|OSCAR BRAND is one of the last remaining fathers of North American Folk Music. Oscar, a native of Winnipeg, who recently released his 100th record album, will be celebrating his 90th Birthday. He has over 70 years as a performer, and the 65th Anniversary of his weekly radio show Folksong Festival in 2010 (the only radio show in the USA that dared feature blacklisted folk singers during the McCarthy era). Just some of the folk artists who regularly appeared on Oscar’s radio show in the 1940s included Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Josh White (and Josh, Jr.), Paul Robeson, Burl Ives, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Pete Seeger; He has written eleven books on folk music, his 1952 million selling song "A Guy is a Guy" was Song of the Year, and as co-founder (with Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn and Frank Sinatra) and Curator of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and is one of the last three remaining performing artists to have shared the stage with Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Burl Ives and Paul Robeson (along with Pete Seeger and Josh White, Jr.). Oscar is also an EMMY and 2 time Peabody Award star of television and radio and a founder of Sesame Street. WoodSongs is very proud to welcome this folk icon giant to our stage for a celebration of Oscar's historic musical legacy.
||JOSH WHITE JR returns to the WoodSongs stage celebrating the 65th year of his storied career with two brand new releases. His father, Josh White, was the ground-breaking African-American pioneer in many fields: as the first folk and blues artist and the first black man to have a million selling record; first to give a White House Command Performance; first folk and blues artist to perform in a nightclub, first to make a national solo concert tour of America; the first to tour internationally; and along with Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie, the first to be honored with a US Postage Stamp. In addition to his concerts and CDs, Josh is a TONY award winning actor. His current CD “By Request” was released in 2009, and he has new two releases, “Tuning the Blues” and “Live at the Raven Gallery 1978-1979,” coming out in early 2010.