David Amram, multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor, has worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Leonard Bernstein and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In this interview he talks with refreshing wit and insight about folk music as the root of his musical inspiration.
Here’s some live performance videos of David Amram for your enjoyment:
Labour Songs Have Never Sounded Better: Maria Dunn Joins The Mariposa Line-Up
Often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished tunes about the lives of working people, Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song.
Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, her music celebrates the resilience and grace of regular folk.
Her recordings have been received with high critical praise including Piece by Piece (2012), a collection of songs about the resilience and grace of immigrant women working at a Canadian clothing factory over its 93-year history.
Labour songs have a special place in folk music, and this gifted singer-songwriter, guitarist and accordionist, does the genre great justice.
City of New Orleans – A Classic Arlo Guthrie Rendition
Arlo Guthrie was born and bred a musician. The son of America’s most beloved singer, songwriter and philosopher, Woody Guthrie, he grew up among America’s most celebrated folk-roots musicians. Arlo learned something from everyone, developed his own musical style, and became a revered performer and political-social commentator. After nearly five decades on the music scene, he’s more relevant in today’s world than he ever was, putting on great shows with meaningful commentary for audiences lucky enough to see him live. Among the many familiar tunes we should expect to hear him play at Mariposa Folk Festival 2013 is his definitive rendition of Steve Goodman’s City of New Orleans. Here he is performing that classic song at the Americana Music Association Awards in the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.