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Mac Rebennack, known to music aficionados as Dr. John, has long been known as “one of New Orleans’ most passionate ambassadors” (USA Today) who “carries the city’s lore in his fingers, his scratchy voice and his memory” (New York Times).

This year, “Big Easy icon” (Time Out New York) Dr. John will be honored at the 12th Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Gala, which will take place on Thursday, April 22, at 7 pm at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans. The evening will feature a lifetime tribute to and performance by Dr. John. Proceeds from the Gala will support the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, a free after-school program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

On the evening of Friday, April 23, Dr. John and the Lower 911 will be one of the featured acts on the bill at the Fair Grounds Race Course, which is located at 1751 Gentilly Boulevard in New Orleans. On Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 pm, Dr. John and the Lower 911 will be the headliner at the House of Blues, 225 Deacatur Street, New Orleans.

Submitted by Shore Fire Media

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Afropop Worldwide has released the Beta version of its media-rich new website to the public, a bold step towards expanding the non-profit organization’s mission of connecting Americans and the global on-line community to Africa and the world through new digital and social media. The website is dedicated to the humanities-themed series, Hip Deep that is part of the Afropop Worldwide weekly radio series hosted by Georges Collinet and distributed by Public Radio International to over 110 stations in the U.S. (more…)

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Runrig regrets to announce at short notice the postponement of their forthcoming tour of Germany, which was due to start on March 3rd.

In 2009, guitarist Malcolm Jones was fitted with a medical implant to prevent a recurrence of a heart problem that kept him out of action for several months.  On the eve of the German tour, he has been advised that the implant must be replaced immediately due to a malfunction. The procedure will entail a short operation and recuperation period.

Malcolm’s health is good and the problem is purely a technical one. Therefore, it is with great frustration and regret that the decision has been taken not to proceed with the tour as planned.

Some tour dates have already been rescheduled and the information can be found here.

An apology goes out to all those who will be inconvenienced by this news.

All other concerts planned for 2010 will go ahead.

Submitted by Tourism and Leisure Solutions

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On January 29, 2010 Rock and Roll legend Roy Orbison will receive his Star on the Walk Of Fame.

Roy Orbison was one of the very first rock and roll stars, and was an international household name by the time he was 21.  Loved the world over for a soaring 5 octave voice, and his incredible and innovative way of writing songs, Orbison was an artist without limits. Orbison is one of the very few artists to have been accepted by the world in all forms of popular music, and Roy is one of the exceptional artists to have won Grammys in pop, rock and roll and country categories. (more…)

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Teen phenom Sarah Lonsert won the Overall Grand Prize of the 14th Annual USA Songwriting Competition along with co-writers Jonathan George and Jami Templeton. Her winning song Dancing Through Life will be on the USA Songwriting Competition’s compilation CD this year.  Sarah is only 17 years old and she not only broke the first prize record of being the youngest winner but also the overall grand prize winner of being the youngest winner ever. The previous youngest first prize winner was Kate Voegele, who won in 2005 at 18 years old. Adrianne Gonzalez was the youngest overall grand prize winner at 22 years old when she won in 1999. Sarah also won first prize in the Dance/Electronica category, making her the first from that category to ever win the overall grand prize. Sarah Lonsert will be releasing a full length CD earlier next year. Although Sarah suffers from autism, she is a budding singer-songwriter and has also won the L.A. Music Awards last month. (more…)

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ST. PAUL, MN — Red House Records is proud to announce that Scottish folk legend Archie Fisher will return for his first US tour in over ten years. Known the world over as one of the finest traditional singers, he is also the famed host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show, which he has been presenting for over 25 years. Recognized for his significant contributions to Scottish folk music, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth. Now, touring in support of his album Windward Away, he will return to the United States for a month-long tour that will include an Irish Music Cruise and some showcase appearances at the International Folk Alliance Conference (see below for dates). Archie will also be returning to North America in April for dates in Canada and the US. (more…)

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When Mark O’Connor performs at Berklee College of Music on Dec. 10 with a group of faculty and students, he’ll be celebrating more than the end of his week-long residency.  He’ll introduce Berklee’s new American Roots Music Program, directed by Matt Glaser.
Reflecting violinist Glaser’s own eclectic tastes and journeys, the American Roots Music Program explores America’s musical and cultural heritage, and creates a focus on the styles from which all contemporary music originates. Students will delve into blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun, Western swing, polka, Tex-Mex, and other sounds.

Glaser will design the curriculum, promote nontraditional improvisation, develop faculty programs, and host visiting artists, concerts and symposiums. Top contemporary performers, writers, and producers who are carrying on the American roots traditions constitute the board of advisors to the Roots Music Program: Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, Charlie Haden, Edgar Meyer, David Grisman, Andy Statman, Don Rigsby, Lloyd Maines, Liz Carroll, John Blake, Geoff Muldaur, Bruce Molsky, Ted Gioia, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Darol Anger, Ray Benson, Doug Wamble, John Lawless, Fletcher BrightSara and Sean Watkins ,and Michael Doucet. (more…)

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Renowned banjo player and teacher, Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick will offer his 25th Anniversary Winter Banjo Camps January, 2010 at the Boulder Inn in Boulder, Colorado. Each of the three “full immersion” weeks is geared to different experience levels. For complete information, visit www.DrBanjo.com.

The 2010 Banjo Camps Schedule:
Jan 4-9: Basic Skills Banjo Camp
Jan 11-16: Intermediate Banjo Camp
Jan 18-23: Advanced Banjo Camp

“My camps are about fun, but also about real results,” says Wernick. (more…)

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Photo by Irene Young

Photo by Irene Young

Between sets of the October 18th live broadcast of WVBR’s  Bound For Glory, host and founder Phil Shapiro announced that the excellent Pennsylvania based singer, songwriter, and song sharer Anne Hills has won the Eleventh Annual Best of Bound for Glory Award.  The award recognizes fans’ favorite from the recently concluded 42nd season of this Sunday night Ithaca, NY staple.  Bound for Glory is North America’s longest running live folk concert broadcast.


The members of the Friends of Bound for Glory have honored a well beloved veteran of the North American folk scene this year.  Anne Hills’ career started in Chicago in 1976, and she never looked back.  Anne Hills couples a crystal clear voice with an ear for a great song.  She’s a fine writer as well, and a wonderful performer, with a great sparkle and smile. (more…)

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Sundance Channel will premiere the second season of its critically acclaimed music/talk original series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10:00pm et/pt. Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… combines the best elements of talk and music television and lets viewers in on intimate conversation and performance with host Costello and his guests ranging from legendary performers to promising new artists. The series, executive produced by Sir Elton John, includes one-on-one interviews, unprecedented pairings, group discussions, as well as extraordinary performances, from impromptu “illustrative” moments to full band (and even multi-band) productions. Among the confirmed guests for the seven-part season are: Bono, The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, Jesse Winchester, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint. (more…)

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