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Photo by George Skepton

Photo © George Skepton, 2013


Stephen D. Winick is the author of hundreds of articles on music and folklore.  In over twenty years as a music journalist for such publications as Dirty Linen, Sing Out!, The All-Music Guide and Music Hound, he interviewed and profiled some of the top names in folk and world music, including The Chieftains, Alan Stivell, Steeleye Span, La Bottine Souriante, Martin Carthy, Great Big Sea, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Le Vent du Nord, and many, many others. Some of these articles go back almost twenty years, but they often contain the most complete accounts available of how an artist or band got started.  Please explore!

Steve also writes articles on folklore, from proverbs and riddles to folktales and ballads. These pieces have ranged from a general discussion of superstitions for the children's magazine National Geographic World to an article for Faerie Magazine's special issue on mermaids.  He followed in the footsteps of such authors as Terri Windling and Ari Berk in writing several articles for the Folk Roots column in Realms of Fantasy magazine...you can see some of those below.

 
Photo by Marc Hudgins

Photo © Marc Hudgins, 2011

Finally, he has a deep interest in Tarot cards, and has interviewed some of the leading figures in the Tarot world.  He offers those articles below as well.

Steve once got a fan letter that said: "Your writing captures the perfect blend of academic authority and good, plain language that regular folks can understand." He hopes that's still true today! 

For a selection of articles and reviews written for academic journals, encyclopedias, and textbooks,
follow this link to his "Folklorist" page.

If you're interested in commissioning an article on a topic involving folk music or any other aspect of folklore, please
get in touch!

 

Folklore and Fantasy Articles


The great illustrator Charles Vess's drawing of the Lord & Lady
based on Steve Winick and Jennifer Cutting © 2014 Charles Vess

 
Riddles in the Light (An Interrogation of Riddles, originally published in Realms of Fantasy.)

Do You Know Jack?
(An Exploration of Jack Tales, originally published in Realms of Fantasy.)

Believing in Unicorns (An Exultation of Mythical Beasts, originally published in Realms of Fantasy.)




 

Music Articles

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Out of the Archives (2012)

Early Music and Folk-Rock: Old Songs for New Folks (2008-2009) [pdf]

Classic Free Reed Revival Masters (2008) [pdf]


Estampie and Qntal: Medieval Rock (Not!) (2008)

The New Scorpion Band: Several Bands in One (2007) [pdf]

Charlie Pilzer: It's All Just Fun (2007) [pdf]

At the Ren Faire with Mediæval Bæbes (2007) [pdf] (Photos by Steve Winick!)

Classic 5 Hand Reel (2007) [pdf]


A Medieval Bestiary: More Folk-Rock from the Middle Ages (2007) [pdf]

Eine Kleine Mittelalterliche Musik: German Folk-Rock Gets Medieval (2006) [pdf]

Jenny Wilhelms and Gjallarhorn: A Taste of the Pagan North (2006) [pdf]

The Two Magicians: Celtic Music Duo Pipeline (2006) [pdf]

Čechomor: Bouncing Czechs (2006) (Photos by Steve Winick!)

Le Vent du Nord: Bonne Chance at Bonnes Chansons (2005)

What Child is this?  Francis James Child's Ballads in the Modern Age (2004)

Tim Eriksen of Cordelia's Dad: I Love these Old Songs! (2004)

Battling On: Another Decade with the Battlefield Band (2002) [pdf]

Beware the Wolf: A Look at Garolou (2002) [pdf]


John Whelan: Being Thankful
(2001) [pdf]

Alan Stivell: Bard of Breizh (2000)

Matapat: Singing...and Playing! (2000) [pdf]

Broadside Electric (2000)

Kíla: Top Bananas of Celtic Music, or Twinkling Tribal Hernia? (2000) [pdf]

Martin Carthy: Don't Call Him Sir!
(1999) [pdf]

John Wesley Harding: Lord of Gangsta Trad (1999)

Think Locally, Sing Globally: Cosmopolitan Corkman Jimmy Crowley (1999) [pdf]

Classic Malicorne (1999) [pdf]


The Chieftains (1998)

La Bottine Souriante (1997)

Classic Barry and Robin Dransfield (1997)


The Saw Doctors: All the Way from Tuam (1997)

Dervish: Give it a Whirl (1997)

Classic Gabriel & Marie Yacoub (1997)

Steeleye Span: Twenty-Seven Years on the Bus (1996)


Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys: In with the Old, In with the New (1996)

Songs That Bind Us: The Music of Tommy Sands (1991/1996)

Seamus Egan: Serendipity (1996)

Classic Dubliners (1995)


The Long Road: Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies (1995)

Värttinä:Roots and Branches of Finnish Folk (1994)

From Limerick Rake to Solid Man: The Musical Life of Mick Moloney (1993)

La Musgaña: The Rat that Roared (1993)

Milliadoiro: Between Fish and Chips (1993)


 

Photo Credits

The photo of Steve in a Renaissance jerkin and hat was taken by Kevin Hedgecock at the Virginia Renaissance Festival in 2011. The photo of Steve with Jennifer Cutting is from his performance as Master of Ceremonies at the Spoutwood Farm May Day Faerie Festival, 2011, and was taken by Marc Hudgins.  The sketch of the Lord and Lady was made by the great fantasy illustrator Charles Vess at the Spoutwood Farm May Day Faerie Festival, 2011; the figures are based on Stephen D. Winick and Jennifer Cutting.  © Charles Vess, all rights reserved.