The Folk Show Road Show: Highlights of 2016

Jan 18, 2017

It’s going to be hard to forget 2016; I hope one of the memories you have is listening to the Folk Show Road Show— regularly broadcast on the third Tues evening of the month.  To help keep those memories alive,  we’re taking a look back at some 2016 broadcasts.

There just wassn’t time enough to include each of the over a dozen artists, and choosing was tough.  I hated to leave out The Foghorn String Band, Ben Bedford and Tim Grimm, and Joe Jencks,  but since their concerts had been broadcas so recently—in October, November and December, respectively—we opted to focus on highlights earlier in the year.   I’m confident the music you hear tonight will a welcome addition to this extra-ordinary new year., and I hope you enjoy it.   

You'll hear from The Fairfield Four, Hanneke Casell, Peter Mulvey, The Quebe Sisters, Abby Gardner, Justin Townes Earle, Malcolm Holcomb, and Los Lobos 

We started this evening by hearing just a little bit from  Peter Mulvey, we’ll feature several songs ahead, but on this day after the annual national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life,  it’s fitting to turn to the  iconic gospel group The Fairfield Four .  We featured a Dec 2015 concert at Juniata College in Huntingdon last Spring on the Folk Show Road Show,  and advocate for and friend of the group, PSU Altoona professor Jerry Zolten help set the context for us.

You’re listening to the monthly broadcast of the Folk Show Road Show, with a look back at the best of 2016. The World will return at its usual time tomorrow,  and Performance today is ahead at 9 PM

We’ve been listening to the Fairfield Four, recorded just a few months before they won a Grammy, when they came to Huntingdon, with the help of Juniata College , its Peace and Conflict Studies Center , and the Stone Church of the Brethren

Ahead tonight: Peter Mulvey, the Quebe Sisters,Abby Gardner, Justin Townes Earle, Malcom Holcombe,  and Los Lobos, all highlights of the 2016Folk Show Road Show broadcasts.

First though, we move from the Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon,  to an historic church that now serves as the Center for Well-Being Yoga Center in Lemont.  And we move from an all male a capella group, to a sound steeped in acoustic instruments.  The infectious personality of fiddler Hanneke Cassel, leading on fiddle, joins forces with Mike Block on cello, and Keith Murphy on guitar.  

You're (you’ve been ) listening to Hanneke Cassel, Mike Block and Keith Murphy on this special monthly broadcast of the WPSU Folk Show Road Show.  Their concert was recorded Nov 14, 2015 at the Center for Well-Being in Lemont,

We’re featuring highlights of 2016 Road Show broadcasts tonight, and ahead are Peter Mulvey, Abby Gardner, the Quebe Sisters, Justin Townes Earle, Malcolm Holcombe,  and Los Lobos.

Raised in Wisconsin, schooled in performance on the streets of Dublin Ireland, Peter Mulvey launched head first into making it as a musician in Boston in his early 20’s.

We captured at the very intimate listening space that is the Wagon Shed,  and featured the concert last May on the Folk Show Road Show.  It’s one of our highlights tonight of our 2016 broadcasts.