Heritage Songs at Landmark Center

Fans of the Minnesota Heritage Songbook: I’ll be playing at the Irish Music and Dance Association festival at Landmark Center on March 15 at 12:00 noon, and several Heritage Songbook items will be on the program. Unfortunately, I am recovering from influenza and have no idea whether I’ll have a voice, so I forgive you in advance if you can’t come. :-) But if you want to see the program, or if you’re at the IMDA Festival and want to stop in, you can see the list of songs and texts here.

Those wanting to know more about the Festival itself can visit http://www.IMDA-MN.org.

Rickaby Re-Release

Careful readers of this site will know that Franz Rickaby’s Ballads and Songs of the Shanty Boy was one of the most significat sources for the Heritage Songbook. This important book is now back in print in an expanded edition with a better layout, a few new songs, and an introduction about Franz Rickaby. It is now available as Franz Rickaby with Gretchen Dykstra and James P. Leary, Pinery Boys, University of Wisconsin Press, 2017, ISBN 978-0-299-31264-0. 356 pages.

Very Minor Update to Finish 2015

Yes, folks, this blog is very quiet. No one is collecting any new folk songs in Minnesota! But, just in time for the New Year 2016, we have a very minor update to the song “Polly Put the Kettle On,” regarding J. R. R. Tolkien’s use of this tune.