Folklore Productions and Doc Watson
I’ve been running the website for folk and world music booking agency Folklore Productions for some time now. When they joined forces with another agency last year, their roster became way too large to maintain using a hand-coded site based on Dreamweaver templates. So, after some discussion we migrated the site over to a WordPress install using the Weaver template (the same template that runs OMMDesign.)
I like Weaver because it opens up a huge number of customization options; far more than any other theme I’ve experienced. And as in any WP install, once the setup is done, “regular folks” can maintain the site; they don’t have to call me. We had a few uncommon requirements here, including the need to have a customized sidebar for each artist’s resources (tour dates, riders, print-quality photos, and so on) but I found a plugin to make that work. We also set up a page that mirrors the agency’s printed brochure listing the full roster.
Recently, American music icon Doc Watson suffered complications from surgery; he passed away after a few days in critical condition. We quickly set up a page to communicate Doc’s health status, and after his passing, recategorized the page from being an active artist to an obituary. Another great one’s gone, but his music lives on.