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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Dede Wyland and Bruce Molsky are featured in the first hour,  with a song from harmonica virtuoso Richard Sleigh in between.   All three are from the 2014 Folk College Saturday night concert finale,  from Halbritter Auditorium at Juniate College in Huntingdon, PA. Dede's distinctive bluegrass vocal is supported by her all male backup band, Mama Tried,  and guest Henry Koretsky on one song.   Bruce Molsky  appalachian fiddle playing and singing is center stage of course,  but he shows us what he can do on fiddle and guitar too.   And Mariel Vandersteel joins him on fiddle as well.

Featuring Simple Gifts, Laura Cortese, Mariel Vandersteel, Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet of Genticorum, Wendy Bourne, Orrin Star, Tomchess, Jerry Trusty, The Hot Seats, and a taste of Dede Wyland with Momma Tried, Bruce Molsky, and Richard Sleigh.  More of these last three performers next month on the Folk Show Road Show.

Music from Matthews, While And Watson, Ilyaimy, David Olney, J. P. Cormier, Pharis and Jason Romero, George Wirth, Ralph McTell, John Gorka, Diana Wagner, Diana Jones, Meg Braun, Shawn Camp, Mustard's Retreat, Greg Greenway, The New Main Street Singers, No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow, David Olney, Pesky J. Nixon, Rosanne Cash, Punch Brothers, Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Sons Of The Never Wrong, Sara Milonovich, Scott Ainslie, Steve Martin, The Tuttles & AJ Lee, and Verlon Thompson

Music from Jack Harris, Keb' Mo', Mary Z. Cox, The Wandering, Dunderhead, Christian Lee Hutson, Swing de Gitanes, Rising Appalachia, Anne McCue, John Jackson, The Hillbilly Gypsies, Chloé Sainte Marie, Passenger, Alice Gerrard, Nell Robinson, Dan Bern, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brother Sun, Lara Luppi & the Gypsy Soul Trio, Chris King, Robbie Fulks, Van Wagner, Shoutin' Red, Rosanne Cash, April Verch, Shawn Colvin With Earl And Randy Scruggs, The Wood Brothers, Elizabeth Mitchell, Snyder Family Band, Louis Killen, Pete Seeger, and Ralph Stanley.

The Folk Show Sat, Apr 4, 3-5PM, with host Joe Belle

Apr 9, 2015

Songs from Ray LaMontagne, Laura Boswell, Daryl Shawn, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Shakey Graves, Lead Belly, Iron & Wine, First Aid Kit, Neil Young, Mark Schottinger, Nick Drake, Fleet Foxes, Woody Guthrie, Rocky Votolato, Mumford & Sons, Mother Moses, Alexi Murdoch, The Avett Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Celtic Fiddle Music | Georgia Nettleton, Dave Lettero, Ellen Siberian Tiger, Tim (Doc) Dougherty, Fleet Foxes, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Nick Drake, and Old & in the Way,

Trampled By Turtles, Rod Picott, Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers, Ana Egge, Ben Bedford, Emmylou Harris, Alash, Mandolin Orange, Verlon Thompson, Brad Colerick, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Peter Alsop, Shawn Colvin, Tom Neal, Robert Earl Keen, Laura Boswell, Amanda Shires, The Steel Wheels, Leo Kottke, Nanci Griffith, Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan, The Chieftains & Rosanne Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Alan Rose And The Restless Elements, The Wood Brothers, The Pogues, Carolyn Currie, Patty Griffin, Toni Price, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jun

Songs from Ana Egge, The Steele Wheels, Steve Earle, Pokey LaFarge, Nora Jane Struthers, The Wood Brothers, Bruce Springsteen,  Ben Bedford, Callanish, Doug and Telisha Willams, Mollases Creek, Guy Clark, James Keelahan, Pod Picott, John McCutcheon, Four Shillings Short, Townes Van Zandt, Joel Mabus,

Songs from Bruce Molsky, Beverly Greenfield, Boulder Acoustic Society, Dave Evans, John Lilly, Eileen Ivers, Natalie MacMaster, Dave MacIsaac, Richie Havens, Long Time Courting, The Stray Birds, Catie Curtis, Mrs.

Songs from Matthew Davies, Bernadette Morris, Chuck Hawthorne, John McCutcheon, Cry Cry Cry, The Duhks, Kim & Reggie Harris And Rabbi Jonathan Kliger, Loretta Hagen, Brand New Strings, Tillamook Burn, Letters To Abigail, Dana And Susan Robinson, Dan Bern, Grandpa's Cough Medicine, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, Cartoon, John Renbourn, Anne Hills, Charlie King, The Country Gentlemen, The Elders, Uncle Tupelo, Icehouse Music, Annalivia, April Verch, Freebo, Tom Paxton, Harpeth Rising, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, and The Barefoot Movement

The Folk Show Sun, Mar 21, 3-5PM, with Joe Belle

Apr 2, 2015

Songs from Bob Dylan, Kat Adler, Arlo Guthrie, First Aid Kit, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leonard Cohen, Fleet Foxes, Ray LaMontagne, The Avett Brothers, Alexi Murdoch, Calexico & Iron & Wine, Bear Meadows String Band, Laura Boswell, Neil Young, Mountain Man, Woody Guthrie, Appalachian Highway, Leadbelly, Jim Williams, Rocky Votolato, Mother Moses, Old & in the Way, Ellen Siberian Tiger, Iron & Wine, First Aid Kit, The Seldom Scene, , Leonard Cohen, Fleet Foxes,  and The Decemberists


Songs from Hazel Dickens, The Irish Rovers, Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends, The Earls of Leicester, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Clancy Brothers, Eliza Lynn, Cherish the Ladies, Cozy sheridan, The Outside Track, Long Time Courting, The Stray Birds, Leo Kottke, Joel Mabus, Doc Watson, John Gorka, Patty Loveless, Roosevelt Sykes, Black Horse Motel, Angelo M., Steve Goodman, Jim Kweskin, Pieta Brown, Ronnie Bowman, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, Lloyd Chander, Lynne Hanson, Warner Williams and Jay Summerour, Marta Gomez, Northern Harmony, Phil Ochs, Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck,  and Geoff Bar

Two hours of great folk music, nautical tunes, bluegrass, Irish, folk singers, and even a smattering of world music from such foreign countries as Sweden and Texas!  Hear the likes of Tom Russell, Maddy Prior, Ernie Hawkins, Jean Redpath, the New Coon Creek Girls, Northwest Territory, the Kingston Trio and the New Grass Revival in a show that highlights WPSU's traditional folk fare!

The Folk Show Sat, Mar 28, 3-5Pm Julie Holm

Apr 1, 2015

Song from Corn Potato String Band, Greg Brown, Van Wagner, Jim Colbert, The Stray Birds, Shawn Colvin, April Verch, Roger Sprung and Doc Watson, Little Silver, Lucy Kaplansky, Re-Orient/Baluji Shrivastav, Tish Hinojosa, Slide, Robin & Linda Williams, Chicken Tractor Deluxe, Toby Walker, Dennis Stroughmatt, Rosanne Cash, Red Molly, Taikoxa, Laura Cortese, April Verch, King Selewa & His Calypsonians, Klezmers, Simple Gifts, Bayard Rustin & James Farmer, The Carter Family, Chris Smither, Corn Potato String Band, Madison Violet, John Renbourne, Girias do Norte

Listen as Ray Holley shares a mix of traditional, Celtic, bluegrass, gospel, folk blues, and ballads that tell a story!  Featured artists include Debra Cowan, the Chieftains, Hank Cramer, Michelle Shocked, Ernie Hawkins, Jesse Winchester, as well as fiddle virtuoso April Verch, who will be a live guest in the WPSU studios in April 2015. 


Songs from Uncle Dave Macon, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Mac Wiseman, Ramsay Midwood, Elizabeth Cotten, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sandy Denny, Lyle Lovett, Gram Parsons, Malcom Holcombe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, John Haitt, Jimmy Martin, Gurf Morlix, Johnny Cash, Leo Kottke, Blind Willie McTell & Leadbelly, Jimmie Rodgers, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Shirley Elizabeth Collins, Judee Sill, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and John Prine, Harry Tausig, Tex Morton, Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Van Ronk, Hank Williams, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bert Jansch, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ry Cooder, Garfield Ak