In Memoriam: Fred Holstein & Rick Fielding

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,

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

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Fred Holstein, Hold Back The Days, Interview Snippet/Days of '49, Streets Of London, Fred Holstein: A Collection


  • Fred Holstein, I Believe, Hobo's Lullaby, For All The Good People, Fred Holstein: A Collection


  • Rick Fielding, Living In The Country, Trouble In Mind, Off To School No More, Live In WSHU's Studio A

  • Rick Fielding, There Comes A Time, Sing With The Angels, This One's The Dreamer, Borealis Records


  • Artist, Song/Tune, Album, Label

  • Joel Mabus, Sally Goodin In The Valley With Sugar In The Gourd, Speed The Plow, Ruben, Golden Willow Tree


  • Joel Mabus, Somewhere Over The Banjo, Settin' The Woods On Fire, Flying Fish LP


  • Atwater-Donnelly, Fare Thee Well, The Blackest Crow, Rabbit Island Music