Folk music, although not the most popular of genres these days, will always be engrained in the fabric of American music. It's music for the people, by the people. It's less about show and more about song. It's simple at times and complex the next moment. It'll make a lady sigh or bring a man to tears. It's powerful stuff and it’s refreshing to know that folk music is alive and well here in St. Louis - as evidenced by the well attended 10th Anniversary show for the Folk School of St Louis held last night at the Sheldon.
Playing traditional folk tunes, as well as picking some from each of their respective individual songbooks, these two gentleman wowed the crowd with great chops, but more so with their attention to and respect for a style of music that is not often spoken of. You could see that Spearman and LaFarge were genuinely having a great time playing a music that they truly love, and this was highlighted when the opening performer, Betse Ellis of The Wilders joined in on the final few numbers.
For those who purchased tickets, consider yourselves lucky to have seen such a quality performance. And be proud that you helped support The Folk School of St. Louis, which provides the opportunity to learn the folk music style, as well as to help carry on the traditions of America's music of yesteryear.
All photos by Nate Burrell. See more at my Flickr stream.