Groups: Mailing Lists, Webrings & Newsgroups - Links
Artist Lists (scrolls down)
Links to discussion groups dedicated to individual artists and their music, including Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Joni Mitchell, Cheryl Wheeler and others.
- info for dozens of individual artist discussions
This page gives information on dozens of lists on individual artists including links for their sign-up and FAQ pages.
The list for Banjo pickers. This link takes you to their Subscription/FAQ page.
Subscribe to the FolkBiz-List, a forum for artists, agents, labels, and others to discuss music business issues like travel, equipment, websites, etc. New features include bulletin board and on-line chats.
The archives of this ongoing disussion contain tons of useful information - if you know approximately where to look. No subject index or search exists.
DJ's talk about new releases, programming issues, and post playlists, but performers, business folk and even a few fans join them for lively and timely discussions. Site tells how to subscribe and stores archives.
Here's the FAQ sheet to help you get signed up for this popular list, usually referred to as F_M. Discuss new artists, recent shows and recordings, best places to hear music, travel and more.
Folk_Music List Digest
Comprehensive archive of F_M digests going back years.
Folk Revival List
Another OneList group.
This list, as the name suggests, is mainly for venue owners and concert promoters to discuss ongoing issues, discuss latest developments and post announcements.
Independent artists and labels discuss issues.
A newsgroup for independent artists and music industry types.
The IndieGrrl group of women artists has started a list - just click the e-mail link above to subscribe. For more info. on Indiegrrl, see the Lilith, etc. netlinks page.
Folk Music Listserv
Fans of Folk Music in Montana now have a listserv for news and discussion. Sign up at this site.
About 1000 professional musicians, up to 50 messages/day. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to the e-mail link above. To get the digest, mail a blank note to: firstname.lastname@example.org
New CD List
A new list for CD release announcements. You can post info about a new release, or receive announcements by sending an e-mail with <subscribe> as the subject. Or look through the archives, which start with 2/00.
Send e-mail with a blank Subject field and the words "subscribe billy-bragg" or "subscribe billy-bragg-digest" in the body of the message.
Here's a page explaining how to join Shawn's mailing list, "Small Repairs."
Catielist: To subscribe, send a message to email@example.com with "subscribe catielist-digest" in the body.
To join the list, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with subscribe and your email address in the body of the letter. I'm told this site currently gets about one post a week.
You'll find info on how to join Nanci's list at the above site. Also, here.
If you're not too intimidated to talk about the work of this guy, here's a list for you to join.
To subscribe to her list, go to her website and click on "chat list." And here's a FAQ page for joining the "lucy list."
This page explains all you need to know to join the Pat-Heads on the "metal drums" list.
Here's a page explaining how to join the "Planet X" list for Christine fans.
Here's info for joining the mailing list for Joni's fans.
To join the list, send an email to majordomo@MageNet.com and in the body of the email write: subscribe richard-shindell-digest
You'll find info on how to join Cheryl's list at the above site.
You'll find info on how to join Nanci's list at the above site.
You'll find info on how to join Dar's list at the above site.
Web Rings & Hubs: The Online Community
A webring lets individuals create a network; Ani DiFranco fans have made a ring of 500 interconnected sites; the Folk Music Ring is slightly smaller. Other webmasters serve as "hubs," offering links and on-line resources that strengthen community.
Deja.com is a site that archives and searches all usenet forums and discussions. It's a good place to start to get the lay of the land.
Browse the banjo forum discussions.
Browse the forum discussions on bluegrass music.
Browse the forum discussions on acoustic guitar.
Browse the forum discussions on guitar tabs - not a lot of threads specifically related to folk music, but useful.
Guitar - General
Browse the forum discussions on guitar. Geared more to electric and pop/rock rather than folk and acoustic.
Guitar for Beginners
If you're a beginning guitar player, here's a place to get advice and blow off steam.
Play harmonica? There's even a list for you.
This DYI site for on-line songwriting workshops and performing tips is a popular meeting spot for beginning and gregarious singer-songwriters.