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Revealed: The man behind unicycle-riding, bagpipe-playing internet sensation Darth McVader

Revealed: The man behind unicycle-riding, bagpipe-playing internet sensation Darth McVader | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
THE bizarre sight has become an online phenomenon, with more than 1.2million YouTube hits from around the globe by people curious to watch the mystery piper.

 

THE bizarre sight has become an online phenomenon, with more than 1.2million YouTube hits from around the globe by people curious to watch the mystery piper.
Now, the Record can reveal the masked musician is American Brian Kidd – and his wacky act started following a drunken bet.


The 28-year-old is regularly mistaken for a Scotsman in Portland, Oregon. His act was even dubbed “Star Wars meets Braveheart” on American breakfast TV.


He said: “I learned to play the bagpipes at school in Virginia. I’ve always loved them and got lessons from the community pipe band.

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'Storm Comin' by The Wailin' Jennys

http://www.cbcmusic.ca Winnipeg folk trio The Wailin' Jennys dropped by CBC Radio 2's Drive for a Session to perform music from their new album 'Bright Morni...
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50 Phenomenal Examples of Street Art for 2012

50 Phenomenal Examples of Street Art for 2012 | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
Street art is a wonderful way to express your creativity. Arguably the most well known street artist is Banksy. Here are 50 must see examples of street art.

 

Street art is a specifically visual art that is developed in public spaces. Arguably the most well-known street artist goes by the name of Banksy.

 

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

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Cultural Equity - Alan Lomax and Folk Music

Cultural Equity - Alan Lomax and Folk Music | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it

Many believe that Alan Lomax was the key person who has saved much of  folk music from oblivion. Traveling the globe, he recorded folk musicians in their natural habitat...and these recording are being are beginning to be streamed this month from the Cultural Equity website. Lomax said “The dimension of cultural equity needs to be added to the humane continuum of liberty, freedom of speech and religion, and social justice.” These songs are a part of our heritage.


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The Alien Diaries: The Bagpipe in Macedonian Folk Music

The Alien Diaries: The Bagpipe in Macedonian Folk Music | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
If you are a regular reader of The Alien Diaries, you've probably noticed that I'm fond of music played on the gaida (Eastern European bagpipe). It has a unique sound, and can be haunting and annoying at the same time.

 

If Alfred Hitchcock had lived in Macedonia, the pig probably would have been replaced by a goat.

 

Today's topic is the bagpipe in Macedonian folk music, also known as a gaida. The gaida plays a very important part in the music of Macedonia, and they love it as much as the Bulgarians, if not more.

 

If you are a regular reader of The Alien Diaries, you've probably noticed that I'm fond of music played on the gaida (Eastern European bagpipe). It has a unique sound, and can be haunting and annoying at the same time. For example, when one or more members of my family start to get on my nerves I find the loudest and most obnoxious piece of gaida music and play it from my computer. That usually keeps them in line. They think of it as an instrument of torture. To some people, it is.


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Bob Dylan Will Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bob Dylan Will Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
Songwriter to be honored for influence on American culture (New York Times reports #BobDylan to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom. http://t.co/QpuVKF44 Are you a fan of the legendary folk singer?

 

Bob Dylan will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the New York Times reports. The songwriter will be given the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States along with author Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn and former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Dylan was praised as one of the "most influential American musicians of the 20th century" in a statement about the honor released by the White House. The White House also acknowledged that Dylan had "considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades."

 

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bob-dylan-will-receive-presidential-medal-of-freedom-20120427#ixzz1tYUAMNRE

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The Black Crowes | Delaney & Bonnie Medley: Music Video

The Black Crowes | Delaney & Bonnie Medley: Music Video | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
free streaming live music videos by The Black Crowes including Delaney & Bonnie Medley: Poor Elijah/Tribute To Johnson/Things Get Better...

 

Good to see that Delaney & Bonnie have not been forgotten...

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After 6 Months of Needed Rest, Folk Artist and Suicide Prevention Advocate, Heather McCready, Will Perform Again

After 6 Months of Needed Rest, Folk Artist and Suicide Prevention Advocate, Heather McCready, Will Perform Again | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
Heather McCready’s sweet voice, peaceful music and message of hope fell quiet after the singer/songwriter and creative folk artist began to feel unwell just before her Christmas CD was released last year.

 

 In addition to ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder, depression anxiety, Heather McCready also suffers from Fibromyalgia and an autoimmune disorder causing her to suffer symptoms that have proven to be a real challenge for the singer such as bouts of throat swelling, asthma, anemia and severe problems with memory.

 

In fact, her illness forced her to cancel her performances and take six months to rest and work closely with doctors to help her recover.

 

Now, Heather McCready is feeling stronger and ready to get back on the stage and do what she loves to do most, sing her uniquely peaceful brand of folk music and spread her message of hope to others.

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John Gorka - Flying Red Horse

John Gorka performs "Flying Red Horse" at WNRN in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 5, 2010. Song appears on his album "Out of the Valley". 

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Blackwater Falls in Davis, West Virginia

Blackwater Falls in Davis, West Virginia | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it

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How the UK Folk Music Scene Is Quietly Making Ends Meet | Billboard.biz

How the UK Folk Music Scene Is Quietly Making Ends Meet | Billboard.biz | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
The international music world might be in financial crisis, physical music sales may continue dropping while digital music cannot make up the difference, but in the U.K, the...

 

This year's U.K. BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards showed one thing about the U.K's folk music scene: With increased coverage on the station and on digital TV, the awards proved what we'd all been suspecting; that folk is thriving.

 

Says Jeff Smith, Head of Music at BBC Radio 2, "the latest RAJAR [Radio Joint Audience Research] figures show that Mike Harding's weekly folk show attracts an audience of 890,000. Performances from the likes of Don McLean and The Dubliners resulted in 710,000 people watching the show on the Red Button (digital TV) and online via the Radio 2 website."

 

There has been a renewed interest in recorded folk as evidenced by British Phonographic Industry (BPI) figures, which show that sales increased by a whopping 20% during 2011,the highest amount sold in a century, accounting for 1.6% of all album sales in 2011.

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The Wailin' Jennys - Bright Morning Stars

The Wailin' Jennys perform at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA on July 20, 2008.
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Bonnie Raitt To Receive Americana’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Bonnie Raitt To Receive Americana’s Lifetime Achievement Award | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it

The Americana Music Association today announced the selection of Bonnie Raitt to receive its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the Association’s 11th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony, slated for Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

 

As this year’s honoree, Raitt joins a distinguished list of previous recipients, which includes Gregg Allman, Wanda Jackson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jason & the Scorchers, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Chris Hillman, Levon Helm and Emmylou Harris.

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Pizzica: a form of Italian folk music

Profile of the Italian band, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. They specialize in a form of folk music called pizzica.


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Värttinä - Matalii ja mustii

Archive record. Finnish folk music http://tinyurl.com/439yed2


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54 Musicians Remember Levon Helm

54 Musicians Remember Levon Helm | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
While the news was somewhat expected, the announcement of the death of Levon Helm, the legendary drummer and singer for The Band, had a huge effect on the music world.

 

Musicians such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Lucinda Williams took to social media to discuss Helm’s legacy, and pop culture figures such as John Cusack and Rainn Wilson also weighed in on the late drummer. Take a look at the reactions below.

 

 

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Interview: Bruce Cockburn | Music | Christianity Today

Interview: Bruce Cockburn | Music | Christianity Today | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it

After more than 40 years of songwriting, 66-year-old Bruce Cockburn shows few signs of slowing down. A member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame—he even has his own postage stamp!—Cockburn keeps making great music and piling up awards. In early December, he nabbed two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Contemporary Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year.

 

Cockburn has spent much of his adult life making music, fighting for just causes, and sharing tents with soldiers in war zones around the world. He's the first to admit that he's surprised this music thing is still humming along.


"It's kind of amazing," he says, laughing. "How did I get here? How did I last this long? I remember when the idea of living to be 40 seemed absurd. Here I am at 66 and I'm still doing this—and it still feels fresh. It still is very, very far from being old hat or boring."

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Pierce Pettis - Little River Canyon

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Folk songs a good way to start writing

Folk songs a good way to start writing | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it
'The definition of a folk song is you don't know who made it up.' So says Peggy Seeger, half-sister of legendary folk artist Pete Seeger.

 

“When you write a song, you are donating to the song bank,” is a favorite saying of hers by Naomi Swinton. Peggy compared the language of folk songs to a game of telephone, in that the words can change over time. She said they often are created by the lowest economic class but are not created as a commodity.

 

When it comes to the actual writing, Peggy said, “You are present always and choose whether you are a participant, an observer or a journalist.” She emphasized the necessity of varying your music. As a piano teacher, it is something I aim for in each student’s repertoire.

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'Deeper Well' by The Wailin' Jennys

http://www.cbcmusic.ca Winnipeg folk trio The Wailin' Jennys dropped by CBC Radio 2's Drive for a Session to perform music from their new album 'Bright Morning Stars'.

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First Listen: Sara Watkins, 'Sun Midnight Sun'

First Listen: Sara Watkins, 'Sun Midnight Sun' | Organic Pathos | Scoop.it

Like her former Nickel Creek bandmate Chris Thile, Sara Watkins paints on a canvas called roots music, only to delve into any number of adjacent genres. Take "I'm a Memory," the best song on her fine new solo album Sun Midnight Sun: The fiddles and swelling momentum signify the country-pop crossover of Sugarland or Lady Antebellum, and the hooky and harmony-drenched chorus is poppy enough to make it a big hit, but there's grit and darkness to the song, too. As accessible and comfortably sweet-voiced as Watkins' music is, she's smart enough to spike it with surprises — the lovely strings in "The Ward Accord" or the churning, slow-burning electric-guitar grind in the nearly seven-minute "When It Pleases You."

 

Watkins' flexibility has served her well outside her recording career, too. She's guest-hosted American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion, played with Bela Fleck and Ray LaMontagne, toured as a member of The Decemberists and, with her brother Sean, put together a regular variety show at L.A.'s Largo. Those Largo concerts clearly led to some of the snazzier collaborations on Sun Midnight Sun — guests include Fiona Apple and Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith — but the album embodies her own versatility more than anything. She's a subtle star, but a star nonetheless.

 

Listen Now: http://n.pr/JwndCi

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