04/19/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers.

COURTESY PHOTO | Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers.

Folk music, like home cooking and regional accents, is one of those cultural traditions that has a way of taking on the flavor of where its makers settled.

In North America, our traditional music is a derivative of the Scottish and Irish fiddle folk tunes that immigrants brought with them hundreds of years ago. But as these populations settled on this side of the Atlantic, how that music grew and morphed as songs were handed down to successive generations depended largely upon where the players settled.  (more…)

09/15/14 12:00pm
HERMAN KNOCHE PHOTO | Alice Eastwood in 1927.

HERMAN KNOCHE PHOTO |
Alice Eastwood in 1927.

Alice Eastwood was a plantsman.

She was born in 1859 in Toronto, Canada. Her mother died when she was six and she was cared for in a convent for most of her childhood. In 1873, at the age of 14, she moved with her remaining family members to the United States. (more…)