Dave Pegg (* 2 November 1947, Birmingham, England). He is the longest-serving member of British folk rock band Fairport Convention (1969, after the departure of Ashley Hutchings) and has been bassist with a number of important folk and rock groups including The Ian Campbell Folk Group and Jethro Tull. While Fairport took a break and only played their annual reunion at Cropredy, Dave Pegg and his wife tried to keep interest in Fairport alive and took over the organization of what was to become the Cropredy Festival. In 2007, a major retrospective of Pegg's career was launched, A Box of Pegg's, summarizing his work on four CDs.
Tom Paxton (* 31 October 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA). The American folk singer-songwriter Thomas Richard Paxton has had a music career spanning more than fifty years. He is noteworthy as an advocate for folk singers to combine traditional songs with new compositions. His songs have been widely covered, including "The Last Thing on My Mind", "Bottle of Wine", and "Ramblin' Boy". In 2009, Tom Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the mid 19950s, Tom Paxton discovered the music of Woody Guthrie and The Weavers. He began writing songs and spent almost every weekend visiting Greenwich Village in New York City during the emerging early 1960s folk revival. Dave Van Ronk said, "the person who started the whole thing was Tom Paxton. Prior to that, the folk community was very much tied to traditional songs, so much so that songwriters would sometimes palm their own stuff off as traditional."
During the 1990s, Paxton recorded nine children's albums. He also began to give workshops in songwriting. In January 2017, Paxton released his sixty-third album, Boat In The Water. He is in "semi-retirement," though he still performs occasional shows and did a UK tour in 2017.
Pierre Bensusan (* 30 October 1957, ??).
Eleftheria Arvanitaki (* 16 October 1957, ??).
Barbara Dickson (* 27 September 1947, ??).
Cilla Fisher (* 26 September 1952, ??).
Bonga Kuenda (* 5 September 19426, ??).
Titi Robin (* 26 August 1957, ??).
Linda Thompson (* 23 August 1947, ??).
Márta Sebestyén (* 19 August 1957, ??).
John McCutcheon (* 14 August 1952, ??).
Maddy Prior (* 14 August 1947, ??).
Ian Anderson (* 10 August 1947, ??).
John Kirkpatrick (* 8 August 1947, ??).
Caetano Veloso (* 7 August 1942, ??).
Moya Brennan (* 4 August 1952, ??).
Arto Tuncboyaciyan (* 4 August 1957, ??).
Bobby Campbell (* 27 July 1942, ??).
Ian A. Anderson (* 26 July 1947, ??).
Luigi Lai (* 25 July 1932, ??).
Roger McGuinn (* 13 July 1942, ??).
Arlo Guthrie (* 10 July 1947, ??).
Peter Rowan (* 4 July 1942, Wayland, Massachusetts, USA). In 1956 while still in high school, the bluegrass singer-guitarist formed his first band, the Cupids, a rockabilly band. In college, Peter Rowan discovered bluegrass and auditioned for Bill Monroe. From 1963 to 1967 he was hired as songwriter, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. Internationally, he often performs as a solo singer-songwriter, while he plays with three different outfits in the US.
In 2012, Peter Rowan received the Bluegrass Star Award presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
The award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of
advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage.
Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi (1961-2017). Konono No.1 bandleader Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi died on October 16, 2017, aged 56. His father and the group's founder Mingiedi Mawangu had died two years ago. Augustin's son, Makonda, inherited his likembé (a traditional instrument similar to the thumb piano mbira) and leadership.
Konono Nº1 from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, combine electric likembé with voices, dancers and percussion instruments that are made out of items salvaged from a junkyard. The group achieved international renown in 2005, with its DIY aesthetic appealing to many fans of rock and electronic music.
Tom Paley (1928-2017). On September 30, 2017, guitarist, banjo and fiddle player Allan Thomas "Tom" Paley died in Brighton, England at the age of 89. His parents were left-wing activists, and Tom Paley grew up hearing spirituals and political songs. He began performing, both solo and with other musicians including Woody Guthrie. In 1953, Tom recorded his first album Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. In 1958, he formed the New Lost City Ramblers with John Cohen and Mike Seeger.
They recorded nine albums between 1958 and 1962;
Tom left the band when Cohen and Seeger wanted the group to become more professional and
he refused to sign statements about his political allegiances.
He and his wife Claudia left the United States in 1963 and lived first in Sweden, then moved to England.
After learning the fiddle, he released two albums of traditional Scandinavian music, both recorded with his son Ben
(The Long Hill Ramblers, McDermott's 2 Hours).
Oumou Sangaré to Receive WOMEX Artist Award
Oumou Sangaré – internationally-beloved star singer from Mali – is to receive the WOMEX Artist Award at the 23rd edition this fall. Closing the most important showcase festival and conference for global music, Oumou Sangaré will not only be presented the Award but will perform live on stage in Katowice’s renowned NOSPR Concert Hall on Sunday, 29 October.
“This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me to keep singing and writing songs. I am so glad and honoured to receive this award from WOMEX, one of the festivals that always believed in my music, and this is really the icing on the cake of my career. Thank you!” Oumou Sangaré, August 2017
Singing professionally from an early age, already providing for her family, Sangaré is not only famous for her Wassoulou pop music but for staying true to her original style in her many musical projects, including collaborations with the likes of Tony Allen and Herbie Hancock. Her presence is strong both on and off the stage. Her song lyrics address women's rights or vow against suicide, which she mirrors off stage with her work organising festivals and community projects.
To honour her dedication to activism and advocacy for the underprivileged in Mali and beyond, her exciting and innovative developments in Wassoulou music and her longevity as an internationally-beloved star, the WOMEX 17 Artist Award is presented to Oumou Sangaré. Earlier Artist Award winners include Calypso Rose (2016), Cheikh Lô, High Masekela, Mariza, Staff Benda Bilili and Totó La Momposina - see WOMEX Award Archive for a list of all winners.
Petr Dorůžka Receives 2017 Professional Excellence Award
Petr Dorůžka is a shining example of the role great journalist's play in disseminating global music. He is well-known for his world music programmes on both Prague Radio and Czech National Radio, as well as writing for many publications. His website is a much-frequented go-to pool of information among global music experts.
Through his life-long efforts to pass on not only information but the passion for this worldwide music, Petr Dorůžka has become a key journalist and a member of many important panels in world music. He’s been a part of the World Music Charts Europe almost since its inception (he got on board in 1992), has served in the fRoots Magazine’s critics’ poll since 2001, and participated several times on the jury of the Sayan Ring festival in Siberia…as well as serving as one of WOMEX’s 7 Samurai in 2007. He continues to earn himself the respect and praise of the musicians he writes about, promotes and consults as Jakub Nozicka of WOMEX 16 Showcasers Ponk points out: "Petr is not only a great journalist but also a relentless promoter of Czech music abroad. Ever since the early beginnings of Ponk band he was always willing to help – either by advice, criticism or contact. We are very thankful and grateful for his ongoing support." (Jakub Nozicka, WOMEX 16 Showcase artist)
Petr would not be Petr had he not suggested to use the attention created by the Awards, to sport a discussion on music journalism at WOMEX 17: "I am aware how many other music writers deserve this honour - and I accept the award only if we can read it as a statement: even if you live in a small country and speak a minority language, still you can have a vision. You can build bridges between yet unknown music and the adventurous audience. Let's see how this works in real life - on a panel discussion 'Heritage & Future: Reclaiming Roots' in Katowice." Petr Dorůžka, August 2017
The WOMEX Label Award
For the fourth time in a row, Glitterbeat takes home the WOMEX Label Award and will join us again in Katowice, Poland. The WOMEX Label Award is based on combined monthly chart results and the expertise of international experts including radio broadcasters and journalists. Glitterbeat is the label that has the most popular releases in the network this year.
Ferhat Tunç Risks Jail
The artist Ferhat Tunç risks 5 years and 8 months in jail after being charged for insulting President Erdogan. Additionally he may be detained for 6 years for ”making propaganda for a terrorist organization”.
The artist Ferhat Tunç from Istanbul has shared critical statements about President Erdogan in social medias. For his actions he has been charged for insulting the president. The frame of punishment for such an act is 5 years and 8 months in prison. In the court documents Tunç has been quoted saying things like “You managed to arrest more than 5 thousand Kurds, you did not even show any mercy to 74 year old Ahmet Türk who clings to life with a pace maker in his heart. You are cruel!”. He is also accused for sharing a cartoon of the Turkish president done by the internationally acclaimed cartoonist @LatuffCartoons. I addition to this, Tunç has also been charged for making propaganda for a terror organization. Among other things, the charge quotes Tunç of having expressed ”Concerns about Ocalan who millions of people call their leader should be overcome and the isolation ended”. This case has a potential punishment of 6 years in prison. The two court cases against Ferhat Tunç will happen in December 2018 and February 2018. Ferhat Tunç is the first well known artist in Turkey to receive charges like this since the failed coup attempt last year.
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Last but not least: Musician Boating Tragedy
Kerry poet Danny Sheehy, better-known as Domhnall Mac Síthigh, died after a naomhóg (or currach, i.e. a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame over which skins or canvas are stretched) capsized off the Iberian coast. Sheehy (66) was taken ill after he and the three crew were caught by a wave close to the Minho river estuary on the Spanish-Portuguese border.
With him were musician Liam Ó Maonlaí of the Hothouse Flowers, west Kerry musician and oarsman Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich and Co Cork boatbuilder Padraig Ua Duinnín.
The four were approaching the river mouth in the Naomh Gobnait when the incident occurred in mid June 2017. All four stayed with the upturned boat, which then swept them up on a beach.
Emergency services tried to revive Sheehy, but he failed to recover.
His three companions, who suffered shock, were treated in a local hospital and discharged.