I’m transforming my garage from the home of Happy Jacks to the Netbusker’s Folkshoppe. I made the metal sign (pictured above) as a sort of inaugural decoration. Haven’t put it up yet, but it turned out well. (I dabble with ink sublimation, which is an image heat transfer process).
I’ve started researching and recording songs for the first season of the Folkshoppe. I expect it’ll be five episodes, with two songs in each episode. Once each episode has been released, I’ll publish all the songs as an “album” (we need a more modern term for a collection of songs). They’ll be available for purchase and streaming practically everywhere.
So far, I’ve identified and arranged three of the five folk songs. Still not certain which original songs I’ll record. This morning I finished the track for “Baltimore Fire,” which is a song about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.
I kinda lucked out with Baltimore Fire, as I picked it at random, but it’s a damn catchy song.
I’ll post more updates whenever there’s something I feel is of interest.
This will be the third podcast I’ve started. The first was the short-lived Angryfolk Music and Infantile Comedy Show. The second was Happy Jacks RPG Podcast, and now this.
When I decided to “retire” from Happy Jacks, I knew I wanted to do a podcast, and I wanted it to involve music.
One interest I’ve developed recently has been history, so I’ve decided to try to combine music and history into one show.
So here’s the plan: each episode, I’ll pick a traditional folk song and talk about the history of the song or the event the song describes, etc. I’ll also include one of my original songs as well.
As with any podcast, things will change and evolve as I get episodes recorded, and quite frankly, I’m excited to see how it’ll change.
As for frequency and such, this show will have a lot more front-loaded work than my RPG podcast, so I’m not sure how often episode will be released yet. I’ll probably record several of them as a miniature season (maybe 5 episodes at a time) and release them weekly. Then there’ll be a gap before the next mini season.
If you’re interested in hearing the kind of music I’m planning on recording, you can head over to TikTok (@netbusker) and hear the one video I’ve posted on this account.