Finding A Voice

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 26, 2016 Justin Timberlake, who earned dubious street cred in the folk community for his role as a folksinger in the Coen Brothers film Inside Llweyn Davis, found himself in deeper hot water last weekend at the BET Awards. It started with Timberlake tweeting … → read more

Podcast: On the Sea and Shore
Episode #16-26 | airing 6-29-16

Mystic Seaport recently held it’s Sea Music Festival. It would seem to be a good time to listen to some music from the sea and shore. On this week’s program we’ll hear music from Cyril Tawney, Debra Cowan, Cindy Kallet & Gray Larsen, Stan Rogers and many more. Let’s go … → read more

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 of the capital city at the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, … → read more

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, The Ian Campbell Folk Group and with Martin Carthy. We’ll … → read more

Shawna Caspi’s Contemporary Canadian Roots

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 12, 2016 A recent visit from singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi helped remind me that our folk community is still producing artists that care about creating songs that tell engaging stories through honest and heartfelt lyrics. Shawna taps into her Canadian folk roots to share songs … → read more

Elisa Peimer Looks at Life From “Inside the Glass”

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 5, 2016 Elisa Peimer is not your typical singer/songwriter/folk artist. Many of her songs are played on the keyboard, not your standard issue folk instrument. Her background started at a young age with an interest in show tunes. As an adult, her early recordings … → read more

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, John Martyn, Johnny Cash, Fairport Convention, the Byrds, The Carolina … → read more

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 Santiago Jiminez, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Amede Ardoin, Beausoleil, Del … → read more

Suffer Little Children: The Moors Murders in Memory & Song

Suffer Little Children

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 postwar Britain’s most infamous crimes … Over the moor Oh, … → read more

Still Making a Joyful Noise

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 29, 2016 It has been over a year since the trio Red Molly announced they were going on an “indefinite hiatus” following their summer tour. Their final concerts last August were bittersweet affairs with a lot of friends joining them onstage and eager fans … → read more