Alan Rowoth loves music. To make ends meet, he does a little computer consulting, training, and desktop publishing on the side. Alan sings (he used to do it for a living) and was involved in one way or another with many groups including Freeze Frame, Best Wishes, 805, Pictures, The Works, Beckin, Emerald City, The Whizz Kids, Catspaw, and The Great American Dream. Alan was also the founder of the Syracuse MIDI Users Group and a member of Cornell’s groundbreaking Musical Engineering Group.
In 1991 he started the folk_music listserv. Three years later he organized the first Internet Quartets Songwriters Showcase, a tour that took 24 songwriters to 11 cities in the Northeast in a total of 66 concerts.
Alan has written for several music magazines including Performing Songwriter, Dirty Linen and Sing Out! and has taught seminars on the internet for Musicians at national and regional Folk Alliance conferences, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Planet Bluegrass song school, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Christine Lavin’s Martha’s Vineyard Singer Songwriter Retreat and other events. He continues to present and mentor at various songwriter events.
In July of 1996, Alan started the FolkBiz list on the Internet to provide a forum for the discussion of business and creative issues of musicians. In 1998, he registered the domain http://www.folkmusic.org to provide a new home for the FolkBook project and, ultimately, create a one stop site for links to all things folk on the internet. In the spring of 2001, folkmusic.org became a real nonprofit agency in support of live music. In 2001, Alan and Charlie Hunter took a group of musicians across Canada and back by rail on the very first Folktrain 2001. Folktrain has now become an annual event. Alan also hosts the Big Orange Tarp, an all night music playspace that can be found at many song schools, festivals, and other events around the nation.
Alan is also an avid movie buff and media collector. He love kids and dogs and staying up all night listening to music. Alan believes that food is not properly seasoned unless it is painful to eat.