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Subject: Rank Commercialism-Please Read!
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 14 Apr 97 - 01:19 PM

If you've used the database within the past couple of weeks, you've probably noticed that we have a sponsor: Camsco Music.

If you're wondering why, the answer is simple: We need some income to keep all this good stuff going. Websites aren't free (especially when you're getting a half-million or so hits each month); sadly, neither is time.Max Spiegel, our webmeister, and dick greenhaus, the more-or-less curator of the Digital Tradition, are both self-employed, and are both faced with the necessity of earning a living. This cuts severely into the time we'd like to spend to make this site an even better place to visit and meet.

SO, we'd like you to seriously consider Camsco as a source for recordings. We think it's a fine company, and we think that you-all have the distinct ability to be very happy customers. If you're not familiar with Camsco, here goes:

Camsco Music has a pretty unique focus. It specializes in traditional music. Camsco offers recordings from some of the larger labels like Rounder, Yazoo, Arhoolie and Green Linnet; Camsco also carries hard to find recordings from the UK on the Veteran and WildGoose labels, Canadian recordings on Singsong, American old time music on Marimac and quite a few other smaller labels. What makes Camsco unique is that the company distributes music of artists who independently produce their own cassettes and compact discs. The recordings all come from performers who are firmly rooted in traditional music. And, in most instances, until the advent of Camsco, these recordings were only available at performances. The singers and musicians had no other distribution methods. So if you're looking for independently produced recordings by the Deseret String Band from Salt Lake City, the Copper Family from Rottingdean, England; Andy Cohen of Memphis, Ian Robb from Ottawa, Phil Cooper and Margaret Nelson from Chicago, Jim and Kim Lansford from Missouri, Helen Schneyer or Margaret MacArthur from Vermont, or more than a hundred others, take a look at the Camsco Music website. Wally Macnow, the founder of, has been involved with traditional music in America for quite a while. He has been performing since 1958 and was an original member of Rock Creek, the a capella trio, from 1977 to 1986, He's also been on the boards of Pinewoods Folk Music Club in New York City, the Folk Song Society of Greater Washington, the Baltimore Folk Music Society, the Country Dance and Song Society of America, and numerous folk festivals. He also was heavily involved with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in its formative years. By the way, Camsco Music donates 3% of all sale profits to organizations dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional music.

That's it. If you patronize Camsco you'll be helping Camsco, the Digital Tradition, The Mudcat Cafe and-- most of all--yourself.

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Subject: RE: Rank Commercialism-Please Read!
From: Bert Hansell
Date: 14 Apr 97 - 04:41 PM

What a wonderful resource. Thanks for letting us know.
Why don't you put their logo on the discussion group as well? I'd have missed it if you hadn't mentioned it.

I'm a bit skint this month but I know where a lot of my spending money is going in the near future.

Thanks again. Bert.

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Subject: RE: Rank Commercialism-Please Read!
From: LaMarca
Date: 14 Apr 97 - 05:44 PM

Since there's no direct link to Camsco on the discussion page, here's their address(es):

Wally also sets up a booth at a lot of the New England folk festivals, and will be at NEFFA in 2 weeks in Natick, Mass., April 25-27.

NEFFA's a great festival held annually at Natick High School. They have LOTS of traditional dance workshops where you can do any kind of folk dancing from New Engand contras to Bulgarian village dances (with tangoes, 2-steps and waltzes in between), concerts and workshops featuring blues, gospel, ballads, banjo picking and bagpipe styles to name a few, craft sales and a multi-ethnic food court. If you're in the Boston area, try to get out there in a couple weeks... and look up Camsco Music's booth while you're there!

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Subject: RE: Rank Commercialism-Please Read!
Date: 15 Apr 97 - 11:10 PM

And Mr. Macnow is a friendly, helpful guy.

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