ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A second member of a left-wing popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey has died of a hunger strike in protest of the government’s crackdown on the band, the group...
BERLIN (AP) — Florian Schneider-Esleben, who helped pioneer electronic music as the co-founder of Kraftwerk and influenced genres ranging from disco to synth pop, has died at age 73.
NEW YORK (AP) — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine like nothing.
His songs -- compassionate, funny, sage -- make up an...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A member of a popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey died on the 288th day of a hunger strike she and a colleague started while imprisoned to protest the...
Stephen Malkmus, “Traditional Techniques” (Matador Records)
Stephen Malkmus has gone folk. Sort of.
One year after the quasi-dance moves of “Groove Denied,” he’s back with...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — One of Savannah's most celebrated Irish pubs plans to close it doors after ringing in the new year.
Kevin Barry's Pub has been a popular spot for sipping Guinness and...
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The organizers of a popular folk music festival in Maine have decided to discontinue the event because of financial reasons.
CARROLLTON, Miss. (AP) — Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Taj Mahal is headlining a blues and gospel festival in Mississippi, and organizers say he chose the list of performers.
BANGKOK (AP) — Members of a Thai folk music group who feared for their lives because of their fiercely antiestablishment songs are celebrating this week after being admitted to France to seek...
HONOLULU (AP) — A new two-day festival on the island of Kauai aims to explore the influences traditional Hawaiian music has had on traditional folk music, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported...
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Izzy Young, a businessman, political activist and founding patron of the Greenwich Village folk music scene who organized Bob Dylan's first major New York concert and devoted decades to supporting other musicians, has died at age 90.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new bill calls for Arkansas' two statues at the U.S. Capitol to be replaced with ones depicting the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate and a folk musician.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Celtic music and hammered dulcimer master Maggie Sansone was called to her favorite instrument in Key West, Florida, of all places — a curious spot for the instrument often associated with the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Highlands.
That was in the early 1980s, and Sansone was already an accomplished musician and intensely curious about new instruments.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The three-day National Folk Festival is about to get underway in Bangor.
The event kicks off Friday evening with a New Orleans-style parade featuring Tuba Skinny, followed by Quebec folk music, salsa and samba bands, and bluegrass and honky tonk music.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the event.
DETROIT (AP) — Folk music veteran and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is among the headliners of a festival celebrating the musical and cultural diversity of Detroit.
The Canadian singer and Native American activist, who was part of the 1960s North American folk scene, is scheduled to perform July 15 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center as part of the 26th Concert of Colors .
LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Iconic folk musicians and comedians have been added to the Tanglewood Popular Artists series for next summer.
The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that Stephen Stills and Judy Collins are scheduled to perform their recent album "Everybody Knows" on June 17. The pair has had a friendship for 50 years.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As a singer and instrumentalist, Rhiannon Giddens crosses musical divides.
Trained to sing opera, she also plays a mean country fiddle. Folk, bluegrass and gospel are all within her reach. And now she's eager to begin work on her first musical, about a white revolt against a part African-American government in one North Carolina city decades after the Civil War.
NORTH FERRISBURGH, Vt. (AP) — A 19th-century railroad car sits in a field off Covered Bridge Road, its fading brick-red exterior paint tipping off the decaying wood inside.
That decaying caboose, though, is filled with tales, just like the man who lived in the 1898 railroad car in the 1970s. Bruce "Utah" Phillips was a folksinger, storyteller and troubadour who stayed in the caboose while recording for the North Ferrisburgh label Philo Records, starting in 1973 for the album "Good Though."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, whose 2007 album "Cimarron Manifesto" drew critical raves and reached the top of the Americana music chart, has died just days after he appeared at a concert held in his honor.
A statement Monday from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61.
More than 1,000 people attended a sold-out concert Thursday night at Austin's Paramount Theatre to honor LaFave. He attended using a wheelchair.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Argentine musician Abel Pintos says he found his calling as a child.
"I was clear that music was going to become a language for me," he told The Associated Press before a concert last week in Mexico City. "When I was a boy, I wasn't very introspective emotionally, I didn't have trouble communicating to others, but there were certain things that I couldn't speak about and I wasn't able to communicate certain emotions, only music did it."
BEREA, Ky. (AP) — Whether it was songs about the coal mines or the decline of the railroad, the late legendary folk singer Jean Ritchie's music struck a chord with many, particularly those living in the Kentucky mountains.
Throughout her career, Ritchie's family was also drawn into the spotlight, whether it was with her or for their own mountain melodies and traditions.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Bob Dylan would surely still recognize the low-ceilinged room in Caffe Lena where he played a couple of gigs almost 60 years ago.
But just about everything else about a venue that bills itself as the nation's oldest continuously operating coffeehouse has undergone some major upgrades as part of a $2 million renovation project bankrolled in part by folk music performers themselves.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The new season of "Nashville" starts with traditional songs rooted in gospel and folk music rather than big production country songs.
Rayna, played by Connie Britton, finds a revelation after hearing a blind man singing "Wayfaring Stranger," an Appalachian tune estimated to be two centuries old. And Juliette, played by Hayden Panettiere, sees an angelic vision in white singing the hymn "God Shall Wipe All Tears Away."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Cohen, the baritone-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter who seamlessly blended spirituality and sexuality in songs like "Hallelujah," ''Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," has died at age 82, his son said.
"My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles," Adam Cohen said in a statement Thursday. "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Cohen, the baritone-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter who seamlessly blended spirituality and sexuality in songs like "Hallelujah," ''Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," has died at age 82, his son said Thursday.
"My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles," Adam Cohen said in a statement. "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor."
It should be a match made in comedy heaven — director and writer Christopher Guest, whose fake documentary films explore the sad desperation in American subcultures, turns his attention to the wacky world of sports mascots. But this time, heaven is missed by quite a lot.
FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — This year's Appalachian Festival at Frostburg State University features presentations on opioid abuse and medical marijuana along with folk music and crafts.
The event begins Thursday night with a screening of the documentary film, "After Coal," about how communities in eastern Kentucky and the United Kingdom are adapting to the loss of mining jobs.