La Santa Muerte, a Folk Saint in Texas TEASER



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Texas is one of the epicenters of devotion to La Santa Muerte, a controversial Mexican folk saint who personifies death. Through the perspectives of devotees, scholars, the media, and members of the clergy, La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas explores the rising presence of Santa Muerte in communities across Texas; from its controversial significance as a folk saint, to its condemnation by the Catholic Church, the impact it has on religious freedom and the place it holds among censored female deities.

Sidney Robertson Cowell & the WPA California Folk Music Project, 1938-1940



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Catherine Hiebert Kerst discusses how, as a young woman of 35, Sidney Robertson proposed, organized and directed a California Work Projects Administration project designed to survey musical traditions from a wide range of English-speaking and immigrant communities in Northern California. Her efforts generated the WPA California Folk Music Project (1938-1940), a remarkable multi-format ethnographic field collection (with recordings, photographs, sketches and drawings of the musical instruments, and field notes) that captured a unique cross-section of the music that people of many backgrounds were performing at the time.

Speaker Biography: Catherine Hiebert Kerst recently retired from the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, where she served as a folklife specialist.

For transcript and more information, visit

International Folk Festival 2017 – Fayetteville NC – Jimmy Roman & West End Mamba Band



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Jimmy Roman and the W.E.M.B really got the crowd moving at Festival Park in Fayetteville’s 39th Folk Festival Concert.

Pixies Unplugged (Live – Newport Folk Festival 2005)



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The Pixies band performed at the Newport Folk Festival, in August 2005.
This is the complete audio with the proper order of the songs (22):

00:00 – Pixies say “hello” to the public
01:47 – Bone machine
05:13 – Cactus
08:20 – Ed is dead
12:17 – All around the world
15:54 – Subbacultcha
18:52 – Monkey gone to heaven
22:22 – Is she weird
25:30 – Here comes your man
29:19 – River Euphrates
32:28 – Velouria
36:38 – Wave of mutilation
39:49 – I bleed
42:12 – Crackity Jones
44:05 – Gouge away
47:13 – Hey
51:00 – The holiday song
53:49 – Nimrod’s song
57:01 – Mr. Grieves
59:19 – Caribou
01:03:05 – Vamos
01:07:04 – Where is my mind?
01:10:55 – The public cries for a bis.
01:12:34 – Gigantic
01:15:45 – Conversation between the members of the band:

Kim: “we cant take it down ” … Charles: “what’s that? ” Kim: “we can’t take it down…we can’t bring it down” Charles: ” I know ..’cos it’s already down ” Charles: “oh, so we don’t have too…goodnight Kim” Kim: ” goodnight Charles…good afternoon Charles” Charles: “Goodnight Joey” Joey: “night Charles” .Charles: “goodnight David” David: “goodnight Charles” Kim: “goodnight everybody, good afternoon”
[Courtesy of Sinister But Happy ]

The audio has been uploaded solely for the sake of sharing.

Runaway Deer Enters Church [ORIGINAL VIDEO]



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A runaway deer enters a church in Bakersfield, Ca

Wyckham Porteous – This Land (1995)



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Singer Songwriter of note, from his excellent 1995 album ‘Looking For Ground’. This has a Springsteen feel for me. Audio only for purchase link. No copyright infringement is intended.

Sadhbh Ni Bhruinneallaigh – Liam O Maonlai



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Highland Sessions:
Liam O Maonlai – vocals and whistle
Kathleen MacInnes – harmony vocals
Allan Henderson – fiddle
Steve Cooney – guitar
Allan MacDonald – jew’s harp
Jim Sutherland – drum-box and bodhran
Neil Johnstone – cello

Troy De Roche performing at the 2015 Montana Folk Festival



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Troy De Roche performing on stage at the 2015 Montana Folk Festival.

Troy is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation and grew up in and around Heart Butte, Montana, the geographic heart of the reservation. Troy has experienced both the traditional values of his people and the contemporary struggle, absorbing both with equal measures of respect and appreciation, testimony to which is evidenced by his reputation as a musician, songwriter, and artisan. He was given the name “Shu’k Sha’mii” which means “Good Medicine” for the healing powers of his music. It has been three generations since the elders felt someone was worthy of this powerful name.