Posts to Listeners

Sent on: 9/17/2015
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi everyone

Many of you must feel compassion for the millions fleeing war, famine and persecution with nowhere safe to go. Our country parades its past as a safe haven for refugees but does too little now. So I wrote a song about the good they brought to us then and regret at our closed doors now. Listen, download free and share at https://soundcloud.com/jack-warshaw

Best wishes

jack

Sent on: 8/06/2015
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Wow everyone

The new album previewed in the last newsletter is out. It can be downloaded from the usual music sources. However, if you go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jackwarshaw2 I have included all the album and song notes from the physical album. Priced at $9.99 (yes, that’s US dollars) for all 16, or $0.99 each. There seems to be a lot of interest in it already, especially current topical numbers like Charlie Hebdo, The Killing of Michael Brown and Snoopers. Oh, if you want the posh physical album it’s £10 + £1.20 postage from me direct, but you’ll have to send an email first to jack@jackwarshaw.com

That’s it for now, enjoy the summer. Tel me what you think of the songs and what new songs are aching to be written!

Cheers

Jack

I played the Aldbeurgh (Alternative) Festival in June and will be featured at Lyme Regis Folk Weekend, Friday, 21 and Sat 22 August, a great atmosphere at a great place if you can get down there.

Sent on: 6/08/2015
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi guys, Just wanted to let you know I’ve finished recording my next (fourth) album and am working flat out to get it out there in the next few weeks. It’s entitled “ENDAGERED SPECIES,” a reference to singers and writers who break the bounds of commercial control and censorship with songs that look at the real world. It’s a studio album, with fantastic support from great musicians like fiddler Ben Paley, son of the legendary Tom Paley who also plays and sings on it. Then there’s Neil Warren’s mouth harp, with cello and bass from my musical children Zoe and Bart. 15 songs in all, new arrangements and performances of songs you’ve liked such as The Killing of Michael Brown, Tornado Alley, and Troubadour are included. I promise it’s like no other artist or range of songs. Look out for it.

Cheers

Jack

Sent on: 4/18/2015
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

High guys

Just to keep you up to date, I go into the recording studio tomorrow, with super musicians Ben Paley, fiddle and Neil Warren, mouth harp amongst others to make a new album. It will feature many of my songs you’ve been listening to, some you haven’t and several great traditional ballads, like “Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender” and “The Fatal Flower Garden” Woody Guthrie’s “Ballad of Pretty Boy Flloyd” will be on it too.

I’ve already chosen the title- ENDANGERED SPECIES, which can have several meanings in this context. Remember Lee Hays’ famous quote: “Folksongs are dangerous?” Are they still or are real folksongs endangered?

Cheers

jack

Sent on: 2/19/2015
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi Folks

Who’s next?

Following terror killings in Paris, Copenhagen, Brussels, London, other places in Europe and the world it’s time to stand up for freedom of art and expression and against fear.

Asked if he was tempted to tone down the publication Stephane Charbonnier, Charlie Hebdo’s director, replied, “… I’d rather die standing than live on my knees.”

I wrote 2 previous versions of the Charlie Hebdo Song before uploading this one to Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VXXlxn60t8

What do you think now? Can you pass it on by Facebook or other means as an act of support for those who died for their art?

We all condemn terrorism, but also share responsibility for crimes committed in our name by some we elect and some who think themselves above all law and justice. An attack on artists strikes at all culture and creation. The questions “Which side are you on?” and “Who does your art serve?” remain Charlie Hebdo’s watchwords.

Sent on: 1/29/2015
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi Folks

Yesterday, 28 January was the first anniversary of Pete Seeger’s death. Please join me in remembering his immense contribution to the body of folksongs we know and love by replaying his songs and listening again to “Troubadour” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_RBt_WGuRY which recalls the key chapters in his life.

Best wishes

Jack

Sent on: 11/21/2014
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi Guys

More songwriting, singing and listening lately. There’s a love song, Thanksgiving song, and ballad about the killing of Michael Brown on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

As we move towards the Season of Good Will let us turn thoughts of charity into local action for good causes where we live. As Pete Seeger says in the “Troubadour,” “The time is now, the place is here.” Remember him in word, deed and music.

Best wishes

Jack

Sent on: 9/10/2014
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Come on guys, if you’re in the neighbourhood, join me in Petersfied, Hampshire at the Square Brewery on 16 Sept at 7.30 for a great evening. See http://www.reverbnation.com/jackwarshaw for details.

thanks

Jack

Sent on: 8/10/2014
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi folks

Just back from Denmark where a serendipitous encounter at the National Museum Conservation Workshops led to me giving a solo concert at the town of Gillelije (pronounced gill-eh-lie-uh) north of Copenhagen. A wonderful reception from wonderful people. I’ll be uploading a sample to Youtube soon so keep a lookout. In the meantime keep supporting authentic live music

Cheers

Jack

Sent on: 5/22/2014
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi folks

Pete Seeger has been in mind since May 3rd would have been his 95th birthday. So I’ve been performing the song I wrote last year for his 94th, the last time I saw him in concert and met him afterwards. Do you think there would be such deep interest and huge following for folksongs and singers today if it weren’t for him?

Happy listening

Jack

Sent on: 4/03/2014
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi guys

Just to catch up with you after a very busy period, I pay tribute to Pete Seeger, my first and lasting inspiration, singing some of his songs and reprising my “Troubadour” story of his life. You can hear that and more, including the tale of last years devastating tornado at Moore, Oklahoma, “Tornado Alley” straight from the heart of rescue worker Betsy Randolph. There’s also a couple of new songs as yet unrecorded, including one about snoopers…you know what I mean. Two albums are being planned with some great musicians accompanying, including Tom Paley’s song Ben and maybe Tom himself! Hey, if there’s a burning ache in your heart for a song that needs to be written, why don’t you write one, or tell me about it?

Take care

jack

Sent on: 12/26/2013
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi folks,

Hope you’re enjoying the fruits of the season. Thought it’s time for a love song this week, so selected the traditional “My Little Carpenter” from the “Long Time Gone Album” which I learned many years ago from Mike Seeger. It’s about a girl who holds to her true love despite the offerings and temptations of many suitors. Good for today, isn’t it?

Best Wishes

Jack

Sent on: 11/29/2013
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi guys

This week’s feature is “Good Road” the title track of my latest album with Texas singer/writer Stuart Michael Burns. He wrote it in memory of his mentor, Rolf Cahn. Check out the album- a range of original and traditional songs with an emphasis on authenticity.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/burnsandwarshaw

Best wishes

Jack

Sent on: 11/23/2013
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi guys, Did you know Woody Guthrie’s great ballad “Vanzetti’s Letter” has never been recorded by anyone else- except me in 1979? It’s on my album “Long Time Gone,” and can be downloaded with the whole album or singly from CD Baby, Amazon, itunes and other sites. I think it’s one of the greatest testimonies against injustice ever. Hear it and remember the story of Sacco and Vanzetti- martyrs to political bigotry, that made it part of our heritage.

Yours as ever

Jack

Sent on: 11/15/2013
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi folks

Thanks for listening to some of my latest efforts. Southbound Train is a simple, country “train” song in the Grand Ole Opry tradition. For complete contrasts which cut to the soul of postwar Britain and US Midwest you might like to go to http://www.reverbnation.com/jackwarshaw and listen to “No Country for Poor People” about the rise and fall of the welfare state and “Tornado Alley” which puts the actual words of a leader of the rescue team into song.

Keep listening, keep singing and pass it on.

Jack

Sent on: 10/28/2013
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi again

Want to know more about the real John Henry? Here’s the story

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2007/05/john-m15.html

Keep listening

Jack

 

Sent on: 10/25/2013
Subject: Message from the Artist: Jack Warshaw

Hi, I’ve had a good week knowing you listen to folk music of and for real folk. The power-hungry keep us down where I live, but self-made music is on the up. My sites and outlets have stuff for free, cheap album and song downloads, links to videos, my likes and some bloggy stuff. Pass it on. Folk songs can be about anything. Need one? I’ll have a go.

As Yip Harburg said, “Words make you think. Music makes you feel” Who was he? Only the author of all the songs in “The Wizard of Oz” and many more.

Love from

Jack

 

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