Folksoul Band

The Folksoul Band


Tattoo

Tattoo


Fred and Leslie

The Folksoul Duo


“You guys were the heroes!”

Ken Kesey, at the Field Trip in Veneta, OR, opening and
closing for the Grateful Dead in 1982


“Outrageous!”

Taj Mahal (upon hearing Tattoo’s “(Ooh My Baby She’s a) Wino”, 1983)


Welcome

Welcome!

Folksoul Music presents two bands:  The Folksoul Band, and Tattoo.

The Folksoul Band is of the most recent vintage.  It began in 2007 by playing for a great Mardi Gras party, and has continued by milking the vein that feeds New Orleans musical culture, and discovering within it our own musical roots.

Tattoo is our longest-running ensemble.  Begun all the way back in 1978 on the streets of northern California, through numerous changes of geographical location and personnel it persevered and has become a thoroughly experienced purveyor of inspired musical magic, suitable for most any occasion.

Either way you get something different from a lot of other more tech-derived musical entertainment nowadays, but also something familiar and vital.

We also offer the Folksoul Duo.  Fred Simmons and Leslie Vogel, (your hosts) have been revisiting their own many years of shared musical roots and experience, and are enjoying performing at smaller events, as well as displaying material, original and traditional, that might not see the light of day in one of the other performing groups

“We Can Make It Better” Video

Smashed by Katrina, choked by the BP oilspill, drowning from rising sea levels, can New Orleans survive? This is an original song recorded by the Folksoul Band in a studio at the Keene High School, for Cheshire TV. This video was worked on with Richard Chisholm at Jarmany Hill Sound. It is also available as a single on Cdbaby. I would like it to reach the president. Is that too much to ask? Is there any better way than with a song?