It’s been a year since the death of local musician David Lamb, whose passing threw the future of the folk duo Brown Bird into question. This week saw the release of the band’s final album. Crafted during Lamb’s battle with leukemia, the album was finished by his wife MorganEve Swain, the other half of the band. Music journalists are calling it Brown Bird’s swan song.
World renowned composer and performer Philip Glass is in Rhode Island. He performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence Wednesday as part of a program put on by local arts non-profit First Works. He continues his visit Thursday, to work with students at the Jacqueline Walsh School for the performing arts in Pawtucket. For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender examines the draw of Philip Glass’ music, and why it endures.
Fans of more esoteric pop music, and perhaps of a certain age, may be familiar with the 60's psychedelic rock band Autosalvage. Former guitarist Rick Turner is a small piece of rock history, and an alumnus of Moses Brown School in Providence. In addition he's a master guitar maker.
Turner has returned to his alma mater, to teach a course in ukulele making. Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host, Chuck Hinman sat down with Turner to talk about his music, life after the band, and returning to teach at his old school.
Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival go on sale at 10 o’clock Thursday morning. The music lineup has yet to be announced.
That’s been the norm for the past several years, but it hasn’t stopped the festival from selling thousands of tickets. Last year, for the first time in its history, the complete three-day festival completely sold out. Three-day, two-day, and single passes will all go on sale. Ten percent of the three-day passes will be available at a special ‘early-bird rate.’