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1/23/07: Utah's Folk Music of the 60s

Rosalie Sorrels in Salt Lake City in the early 60s.
Utah State Historical Society
Rosalie Sorrels in Salt Lake City in the early 60s.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – In the 1960s, young urban songwriters were searching for a new form of artistic expression to talk about cultural and political change. That search for something "new" took them back to something old. In Utah, musicians like Bruce "Utah" Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels and groups like "Uncle Lumpy" and "Polly and the Valley Boys" called on a rich musical tradition to create a "folk revival." Doug is joined by Rosalie Sorrels, Polly Stewart and Hal Cannon for a look at the heyday of folk music in the state.

  • On Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:30 p.m., the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association presents "Urban Pioneers: A Concert of the 1960s Folk Music Revival in Utah." The event will take place at Highland High School, and tickets are $15, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Acoustic Music, Local Music and Orion's Music. For more information, click here
  • Read Polly Stewart's Urban Pioneers: The Folk-Music Revival in utah, 1959-1966 in the Summer 2006 issue of Utah Historical Quarterly

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