10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters
Because we've been hosting so many live, in-studio shows during the past few months, this is a delayed and overdue tribute to two master craftsmen of folk song who died earlier this year.
Fred Holstein, who Emily Friedman rightly called a "Johnny Appleseed of traditional and composed songs" and who was an integral part of the Chicago folk music scene for 40 years as a performer and club owner, died at age 61 on Jan. 13.
Rick Fielding of Toronto, Canada was literally a walking encyclopedia of folk music and folk styles and enjoyed a career both as a singer and instrumentalist that spanned more than 30 years before his death on March 20 after a courageous battle against cancer.
Fred Holstein seldom ventured outside of the Chicago area to perform, but Rick Fielding was a frequent visitor to Southwestern Connecticut and New York State to perform at coffeehouses and festivals after his initial CD release in 1995 on Folk-Legacy Records.
The Holstein material is taken from a 2-CD compilation that can be obtained through his Web page, www.fredholstein.com
Our good friend and fellow WSHU programmer Walt Graham did a wonderful musical tribute to Rick Fielding on his April 3 AcousticConnections show, so I opted for presenting a small portion of an in-studio interview and performance Rick did with us on Nov. 7, 1997. It offers a marvelous insight into his formation as a performer. Rick's music can be obtained through www.interlog.com/~rfield/