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Associations --  Vendors --  Home Town Folk -- Cool Music Sites

(Always Under Construction!)

A word...

Links on web pages ain't the rage they used to be
But below are a few  links you may find useful, or at least interesting.

If you represent a club, festival or venue, and wish to link to my page because I will be performing there soon, probably your best option is to have a link not on this page, but rather let me know, and I'll put your link on my Tour Dates page if it isn't there already.  Folks will see where I am playing, click on your link and there you are in front of them.

Beware!  Links can change -- or go defunct. If you try a link from this page and find it goes nowhere, or to a dead end, please let me know so I can remedy the situation.



I am a member of a few organizations you may wish to visit.

The Folk Alliance -- a lifetime member of this fine organization

Local 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) -- membership retired as of 2020 pandemic

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) -- writer and publisher affiliation with this performing rights org.

AND -- here are the home pages of two great musicians who grace my CD, "Six Of One" :
Madcat Ruth & Don Stiernberg .

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You can  can't find my recordings for sale here:

Elderly Instruments -- They are still in business, but don't carry CDs and Books anymore. (except for a few remainders, but none are mine)

CDbaby -- they don't sell CDs any more,   None of mine. But they still do my album downloads

For real CDs, you pretty much have to buy them from me.

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Home Town Folk

I live in Kalamazoo County in west Michigan.  A lot of music history around here, and a vibrant performing arts scene. Here are some music links to K'zoo and other Michigan links.

La Luna Recording and Sound  -- My most recent CDs, since A Bird In This World, were recorded at Ian Gorman's great new studio

Great Lakes Acoustic Music Assn. -- AKA "GLAMA": Pickers and players who run weekly jams, monthly workshops and occasional concerts.

Heritage Guitars in Kalamazoo  -- in case you wondered what those ex-Gibson luthiers do in Kalamazoo.

GHS Strings -- Ok, they are in Battle Creek, the "Cereal City" 20 miles down the road.  I use GHS strings on all my steel string instruments -- they never let me down. (True Medium phosphor bronze on my flattop, Medium Flatwound on my archtop, Medium Silk & Steel on my Mandolin, and a variety of gauges on my banjos.)

Midwinter Singing Festival   -- Some old pals in my old hometown of Lansing, Michigan, inaugurated a new festival in January of 2003 -- a two day singalong concert. Check it out


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Cool Music Sites

These are some of my personal favorites.  Sites I return to time and again for fun and information. I think you might find some surprisingly wonderful things at each of these sites.

The Cyber Hymnal -- If you sing old hymns, this site is a must click.  Lyrics, midi files, biographies of obscure authors, shapenote tunes and the hymns that use them, and much more. An obvious labor of wondrous love. You can find the original, pre-Carter family version of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" -- the version my mother passed on to me.

Dan Crary -- Yes THE Dan Crary of flatpicking guitar fame is running his own website.  Keep your eye on this one -- tablature and tune downloads are there for the picking, as well as Dan's occasional essays.  Aside from being a monster (in the good sense) on the guitar, Dan is also one very smart dude. I expect this site to be evolving in some very interesting ways.

Whither Zither -- No, it's not about zither music (at least not very often). It's the monthly column written for the Madison Folk Music Society by Peter Berryman (of "Lou & ..." fame).  The archives are here -- some provocative, informative, fun, off-center and well-written essays on the state of the world according to Peter.  There's a link there, but I'll add it here -- to Lou & Peter Berryman's website.  There are no better songwriters out there today, for my money

Gerald Ross -- Some fast downloading and VERY cool guitar tunes played by my old pal, Gerald on midi and mp3, plus some cool uke tunes and groovy lap steel moves.

The Capo Museum -- Every capo known to mankind in minute detail. A true labor of love.

The Harry Warren Web Site -- Dig deep into this site!  Harry Warren was a great Hollywood composer in the golden era.  This FANTASTIC site has all of his songs with the lyrics printed -- click on the title and you will hear the original sheet music played as a piano midi file.  Some classic songs and some unknown gems.

Warren Trachtman's Ragtime Piano Site -- If you appreciate ragtime music, you will love this site. The great (and obscure) composers of ragtime are lovingly brought to life in fast loading midi files - a few MP3's too. 

"Perfessor" Bill Edwards -- Another old-time piano site with ragtime midis and much more.  Music from the last time the century turned on into the roaring twenties, performed by a champion old-time piano player. There's a lot of great listening here, and history, too.

Vintage Guitar Info -- Likewise, to date a vintage guitar, check here. Lots of detailed info on the various makes & models. Note: this guy is not a dealer and is not selling anything -- just a collector of fine instruments.

The Lester S Levy Sheet Music Collection  The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music is part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. All pieces of the collection are indexed on this site and a search will retrieve a catalog description of the pieces. An image of the cover and each page of music will also be retrieved if the music was published before 1923 and is in the public domain.

 Honking Duck    Listen to hundreds of oldtime 78's in real audio with all the pops and crackles.  Harry Smith, move over.

Sugar in the Gourd -- a streaming "radio" of old-time music online.  Will keep your toes tapping while you are making keystrokes. 

Guitar Player World -- an online spot for free guitar lessons.  I can't vouch for the lessons myself, but this looks like a cool spot to hangout for guitarists looking for help and support. Mostly electric, looks like, but learning the basics is "all good."

Barlow Sisters "Singin' Strings -- I've never met these girls but for ages 9 & 10 they are pretty darn good fiddlers, backed up by mom & dad.  Good taste in tunes, from Celtic to contra to musette. I like the Tony Murena gypsy waltz they do.

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Last revised: November 15, 2021 .