Bob Stepno's Music & Dance Bookmarks
This page is a Web cobweb dating back to 1998 or so, when I lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., had more brown than white in my hair and beard, and kept not only my own music bookmark list, but was a founding board member and webmaster for the Triangle Folk Music Society. Its pages included coming events, links to performers' sites on the web and other folk music resources. Alas, the original site is gone, but the group still organizes concerts and announces them on the TFMS Concert Announcment List.
Other than this gray block, no content or links on this page have been updated in the 21st century. It's amazing that any (but not many) of the links still work!
In some cases, whole hosting services have gone out of business -- or performers who originally housed their pages on university servers have moved on to own their own Internet domains. Some of the original sites appear to have been acquired by squatters who just hope to sell the domain names. Fortunately, Google can find most of the individuals with a simple search on their names.
Even back in 1998, this page said the TFMS pages were more up to date than this one, which it called a "less-up-to-date collection of links and personal babbling."
When not glued to the computer keyboard, I like to listen to or play folkish music on the guitar (mostly), banjo and mandolin, and learn songs that I'm often too shy (or aware of my artistic limitations) to sing in public. I don't have the hang of keeping a lots of tunes in my head, but I can generally pick them off a page, as in the photo. (Pretty soon I'll try to learn this tune to surprise the other guy in the picture, who wrote it.)
When I'm too tired to sit down, I go to contradances, an old New England form of country dancing that has spread across America.
In a valiant effort to get some of my online information organized, commented, and shared, here are some country dance and folk music sites that I have found...
While browsing these pages note that "Bob" is a popular name for musicians, dancers, and bands. I wish I could take credit for all of them, but I can't.
- Triangle Area Contradances are now listed online by Virgil Sealy, after the launch by Dan Poirer.
- Bob Dalsemar was my first clogging teacher at Pinewoods Camp, but is better known as president of The Country Dance and Song Society, and as a caller and composer of dances, some of which are on his own home page.
- Bill Tomczak's Contra Dance Page, complete with a state-by-state database!
- a list of Bands, Musicians, and Callers...
- NEFFA Webserver, especially if you'll be in Eastern Massachusetts in April!
- a Contradance Page...
- Bob's Contra Page
- ...A Band Named Bob...
- What Is Contra Dance?
- Triangle area contra dance schedule by Dan Poirer
- CDSS Webserver
- The Clogging Page
- John C Campbell Folk School
- Banjo in the Hollow
- Pinecone (Piedmont Traditional Arts)
- The Digital Tradition Folk Song Full Text Search was last seen at this address, after living at Xerox for some time. It may be on the move again.
- Bob Franke
- The Bobs not to be confused with any other Bobs. Ask for them by name.
- Steve Goodman.
- John Prine.
- Bob (used to be "Bobby" on the Campus Restaurant jukebox copy of "Blowin' in the wind" in the '60s)
- Anne Hills
- Eric Von Schmidt (thanks to Karl Erik, keeper of the Dylan directory).
- The Nields -- our geographical and musical roots are a little tangled... And as a lifelong reader of album jackets when "albums" were big square things with lots of room for type and pictures on the cover or even INSIDE, I really appreciate their newsletter and web pages. I am not the Bob of their CD "Bob on the ceiling." But I own the CD -- and T-shirt.
- Folk Music Home Page
- Dirty Linen Magazine
- Concerts in NORTH CAROLINA
- Folkways Records
- Sacred Harp
- Martin Guitar Co. I can't believe the price of the M-38 that I bought for $800 in 1978 and (sigh) sold a few years ago for less than half what Martin's listing them for today. I heard that Eric Clapton wound up with my old one. I hope he likes it.
- Instructions, messages, places to play, and even used instruments for sale I haven't done business with these Backporch guys, but it's a neat website.
- The Folk Project may be in Northern New Jersey, but it has great taste otherwise (that's a JOKE, Lis...) Great links to artists and a great sense of the music community..
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