Podcast: My Viet Nam War Soundtrack
Episode #17-41 | airing 10-11-17

Many of you have watched the new documentary on The Viet Nam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It’s a remarkable piece of work. I became much more aware politically and musically in the second half of the 1960s, and have decided to put together a soundtrack from the … → read more

The wind will blow it higher: “Biko”

Steve Biko Tribute (1992), by Willie Bester

“The man is dead, the man is dead” This week marks the 40th anniversary of the death of South African anti-apartheid activist Bantu Stephen Biko. Biko, a leader in the Black Consciousness Movement, died in the custody of South African security services. A banning order imposed by the government in … → read more

Podcast: Sing Out! Some Great Singalongs
Episode #17-34 | airing 8-23-17

When I was a kid my family loved to sing. My Sister had a lovely soprano voice and my Dad sang all these out dated silly songs that at the time embarrassed me. Now I’d give anything to hear him sing again. This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine, … → read more

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, Harpeth Rising and many more. I think you will see … → read more

Podcast: Izzy Young and the Folklore Center
Episode #15-45 | airing 11-04-15

Israel Young founded the Folklore Center on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village in 1957. The timing was perfect for an establishment that was as much a clubhouse as a store. Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center is a documentary from Sweden made in 1989 recently issued on DVD following him as … → read more

Podcast: The Midwest, Part 2
Episode #15-29 | airing 7-15-15

John Prine

This week we conclude our Summer travels through the Midwest on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine-Midwestern Routes Pt. 2. These programs are dedicated to the master folksinger Art Thieme who passed on May 26. We’ll hear some of the best known songwriters and lesser known traditional players including some Polka! … → read more

The Gene Shay Celebration Recap

On March 1st, 2015, we packed the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia to the gills in celebration of “the dean of folk radio” Gene Shay’s 80th birthday (and his recent retirement from radio). Thanks to the amazing line-up of performers: Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Silk City, Kim and Reggie Harris, … → read more

Songs of Freedom Summer

“Those Three Are On My Mind” was one of several songs born out of the tragic killings in Neshoba County, Mississippi in the summer of 1964.  It’s hard for me to say whether it’s the best known, but was the first one I heard. In some respects, this kind of … → read more