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10.10.2014 | 11 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
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...
09.15.2014 | 36 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
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...
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
There’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
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
When Timothy Showalter decided to title his latest Strand of Oaks album HEAL, he didn’t type it in all caps as a gimmick. That title is a mission statement, a command to strip away all artificiality
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
One of 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
07.29.2014 | 84 days ago | Posted at 11:15 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Rock County Folk Symposium is celebrating its fifth anniversary in August, but you can be forgiven if you’ve never heard of it before. Until now the Janesville-area music festival has been a fairly small affair, hosted on a private farm that could accommodate about 100 or 150 people. For this year's event, however, the festival has scaled up to a formal venue that can hold roughly twice that...

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