Milwaukee’s folk scene lost one of its fixtures this week. A staple of local stages and union rallies for decades, singer-songwriter Larry Penn passed away on Wednesday after a long illness. “He was loved in many different communities,” said Milwaukee musician Lil Rev, Penn’s friend and occasional collaborator. “The Wisconsin labor community; the IWW [Industrial Workers of the World] c...
This summer, indie-folk songwriter Paul Hanon left his job in Milwaukee to relocate to Colorado, and, as singer-songwriters are wont to do, he wrote a song about it. Posted last week to Bandcamp, "Stitch Me Up" is Hanon's odes to the friends and family he's left behind, a wistful hymnal about the pains of being separated by geography. "Rivers run through my heart," he laments, "Tearing apart the s...
a degree of audacity inherent in fronting a band. To write songs, present them
to the world and perform them in front of crowds requires real confidence. The
Midwestern Charm’s Connor La Mue doesn’t have that. By his own account, he’s
insecure and self-effacing, the last person
America’s first major celebrations of Celtic culture, Irish Fest was ahead of
its time when it premiered in 1981. In the decades since, similar festivals
have popped up around the country, spurred by the surging popularity of Irish
dance and Celtic music, but Milwaukee’s