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Podcast: Folk from the UK 101
Episode #17-30 | airing 7-26-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we continue our occasional feature exploring a specific style of music. This week we explore folk music from the UK. British folk music has been widely collected and housed in the English ...

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2017 NERFA Formal Showcase Artists Announced

I have been attending the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) since the late 1990s. This annual gathering of artists, DJs, promoters, presenters and fans has been a gathering that has a profound influence on me. NERFA provides an opportunity ...

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Podcast: Two at a Time, part 2
Episode #17-29 | airing 7-19-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we finish our two part feature focusing on duets. The duet is one of the popular and durable combinations in folk music. We'll hear selections from Ken & Brad Kolodner, Jay Ungar ...

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Podcast: Two at a Time, part 1
Episode #17-28 | airing 7-12-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we begin a two part feature focusing on duets. The Duet is one of the most durable combination in folk music. We'll hear music from The Two Man Gentleman Band, The Mastersons, ...

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Still Growing / The Trees They Do Grow High

Introduction - "Still Growing" Today's featured song fits clearly, if not neatly, into our wheelhouse here at MBM.  It is not precisely a murder ballad.  Neither is it exactly what we call a 'conversation with death.' It is, like many of ...

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Podcast: Topical 2017
Episode #17-27 | airing 7-05-17

With today's hot political climate there have been many new topical songs written. This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we'll sample some recent topical music from Joe Jencks, Fred Gillen, Jr, John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt, ...

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Video of the Week

"This American Life" did a terrific program on the election that aired on October 28th (check it out in their archive) ... it ended with "Seriously," a terrific song written by Sara Bareilles ("Waitress") and sung by Leslie Odom Jr. ("Hamilton") that puts to verse what must be going through President Obama's mind as he ponders the election (and its result).