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DANCE (Folk Dancing, Contra, etc.)
The Dance Gypsy - a dancer-supported site, best known for its "Summer Planner", now available on-line. The Planner -- along with their other collections of dance listings -- is among the most up-to-date and complete of any on the net. In addition to the Planner listings for festivals nationwide, they also maintain lists of performers and other dance related sites, plus a regional guide to dances in New England. Covers all forms of folk and traditional dance.
DanceDB Huge online dance data base. Information about dances, venues, bands, people, and the events that link them together.
Dance Flurry - a festival of music and dance held yearly in February in beautiful and historic Saratoga Springs, New York
Folk Dance Association - An on-line directory of folk dance sessions, classes, teachers and special events in
the United States and Canada.
Hudson-Mohawk Traditional Dances - Information on an array of dance events in the Capital District area.
Vanaver Caravan - a wonderful New York State dance company directed by choreographer Livia Vanaver and composer/musician Bill Vanaver.

NY Capital District area

Black Creek Fiddler's Reunion is a participatory Old-Time music weekend at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY. Memorial Day Weekend. Camping.
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival a four-day community of folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires in east-central New York State. Musical emphasis on the best in acoustic singer/songwriters.
the GottaGetGon is an intimate family-oriented folk festival held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa (45 minutes northwest of Albany), over Memorial Day weekend.
Spring Blossom Fiddle Jamboree - Long Lake, NY. All fiddlers welcome to participate in this annual event by playing three tunes of their choice. Not a contest. All fiddlers receive stipend to offset travel. Phone: 518-624-3077, Email:

Greater US festivals listings -
a pretty comprehensive list of national folk festivals. Link from there to international festivals.
Eisteddfod-NY - A Festival of Traditional Music at The Renaissance Charter School, 35-59 81st St, Jackson Heights, Queens, NYC. 2007 dates: November 16-18
Folk College, Folk College with Simple Gifts is a fun, hands-on weekend of workshops, concerts, jams, dancing, and friendship held at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. All ages, instruments, and levels are welcome. The event is designed for musicians with eclectic tastes. Within one weekend, you’ll have a choice of workshops ranging from old-time to celtic to international, and you’ll get to sing, dance, play, and listen.

For more information: email the , or call 814/643-6220
Folk College website:
Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, A fun weekend of workshops, jamming, concerts, and a contradance for traditional musicians of all ages and abilities. Featuring Pennsylvania Heritage Musicians demonstrating fiddling techniques. Held at Greenwood Furnace State Park in central Pennsylvania. For more information, contact or call (814) 643-6220.
Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massacusetts. The largest free folk festival in the nation! The Lowell Folk Festival has brought an international array of folk music, ethnic foods, craftspeople and artisans to New England every summer for more than 20 years. Phone: 978-970-5000 or
Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival – Since 1961, one of the premier contests and festivals in the country.

Directories of Festivals worldwide - Folk Festival listings - comprehensive listing of US folk festivals - bills itself as the internet's largest Festival and Event resource.

International Resource for Dance, Music and Theatre Festivals. Clean, uncluttered and loaded with useful information about events worldwide including The Old Songs Festival.

Augusta Heritage Center - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia is dedicated to making traditional music, crafts, dancing and folklore available to visitors and residents alike.
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society - a nonprofit educational and presenting organization that promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its allied arts.
Center for Traditional Music & Dance - New York City based organization which develops performance and educational programs of music and dance indigenous to the ethnic communities of the New York region.
Common Ground on the Hill - a traditional music and arts organization whose purpose is to offer quality learning experiences with master musicians, artists, writers and crafts people while exploring cultural diversity in search of a "common ground" among ethnic, gender, age, and racial groups. Held in Westminster, Maryland.
Fiddle and Dance at Ashoken - Study music or dancing with a carefully chosen staff of exceptional teachers at three week-long summer programs and a 3-5 day New Years Winter Camp.
Fiddler's Tour - Albany area Traditional Music Jam Session. Jam sessions are FREE, and open to the public for your listening or playing pleasure!
Folk Alliance - the professional organization for North American folk music and dance. An ever-expanding network with an amazing annual conference.
Folk College See above under Festivals & Events
Folk Song Society of Greater Boston - FSSGB is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone to make, enjoy, and support folk music, old and new.
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington - FSGW presents over 200 folk events in the Washington, DC area each year.
NYC Pinewoods Folk Music Club - runs concerts, weekends, classes, singing parties, and get-togethers, all with an emphasis on traditional folk music of all flavors. NYC area.
Old Town School of Folk Music - Classes in the full gamut of folk music traditions, plus performances and an annual festival. Chicago.
Philadelphia Folksong Society - While they are best known for their largest event, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, other activities include bringing music to schools, senior centers, hospitals, concert halls, libraries and other locations.
The Pickin' and Singin' Gatherin' - A gathering of folks in the NYS Capital District, dedicated to the appreciation and enjoyment of folks and folk music.
Susquehanna Folk Music Society - dedicated to preserving and encouraging the traditional arts in Central Pennsylvania. SFMS offers a wide range of folk activities to experience and enjoy, from the traditional arts to contemporary folk, and from local artists to international performers.
Swallow Hill Music Association - Swallow Hill serves as a regional resource in Denver, Colorado for the presentation, teaching, preservation, and encouragement of folk music and dance.
Swannanoa - A series of summer workshops in various folk arts held on the campus of Warren Wilson College near Asheville in the heart of North Carolina's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Each week also features public concerts.

FOLK RESOURCES - Lyrics, Tunes, Music
Celtic Lyrics - Listed by author and title
The Contemplator Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America; tunes, lyrics, midi files, historical background.

Discography of Recorded Traditional Music - Tradition Magazine's very extensive compendium of recorded sources.

Flying Pigs - A great collection of campfire songs on this British site.
Folk Music - an Index to Recorded Sources - a large database of just that.
Folk Info - England-based site with a growing list of traditional songs (mostly English/Celtic) and a folk-related forum. Songs are presented in a variety of formats including midi, text only, png and pdf. Plus, at the click of a mouse, songs can be transposed into any key!
Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes - over 1,000 Irish tunes grouped by type, presented in abc format, a very transportable text-based format which translates easily into printable music with the right software/freeware. Find out more at this site.

The Kitchen Musician - Downloadable music for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, tinwhistle, recorder, etc. - Celtic, North American, French and other.
The Leader in Lieder - a German site with tons of folk lyrics and MIDI files from all over the world. Links to 150 lyric/MIDI sites for further research.
Mudcat Café
Home of the Digital Tradition Folksong Database. 8,000 titles and growing! Great for finding lyrics for traditional folk songs.
Prairie Home Companion's Camp-Song Songbook - The good, the bad, the disgusting, the absurd and the utterly hilarious. A treasure trove of camp songs compiled for A Prairie Home Companion's July 5, 1997 broadcast from Yellowstone Park.
Speaking of Camp songs, there's a 141-page book of such in pdf format online HERE. May take some time to download if you have a slow connection.
Shanties & Sea Songs - salty songs for the sea-faring.
Smithsonian Folkways - The Smithsonian acquired Folkways Recordings from the Moses Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound. Great seminal recordings and new ones, too.
Traditional Music Library - We're frankly flabbergasted by this incredible online resource! An exceptional compendium of on-line tune and song "books": old-time, Irish, bluegrass, cowboy, '60s, bawdy songs, Christmas songs, more. Also an extensive traditional-oriented Music Encyclopedia, instrument tutorials and much much more. Go there and see for yourself!
The Tune Web
- Here's a great list of tunes with real "sheet music". Many have audio files as well...all the better to hear you with.
Harry's Blues Lyrics & Tabs - and lots of it.
Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar - Sheet Music Site dedicated to all types of fingerstyle guitar. Tabs, midi, lots more.
Crossroads Guitar Tabs - Crossroads online guitar tabs and guitar lessons conducts streaming instruction for advanced or beginning guitar students; try their free lessons before you purchase.
CHILDREN'S SONGS Mojo's Musical Mouseum houses a great collection of song lyrics for kids.
—PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Before visiting any of these or other popular music lyric sites, be aware that many such sites will install spyware and tracking files on your computer without your consent. There's a good article about this at
Rare Lyrics
Leo's Lyrics
Top 100 Lyrics
Lyrics Robot

One of the best ways to find song lyrics is simply to use a good search engine like Google or Teoma. Type in the title and/or a snippet of lyrics that you're certain of in quotation marks and search away. For example: "You are my sunshine" "please don't take my sunshine away". Again, though, be aware of those big, "we have everything" lyric sites as mentioned above under popular music.

FOLK VENUES -New York Capital District area
Caffe Lena, Saratoga, New York America's oldest continuously operating folk music venue/coffeehouse.
Gates Hill & Helping Hands Concert Series in Schoharie County, NY.

Old Songs Concert Series - okay, you probably already know about us.
Squire Jacob Coffeehouse at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Route 43 in Averill Park, NY.

Fiddler Magazine - 60 + pages of columns, features & tunes for fiddlers of all levels and style.
Folk Times - bi-monthly calendar of music & dance events, festivals & family shows in Eastern New York/Vermont/Western Massachusetts. Write Folk Times, 969 County Rt 10, Corinth, NY 12822 or call 518/696-2221 to subscribe.
Folk Roots - The U.K.'s essential guide to folk, roots and world music.
Folker - German language website for one of Europe's premiere folk & roots magazines. Reviews and links readily available on site - limited access to articles (for that you need an Abo.).
Folkworks – Excellent source for Folk/Traditional Music, Dance, Storytelling & Related Folk Arts - So. Calif. event calendar
Living Blues - the blues magazine
The Living Tradition - Britain's fine magazine of traditional music.
The Old Time Herald - the magazine dedicated to Old-Time Music since 1987.
Sing Out! - The preminent folk song magazine for over 50 years. Their site features a direct link to the Music-Cal folk concert calendar.

Acoustic Music Scene
- News & Commentary for the Folk, Roots & Singer-Songwriter Communities
The Back Porch News -an online newsletter for folk and traditional music.
Folk World - News, reviews, articles in German and English (content not necessarily the same), covering the continent and beyond.
Greenman Review - CD reviews from a wide variety of traditional veins. Also concert reviews, venue links.
Musical Traditions - Extensive resources for traditional music throughout the world including reviews, 130 articles, and a voluminous Traditional Music Discography.
Roots World - a magazine of music from around the world with an emphasis on local sounds and new ideas.
Tradition Magazine - British folk magazine featuring articles, CD reviews, events listings.

Andy's Front Hall No longer a full-service mail order business, Front Hall still offers their own acclaimed recordings and several excellent book/CD tutors
Elderly Instruments Big source for folk and acoustic instruments, books, CDs and DVDs.
Harp Depot - Where harmonicas rule. Your first stop for harmonicas, harmonica accessories and more.
Homespun Tapes The largest catalog of music lessons on videos, DVDs and CDs available anywhere.
Lark in the Morning The world's largest selection of ethnic musical instruments. Books, recordings and videos, too.
OzPCTrader - Music Buy and sell music CDs and DVDs at OzPCTrader. Choose from over 8,000 Folk and 500,000 other music titles. You can also advertise your old CDs for free.

All Things Acoustic - from Alabama Public Radio Friday nights 7:30-9:30pm. Listen to archived shows anytime.
BBC Radio is a happenin' place with a fair amount of great folk and world music broadcasting (check the next link for a taste), musical games and lots more.
BBC Radio 2 - Folk & Acoustic - The place to go to keep tabs on the British folk scene. Listen to Mike Harding's show, revisit the ground-breaking "Radio Ballads" - documentaries from the 1960s with music by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - and check out the new Radio Ballads with songs specially composed by Jez Lowe, Karine Polwart and others.
Bound For Glory is the longest-running folk-music radio show with a live audience in the United States.
Dancing On the Air Radio Archive - An absolute treasure trove of live folk performances! Jay Ungar and Molly Mason host a monthly NPR radio show with terrific live folk music. It's all archived here by individual song. You can browse through it and build your own playlist on the site. 24 Hour Streaming Folk Music Folk Alley - Folk Alley is produced by WKSU-FM in Kent, OH. Streaming music programming is created and hosted by Jim Blum, who includes his own special mix of the best of singer/songwriter, Celtic, acoustic, traditional, and world sounds. Registration required to use, but at no charge.
Folk Image archived folk programming in Real Audio format
Folk Directions with Gerry Goodfriend. Weekly folk show from Montreal (CKUT 90.3). Thursday mornings 9:00-11:00 am EST
FolkScene - Best in folk and acoustic music with the Lehrmans
The Honking Duck - Here are hundreds of recordings of old time music from 78s! in streaming RealAudio format. 88 tracks alone of the Carter family.
KVMR - from Nevada City, CA. Great varied programming -folk, world and more.
Mountain Folk Bluegrass, folk, old-time, acoustic, outdoor and mountain music
Online Folk Festival - a looped, streaming Internet-only station hosted by
Smithsonian Folkways Radio Player - Access this little juke box from the Smithsonian Folkways Homepage ( and listen to the best of authentic folk music.
WAMC - Albany, NY's NPR station broadcasts Wanda Fischer's fine folk show, Hudson River Sampler, on Saturday evenings from 8:00pm to 10:30. (Also: visit Wanda's homepage.)
Woodsongs - Weekly Old-Time Radio Hour (Monday 6:45pm EST) and dozens of archived shows available to listen to 24/7.
WPKN - Folk from Connecticut, plus lots of other stuff.
WRPI - Troy, NY. Great college radio station with varied programming. Hosts the long time folk show "Mostly Folk" on Sunday evenings, currently 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
WUMB - Folk Radio from Boston. Two 24-hr. Folk Streams: Traditional Folk with Sandy Sheehan and Contemporary Folk with Brian Quinn

About Folk Music - with John Babich. Lots of information about all aspects of contemporary and traditional folk and blues with extensive links.The folk section has been absorbed under Blues for some reason, so you have to search for it a bit. - "We work to promote Acoustic Music and Acoustic Music Venues online." Links to acoustic music venues' home pages, links to performers' home pages, The Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange: reviews of folk and acoustic recordings.
Capital District Folk Music - LInks to Folk events, venues and more in the Albany/Schenectady/Troy vicinity.
Cyberpluckers Autoharp Page - The cyberpluckers are a collection of autoharp players and autoharp music lovers who work and play (when they're not playing music) on the Internet. They span state and national borders, and keep in touch by means of an electronic mailing list. This page offers links to online autoharp stuff. - Richard Hefner’s instructional site for banjo, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica. The ezFolk website contains hundreds of pages of tablatures and tutorials as well as the ezFolk Link Directory, with links to more than 2500 music sites!
Fasola: Sacred Harp and other American Shape Note traditions
FiddleFork - A FIDDLE website created and maintained by fiddle players from around the world, FiddleFork's mission is to provide a one stop platform for exchanging fiddle tunes, fiddle information and anything fiddle related.
The Folk Music Home Page - a great starting point with lots of good information and links. - a British folk site with listings for artists, reviews, radio shows, and more. - "If it's Folk, it's here". - A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures, streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites
The Folkus Project -presenting folk and acoustic music in Syracuse and Central New York. - lots going on in folk music in New Zealand, judging by this site.
Lost Trails - is an educational multi-media web site with a focus on Greek culture and history. There's an ongoing project to record and place free examples of their recordings of authentic folk music on their site. They currently have folk music they've recorded in Greece, Romania and Bulgaria on the site with more coming. The music page:
Mudcat Café - An online magazine dedicated to blues and folk music. Featuring the Digital Tradition Folksong Database and the very popular Mudcat Forum.
The Muse of Joy and Sorrow - Why We Play the Fiddle -A great compendium of stories and poems related to the FIDDLE edited by Donna Hebert.
Musical Saw - How to play 'em, where to get 'em, everything you always wanted to know about the musical saw but were afraid to ask.
SONGMAKERS – So. Calif. Folk Music Club featuring Hoots, Song Circles, Musical Get-togethers and Get-Aways - The purpose of this web site is to provide a place for string band fans and players to find information on bands and artists worldwide, upcoming festivals, reviews of albums and performances, and anything else string band related that comes our way.
Traditional Adirondack Music & Music Making - Great new site with a wealth of information on music of the Adirondacks.
The Tune Web - Here's a great list of tunes with real "sheet music". Many have audio files as well...all the better to hear you with.


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