The Folk Show

Sundays 10:00 p.m.-midnight; Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., May-November (WPSU 3: Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)

The Folk Show, produced by WPSU 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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Most of this installment of the Folk Show Road Show is devoted to a concert by Mark Erelli,  a self-described yankee songwriter well loved for “going deep” into all manner of subjects.  He’s a songwriter who rewards close listening with memorable turns of phrase, and surprising insights.  We’ll hear the entire concert at Webster’s Bookstore and Café on Apr 28th.   

Most of tonight’s broadcast  features a very talented and funny West Virginia band that has performed many times over the past ten or so years in Central PA, and twice as part of the Acoustic Brew Concert Series in performance at the WPSU studios. They were a very new band in 2007 the first time.  The concert you are about to hear was recorded just two months ago on April 15. 

With Folk College 2017 starting in just a few days, we listen back to exerpts of last years concerts.  Hour one of the Folk Show Road Show  features the Friday evening performances, beginning with Linda Littleton, Karen Hirshon and Rachel Hall of Simple Gifts.  Virtuoso fiddler Steven Greenman & accordionist Walt Mahovlitch are next,  and the first hour wraps up with the high-energy, eclectice Ann-Arbor Michigan band Appleseed Collective.

Joe Crookston: Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence.  Joe has  he's evolved from a killer songwriter who accompanies himself on guitar, to an accomplished multi-instrumentalists who doesn't shy away from electronics when they further the minstrel tradition.   Over ten years ago he opened a concert at the Center; on November 19, 2016,  the larger stage at the WPSU studio was his,  and we are happy to share that experience with you in this recording, made that night. 

Bluesman Roy Bookbinder says that if he had been born 50 years earlier, he would have become a minstrel man.  

In his long musical journey through the rich American cultural landscape of the last half of the 20th Century, he’s been friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood. 

He’s toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt

He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” 

He’s also a regular at Fur Peace Ranch, where he teaches along with Jorma Kaukonen. 

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.

Joe Jencks' concerts have been called an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance, and that's a good start for a description of the evening captured on this episode of the Folk Show Road Show.  

The setting is the home of Andrew and Laurel Zydney in State College, where Joe has performed both solo and as part of the trio Brother Sun (with Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway).  

Bob Lumley-Sapanski is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality. 

Ray Holley hosts the Sunday afternoon Folk Show, highlighting such artists as Jaime Hartman, Cindy Mangsen, Natalie MacMaster, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet, and Rose Laughlin, with new music from Fred Gillen, Jr., Vasco Hernandez, and Susan Kane.  A spate of Scandanavian instrumentals pepper the selections that also feature Patty Loveless, Hart Rouge, and Beausoleil.    

Steve Van Hook is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality.      

Laurel Zydney is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality.   

Jonathan McVerry is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality.   

Steve Van Hook  is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality.   

Ray Holley is your host for this episode of the Folk Show.  You’ll hear a wide range of styles and performances on this audio archive of a live radio broadcast.  The two-hour show is divided into two segments, in order to preserve the audio quality.   

   The Tall Trees are Tim Grimm and Ben Bedford– two highly acclaimed Midwestern songwriters, joined by the very tall Diederik van Wassenaer on fiddle.

The Folk Show Sunday Night OCT 30—a great mix of songs and instrumentals with host Jim Colbert.  

The Folk Show Saturday Afternoon—a great mix of songs and instrumentals chosen by host Julie Holm

The Saturday Afternoon Folk Show.  A great mix of songs and instrumentals chosen by Steve Van Hook  

The Foghorn String Band is the focus of this month's Folk Show Road Show, but we'll also hear from the Tall Trees, a bit of a teaser for next month's broadcast, which will focus on the Tall Trees.  The Foghorn String Band usually sings and plays around one microphone, so performing at the Center For Well-being in a completely acoustic show was no sweat for them.   Recording engineer Greg E. Miller did carefully position one stereo microphone above the group to capture the concert though,  and that's what you 'll hear on the files linked to this page.

Music from a variety of artists and styles on the Folk Show.  

Music from jefferson airplane, danny schmidt, pentangle, david bromberg , ted hawkins, metamore, ricky skaggs, van wagner, jamie hartford, bob dylan, phil ochs, simon & garfunkel, tom paxton, hopeful gospel quartet, john hartford, boxcar lillies, dolly parton, the louvin brothers, alison krauss & union station, hanneke cassel, robin williamson, battlefield band, rachel harrington, arlo guthrie, doc and Richrd watson, judy collins, nanci griffith, eva cassidy, peter rowan, retrograss, leo kottke

Music from , Joe Ely, Robin & Linda Williams With John Jennings, Kevin McKrell, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Jason Isbell, Katie Dahl, Pokey LaFarge, Sally Barris, Abigail Washburn, Tom Rush, Carolann Solebello, Patty Griffin, Ana Egge, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Greg Trooper, Van Wagner, Aubrey Atwater And Elwood Donnelly, Gathering Time, Sonia & Disappear Fear, Anais Mitchell Feat.

  

Music from Peter Lehndorff, Rusty Nelson & Sue Young, Austin city Lizards, Archie Fisher, Cheryl Wheeler, Carol Ponder, Burning Bridgit Cleary, The Bright Wings Chorus, Sara Grey, "Spider " John Koerner, Old Blind dogs, Old School Freight Train, Duncan Gordon, Al Munde and Joe Carr, Alien Folk Life, Susan Werner, Putnam Smith, The Chenille sisters, Full Frontal Folk, Esther Golton, The McDades, Mustard's Retreat, Connor Garvey, Denise Jordan Finley, El McMeen, Heather Styka, John Gorka, Friction Farm, Travelin' Paul & Dr.Tom, 

Music from Greg Trooper, Van Wagner, Cosy Sheridan, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Corin Raymond And The Sundowners, Moors And McCumber, Ben Bedford, Sonia & Disappear Fear, Malcolm Holcombe, Iris DeMent, The Black Feathers, Anais Mitchell, Jay Smar, Hot Tamale, Loretta Lynn, Marc Black, The Paul Mckenna Band, Jonathan Coulton, Ilyaimy, Abe Loomis, Don Lowe, Danny Schmidt, Steve Brooks, Abigail Washburn, David Roth, The Pogues (Live with Joe Strummer), Nora Jane Struthers, The Black Feathers, April Verch, Tim Grimm, The Barefoot Movement  

Music from Kelleigh McKenzie, David Gray, Kelly Joe Phelps, Caroline Herring, Mark O'Connor, Richard Buchner, Martin Simpson, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Bonnie Raitt, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Diana Jones, Girlyman, Michael Arthur with Claudia SanSoucie, Matt Flinner, Christine Lavin, Christine Lavin, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Steve Goodman, Richard Smith & Aron Till, Mike Cross, Glenn Eliot, Wil Maring, Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein, Mike Auldridge, RobinElla & Frank Vignola, Yo Yo Ma, Mark O'Connor E.

Music from Fado Ao Centro, T Sisters, River Drivers, Boukman Eksperyans, Owen Kortz, Donna Lynn Caskey, Judy Collins, The Stray Birds, Ramón Cordero, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Siobhán Quinn & Michael Bowers, Grain, Not Indicated, Little Silver, Greg Brown, Brian Vollmer, Natalie MacMaster, Cooper, Nelson & Early, Bill Morrissey, Full Frontal Folk, Mark Delaney, Mighty Popo, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Philip Gibbs, Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa, Brother Sun, Eileen McGann, Jorma Kaukonen, Robin & Linda Williams, Charles Sawtelle  

Music from John Cephas, Phil Wiggins, Dave Van Ronk, Eef Barzelay, Bob Dylan, Jean Ritchie, Leadbelly, The Dubliners, Barnstar!, The Craven Family Band, Danny Schmidt, Del McCoury, Robert Johnson, Edie Brickell, Doug Irwin, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Grain, The Wild Rover, John Prine, Frank Fairfield, The Oldham Tinkers, Greg Brown, Nick Andrew Staver, The Currys, Johnny Cash, Jason Goodman, Ben Sollee, Mama Corn, The Kilkennys, Mountain Ramblers, Mark Erelli, Neko Case, Richard Sleigh, Art Galbraith

Music from James Keelaghan, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes & Eileen Ivers, Greg Trooper, The Barefoot Movement, Guy Clark, The Deighton Family, Altan, Joyce Cobb, Coyote Grace, Solas, Tish Hinojosa, Kaia Kater, Rory Block, Seldom Scene, Amadou & Mariam, The Avett Brothers, Aengus Finnan, Galitcha, Kevin Burke and Cal Scott, We Banjo 3, Clannad, Bluegrass Reunion, Brownie McGhee, Ale'a, Cedric Watson, Naomi Wachira, Joe Ely & Joel Guzman, Gillian Welch, Shaun Cromwell, Chris Warner, Audie Blaylock, Stephen Mougin, Jeremy Garrett, Bobby Davis, Beòlach, Eileen Ivers,

Ray Holley presents a Folk Show with a couple themes.  The show kicks off with a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Guy Clark, who lost his battle with cancer on 17 May, the tribute including Clark's signature song "L.A. Freeway."  Then the show moves on to a celebration of the fiddle, with tunes featuring bluegrass fiddle, Natalie MacMaster's Cape Breton fiddle, Tommy Jarrel's Old Time style, and the modern folk fiddle of Bruce Molsky.  Listen and enjoy!   

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