“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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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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Allan Block: Fiddler, Poet, Sandal-maker

My friend, Allan Block, was a colorful person – very much an individual. He was a great fiddler, a fine musician, and a wonderful poet and leather craftsman. His sandal-making shop was an established part of New York City’s West Village for many years. And on Saturday afternoons, it became the meeting place for one of the best Old-Time Music jam sessions in the Northeast USA. Allan had high standards when it came to his music. But he was also kindhearted, which meant that younger players like me and my friend Kenny Kosek could find a place in the mix of players at his shop on Saturday afternoons and, as Bill Monroe might have said, “be part of something.”

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An Evening to Remember Allan Block- Jalopy Theatre – NYC

November 30, 2014

The Jalopy Theatre NYC
What a great event to celebrate the life of Allan Block – a great old time fiddler, poet, craftsman and friend at the Jalopy Theatre. Thank you Rory Block for putting it together and including me on the concert lineup. The audience was wonderful and it was an honor to appear with the great guests on the bill and to visit with New Lost City Ramblers, John Cohen. …

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The Star-Spangled String Band

(Kenny Kosek, Allen Feldman and I) …became the Star Spangled String Band in High School. We were crazy about old-time music. We played constantly throughout high school, did a lot of live shows and appeared on radio often. We also traveled to the fiddlers conventions at Galax, Virginia, and Union Grove, North Carolina, a couple of years running.

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