Summer’s here…so let’s sing of spring, with Julie Gold

Summer Solstice Sunrise over Stonehenge 2005. Photo: Solipsist via

What better way to welcome summer than with a song for spring, the AWOL season?

Fiery fretboards: The flying fingers of Frank and Vinny light up Jersey woods

Fiery fretboards: The flying fingers of Frank and Vinny light up Jersey woods

Sparks were flying from the fretboards of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo at last month’s Folk Project Acoustic Getaway. Just as fun were a pair of workshops from these two guitar wizards.

A song for Roscoe, the Bedbug-Sniffing Dog

Everybody loves Roscoe. Well, almost everybody.

Here’s a little ditty to get your week off to a humorous start.

Want to join the folk music scene? Mini-conference in Chatham can get you started, April 5

Marci Geller is among the showcase performers scheduled for a music conference in Chatham on April 5, 2014.

Ever fancied a career as a folk-singer? A conference in Chatham may help you discover if you have what it takes.

Folk Project Fall Fest: More music than you can shake a stick at

Patty Larkin and Beppe Gambetta will close out the Folk Project Fall Fest, 2 pm, Oct. 13, 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

If you hurry on Sunday, you can catch a great concert in the woods. Patty Larkin and Beppe Gambetta close the Folk Project Fall Festival.

First Uke NJ fest leaves Morris Township crowd primed for more

James Hill and Anne Davison perform at the first Uke New Jersey festival. Photo by Adam Casadevall

By Adam Casadevall As the first Uke New Jersey festival drew to a close on Saturday, organizer Scooter Ferguson summed it up by borrowing a phrase from Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Smiles were in abundance at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morris Township after  Celtic Spirit, James Hill […]

The little instrument that could: Uke Fest to sing ukulele’s praises in Morris Township, Aug. 30-31

Scooter Ferguson

By Ben Burgess Tune up those strings and get ready to strum! The Uke New Jersey festival is coming to Morris Township for a sprawling celebration of all things ukulele, on Aug. 30 and 31 at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. Festival organizer Scooter Ferguson promises plenty of good vibrations. “You listen to the music that […]

Videos for the kids: ‘When I Was a Dinosaur,’ ‘Alberta Postcard,’ from Trout Fishing in America in Morris Township

The Kennedys

Here is the long and the short of it:  Ezra Idlet (long) and Keith Grimwood (short) delighting a Folk Project audience in Morris Township last week with When I Was a Dinosaur and Alberta Postcard. Better known as Trout Fishing in America, this duo is among the most versatile in the acoustic world. You don’t […]

Starring at the Folk Project Festival, Oct. 5-7: Jeremy Kittel, not your average fiddler

Jeremy Kittel

  Experience live music in a new way. That’s the invitation from organizers of the 2012 Folk Project Fall Festival, and they could not have picked a better poster boy than fiddler Jeremy Kittel, whose musical explorations range from Celtic to classical, with detours into jazz and rock. At The Minstrel in Morris Township last […]

Video: What’s a ‘hammered dulcimer’? Check out the Jeremy Kittel Band, from The Minstrel in Morris Township

The Jeremy Kittel Band: (L-R) Nathaniel Smith on cello, Jeremy Kittel on fiddle, Josh Pinkham on mandolin and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

What is a “hammered dulcimer”? Select one: A. It’s a nail from medieval Europe B. It’s a tribal chieftain who has had too much to drink C. It’s a stringed instrument played with a hammer If you answered “C,” you must have attended The Minstrel on Friday.  In which case, you already know that Simon […]