Old Town School and Pullman seemed to be anatural fit.”

Pullman cars leave Chicago on the historic City of New Orleans, a train made famous by Chicago’s own Steve Goodman in his folk song of the same name. Pullman Rail Journeys features authentic Pullman service in elegant, first-class rail accommodations, and the new entertainment partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music further enhances the experience as travelers are moved between the Windy City and the Big Easy. Programming will focus on the musical experience traveling down the Mississippi featuring blues, jazz, folk and even some dance performances.

“The Old Town School of Folk Music is particularly excited to be entering into this partnership because of its resonance with ur own history,” said Old Town School Executive Director Bau Graves. “As you may know, Steve Goodman – the composer of The City of New Orleans – was once a student at the Old Town School. This is song is sung and played hundreds of times every year at the school. When Ed Ellis asked if some of our teaching artists might be interested in performing on the actual ‘train they call the City of New Orleans,’ it seemed too good to be true.”

Launching the tours this fall are a diverse and unique group of performers including Mark Dvorak, Christopher Walz, Reginald Robinson, Katherine Davis, Reggio McLaughlin, Steve Rosen, Barbie Silverman, Lance Brown, Mike Levin and The Pickin’ Bubs.

Pullman Rail Journeys also joins the Old Town School as a generous corporate sponsor, supporting education and performance programs at the nation’s largest public arts school.

Old Town School performances begin on selected trips October 8, 2013 with Mark Dvorak and Christopher Walz. Pullman Rail Journeys leave from Chicago to New Orleans twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays. All Pullman travelers will receive finely appointed sleeping accommodations, chef-prepared meals and beverages, including spirits, and the renown service for which Pullman has been known for decades.

The outstanding musical backdrop will to the trip will be provided by the Old Town School of Folk Music. This unprecedented collaboration gives passengers a truly unique travel experience never before available.

For more information and to book your October 8, 2013 Pullman trip featuring signature accommodations and service with entertainment by Mark Dvorak and Christopher Walz, log on to www.travelpullman.com.

Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour Popular Radio and TV Broadcast Comes to Eureka Springs

EUREKA SPRINGS, AR- The internationally syndicated radio, TV and online broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is coming to Eureka Springs for a special double broadcast taping at The Aud on Saturday, October 26.

Folksinger Michael Johnathon started the WoodSongs broadcast twelve years ago in a tiny studio with one radio affiliate and barely fifteen people in the audience. Today, his WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour airs on  509 radio stations worldwide (KUAF, KUAR and KASU in Arkansas) plus American Forces Radio in 173 nations. The radio show is also a TV series on public television, airing in over 91M USA TV homes including across Arkansas on AETV.

In the tradition of legendary radio shows of the past, WoodSongs has always been produced before an audience. Johnathon brings his live audience celebration of grassroots music to Eureka Springs as part of the Ozark Folk Festival. Fans can be part of two shows, one hour each, taped in one evening. One of the shows will spotlight wonderful artists from across Arkansas and The Ozarks. The second show will feature the legendary Michael Martin Murphy (Wildfire, Carolina In The Pines).

“I wanted WoodSongs to celebrate the heart and the art of grassroots music,” says Johnathon from his log cabin home in Kentucky. “Arkansas is rich with passionate, brilliant musicians and this is a wonderful chance for the audience to celebrate their hometown musicians worldwide. Plus Eureka Springs is an incredibly beautiful, historic and fun town”

Tickets are available at www.theaud.org or call 479-253-7333 x15

The Auditorium, is located at 32 South Main Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

About Michael Johnathon

Folksinger Michael Johnathon is a popular touring artist, songwriter, author and playwright. He grew up in upstate New York and was folk icon Pete Seeger’s neighbor. A prolific songwriter, his tenth CD release is called “Front Porch.” His play about Henry

David Thoreau, “Walden” has been performed 8,700 times in 42 nations. Last year he wrote a full symphony opera about the day Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land Is Your Land.” His latest projects are the Folk-Book.com social media site and the Caney Creek motion picture.  Michael Johnathon will also be performing a concert set Friday evening October 25 as part of the Ozark Folk Festival’s Music in the Park.

About WoodSongs

Johnathon started the all-volunteer run ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ twelve years ago in Lexington,  Kentucky as a way to celebrate grassroots music on a global level. The program airs worldwide and is the only all-volunteer run national broadcast in America. Artists as diverse as Billy Bragg, Imelda May, Richie Havens, Mike Scott and the Waterboys, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been on the show. The show’s website is www.WoodSongs.com.

For more information , Hi-Res Pics, Interview scheduling and review CDs, please contact Loretta Sawyer Promotions, writelor@aol.com 312-391-7605

 

Chicago Troubadour Mark Dvorak Returns to Homewood on October 19

HOMEWOOD IL – Folk singer and songwriter Mark Dvorak will perform at the Twisted Q Barbecue and Bakery, 2053 Ridge Road, on Saturday, October 19 at 8:00 pm.

“Mark packed the room for us last June,” said Doug Brown, owner and chef at the Twisted Q. “So far our music series has been a great success. Although we present a variety of shows, Mark’s intimate style is perfect for our listening room.”

Dvorak, who was named “Chicago’s Troubadour” by WFMT 98.7 fm fine arts radio last year,  is also the recipient of FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contribution to the field of folk music.

His career as a performer, songwriter, recording artist and educator has spanned more than twenty-five years.

His songwriting has been called “wondrous,” and “profound.” His performance “an elegant balancing act of the traditional, the original and the powerful.” The Chicago Tribune calls him “masterful,” while SING OUT! magazine says, “Dvorak shines!”

His 2011 Waterbug release, Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me, received national airplay and rose to number 14 on the Cashbox Roots Music Report.

General admission is $10. For reservations and more information, phone 708 957 8899. Visit Mark Dvorak on the world wide web at www.markdvorak.com.

 

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Uncommon Ground on Clark Presents Chicago Triple Play

Three Songwriters/Three Styles

MARK DVORAK  · DONNA ADLER · DAVID HAWKINS

CHICAGO IL – Uncommon Ground, 3800 W. Grace Street welcomes Chicago troubadour Mark Dvorak, recording artist Donna Adler and singer songwriter David Hawkins for an acoustic triple bill on Sunday, October 20 at 8:00 pm. Admission is $8. Dinner reservations guarantee seating for the show and can be made by calling 773 929 3680.

Mark Dvorak, who was named “Chicago’s Troubadour” by WFMT 98.7 fm fine arts radio last year, is also the recipient of FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contribution to the field of folk music.  His career as a performer, songwriter, recording artist and educator has spanned more than twenty-five years.  His songwriting has been called “wondrous,” and “profound.” His performance “an elegant balancing act of the traditional, the original and the powerful.” The Chicago Tribune calls him “masterful,” while SING OUT! Magazine says, “Dvorak shines!” His 2011 Waterbug release, Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me, received national airplay and rose to number 14 on the Cashbox Roots Music Report. www.markdvorak.com

 

Donna Adler has received numerous honorable mentions for her songwriting, most recently as a finalist in the 2013 Eco Arts Awards for her song “Bring You Home.” She has produced four CDs, All The Riches of The World (1997), Alta Vista Sky (2002), Violets and Blues (2007) and Stories To Keep (2012). Her song “Hide and Seek” appears on the compilation CD, “Live At The Uncommon Ground”. Her latest 2 CDs received generous airplay on folk radio. “Stories To Keep” was listed among the top CDs of 2012 for folk radio and landed in the top favorites for WDCB’s “The Folk Show”, WVPE’s “The Back Porch” and WAMU’s “Americana Breakdown”. She has been a host of Rich Warren’s “Sweet Folk Chicago” on WFMT and several of her songs have appeared on his pick list for “The Midnight Special”. Donna writes from the heart, using real life experiences while bringing her characters to life. www.donnaadler.com

Hello Mr. Death & Other Love Songs, is the new CD by Chicago singer/songwriter David Hawkins. The new release has been receiving national airplay and on several radio station choice lists for 2012.  Hawkins found Chicago by way of Detroit, Tulsa, and New Orleans, and he has picked up musical flavors wherever he has lived. His songs are tough and gentle, a powerful distillation of spirits.  They exist in a place where flesh and spirit meet and where one’s soul is on the line:  Songs of Love, Death, Loss, Redemption, and always the Divine. www.hawkmanmusic.com

 

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