Podcast: In The Fam
Episode #15-40 | airing 9-30-15

There is a long standing tradition of family performers in folk music. Many of the classic old-time country bands such as the Carter Family were comprised of family members. Many traditional musicians learned by osmosis through attending dances and being lulled to sleep on a stack of coats or the … → read more

Three Fishers

Today is Labor Day in the U.S. and Canada. Our song this week is not a murder ballad proper, but I felt drawn to write about it because it portrays the sacrifices and risks of working. Just as my friend, Maureen, mentioned a few years ago how “El Paso” helped her as a child … → read more

Ron Olesko’s Favorites of 2014

Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM on June 15, 2004

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for January 4, 2015 Everyone has favorites, and these are mine. I hesitate from calling this list a “best of” because we all have different opinions and I firmly believe that art has no limits to what can be achieved. The list below represents new CDs that … → read more

But don’t you let it take you over

[This is the fourth post this week on Child ballad 243, “The Demon Lover” or “House Carpenter.”  Read the first one here, the second one here, and the third one here.] Our last post took a look at one of the descendants of Child 243, “The Demon Lover” or “House Carpenter,” and … → read more