Bob Blackman

Bob has channeled his passion for folk music into many activities over the last thirty years. His popular radio show The Folk Tradition (Sundays at 6:00 p.m. on WKAR-FM 90.5) includes a wide variety of traditional and contemporary folk music. Bob co-founded the Ten Pound Fiddle coffeehouse in 1975. He served on the Music Programming Committee for the National Folk Festival's three year stay in East Lansing, and now does the same for the Great Lakes Folk Festival. He has contributed over one hundred articles, columns and reviews to Sing Out! and other publications, and has even written a song that was recently recorded by the Short Sisters. Bob is the computer systems administrator at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan.

Community Sing Emcee
Friday Feb. 4, 8 pm

Saturday Feb. 5, 8 pm


The Singing Tradition of the Copper Family
with Finest Kind and Bob Blackman /
11 am to noon

For over 200 years, one family in a small English farming village has passed down an extraordinary group of traditional folksongs. The Copper Family of Rottingdean, Sussex, has been singing for at least seven consecutive generations. Their songs, and their unique a cappella harmony style, have influenced many other folksingers throughout England and America. At this workshop, the Canadian trio Finest Kind will perform some of their favorite songs from the Coppers' repertoire. WKAR Radio's Bob Blackman (who wrote a comprehensive article about the family for Sing Out! magazine in 2001) will talk about the Coppers and play a few of their recordings.

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