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Altamont, NY

36th Annual Old Songs Festival to be held June 24-26

& WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS Playlist for June 19, 2016 This coming weekend's forecast calls for sunny skies in Albany, New York area.  I take that as a good omen as the 2016 Old Songs Festival will be taking place just outside ...

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Podcast: For Swarb
Episode #16-25 | airing 6-22-16

We lost Dave Swarbrick on June 3rd after suffering from lung disease for many years. This week’s edition of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine is dedicated to Dave. We’ll hear Dave’s fiddling and singing in many combinations including Fairport Convention, ...

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Podcast: Dylan at 75
Episode #16-24 | airing 6-15-16

Bob Dylan celebrated his 75th birthday on May 24th. This week’s program celebrates Bob and features some great covers of his tunes and some rare recordings of Bob as artist and sideman. We’ll hear classic songs from Ian & Sylvia, ...

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Podcast: Arhoolie Records
Episode #16-23 | airing 6-08-16

The wonderful American Roots label Arhoolie was recently acquired by Smithsonian. This will ensure that all the priceless recordings made by founder Chris Strachwitz will be available for many years to come. We’ll hear classic music from Lydia Mendoza, Don ...

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October 1965: Police search Saddleworth Moor (photo: David Thorpe, Associated Newspapers, Rex Features)

Suffer Little Children: The Moors Murders in Memory & Song

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto to me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 19:14 This post looks at a pair of songs inspired by memories of one of ...

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Podcast: Two Peas in a Pod
Episode #16-22 | airing 6-01-16

This week’s program is a very personal one. On May 21st our son Nate married Brittany Hicks in a beautiful ceremony in Helvetia West Virginia. This week’s program consists of many of their favorite songs and tunes played by some ...

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Video of the Week

For the incomparable Roy Zimmerman, his guitar, voice and keen sense of satire are as sharp as a scalpel in the hands of a gifted surgeon ... and what better targets of that skill than the reality-impaired parade of buffoons clamoring for the title of "most deluded" as we enter the silly season, a literal barrel of fear merchants scrambling to "save us all" from partisan horrors they've been hallucinating for the past six-and-a-half years ... otherwise known as the modern Republican Primary season. We'll make you a deal: We'll stop calling them clowns, when they stop acting like 'em.