Hallways is the official podcast of the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame, located at The Boch Center in Boston, MA.
A production of Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation, hosts Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg will to bring you artists from all over the world through conversation and live performance. We will lead you down each musical hallway to experience The Hall and the music it celebrates wherever you are.
This is your Hall of Fame, and the doors of The Hall are always open.
Ronnie ran into a few of the fine folks of the wonderful band The Mammals at this years' Folk Alliance International – back in the days when we were able to sit across from one another and talk about music.
Those days will return once again soon enough, but in the meantime, Lets listen to Ronnie talk to founding members Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda.
Their website says they are a warm-blooded party band with a conscience, equally inspired by their folk predecessors and Americana peers, which fits right on with our mission at the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame.
Milk Carton Kids
When you meet Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, it’s clear that the energy in the room just dialed up a notch -And this is not just about the Americana award-winning and Grammy-nominated duo’s unique yet classic sound, it’s their collective personality. Joey and Kenneth are the Milk Carton Kids out of California.
Over 25 years, Keb’ Mo’ has collected 5 GRAMMY Awards for his Blues-meets-Americana Signature sound. If you haven’t had the pleasure to hear his work in action, just picture a musical cross between the legendary blues of Robert Johnson and infectious groove of Jack Johnson
Keb’ Mo’ will connect with you at his show, or even on film. He’s collaborated with some of the most talented and respected artists and directors of our time. And when President Obama invites you to perform at “A celebration of American creativity” at the White House along with the likes of Buddy Guy, James Taylor, Usher, Carol Burnett and Esperanza Spalding... you’re in pretty good company.
We sat with Mr. Moore at Berklee School of Music and talked about putting musicians into musical buckets, collaborative writing and how women need to be in charge.
Ani DiFranco’s music, songwriting and performances are only part of the story of her success as an artist that rings true in the Folk Americana Roots extended family. It’s also the connection to those who have grown up with her and the ongoing conversation she has with her audience. This is the essence of the Folk artist, that engagement with the people, whether in person, or straight from the vinyl or the streaming platform.
We spoke with the great Tom Rush in New Orleans at the Folk Alliance International conference. Have a listen to our chat, where we talk about Maine, small venues, the interaction Tom has with an audience, the great Club '47 (now Club Passim), his Harvard days and Folk as a community.
Aengus Finnan has led the Folk Alliance International since 2014. He happens to be the first non-American Director – A Dublin-born, Canadian-raised artist and humanitarian. Aengus knows first hand the touring life of a folk musician, and has recorded three of his own albums, including award winning songs. He has produced highly successful music festivals, and as an administrator of the arts, he has seen the importance of musical culture and community. As a musical anthropologist of sorts, Aengus teaches us all about the music of “Americana before America” and that we cannot lose sight of our roots of Folk.
Wow... awkward. That last episode with the milk carton kids was so awkward. The contention and personal issues coming out... the ordinal arguing... so awkward to listen to