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ig-news-digest         monday, august 19 2002         volume 05 : number 178

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] new mp3s on indigogirls.de  ["kathrin siegmund" <kathrin_siegmun]
  [ig-news] queer as folk                ["ines" <ines@schneebergerbaeck.at>]
  [ig-news] anybody want the url for the mp3s?  ["kathrin siegmund" <kathrin]

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date: sun, 18 aug 2002 23:48:44 +0200
from: "kathrin siegmund" <kathrin_siegmund@gmx.de>
subject: [ig-news] new mp3s on indigogirls.de

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

hi all!

so, the london show (with poetry readings and all) and the edinburgh
show are now available on my site.

they were recorded by claudine and she was sweet enough to let me
put them up on my site for everyone to download.

the "on the tracks" radio interview is still being edited. i will upload
that and the cambridge show in 2 weeks.
sorry, i can't do it sooner but since i have to take the london and
edinburgh show off when i put new stuff up, you'll have these two
weeks to do all your downloading:).

i might offer an fserve on irc in order to constantly have all the shows
i have available for everyone.
but the download speed would be considerably slower there, so i'm not
sure how good an idea that is.

anyhoo, have fun downloading and listening.

be well,
kathrin

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date: sun, 18 aug 2002 18:34:32 +0200
from: "ines" <ines@schneebergerbaeck.at>
subject: [ig-news] queer as folk

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

i got this from the ferrick list, an interesting article about folk music
(deb posted the promo some days ago) :

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/18/magazine/18folk.html?ex=1030624475&ei=1&en
=2666f89b3129d981

queer as folk
by david hajdu

at some point in most of her concerts, christine lavin goes looking for a
man. a singer-songwriter prominent in the folk-music circuit for more than a
decade, lavin is a drolly impish performer with a flair for the theatrical.
she affixes a miner's light on her head, steps offstage and roams around the
audience in search of the best-looking man in the house. ''the interesting
thing to me,'' she says, ''is that i'll be looking for a man, and i'll have
the light on, and i'll see 20 women, and i'll see one man in the whole
section.'' the audience for artists like lavin, like that of folk music in
general, is predominantly female and increasingly gay.

[snip]

the rise of gay women in folk music is difficult to
quantify; all those female faces at concerts by women
folksingers is no more proof of a lesbian phenomenon than
arenas full of boys at metallica shows means that all
heavy-metal fans are gay. however, the number of female
performers in folk who are openly lesbian, bisexual or
actively pro-gay has been rising in recent years and
seemingly at a higher rate than in other styles of music.
the music festivals, concert halls and clubs have rosters
full of artists who are lesbian or widely recognized as
gay-friendly: melissa etheridge, ani difranco, k.d. lang,
the indigo girls, nanci griffith, holly near, janis ian,
tret fure, melissa ferrick, toshi reagon, jill sobule,
cheryl wheeler, patty larkin and dozens more. according to
ellen friedman, who runs a boston-area booking agency with
her lesbian partner, the proportion of gay women in folk is
''much, much greater'' than in other musical genres ''and
expanding constantly.''

lesbians have had such success in acoustic music that more
than one female performer has been charged with posing as a
lesbian to exploit the market -- and some men in the field
have begun to talk of feeling alienated. others in folk
circles, while acknowledging the right of gay women to play
any music they like, express concern that folk, by
definition the most inclusive of musics, might be becoming
too insular, if not restrictive, and it has all happened
with so little public notice that some of those at the
heart of the matter are struggling to come to terms with
it. ''i think of the number of gay folk musicians i know,
and it's amazing,'' says amy ray of the indigo girls. ''and
i think of people like dar williams and ani difranco --
they're not gay, but they have a big gay following. what is
it about folk music that appeals to gay women? i'd like to
know.''

pamela means, a young biracial woman living in boston,
writes stark, defiant songs about race and lesbianism. on a
saturday evening in july, means was scheduled to perform in
the 9 to 10 o'clock slot at the living room, a publike folk
venue on the lower east side of manhattan. the room was
full. ''she has a good following here,'' the bartender
said, beaming. by 9:20, means had not yet arrived, and the
fellow scheduled to play at 10, carl mullen, was asked to
take the microphone. he sang and played the guitar well,
though the house began to thin. around 9:45, the manager
announced that means had fallen ill and would not be
arriving, and nearly a third of the audience, all women,
left. mullen shifted to rock 'n' roll songs in panic. ''i
don't know what we'd do without the lesbians,'' the
bartender said, watching the exodus. ''without them, i
don't know what we'd do.''

a few decades ago, things were different. ''the folk clubs
were nothing like they are today,'' amy ray recalls.
''lesbians were no more welcome in folk than we were
anywhere else. other musicians didn't want us there, and
the audience didn't make us feel very welcome.''

[snip]

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date: mon, 19 aug 2002 00:06:05 +0200
from: "kathrin siegmund" <kathrin_siegmund@gmx.de>
subject: [ig-news] anybody want the url for the mp3s?

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

;)

sorry:

http://www.indigogirls.de/downloads.html

kathrin

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