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Farewell to Pete Seeger

On Monday, January 27th, we lost a true national treasure and a real hero. Pete Seeger left our world, but his many gifts remain with us forever. A veteran of the labor, peace, civil rights and ecology movements, Pete battled injustice with a banjo, a guitar and a baritone voice. He worked his magic for over half a century, remaining relevant well into his 90’s.

Pete once said, “I want to put a song on people’s lips instead of just their ears,” and he had all of America and many worldwide singing. He reshaped “We Shall Overcome” from its origins early in the 20th century to become an iconic anthem. He took lyrics from the Bible and created “Turn! Turn! Turn.” He wrote “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and with his dear friend Lee Hayes, he wrote “The Hammer Song” (If I Had a Hammer) which perhaps best speaks of Pete’s purpose and zeal. The important songs he wrote or popularized is a long, long list.

As a founder of the Almanac Singers and The Weavers, Pete Seeger sparked the folk music revival of the late 1950s and eary 1960s. He was the living link to Leadbelly’s soulful songs of life as a Black man and prisoner, and Woody Guthrie’s pithy music about suffering and injustice. There would have been no Dylan, no Baez and maybe no Sprinsteen without there being a Pete Seeger.

I first met Pete Seeger when I was a second year student at Emory University in 1965. He was performing a concert at Emory and the airline had damaged his signature 12-string guitar. I was asked to lend him mine, a far inferior instrument. We chatted while he restrung my guitar and I remember the conversation to this day. It was evident why this gentle man was the best loved and most enduring folksinger, songwriter and social activist of our time. Many grassroots efforts were initiated to nominate Pete for a Nobel Peace Prize. Though he was never given that recognition, he certainly earned it. His honors were many, however, and the most meaningful ones come from the hearts of all of us he touched.  - Hank Weisman

Welcome to the web home of the Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music!

This site lists information about folk music and related activities in the greater Atlanta area and the Southeastern U.S. It contains:

  • General and recurring information in an expanded directory format
  • Links to other folk resources

See the EVENTS Tab for Fiddler's Green and other AAFFM- sponsored concerts, workshops, and pickin' parties, as well as other events of interest in and around Atlanta.

In email blasts, you'll find details about current events and information on member-only activities like our famous "get-togethers".   If you'd like to host a pick-'n-grin, let us know!   See the EVENTS tab for upcoming concerts and pickin' parties.

Contact us at membership@aaffm.org  to host a pickin' party, join our organization, find out about an upcoming concert, party or workshop, or to submit listings to the website.

See the 'History' tab for the history of the organization.

AAFFM sponsors a local monthly coffeehouse, Fiddler's Green, that features concerts that included traditional music, singer-songwriters, poetry and storytelling.  It is located at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs, GA.  AAFFM Membership benefits include the email blasts (our mailing list will always remain private) and discounts on AAFFM sponsored concerts.  Annual membership dues are $15 for individuals and $20 for families, $35 sustaining members.  E-mail membership@aaffm.org for membership information.

FIDDLER'S GREEN HAS MOVED TO STEVE'S LIVE MUSIC!

As announced earlier, AAFFM has relocated its Fiddler's Green coffeehouse concert series to Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs. Since opening in June 2012, Steve's Live Music has generated plenty of positive buzz among local folk music fans. The cozy club/restaurant features international and American grassroots music including blues, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, singer-songwriters and folk of all sorts. The rustically alluring 120-seat venue offers an intimate setting with seats and tables up near the stage, a state-of-the-art sound system, professional lighting, a full bar and eclectic menu, plentiful and convenient parking, and other folk and acoustic music throughout the week. Owner Steve Grossman, a long-time fan of AAFFM and its mission, is generously giving us the coveted 7-9 PM slot each third Saturday of the month at no charge other than a nominal fee for the sound tech.

We bid a fond farewell to Anthony's Pizza and Pasta, Fiddler's Green's home since we restarted the series in March of last 2012. The management has been very kind to us, and we urge you to continue giving that fine Italian restaurant your patronage and enjoying its diverse, high-quality live music presentations. But now it's on to an exciting new era as AAFFM and Steve's begin a partnership that was meant to be. We look forward to seeing you there!

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

January 15, 2014 - Yes, dear members, you're again receiving something much less than the complete monthly AAFFM newsletter. The fact is that we've once again lost our editor, and this time we have no prospects for a replacement. So we're turning adversity into an opportunity to bring our communications into the 21st century.

After some three decades we're discontinuing the newsletter. It's the end of an era -- but the beginning of another. We'll instead focus on three electronic vehicles to fulfill the information-sharing part of our mission.

First, you'll continue to receive a monthly email blast about Fiddler's Green and other activities in which AAFFM is directly involved. You'll find January's information below this message. If you're one of the few members who have still been receiving the print version of the newsletter by mail, and you simply don't have access to email, we'll print out the monthly notice and mail it to you. Please contact us at  membership@aaffm.org .

Secondly, we'll continue to carry much of the erstwhile newsletter material on our website, aaffm.org. Much content has been duplicated for some time anyway. And when you think about it, we're fulfilling our mission better when we share news of folk-music-related activities with the world -- not just with our members.

Thirdly, thanks to the tireless efforts of our invaluable webmaster Teresa Powell, we have an additional way to raise visibility for AAFFM, compensate for the lack of a newsletter, and to make it easier to share information and attract new listeners/members. We've upgraded our Facebook page. It's important that you visit the page at https://www.facebook.com/AtlantaAreaFriendsofFolkMusic and "like" it, as well as adding it to your interests list and select notifications. This will make it much easier to keep folks up to date with the Fiddler's Green Concert Series, and acoustic music venues including coffeehouses and house concert series are invited and urged to post their shows on the page. From now on this will be the mechanism for you to update your talent listings and other information that changes month to month. Be sure to also invite your music-loving friends to join the page as well!

Being a traditionalist (hey, I'm a folkie, after all), I'll miss the newsletter. Perhaps you will as well, and if you don't feel you're still getting your money's worth for your membership, we'll refund your dues. But we hope you'll agree with your AAFFM Board that members are richly benefited by the discounted admission at Fiddler's Green, the monthly email notice, and the satisfaction of knowing they're helping promote and educate about folk music and related activities in our region. We appreciate your support as we adapt to and try to take full advantage of the Digital Age.

P.S. Thanks to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, writer Helen Cauley, and photographer Hyosub Shin for the wonderful January 10 article on Fiddler's Green and its move to Steve's Live Music. We've had a splendid response to it!

Chris Moser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music, Inc., is an all-volunteer IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional folk music and arts in the greater Atlanta and Southeast regional areas.

 

 

 

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