Izzy Young, the New York Folklore Center, and Folklore Centrum

When I was a teenage musician in NYC in the 1960s, Izzy Young was one of the people who occupied a place pretty much in the center of the folk music world. He owned the Folklore Center, which he had opened in the late ’50s (I think) on McDougal Street. There, he sold a variety of books and LP records embracing a wide range of folk and ethnic music. Izzy was passionate – about folk music, about poetry, about politics, about social justice… about many things.

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“Room for Roots” in Sweden

"Room for Roots" in Stockholm - Andy May 2016 Tour

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October 3-10, 2016: Three very different gigs and some historic visiting!  See full photo album on Flickr

  • Izzy Young and the Folklore Centrum
  • Brian Kramer’s International Blues Jam
  • Tourist-ing
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Songsmith

I’ve always believed in the songs of Andy & Lauren May.    ~ Harry Warner, Executive Vice President, Writer and Artist Relations of Broadcast Music (BMI)

Andy started writing and performing his songs as a teen in the 1960’s. He had his first concert as a songwriter at Izzy Young‘s Folklore Center in New York City in 1970. Izzy had given Bob Dylan his first concert there, too (in 1961)–not a bad way to start a career! Andy soon became a mainstay of the major folk and bluegrass venues in the city, including the Folklore Center and WBAI-FM.

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Andy May - Room for Roots

“Room for Roots” fall 2016 tour – Press Release

Andy May Takes Songs from His Latest CD, Room for Roots, to an International Audience: Americana/Roots Music Troubadour Shares His Music Across U.S. and Europe

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“Room for Roots” Tour – Washington, DC, Area

September 29 – October 2, 2016

Ramping up:

September was a busy month! With the big Station Inn Room for Roots CD release concert and my performance with Kenny Malone at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum behind us, we headed out to Winfield, Kansas, and the Walnut Valley Festival. In addition to my usual whirlwind of my own sets and 

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