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Staff Pick Friday!

Staff pick Friday! Listen to “Corazón Desecho” by Debbie Martinez, recommended by Smithsonian Folkways intern Sandra Amolo. The album “Dios, Familia y Tierra” is from the recently acquired M.O.R.E. collection. Martinez was a sensation in New Mexico during the 1970s, and she used her popularity to promote the region’s musical culture at a time when few female musicians enjoyed the limelight.


Pete Seeger and Elizabeth Mitchell Perform at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival

Watch Pete Seeger and Elizabeth Mitchell perform “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival: Elizabeth Mitchell will play at The Space Gallery in Portland, Maine this Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Find out more about her upcoming concerts:


Smithsonian Magazine “Around The Mall” Blog

Instrument showdown! Do you call it a fiddle or a violin? Cast your vote at the “Around The Mall” blog from Smithsonian Magazine, where Michael Pahn writes about the instrument with two names and features fiddler Tommy Jarrell Listen to “Sugar Hill” by Tommy Jarrell and Frank Bode from the 2007 Smithsonian Folkways album “Classic Old-Time Fiddle from Smithsonian Folkways”.


Recently Published Stories By Suni Paz In Two Anthologies

Argentine folk and children’s singer Suni Paz has recently published stories in two anthologies, Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother and The Spirit of a Woman. Stories to Empower and Inspire. Read more about the anthologies:


Elizabeth Mitchell Performs at Maverick Concert Series

Watch Elizabeth Mitchell and Family perform “Sumer is Icumen In”, a traditional English round, at the Maverick concert series on August 6th in Woodstock, NY. For more information on Elizabeth Mitchell’s tour dates, visit


Warner Williams Receives 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award

Read about 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award recipient Warner Williams, who is known for playing an Eastern seaboard style of blues (called Piedmont blues) that incorporates fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel. Listen to “I’m Confessing That I Love You” from his 2004 Smithsonian Folkways album, “Blues Highway”.


Trivia Tuesday

Answer our Tuesday trivia question on Facebook correctly and receive a free song download from Smithsonian Folkways!


International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so you might as well sing like one too! Sing along to “Larry Maher’s Big Five-Gallon Jar” on Smithsonian Folkways album “Irish Pirate Ballads and Other Songs of the Sea” by Dan Milner and guest artists.