A multi-talented musician, as well as a key folk music archivist and scholar, Mike Seeger died at his Lexington, Va. home at the age of 75 on Friday, August 7. He died of an aggressive form of cancer known as multiple myeloma.
He was the half-brother of folk legend Pete Seeger, but Mike Seeger carved out his own place in the world of folk music in 1958 when he and his friends John Cohen and Tom Paley formed the New Lost City Ramblers.
The Ramblers’ three-CD box set, “50 Years: Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go?,” is slated for release on Tuesday, August 25 on the Smithsonian Folkways label. The set will feature a half dozen previously unreleased tracks.
Seeger’s recording career spanned a half century, not only as a musician, but also as a producer and engineer who recorded the likes of Dock Boggs, the Country Gentlemen and Sam McGee. He recorded and produced “American Banjo: Three-Finger and Scruggs Style,” in 1957, the first long-playing bluegrass album ever released.
More recently, he played autoharp on the multi-Grammy Award-winning Robert Plant-Alison Krauss album, “Raising Sand.” And he was scheduled to perform at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock on Saturday, July 25, until his illness made it impossible to travel and he was forced to cancel his appearance.
The magnificent ’60s singer-songwriter Tim Buckley has a new album slated for release later this month, which is a real treat for fans because, well, Buckley died nearly 35 years ago.
A cult favorite much like his son the late Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley’s musical explorations veered far away from the road most traveled – and we’re all better for it.
The new album, “Live from the Folklore Center, NYC,” was recorded back on March 6, 1967 at Izzy Young’s renowned hub of the ’60s NYC folk revival. The disc features six songs which have never been released on any of Buckley’s recordings. And the album is slated for release on Tuesday, August 25 on Tompkins Square Records.
If you can’t wait til then, give a listen to one of those vintage (obviously) previously unreleased Tim Buckley tracks, “What Do You Do (He Never Saw You),” courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Better yet, you’ve still got a few days to catch the recitals in person. They take place daily at 1:30 and 4:30pm, and they’re free with museum admission.
And don’t forget that this year’s Bang On a Can residency wraps up with the annual six-hour marathon performance beginning at 4pm Saturday, August 1. Included in the performance repertoire will be George Antheil’s groundbreaking “Ballet Mecanique” and John Adams’ “Shaker Loops,” as well as compositions by Bang On a Can co-founders David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe.
Other composers represented during the marathon are Eve Beglarian, Thom Yorke, Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, Frederic Rzewski, John Zorn and others.
Here’s a video featuring musical saw because, umm… just because:
The Brick Elephant – a renovated small-town church that’s become a bastion of avant garde music – hosts the DownTown Ensemble performing “According to Brian” at 3pm Sunday, June 21.
The ensemble features accordionist Brian Dewan, vocalist-keyboardist Yvette Perez, vocalist William Hellermann and trombonist Peter Zummo. They will be performing music composed by the ensemble’s members as well as Kingston’s Pauline Oliveros and Valley Falls’ Mary Jane Leach.
The DownTown Ensemble was founded in 1983 by its co-directors, Daniel Goode and William Hellermann, as a response to a perceived need for repertoire customarily under-represented in today’s new music world.
The Village Voice has declared, “This intrepid group of conceptualists cuts no aesthetic corners.” Although originally formed in NYC, the group is now based in Columbiaville, Columbia County, where Hellermann lives.
The Brick Elephant, 12 Emily Street, Valley Falls, NY
(518) 753-0244 • admission by donation
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