Folk-rooted and folk-branched reviews, commentaries, radio playlists and suggestions from veteran music journalist and broadcaster Mike Regenstreif.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Oscar Brand 1920-2016
I was very saddened to hear that Oscar Brand died last night at age 96. He was probably the last of
the great folksingers of his generation.
Let's Sing Out, Oscar's TV program on Canadian TV in the
early-1960s helped me find folk music.
I met Oscar a few times over the years and he was always very
gracious and he was particularly encouraging in 1994 when I started hosting the
Folk Roots/Folk Branches radio program on CKUT in Montreal. Oscar’s own radio
program, Folksong Festival, aired weekly for 71 years on WNYC in New York – up until
just last week.