Abigail Washburn

Abigail Washburn

Today’s post is about Abigail Washburn, a singer-songwriter and player of old-time clawhammer banjo. I seem to be covering women musicians I like in groups of three. The first three were women involved in folk music who are my age or older: Peggy Seeger, Kristin Lems and Malvina Reynolds. This is […] Read more »

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Banjo Setup by and for a beginner

Goodtime Open Back Banjo Setup by and for a Beginner (at banjo) My new musical obsession is banjo, due in large part to my new (used) Goodtime open back banjo by Deering. My last banjo related post described tools and accessories for my new banjo. This post will describe the […] Read more »

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Malvina Reynolds

Little Boxes made of Ticky-Tocky “Little Boxes” (made of Ticky-Tocky) is one of the most popular and famous songs written by Malvina Reynolds. Malvina didn’t start writing and performing folk and protest music until she was in her late forties. In spite of this, she was a prolific song writer and […] Read more »

Kristin Lems

It’s unlikely you’ve heard of Kristin Lems. She has been a folk musician since the 1970s or earlier. She also has a Ph.D. in English as a Second Language. She and I both were on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign/Urbana in the 1970s. I was working on my doctorate part […] Read more »