The Great Plagiarism Plague

Conversations with a Melancholy Elephant

 I borrowed the title for this weeks blog from my favourite writer, Spider Robinson. I am blessed to count this brilliant man as one of my friends. We often swap emails sharing ideas about music, life and everything. Spider never fails to get my mental wheels turning (and sometimes grinding) with his ideas. Not only […]

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Jamming Etiquette

warning...some things never change

Way back in 1998 I wrote an article for a local rag called ‘Cosmic Debris’ that was a feature on Jamming Etiquette. For some reason, over the past few months and out of the blue, I’ve had a few people mention to me how useful the article was. One guy even told me he gives […]

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The Current State of Folk Music

does it matter as much as it did?

I just returned home from a wonderful week where I was mentoring at an event called ‘On The Road’ – hosted by the BC Touring Council followed by an industry event called Pacific Contact. I hosted a discussion there with my old friend Peter North, Artistic Director of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival […]

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Is Music itself The Message?

or is Music an excuse to bring people together?

Recently, I had the good fortune of being the Winter Music Camp Director at the Folk Alliance International Conference held in Kansas City, MO in Feb. The Folk Alliance Conference and Winter Music Camp has become (at least) a four-headed kitten, unlike any of the other Conferences I am aware of. It’s a gathering of […]

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Kansas City Lightning

The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

I have never read any of Stanley Crouch’s books before but this one has turned me into a fan of his writing. As I recently have taken on the job as Music Camp Director for the Folk Alliance Winter Music Camp to be held in Kansas City, MO. in February, I have taken it upon myself […]

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Inside the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

a conversation with Producer, Terry Wickham

In part two of my ‘talking to the folks who run Folk Festivals’ series I had the opportunity to chat with Terry Wickham from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Watch Here   Terry gives us a bit of his history along with ideas on what makes a Festival work and how he programs one of […]

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Inside the Winnipeg Folk Festival

a conversation with Artistic Director, Chris Frayer

Ever wondered what goes on inside the head of a Festival Artistic Director? This is the first of a series of ongoing interviews I will be doing here at Sideguys and Session Men on all things Festival. Chris Frayer has been the AD of the Winnipeg Folk Festival for 12 years. He’s a great guy […]

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The Guitar Man

Interviews with Amos Garrett

  Having just attended the Ry Cooder/Ricky Skaggs concert recently in Vancouver, it struck me there are very few guitarists who have such an original voice (i.e. like Ry Cooder), that they move beyond being proficient professionals into what we might think of as musical geniuses of our time. Amos Garrett is one of those […]

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