Discovering Folk Music: a Class for Fans and Musicians

with Scott Alarik

Thursday, September 6, 2018


Discovering Folk Music: a Class for Fans and Musicians

  • Acoustic Folk
  • Americana
  • Classic Folk
  • Folk
  • Lecture
  • Roots
  • School of Music class

In this class, for both music lovers and musicians, we ask what folk music is in the 21st century. With stories, live and archival music, Scott Alarik explores how people used folk music in their daily lives, to work, love, mourn, mark the passing of the year, raise their children, and express how life felt to them.

Then track how those old songs turned into today’s vibrant folk world, shaping the rise of the modern music industry, from Robert Burns to Bob Dylan, Bessie Smith to Joan Baez, Jimmie Rodgers to Pete Seeger.
Classes include: The Self-Made Soundtrack To Dailly Life; A History of Songwriting; Politics & Folk Music; Folk Meets the Music Industry; the ‘60s Folk Revival; To the ‘70s and Beyond: Folk Music Today.
Scott Alarik covered folk music in the Boston Globe for over 20 years. He is an author, journalist, musician, and host of WUMB-FM’s popular Folk Tales program. His latest book, Revival, is a novel set in the Boston folk scene, which Booklist called “A joyous celebration of folk musicians and their world.”

Please note that this is a general interest class. No instruments or musical background needed!

This class meets on Thursdays 6:30-7:45pm September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11.

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