Discovering Folk Music with Scott Alarik

Friday December 4, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Hutchinson Center, Belfast, ME
Free Admission – Community invited

Music lifts the spirits – that is guaranteed. And it can also offer sparks and light to brighten a dark December night.

On Friday December 4, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Scott Alarik will offer lively talk and music on Discovering Folk Music;  how folk music reflects the lives of ordinary people, their work, sorrows and celebration.

The Wall Street Journal cited Scott, folk music writer for the Boston Globe, “one of America’s most astute music critics and chroniclers.”

Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion wrote of Scott’s performance, “I’ve rarely seen an audience in such a good mood as when he’s been there.”

And our audience will be in a good mood as well. Guaranteed.

For the past 25 years, Scott Alarik has been arguably the most prolific and influential folk music writer in the country.  He covered folk for the Boston Globe, contributed regularly to public radio, including seven years as correspondent for the national news show Here and Now, and wrote for many national magazines, including Sing Out, Billboard, and Performing Songwriter.

From 1991-97, he was editor and principal writer for the New England Folk Almanac. In 2003, his first book, Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground, was published. Never before had the landscape of modern folk music been so comprehensively documented, prompting the Library Journal to call it “an essential primer to the continuing folk revival.”  Now, Alarik has written Revival, the first novel set entirely in the folk world of the 21st century.

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