BerggrenFolk is the performance side of things. That's been happening in the U.S. since 1975 when I returned to my home in the Adirondacks, a farm that had been in the family for over a century. Having grown up on the folk music of Leadbelly, The Weavers and the Clancy Brothers, I turned to the traditional songs of the region, paying close attention to the stories of friends and neighbors, writing songs about them and sharing them with audiences.
These songs are the stories of human nature, love, hard work, failure and success. While the events, names and places may be specific, the lessons learned are not new. Willa Cather wrote: "There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in the country that have been singing the same five notes for over thousands of years." That's what this folk music is about.
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