‘Red sympathiser’ folk stalwart Oscar Brand dies



FOLKSINGER, songwriter and radio host Oscar Brand, who refused to bow to US anti-communist hysteria in the 1940s and ’50s, died at his home in Great Neck, New York, at the weekend aged 96.
The Canadian-born troubadour presented his Folksong Festival programme for public radio station WNYC for 70 years, with the final edition broadcast on September 24 as he lay in hospital.
His programme was offered as a public service. He never accepted payment for his work.
Mr Brand contributed to the folk music revival in the 1940s, collaborating with Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Josh White, Burl Ives and... read more

 
3 October 2016 in Sport, Views: 30
Source: Morning Star
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