Richard's interest in traditional music began
in the early 70s when he moved to California.
He was part of several groups in the
San Francisco Bay Area, the best known
of which was Out
of the Rain. The band
was active from 1983 to 1995 and recorded
two studio cassettes, "A Common Treasury"
and "Song of the Wage Slave." Richard
also produced "With the Friends I Love
Best," a compilation CD of live concert
recordings from Out
of the Rain performances.
is one of the regular shanty singers
at Hyde Street Pier's monthly shanty
sings in San Francisco, held aboard
one of the historic sailing ships
moored there. In 2002 he released
"Time Ashore is Over," a recording
of sea shanties and sea songs featuring
a chorus of singers from Hyde Street
Pier. Raised in Chicago, Illinois,
Richard also has a keen interest
in songs of the Great Lakes sailors.
In addition to being a vocalist,
Richard also plays the guitar, tin
whistle and fiddle. Richard now sings
in a nautical duet with Peter Kasin.
In 2005 they released their first
album together, "Boldly from the Westward."
Baughman is a Rounder Records recording
artist who has released numerous CDs
of solo fingerstyle guitar music.
He is the author of five books issued
by Mel Bay Publications and he appears
with Pierre Bensusan and Martin Simpson
on the Rounder Celtic Guitar CD/Video
series, "The Blarney Pilgrim." Steve
enjoys singing even more than playing
also the founder of www.freejohnwalker.net.
He lives in San Francisco.
Black was born in Dublin, Ireland and
moved to Berkeley in 1995. He is primarily
a singer and musician, and has a longtime
interest in musical historical perspectives.
His repertoire of Irish songs is broad,
but also draws from the rich tradition
of Liverpool sea music, where he lived
for a long period. He is active in
the Irish community in the East Bay
and performs regularly on the West
arriving in the US he has organized
an Irish music and song session at
the Starry Plough pub in Berkeley,
still running every Sunday night.
He has a number of albums to his
credit and has guested on many more;
he also produced two benefit
albums for his agency Parental Stress
Service. He tours in the US and Europe
with his brothers, Michael and Martin
as 'The Black Brothers' and with
his sisters, Frances and Mary Black
as the eldest sibling of "The Black
Family." He has performed with Irish
theater group "Wilde Irish" and also
with the "California Revels." He
also plays tunes with local group
"De Dannyboyz," and is a member
of "Nauticus," and "Dogwatch,"
bands that perform maritime music
in and around the Bay Area.
trained as a public health nurse
and has a day job to keep the wolf
from the door; he currently works
at Parental Stress Service, a family
support agency in Oakland.
Susan Frank: My
parents loved and played/sang folk and traditional music so I grew up singing it. I probably learned much of it in utero.
that this music is focused on participation
and encourages musical improvisation
and learning by doing. I learned
to sing harmony (and am still learning)
listening during singing sessions
and just singing whatever came out—it
got more in tune over the years,
but no one minded the out of tune
parts (or at least they didn't tell
me). I love that you never sing these
songs the same way twice.
This kind of music is best as a group
activity (rather than as a performance)
and I think it's particularly good
at about 3:00 AM after a day or
long session of singing when everyone
is warmed up and well oiled, so to speak;
then the interesting stuff comes
I love the history and story fragments
in the songs and I think it's great
that the stories don't necessarily
make sense, just like the lives
of people around you. You only learn
fragments of the whole story and the rest is up to your imagination.
I try to learn to play other instruments,
but so far keep giving up to just
more fun since I already know
how to do it. I also love to sing classical
choral works and early music and
sing with the Berkeley Community Chorus
and Orchestra and their Chamber Group
when I have time.
I'm not singing, I work too much
and garden and cook too little. I
live in Oakland in a love triangle
between me, my boyfriend Banyon and
our cat Mia. I recently learned to
knit and am starting to become obsessed
with it—it might actually cut
in on my obsessive reading.
Herrmann is a Hawaiian native who managed
to leave home without learning to swim
or dance the hula. She has since learned
to fiddle and sing.
She first encountered
the 'folk revival' at college in
Chicago, then helped organize the
Folklore Society of Greater Washington
(D.C.), and was involved with the
Middletown (N.J.) and Fox Hollow
(N.Y. State) folk festivals. She
appears playing fiddle and singing
on a couple of Folk-Legacy recordings
made at that time. Currently she
is a member of the SF Folk Music
Club, and participates regularly
in the Starry Plough Irish sessions
and the Monday ceili dance band.
She plays several instruments, and
also has led workshops of rounds-singing
at various festivals.
has edited and produced several songbooks,
principally for Folk-Legacy — Gordon
Bok's and Bill Staines's — as
well as one major scholarly Production,
Sam Henry's 'Songs of the People'
(U. of Georgia Press, 1990), a 700-page
edition of Irish songs in English
originally published in Ireland between
the world wars.
earned her Master's degree in Library
and Information Studies from UC Berkeley.
Her idea of
a good time is sharing music and
food with compatible folks. She and
her husband Cal have three grown
children, all of whom, at last report,
are still on speaking terms with
Herold is a singer's singer.
At home in folk, swing and Celtic genres,
her passion is discovering and sharing
the tale a song can tell. Her gift
is in presenting songs with a clarity
that is both honest and uplifting
and yet remains refreshingly unvarnished.
Her hard work in researching, performing
and recording compelling songs for
25 years has earned her accolades
from fans and press alike.
considerable tenure on the San
Francisco Bay Area music scene, she
has played and toured and with several
bands including Cats & Jammers,
The Hot Club of San Francisco and
Wake the Dead. She is also an accomplished
recording artist, having released
three solo CDs: Lovely Nancy (2005), A
Mockingbird Sings in California ( 2001),
and A Bowl of Crystal Tears (1997),
all on the Tuxedo Records label,
and has appeared on more than 15
albums alongside artists such as
Kathy Kallick, Tom Rozum and Laurie
MacLeod and Dick Holdstock are singers
of traditional music of their Scottish
and English homelands. In the 1970's
Dick and Allan led sing-along evenings
at the old Freight on San Pablo Ave.
They have performed together extensively
from coast to coast for twenty nine
years. Their performances reflect the
rapport and polish they have achieved
over that long period.
||Kim first remembers singing quietly
to herself on the long bus ride to
school when she was six or seven years
old, and thinks she was probably the
only ninth grader in her class who
asked for (and got) the Dover publication
of the complete Francis James Child
Ballad omnibus for Christmas. Although
not a singer, her mother loved traditional
songs and amassed a large collection
of recordings during the fifties and
sixties. So Kim grew up listening to
the folk heroes of those days, as well
as (in no special order) performers
such as Hedy West, Rory and Alex McEwan,
A.L. Lloyd, Jean Redpath, Belle Stewart
and her daughters, Jeannie Robertson,
Lizzie Higgins, Sarah Grey, Shep Ginandes,
John Jacob Niles, the Kossoy Sisters,
Sarah Makem, Jean Ritchie, and many
studied ethnomusicology at Middlebury
College in Vermont, and at the School
of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University.
She currently lives in Sonoma, where
she designs web sites.
| Arlene has been singing all her life. In no
particular order, she counts among her
musical influences Pete Seeger, Julie
Andrews, Cathal McConnell, Bob Copper,
Laurie Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis
Armstrong. For Arlene there is nothing
more moving or spiritual than a roomful
of people singing their hearts out.
So make sure you sing along.
Kasin was born in Oakland and has lived
in Berkeley most of his life. He grew
up listening to folk music, as he and
his sister were taken to Pete Seeger
concerts when they were kids, and were
bought Folkways records. You know,
the usual Berkeley upbringing.
didn't begin singing until the
early 90's. His growing interest
in sea music led him to forming a
musical partnership with Richard
Adrianowicz two years ago. They recently
released a CD, "Boldly From
The Westward," and were performers
at the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival,
in Mystic, Connecticut in June 2005.
is also a fiddler, and plays in The
San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers,
the instrumental group Nauticus,
and occasionally with the contra
dance band The
Modal Citizens. He
also is an amateur photographer,
and a lifelong rabid Giants and
49er's fan. His love of traditional
music is almost exceeded by his love
of Arabic and Asian food.
Olsen [left] has been singing for as
long as he can remember. In 1973
he co-founded Oak
Ash & Thorn;
countless beers later, he's still
going strong. He's taught workshops
on luck-visitng traditions and shape
note singing, and served as Designated
Singer for dance camps on both coasts.
He also does occasional voice-over
and narration work. By day he is
a mild-mannered IT Project Manager,
by night a Morris Dancer and proud
father. Optional accessories include
an 8" Telescope and Garage Brewery.
In his youth Ed Silberman performed and recorded
as a jazz guitarist under the name Wes
Montgomery. Since retiring from the
jazz life he has become a mainstay at
folk music gatherings and song circles throughout
the Bay Area. Aside from the kind of
singing featured here, he sings
Yiddish folk song, does storytelling,
and plays harmonica, specializing
in fiddle tunes.
He has appeared at countless festivals,
schools, synagogues, churches, bars,
book stores, private parties, coffeehouses,
community centers, and libraries. He
takes especial pride in being a Purimshpeiler. For
at least fifteen years The Shushan Liberation Front,
and The Aquarian Minyan/Kehilla Players have
put on Purim shpiels, one-act comedies performed during
the Jewish holiday Purim, with Ed contributing as a
writer, actor/singer and director.
his time with The Westwind International
Folk Ensemble he sang the solo in the premier
season of their "Klezmer Suite."
He is active with The Bay Area Storytelling Festival,
The Jewish Music Festival, and KlezCalifornia.
He works as a preschool teacher and an espionage
agent. His favorite Scotch is Bowmore, his favorite
color purple, and his favorite word "squeegee".
He recommends the cheese cake.