Looking for Smithsonian Folkways recordings?

The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label includes important releases by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, and many more. There are recordings covering the folk music of many countries, political themes such as wars and protests, as well as genres such as railroad, cowboy, and childrens’ songs.

We have many Smithsonian Folkways CDs and LPs in the Library, but we also have access to hundreds more through our online subscription to Smithsonian Global Sound.

You can search for this content by label, artist, or song or album title.

If you already know the name of the album, choose Browse > Album from the column on the left.

If you want to browse all of the recordings on the Smithsonian Folkways label, choose Browse > Label from the column on the left:
Then, chose Smithsonian Folkways Recordings from the list:
Next, you can get a list of the albums by title by looking at, “Narrow your search further by selecting” at the top and clicking on “Album > more…” in the pop-up window:

Then you will see an alphabetic list of all albums on that label:

Of course you can do this with all of the other labels represented in Smithsonian Global Sound as well.

Blogs vs Twitter

It’s been pretty quiet (dare I say dead?) here on the blog this semester. That’s because we have been using Twitter more to send you short news bits. You can see the feed from our Twitter stream on the right side of the blog. We’ll continue to use the blog when we have longer announcements or want to include pictures or screen shots to illustrate something.

What’s up with audio e-reserves?

As you may have noticed, we’ve been having some problems with audio e-reserves this semester. They’re working just fine if you use one of our computers, and usually work if you are trying to access from home. However, you might encounter problems if you are trying to access either from a Mac or via campus wireless.

We are working to fix the problems and hope to have a more stable system in the near future. In the meantime, here are two things you can try:

1) If you’re having problems from home or via the wireless: Trying installing the VPN client and using that to access the audio files.

2) If you’re having problems from a Mac and/or the VPN isn’t solving the problem, try installing RealAlternative instead of RealPlayer.

As always, if you’re having problems with any ereserves materials (or any online library resources), please just let us know! It helps to know what kind of computer, what media player, whether you’re using wireless, and which audio tracks didn’t work.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for this inconvenience.

New ways to get to our online music content

Now when you search our catalog for recordings, you will find records for recordings in our online audio streaming tools Classical Music Library and DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music). Just click on the “Related URL: Online access” link.

Also, when you search Grove Music Online (via Oxford Music Online) you can click on the “Related Content” tab to find links to CML and DRAM so you can search for related audio content.