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  • Smithsonian Folkways remembers folk singer and promoter Jack Hardy (1947-2011)

    Smithsonian Folkways remembers folk singer and promoter Jack Hardy (1947-2011), who co-founded Fast Folk Musical Magazine (now available via Smithsonian Folkways). Fast Folk supported new and emerging songwriters through a monthly magazine and record release. Hardy was also the founder of the Cornelia Street Songwriter Exchange in Greenwich Village. In addition, to his own excellent albums, Hardy was a mentor to such writers as Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Steve Forbert, Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky. The Fast Folk collection, which includes 98 albums, was acquired by Smithsonian Folkways in 2000.

    Read more about Jack Hardy and the album A Tribute to Jack Hardy featuring 26 songs recorded by Hardy’s friends including Suzanne Vega, Nanci Griffith, Jonathan Byrd and many others.

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