The Folk Show

Sundays 10pm-midnight; Saturdays 1-5pm, May-November (WPSU 3: Saturdays 1-5pm, Sundays 12-2pm)

The Folk Show, produced by WPSU at Penn State, brings you great music every weekend. You'll hear the occasional a cappella sea shanty or perhaps some Klezmer— and LOTS of celtic, bluegrass/ oldtime, singer-songwriters and acoustic instrumentals.

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Music from The Fairfield Four, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Beausoleil, David Massengill, Tish Hinojosa, Battlefield Band, Robin & Linda Williams, Greg Brown, Little Silver, David Llewelly & Ida Kristin, Buck Mountain Band, The Quebe Sisters, Molly Mason & Jay Ungar, The Circle Game, Circles, Circle of the Sun, Circles Around Me, Hanneke Cassel, John Renbourne, Patty Larkin (Featuring the Nields), Simple Gifts with Steve Schnieder, The Lonesome River Band, Chuck Pyle, Stray Birds, Boukman Ekxperyans, Odetta, The

The first hour of this special editon features archival audio from the 2013 Harry Smith Festival, featuring John Cohen and the Down Hill Ramblers.  In the second hour, Kai Schafft and Jim Baugham join Mel in the studio to preview the 2015 festival at the Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks in Millheim, Sunday, Nov 15.


Kurt Johnson bids a fond farewell to Folk Show listeners and to Central PA as he and spouse Leah Bug (that's her in the inset photo).  Kurt and Leah are heading to North Carolina,  and we are sad to see them go,  and will miss the their skill in picking out great music to broadcast.

Music from The Flatlanders, Rodrigo Costa Felix, The Rankin Family, The Cox Family, The McPeake Family, Hopson Family, Carter Family, Jayme Stone, The Farwells, Pharis & Jason Romero, Steep Canyon Rangers, Bruce Molsky, Ann Gray, Blas Duran, Kate MacLeod & Kat Eggleston, Leon Russell, The Queensberry Rules, Simone Dinnerstein; Tift Merrit, Leon Russell, The Fairfield Four, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Brolum, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Aztec Two-Step, Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Racines, Jenna Moynihan, Ana Alcaide, Anonymous 4 with Bruce Molsky, T

Music from Geoff Bartley, Infamous String Dusters, Donna Hughes, Dick Gaughan, Ed Miller, Hot Rize, Greg Brown, Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein, Eileen McGann, Joe Crookston, Guy Davis, Sarah Harmer, Enoch Kent, The Honey Dewdrops, Kelleigh McKenzie, Joel Mabus, David Francey, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman & Tony Rice, Bob Dylan, The House Band, Kate Rusby, Garnet Rogers, Nanci Griffith, Erik Brandt, Geoff & Maria Muldaur, Jesse Winchester, Golden Hill Ramblers, Leo Kottke, John Smith & Jenny Pickle, Justin Townes Earle, Janice Ian, Tommy Emmanuel  

Music of the solo folk singer with artists such as Suzanne Thomas, Judy Small, Peter Rowan, Jackson Browne, Danny Schmidt, and Prairie Home Companion regular Stoney Lonesome.  The second hour features, in particular, the singing of Irish-American Cathie Ryan whose beautiful voice and strong Irish influence combine to create a truly wonderful musical experience.  

Music from Jean Ritchie, Front Range, Travelin'Tom & Dr Paul, River Wheel, Joe Price, Norman & Nancy blake, Sue Trainor, Sandy Cash, The Chenille sisters, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Austin Lounge Lizards, Townes Van Zandt, Zoey Mulford, Small Potatoes, Sara Grey, Scott & Michelle Dalziel, Jeff Talmadge, Alien folklife, Free Hot Lunch, Burning Bridge Cleary, Anne Hills, Putnam Smith, Carrie Newcomer, Matt Brown, Dick Gaughan, Esther Golton, John Lily, Emily Smith  

Music from Boxcar Lilies, Amy Kucharik & Andrew Delaney, Scott Cook, Slaid Cleaves, Danny Schmidt, Austin Lounge Lizards, Stan Rogers, Chatham County Line, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Appalasia, The Infamous Stringdusters, Joel Mabus, Marc Gunn & the Dubliners' Tabby Cats, Cindy Mangsen, Tim Grimm, Del Rey, Scruffy The Cat, Kate Callahan, Dick Gaughan, Ben Bedford, Callanish, Greg Trooper, Bob Dylan, Coty Hogue  

Music from Edie Brickell, Leadbelly, Fatman, Del McCoury, John Prine (With Emmylou Harris), The Wild Rover, Dave Van Ronk and the Ragtime Jug Stompers, Erin Condo, Barnstar!, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, Bob Dylan, Josh Ritter, Iris DeMent,John Prine, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson;Lukas Nelson, Johnny Brown, Doug Irwin, Judy Collins, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Greg Brown, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Sufjan Stevens, Billy Stamper, Eef Barzelay, The Stray Birds, Memphis Slim, Catfish Keith, Florida Alabama Progressive Seven Shape Not Singers, Danny Schmidt, Glen Hansard 


Music from Safia Nolin, Alexi Murdoch, Arlo Guthrie, Bowerbirds, Elizabeth Cotten, Eric Ian Farmer, First Aid Kit, Daryl Shawn, Mother Moses, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Drake, Gipsy Kings, Iron & Wine, Shakey Graves, Celtic Fiddle Music | Georgia Nettleton, Old & in the Way, Leonard Cohen, Mercedes Sosa, Neil Young, Laura Boswell, Fleet Foxes, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rocky Votolato, Ellen Siberian Tiger, Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, Roosevelt Sykes, Peggy Seeger, Bob Dylan, Mary Lou Williams

Music from Tim Eriksen, Cherryholmes, Eliza Gilkyson, Altan, John Hartford, Rory Block, Alash Ensemble, Iris DeMent, Bruce Molsky, Kaia Kater, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levins, Kimberly M'Carver, The Stray Birds, Toshi Reagon, Infamous Stringdusters, Solas, Cyril Pahinui, Liz Carroll, Amy Speace, Dirk Powell & Tim O'Brien, Cedric Watson, Tony Furtado/Dirk Powell, Tim Eriksen & Riley Baugus, Rosalie Sorrels, Kilby Snow, Amadou & Mariam, Callanish, Jerry Douglas, Beòlach, Jesse Cook

Music from The Honey Dewdrops, Kate Callahan, Hanneke Cassel, Seth Glier, Shawn Camp, Danny Schmidt, Simple Gifts, John Jennings, Spook Handy, Doug Irwin, Patty Griffin, Noel Paul Stookey, Mike Agranoff, Jud Caswell, Kelly Bosworth, Bill Miller, Brad Yoder, Karen Jonas, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Joe Crookston, Dave Kelly, The Travelling Gentleman, Christine Collister, Cartoon, Mark Stepakoff, The Kennedys, Scott Ainslie, Blue O'Connell


Music from Darrell Scott, Heidi Talbot, Dobet Gnahore, The Henry Girls, Gordon Bok, Anna & Elizabeth, Tom Paxton, Odetta, Tony Furtado, Beau Soleil, Rory Campbell, Leon Russell, Infamous Stringdusters, Willie Colon, Jenna Moynihan, Fairport Convention, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, Natalie Merchant, New Line, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Ana Moura, Ojos de Brujo, Burkina Electric, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Moira Smiley & Voco, Arlo Guthrie, Dick Justice, RUNA, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Michelle Shocked, Elijah Wald, Paul Brady.  

Music from Resophonics, Kingston Trio, Sally Rogers, Cephus & Wiggins, Southern Rail, Kingston Trio, Van Wagner, Woods Tea Company, Sam Bush, Sally Spring, Joe Thompson, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, Kingston Trio, Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown, Clancy Brothers, Doug Spear, Dillards, Jeff Talmadge, Kingston Trio, Dent-de-Lion, , , , , Malcolm Holcombe, Abigail Washburn, Mama Corn, Callanish, Pokey LaFarge, Kate Callahan, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Doug Irwin, Verlon Thompson, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Ilyaimy, Danny Schmidt, Gina Forsyth, Rod Picott, Amy Kucharik,

You can hear a wide variety of Folk Music in this installment of the  Folk Show,  including music from national and international artists,  as well as exceptional Central PA musicians.

Music from Sarah Jarosz, Zachary Lucky, Jackie Morris, Johnny Cash, I Draw Slow, Rj Cowdery, Jez Lowe, Darrell Scott, Zach Gill, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rj Cowdery, Sera Cahoone, Gene And Gayla Mills, Kasey Chambers, Steve Tilston, The Country Gentlemen, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Garnet Rogers, The Greencards, The Devil Makes Three


You can hear a wide variety of Folk Music in this installment of the  Folk Show,  including music from national and international artists,  as well as exceptional Central PA musicians.


Music from Ana Moura, Ian Tyson, Long Time Courting, Greg Brown, Aoife O'Donovan, Sam Lee And Friends, John Flynn, Abigail Washburn, Guy Clark, Spring Creek, Jonathan Richman, Lucinda Williams, Red Hen Stringband, David Mallett, Patty Griffin, Mary Gauthier, Crooked Still, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Bela Fleck, Pat Flynn & The Homecoming Jam, Leo Kottke, Joe Ely, Erin Condo, Danny Schmidt, Stan Rogers, John-Paul Peacefire and Jacob D.P., Richie Havens, Abigail Washburn, Peter Alsop, Dropkick Murphys, Jonathan Richman,   

Ray Holley presents some wonderful folk selections, a mix of Old Time, Zydeco, singer-songwriter, acoustic blues and bluegrass in a show that features some folk music icons such as Jimmie Rodgers, the Kingston Trio, Van Wagner and Iris Dement.  Hear the familiar and the not-so-familiar in a show you are bound to enjoy!


Music from Toby Walker, Hoots & Hellmouth, Bobby Long, Ellen Cherry, Dennis Stroughmatt, The Deep Fried Acoustiblasters, Butch Ross, Taj Mahal, Cherry Holmes, Doc Watson, Ed Miller, Michael Jerome Browne, Breaking Grass, Noel Paul Stookey, The Horeseflies, Linda Rondstadt with Laurie Lewis, Pesky J. Nixon, Norman & Nancy Blake, The Henry Girls, The House Band, Kukuruza, Doc Watson, Ricky Scaggs, Earl Scruggs, Sara Watkins, Paul Curreri, Nate Grower, John Smith & Jenny Pickle, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst


Chas shares a lively mix of folk music from many cultures.


Ray Holley hosts an "ecumenical" mix of singer-songwriter, Celtic, and bluegrass folk selections, in a show peppered with Cajun, Franco-American folk, a-capella voices, Mexican acoustic, as well as a 1920s recording of some inimitable Alpine yodeling from an Illinois Folk Festival!

Music from Loreena McKennitt (Cedric Smith), Tommy Roberts, The Boxcar Lilies, Creole Stomp, Atwater & Donnelly, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Joe Ely, Lucinda Williams, Joe Crookston, Eilen Jewell, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Picott, Danny Schmidt, Doug Irwin, Patty Griffin, The Steel Wheels, DePue De Hoyos, Greg Trooper, The Stray Birds, Appalasia, Leo Kottke, Tim Grimm, Karine Polwart, Don Lowe, Poor Angus, Mandolin Orange, The Andy Tolins Revue with Steve Buckalew, Blaze Foley, The Dubliners, Joel Mabus, The Stranglers, Jonathan Richman    

    Music from Forbes Family, Creole Stomp, Dave Van Ronk, Erik Balkey, Darlingside, Elli Winniner, Eric Andersen, Don Lowe, Fieldstone, Doug Irwin, Fred Smith and the Spooky Men's Chorale, Jud Caswell, Show of Hands, Foglino, Fred Gillen Jr, Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie, Foghorn Stringband, Ben Bedford, Beppe Gambetta, John Gorka, Verlon Thompson & Sue Cunningham, Hickory Project, Dirk Powell, John Hermann & Tim O'Brien, Verlon Thompson, Vassar Clements, Tom Prasada-Rao, Tom Fisch, Todd Snider


Music from Hackberry Ramblers, Scott & Michelle Dalziel, Sara Grey, Fred Baily, Molasses Creek, Front Range, Dick Gaughan, Annie Lou, Amy Dixon-Kolar, Cosy Sheridan, Heidi Muller, Townes Van Zandt, Zoey Mulford, Annie Hills & Cindy Mangsen, Alien Folklife, New Vintage, John Prine, Guy clark, Roscoe Holcomb, Jason & Ginger, Utah Philips, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Philip & Gay Johnson, The chenille sisters, Old Crow medicine Show, Peter Mulvey, Austin Lounge Lizards, John Lily, Cartoon, The House Devils


Music from Gibson Brothers, Fanfare Ciacarlia and Kaloome, Kevin Johansen, Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers, Loudon Wainwright III, Odetta, The Farwells, Bumper Jacksons, Brother & Sister W. B. Grate, Mike Seeger, Jem Moore & Ariane Lydon, Tom Lewis, The Freighthoppers, Eddie Stubbs, Larry Cordle, The Delmore Brothers, The Carter Family, Vasco Martins & Voginha, Grada, Peter Lafarge, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Bert Jansch, Slocan Ramblers, Cup O'Joe, Danu, Trio Nordestino, John Gorka, Burning Bridget Cleary

Music from , jefferson airplane, jamie hartford, arlo guthrie, david mallett, bob dylan, bernice lewis, metamora, cat stevens, robin williamson, robin williamson, larry rice, makem & clancy, tim grimm, david francey, joel mabus, alison krauss & union station, priscilla haerdman, almanac singers, siilly sisters, nanci griffith, danny schmidt, louvin brothers, david bromberg quartet, john gorka, alash, truckstop honeymoon, jw mcclure & friends, guy clark, billy bragg, ungar/mason


Music from Shaun Cromwell, Simon Throumire Three, Tony Furtado, Simon & Garfunkel, The Cravens, Boxcar Lillies, Dean McGraw, Donal Hinely, Ale Moller & Aly Bain, Artisan, Battlefield Band, Nancy Tucker, Mike Agranoff, Kail Baxley, Simon & Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel, Jenny Bienemann, 3 Penny Acre, Abbie Garner, Simon & Garfunkel, Clancy Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Anne Hills, Simon & Garfunkel, Andrew Calhoun, Simon & Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel, Blowzabella, Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Crowe Brothers, Carawan Family, a

Music from David Francey, Carrie Newcomer, John Flynn, Christine Lavin, the Urban Folk Quartet, Alison Kraus and Union Station with Dan Tyminski, Nanci Griffith, Cathy Fink, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Patuxant Partners, Chris Smither, Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, Ben Bedford, Owen Kortz, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Van Wanger, Bela Fleck, Loudon Wainwright III, Tamarack, Mike Cross, Boukman Eksperyans, Sarah Jarosz, Grain, Hannah Bingman, Rolando Alarcon, Robin & Linda Williams, Del Rey, Lucy Kaplansky, Robin & Linda Williams,