Summer Folk Festival Review – Burney Garelick Siuslaw News, July 2009
“…Part of the Oregon Summer Folk Festival, were The New Folksters, Florence’s folk band of renown; include Hal Weiner,
banjo man extraordinaire John Temples, Lynette Kristine on bass, Judy Adams on vocals and sometimes kazoo, and
newest member Ron Estep playing guitar and singing. The guys wore matching maroon shirts and black pants and the
gals black outfits with blue scarves. The New Folksters kicked off ironically with “Mama Don’t Allow No Folk Singing.”
Other songs included the “MTA,” “House of the Rising Sun,” Shady Grove,” “Greenback Dollar,” “Single Girl,
” Scotch and Soda,” “Kansas City Kitty,” “Tom Dooley,” the ever popular banjo-guitar duel from the movie “Deliverance,”
“The Cat Came Back,” bluegrass anthem “Rocky Top,” and “Got to be Traveling On.” It's easy to see how these folks are
a Northwest favorite."
CD Review - Where The Winds Blow - Victory Music Magazine - January, 2009
"There is a refreshing innocence and simple down-home pleasure in Where the Winds Blow that captures a time when the
joy of song was everyone’s end of day release. The tunes are largely traditional with one jaunty banjo gem; “Any Old Winds”
by John Temple found its way on to the play list. It’s easy to understand how Temple won the Utah State Banjo Championship
with this lighthearted yet intricate number. The band does a bang-up job of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” as well while we’re
talking banjo. “The M.T.A.” is done with the same authentic spirit and gusto as there must have been back in 1958 when it was used
to fire up the citizens of Boston. The New Folksters lay a fresh coat of heart wrenching blues on “Rising Sun Blues” with Judy Adams
and Lynette Kristine on vocals and bass respectively. They manage to encapsulate the hurt and defeat from a woman’s prospective
in this down and out number. Hal Weiner supports the mood with great understanding on guitar washing it well in true blue.
“Shenandoah” is done with timeless emotion and seems to echo and haunt the banks of the river as it flows along. The road weary
vocals of Larry Gallagher accent “Wayfaring Stranger” in the way it was meant to be delivered, with lots of heart and soul. The
band closes with a true folkies folk song; “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” The words still provoke thought and reflect the
state of world affairs as the line “where have all the young girls gone? Gone to soldiers, every one” takes ona new meaning.
This is a dyed-in-the-wool folkies recording in so many ways packed with warmth and sincerity. (Nancy Vivolo)"
CD Review - Where The Winds Blow - Arts and Entertainment Magazine - July 2, 2008
"From Earl Scruggs to Pete Seeger, The New Folksters blow the warm winds of Americana roots music right into your heart with
the band's first CD. John Temples' bright, crisp banjo picking is breathtaking on Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Any Old Winds, and
Grandfather's Clock. Judy Adams' clear, pure vocalize captures traditional songs like Single Girl, Rising Sun and Shenandoah,
as well as a charming new song, Never Too Early. Guitarist and vocalist, Larry Gallagher, formerly a New Christy Minstrel, transfixes
listeners with that old chestnut, Wayfaring Stranger. Hal Weiner, longtime folk guru, provides lively comedy with his vocal rendition of
The MTA and Kansas City Kitty, and Lynette Kristine anchors the group on the big bass fiddle.
Enjoy The New Folksters Where The Winds Blow."
Humane Society Benefit Concert - Pierpoint Inn - September 28, 2007
"Thank you for playing! The audience was clapping and singing so loud it woke up the kittens!!
Your songs were great fun and we are still talking about Blue Frogs, Bugs and Unicorns! Please
come back again SOON."
Concert By The Lake - A Reprise - Suislaw News September 12, 2007
"The Folksters dressed for occasion as professionals and delivered an energetic show of goodtime songs and folk wit.
"The Folksters just returned from playing the Tumbleweed Folk festival where they were a favorite band."
Tumbleweed Folk Festival - Richland, WA - September 2, 2007
From an audience member - "It was refreshing to hear songs we knew from the '60's so we could sing along. Your banjo player
was the best of the entire festival and your song selection gave us great variety!"
Two Fer One Review - Burney Garelick - Suislaw News April, 2007
"On March 28 the New Folksters played at the Backstreet Gallery from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; like an old-fashioned hootenanny jam
session, one song led to another. Have Some Madeira m’dear and sing another song. Kansas City Kitty, Puff The Magic Dragon,
Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Goodnight Irene—all those tunes of yesteryear played with energy and enthusiasm by
the folky quintet.
New Folksters include Hal Weiner, playing a sweet tenor guitar and mandolin and singing; John Temples playing the five-string
banjo like Earl Scruggs; Larry Gallagher playing guitar with Doc Watson-like expertise; Lynette Kristine plucking and bowing
the big bass fiddle; and all-around diva Judy Adams supplying warm and tender vocals."
Suislaw News - December, 2006
"The New Folksters, the brand new folk quintet, debuted Dec. 8 at the Grape Leaf on Bay Street. It didn’t get any better than
50 senior adults crammed into a wine shop singing along to Puff The Magic Dragon and many other great folk songs of the sixties."