Musical losses in Sudan & North Carolina

RIP: Sudanese singer and musician Mohammed Osman Wardi died Feb 18 at the age of 80. More here Live in Addis Ababa, 1993:   And halfway across the world, North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson died Feb. 21 at 93. More here Thompson was the prime inspiration for the Carolina Chocolate Drops who will be releasing a new album next month. As the “bio” piece on their website notes: In the summer and fall of 2005, three young black musicians, Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson, made the commitment to travel to Mebane, N.C., every Thursday night to sit in … Continue reading

Newport Folk Festival: live (& archived) webcasts, Jul 30-31

NPR (National Public Radio) is webscasting this weekend’s Newport Folk Festival, starting at noon on Saturday & Sunday. A terrific lineup (see below). Details on the NPR website, along with links to archived webcasts from 2010   Saturday, July 30 All Times ET 6:00 pm: The Decemberists 5:50 pm: Pokey LaFarge 4:45 pm: Gillian Welch 4:30 pm: Delta Spirit 3:25 pm: Earl Scruggs 3:00 pm: Freelance Whales 2:00 pm: Gogol Bordello 1:45 pm: Typhoon 12:40 pm: The Felice Brothers 12:00 pm: Wailin’ Jennys More online later: The Devil Makes Three, Ramblin Jack Elliott, River City Extension and more. Sunday, July … Continue reading