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Pete Seeger dies at 94

Pete Seeger dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday. He was 94 and lived in Beacon, N.Y.

His death was confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, who said he died of natural causes at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Mr. Seeger’s career carried him from singing at labor rallies to the Top 10 to college auditoriums to folk festivals, and from a conviction for contempt of Congress (after defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s) to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama.

Stompin’ Tom Birthday Tribute at Eton House in Toronto on February 8th

Stompin’ Tom Birthday Tribute at Eton House in Toronto on February 8th

On Saturday, 8 Febuary 2014, CIUT will present a Stompin’ Tom Tribute Night live from the Eton House on the Danforth (northeast corner at Pape). Hosted by Seamus O’Regan, the show starts at 7:30 pm and special guests will include Whiskey Jack, Melanie Doane, Kim Stockwood, Paul Lanlois (Tragically Hip), Sean Cullen, Steve Fruitman, Mickey Andrews (Tom’s original steel guitarist), Mary McIntyre, Washboard Hank, Tim Hadley (Grievous Angels), Conrad Kipping, Douglas John Cameron, Greg Street and more to be announced.

Got an idea for a band name?

If you have an idea for a band name, feel free to post them in the comments below, including any explanation as to why you chose such a name, if you wish.

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

This is a documentary film about a poor community built around a landfill site in Paraguay. The people there have created a “Recycled Orchestra” by building instruments from what they can rescue from the dump. I love their motto: “The world sends us garbage. We send back music.”

A Berry Rainy Day

A Berry Rainy Day

30-minutes of cool groovin’ instrumentals from Chuck Berry’s 1950s Chess archives. Goes well with beer and an old fashioned diner meal. Queue up your selections on the jukebox and sit near the window where you can watch the rain roll down outside.

Garage Sale Season

Garage Sale Season

Whether you spend a Saturday morning on your bike or out walking the dog, scouting local garage sales is a great way to find books, music and more while meeting people in your community. You can even support a local cause, as many garage/street sales are annual events for this purpose.

45′s and 33′s

45′s and 33′s

A toast to Jamaican “rock steady” music and the golden days of vinyl with a contemporary acoustic pop flare. How can a song about records not become a hit? Help Drew out and download the song from iTunes or CDBaby!

Adam Klein And The Wild Fires – Sky Blue DeVille

Adam Klein And The Wild Fires – Sky Blue DeVille

A far cry from his previous release, the acoustic West African ‘Mande’ roots record, Dugu Wolo, Sky Blue DeVille represents yet another step forward for Klein’s versatile songwriting as he continues to explore and expand upon sounds rooted in his exciting brand of Americana and folk.