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A Song Cycle Dedicated to the Rwandan Genocide Online Media
The creators of the famous Song-A-Week web site, Tom Flannery & Lorne Clarke, have dedicated a second all-free MP3 site to the Rwandan genocide of 1994. This site was recognized by the government of Rwanda with a 2004 Healing Hands Award. The site is loaded with essays, songs and lyrics as well as a play by Tom Flannery and a lengthy list of suggested reading materials.

`Site no longer available. To see a page from 2005, go to:

(edited by Will Fly)

ABC Converter at Online Media
Not as elegant as the one at, which is no longer operating - but it works. Copy an ABC melody and paste it here, and you can hear the tune or see it in notation.

Americana Music Guide - Country Roots Internet Audio Online Media
Links to various sites with online Americana music.

Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) - Alan Lomax (Recordings, too) Online Media
The Association for Cultural Equity (ACE), housed at the Fine Arts Campus of New York City's Hunter College, was chartered as a charitable organization in the State of New York in 1983. It was founded by Alan Lomax to explore and preserve the world's expressive traditions with humanistic commitment and scientific engagement. Alan Lomax was a musicologist, writer and producer who spent his life capturing in sound, photographs, video and research what today is termed our "intangible heritage." The central value of his career was the promotion of cultural equity as the need for every culture to express and develop its distinctive heritage, believing it should be recognized as a fundamental human right. His "Appeal for Cultural Equity" anticipated by decades UNESCO's 2003 declaration to safeguard intangible oral heritage.

Bandcouver Roots Radio Online Media
Radio Bandcouver is a weekly Roots-Rock and Pop music show, hosted / produced / compiled and engineered by Mark Bignell, on listened-sponsered CFRO (Co-op radio) 102.7 FM. Featuring music, commentary, band-dates and live, in-studio musical guests. It's heard Fridays from 9pm-10:30 PST in Vancouver,B.C.,Canada. There's a link to Co-op radio to listen live online. Tip: if the live on line link doesn't work, try the direct link to Co-op radio and go from there. Happy listening!

Site now unobtainable. An archived page from 2018 can be seen at:

(edited by Will Fly)

Ben Gray Lumpkin Digital Folk Music Collection - University of Colorado Online Media
The Ben Gray Lumpkin Collection is an archive of the folk songs that were collected and recorded by Ben Gray Lumpkin while he was a professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He traveled throughout Colorado, recording the songs that were remembered and sung by people who were living in Colorado between 1950 and 1970. The original collection contains approximately 2,000 performances by 192 individuals. This Digital Audio Folk Song Collection provides a sampling of the recorded songs contained in the Ben Gray Lumpkin Collection.

Blind Drunk Al Online Media
youtube page with an interesting collection of recordings of traditional and other songs

Bob Moke - MusicProf78 on YouTube Online Media
An interesting collection of old recordings, mostly pop.

Contribute an ABC tune... Online Media
This is actually a submission site for a collection, but as part of the process you can convert to gif or postscript or midi file in order to check your work before submission. Also has some good ABC links. (Joe Offer)

Cylinder Recording Preservation Project Online Media
With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the University of California at Santa Barbara Libraries have created a digital collection of nearly 8,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. In an effort to bring these recordings to a wider audience, they can be freely downloaded or streamed online.

Down Home Radio Show Online Media
Many, many fascinating folk music radio programs are archived at this website. It's a real treasure! -Joe Offer-

Edwardian Music Hall Songs Online Media
a nice collection of lyrics and MP3 recordings

FAU Judaica Sound Archive Online Media
Lots and lots of historic Jewish recordings in a variety of languages. Sponsored by Florida Atlantic University.

Folk Radio UK Online Media
An indpendent internet station playing a very wide selection of Folk music from the British Isles and ireland, both past and present. Plays non-stop without interruption or commercials. Site includes reviews, interviews, videos, forum, folklore traditions and a growing online community forum.

Folkways Radio Online Media
Online music from all over the world, from Smithsonian Folkways.

InterMet Music Group Online Media
Small group od independent record labels covering a wide range of genres across rock, americana, jazz, folk and acoustic based singer/songwriters. Investigate the pages and enjoy. (questionable Sept 2014)

Janey Buchan Political Song Collection Online Media
The University of Glasgow School of Culture & Creative Arts is pleased to host, and provide access to, a listing of materials held in the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection – a major collection of materials relating to political song and songs of social justice, together with other holdings of relevance from the fields of politics, social studies, and the performing arts. The collection comprises print, manuscript, and audiovisual media, dating from the 18th century to the present day. All five continents are represented, as are all shades of political opinion, although at least 90% of holdings originate from the left of centre.

John Quincy Wolf Collection Ozark Folk Songs Online Media
John Quincy Wolf began collecting Ozark ballads while an undergraduate at Arkansas (now Lyon) college. His first serious professional interest in Ozark folksongs dates Old Settlers Music Festivalfrom his attendance at the Old Settler's folk music festival at Blanchard Springs in 1941. He and his wife Bess began to seek out folksingers in the White River and surrounding areas, often placing advertisements in local newspapers for people who knew "old songs." Wolf recorded hundreds of Ozark folksingers between 1952 and 1963, including Almeda Riddle, Neal Morris, Oscar and Ollie Gilbert, and Jimmy Driftwood. He observed how many of these singers would add their own adaptations to songs, and chronicled this in "Folksingers and the Re-Creation of Folksong" in Western Folklore. The Wolf Folksong Collection at Lyon College contains hundreds of recordings. Transcriptions are being added to this online collection weekly.

Kali Dasgupta Online Media
A site commemorating the work of folklorist, collector and folksinger Kali Dasgupta (1926 - 2005). 86 tracks online as mp3s

KRAB Radio, Seattle - 1962-84 archive Online Media
Hello, KRAB was a radio station in Seattle between 1962 and 1984. A couple of years ago I took on the project of building an online archive of audio and other ephemera from the remains of KRAB. Part of my work is reaching out to former program producers, volunteers and listeners in pursuit of possible recordings or other material they might have hung on to since those days. That is what brought me to mudcat. A search turned up several people that have mentioned KRAB in their posts, and John Ross, of course, was a volunteer at KRAB as well as KBOO. Would you also consider adding the archive to mudcat's list of links? The URL is We have almost 400 hours of audio, 300 program

MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada Online Media
Includes texts and recordings of songs from Cape Breton Island (all in Gaelic) and from Newfoundland (including some instrumental pieces), as well as background information and photos.

Max Hunter Folk Song Collection Online Media
A collection of hundreds of folk songs collected by Max Hunter, mainly in the Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri. Each song is on a page containing the lyrics. Virtually all of them contain buttons that allow you to hear the original field recording in RealAudio or using an AIFF file. Some pages also contain transcriptions onto a staff, and you can push a button to play these transcribed songs in MIDI. "The Max Hunter Collection is an archive of almost 1600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976. A traveling salesman from Springfield, Missouri, Hunter took his reel-to-reel tape recorder into the hills and backwoods of the Ozarks, preserving the heritage of the region by recording the songs and stories of many generations of Ozark history. As important as the songs themselves are the voices of the Missouri and Arkansas folks who shared their talents and recollections with Hunter. Designed to give increased public access to this unique and invaluable resource, this site is a joint project of the Southwest Missouri State University Department of Music and the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri, where the permanent collection is housed." A righteous amateur collector and kindred spirit of Vance Randolph and Quincy Wolf.

Raidió Fáilte: Traditional Irish Music Online Media
Raidió Fáilte: broadcasting traditional Irish Music, Celtic music, Gaelic music, folk music, and a variety of other music, 24/7. We also broadcast Irish language classes, all online at

Rick & Heather Fielding's Acoustic Workshop - Mon. 7 PM Online Media
Here's a link to the RealAudio feed of CIUT in Toronto. Tune in Mondays at 7 PM Eastern Mudcat Time to hear Mudcatter Heather Fielding, who has kept the show going since the death of Rick. You can listen to the show online any time.

Roger McGuinn's Folk Den Online Media
Studies and recordings of lots of folk songs from the lead singer of the Byrds.

Roots Music Canada Online Media
Lots of Canadian music resources.

ROOTS OF AMERICAN FIDDLE MUSIC - Old Time Music Recordings, Photos, And Information Online Media
A really fun Website with lots of music and lots of information on old-time music.

Secondhandsongs Online Media
For us who like pop music - Find out who performed the original version of a particular song, or who covered that song. Includes links to recordings, so you can hear 357 versions of "Let It Snow," if you like.

SongRamp Music Community Online Media is a multi-genre music community, focused on the creative aspects of music and songwriting. The name implies a place where songs and songwriters can advance (ramp) based upon their merit.

Sound Possibilities YouTube Channel Online Media
High Definition music videos of original songs and acoustic instrumental guitar pieces by Tim McKamey, and many friends recorded at various open mikes and concerts during 2009, 2010 in Pacific Northwest.

Spud Mountain RFD - web radio program Online Media
Traditional music of rural North America, from Canada through Mexico, including square and contra dance music (often historic recordings with calls.) Bookmark it and listen in while you browse the web.

The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project Online Media
The purpose of this project is to identify, acquire, preserve, record and catalogue the most at-risk music from the black gospel music tradition. This will primarily include 78s, 45s, LPs, and the various tape formats issued in the United States and abroad between 1945 and 1970. Additionally, any ephemera that may be of use to scholars -- including PR photos and press packets, taped interviews, informal photographs, tour books and programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and sheet music -- will also be acquired as it becomes available. The ultimate goal is to have a copy of every song released by every black gospel artist or group during that time period.

The Milliner - Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes Online Media
MP3 Recordings of a very generous collection of fiddle tunes.

The Song Collectors Collective Online Media
The Song Collectors Collective celebrates the people who conserve rare oral culture within their communities in Britain, Ireland and beyond. It aims to empower a new generation of collectors while inspiring the ongoing exploration of and creativity within these communities. One of the core aims of the SCC is to record more than just songs, but stories, family histories, yarns, knowledge, lore and experiences of social change. The recordings will then be edited, indexed and freely shared on Song Collectors website and social media sites with unrestricted access for both the participants and others. Copies of the indexed recordings will also be donated to the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA), the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) and the National Sound Archive (NSA) at the British Library for safe-keeping for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

The Wisconsin Folksong Collection, 1937-1946 Online Media
The Wisconsin Folksong Collection, 1937- 1946, represents materials from two collections housed in three discrete but closely related repositories. The Collection reflects and documents the state's colorful pattern of immigration and occupational development during those years. The Collection contains Wisconsin field recordings, notes, and photographs made by UW-Madison faculty member Helene Stratman- Thomas as part of the Wisconsin Folk Music Recording Project, co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin and the Library of Congress during the summers of 1940, 1941, and 1946; and recordings collected by song catcher Sidney Robertson Cowell during the summer of 1937 for the Special Skills Division of the Resettlement Administration.

Tobar an Dulachais / Kist o' Riches (Edinburgh University) Online Media
This website contains over 30,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.

Venerable Music and Venerable Radio Online Media
Sales of classic recordings, and a 24-hour Internet radio station playing all genres of music from the 78rpm era.

Virtual Gramophone - Canadian Historic Recordings Online Media
Selected recordings in the National Library of Canada’s collection of 78s, chosen for their Canadian content, were digitally reproduced for this site. (Joe Offer) Online Media

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