TRADITIONS playlist for May 7, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday May 13 on

What can I say about a broadcast that features a conversation with music legend Melanie and an in-studio performance from the amazing contemporary folk duo The Levins? Not to mention great new music from Joel Mabus, Katy Moffatt, Fred Gillen Jr. and a new collection of Woody Guthrie songs from Smithsonian Folkways? Well, hours after the show, I am still smiling!

(Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Timeover WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area,or on the web at or The show can also be heard Saturday evenings at 6:30pm ET at On-demand streams of shows, including this one, are archived for two weeks by clicking HERE.
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ARTIST “Tune / Song”
ALBUM Label – Website
Theme: HARVEY REID “Dirty Dish Rag”
Solo Guitar Sketchbook Woodpecker Records –
CHARLIE MOSBROOK “The Times They Are A-Changin'”
Hear Me Callin’ self –

Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs Smithsonian Folkways –
BEN HUNTER and JOE SEAMONS “Ramblin’ Blues (Portland Town)”
Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26th Northwest Songs Smithsonian Folkways –
CAITLIN BELEM ROMVEDT, DAVID ROMVEDT and JOE SEAMONS “The Biggest Thing that Man has Ever Done”
Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26th Northwest Songs Smithsonian Folkways –

Where the Heart Is Centerfire Music –
FRED GILLEN JR. “Price of Progress”
What She Said Dys Records –
KENNY WHITE “A Road Less Traveled”
Long List of Priors self –

JOE JENCKS “Wheelbarrow Johnny”
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & self –
JACK HARDY “Forget-Me Not”
Fast Folk: A Community of Singers and Songwriters Smithsonian Folkways –
THE MALVINAS “I Ought to Know”
God Bless the Grass Soona Songs – ,

HARPETH RISING “Shades of Orange”
Against All Tides self –

Guests: THE LEVINS, who performed “Child in Space”, “Let’s Be Big”, “Trust” and “Brighter Day” live in the studio, and we shared cuts from their CDs:
THE LEVINS “God’s Spies”
Trust self –
THE LEVINS “Your Mother and My Mother”
My Friend Hafiz self –

JOEL MABUS “One Simple Song”
Different Hymnals Fossil Records –

Guest: MELANIE, who discussed her early days starting out as an singer/songwriter/performer, her Woodstock experience, and her views on life and the changing music industry.
MELANIE “Brand New Key”
Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie Buddah –
MELANIE “Beautiful People”
Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie Buddah –
MELANIE “Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma”
Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie Buddah –

CHERYL WHEELER “Gandhi/ Buddha”
Cheryl Wheeler Live DIAS Records – ,
SKINNER & TWITCH “England’s Spring”
The Fool’s Journey self –
STORYTELLER “Gingerbread Man / Over the Hills”
The Ultimate Folk Collection Castle Music –

Ron Olesko
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
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About Ron Olesko

For over 40 years, Ron has been a radio programmer with WFDU-FM in Teaneck, New Jersey. He created WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS in 1980, a show that he continues to host and produce every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6pm Eastern Time.

He’s the president of and booker for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and is a regular contributor to Sing Out! as well as the host of the Folk Music Notebook blog on this site. Ron can also be found emceeing concerts and festivals around the NYC/NJ area.

A lifelong Mets fan and a rabid soccer geek, Ron is a Red Bull season ticket holder since their inception and will most likely be in his seat when not in the studio.

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