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Peter Solomon

Articles by Peter Solomon

Folk Festival Feature: Ukelele Scene

In recent years around the world, there has been a resurgence of interest in the ukelele. Peter Solomon originally produced this piece in 2013 and it was re-packaged and updated by Steve Clark for this year’s broadcast. Since this piece first aired, both Steve Clark and Peter Solomon have taken up the ukelele.

Details on the event mentioned in this piece, the third annual Uke Fest Virginia can be found here.

Folk Festival Feature: James River and Kanawha Canal

The site of the Richmond Folk Festival intersects the path of the historic James River and Kanawha Canal. George Washington conceived of the canal to connect the coastal areas of Virginia with the West. Unfortunately, the canal never made its way across the Allegheny mountains. 130 years after it fell out of use, there are still people who remain enthusiastic about its preservation. 88.9 WCVE’s Peter Solomon explore’s the canal’s history.

Folk Festival Feature: Guitarist Lonnie Johnson

Long before Jimmy Hendrix, Chet Atkins, Les Paul or Charlie Christian, there was a guitarist from New Orleans that some have called the Original Guitar Hero. Lonnie Johnson recorded with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, was one of the first jazz or blues musicians to play melodic solos on the instrument. B.B. King credits Johnson as one of his greatest influences and he is said to have inspired other influential guitar players including Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walkker.

In Case You Missed It: Quatro Na Bossa Live from 88.9 WCVE

On Wednesday evening, July 15, singer Laura Ann Singh and guitarist Kevin Harding of Quatro Na Bossa came to our studios at 88.9 WCVE to play some music and talk a little bit about what they have planned for Friday evening’s (7/18) Guitar and Other Strings Concert at VCU. In case you missed their segment, you can listen to it here. They performed music by Chico Buarque, Dorival Caymmi, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa.

Guitarist and Former Richmonder Randy Johnston Releases New Recording

Guitarist Randy Johnston has been living and working in New York since 1981, playing guitar with some iconic jazz musicians: the late singer Etta Jones, tenor saxophonist Houston Person, legendary bebop alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and just about every influential Hammond B-3 organist you can think of (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Shirley Scott, and Joey Defrancesco make up a partial list).

Plunky Branch Celebrates Fortieth Anniversary Leading Plunky & Oneness

On April 18th, saxophonist J. Plunky Branch celebrated forty years of leading his ensemble “Plunky & Oneness” with a gala affair at the historic Hippodrome Theatre in Jackson Ward. Plunky’s music is expansive, reflecting a wide range of influences including rhythm and blues, African music, avant garde jazz, go-go, hip-hop, and funk. Over the last four decades, he’s composed hundreds of songs, recorded more than two dozen albums and has performed for audiences all over the world.

Web Extra: The History of the Heron Rookery Site

The site of the James River Park Pipeline Walkway still contains features that reflect the uses of the location back in the 19th century. For instance, there’s a hand-made stone wall that sits directly behind the pipeline. Ralph White, a retired park naturalist and manager of the James River Park system, says this wall was built by slaves and was a part of the infrastructure of the port of Richmond.