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 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Tim Grimm, Iris Dement, Verlon Thompson, Sue Cunningham, Frank Serio, Miss Melanie & The Valley Rats, David Olney, Mama Corn, Ben Bedford, Paul Kelly, The Barefoot Movement, The Steel Wheels, Callanish, Lucinda Williams, Gurf Morlix, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Ilyaimy, Joe Ely, Joy Kills Sorrow, Jason Isbell, The Andy Tolins Revue with Steve Buckalew, Don Lowe, Patty Griffin, Paul Sachs, Michelle Shocked, Jonathan Richman, Mandolin Orange, Peter Alsop, Ben Bedford, Tish Hinojosa, Johnny Cash, Aubrey Atwater And Elwood Donnelly

Music from the Rising up Singing Songbook, and an interview with editors Annie Patterson and Peter Blood about their new compilation, "Rise Again."  Songs in this episode from John Roberts & Tony Barrand, Laurie Lewis, Hem, Greg Brown, Acoustic Blender, Siobhán Quinn & Michael Bowers, Red Apple Juice, Magpie, David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Beppe Gambetta, Roy Bailey, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Richard Thompson, Celebration, Sally Barker, Eva Cassidy, Joe Jencks, Tony Trischka, Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Archie Fisher

Music from The Duhks, Sally Barris, Tumbling Bones, Richard Smith & Julie Adams, Garnet Rogers, The Lonesome Sisters, Tim May, Uncle Earl, Grace Griffith, Caitlin Canty, Various, Maggie Sansone, Infidel?/Castro!, Al Petteway, Keb' Mo', Diana Jones, Leon Morris, Susan Werner, Gillian Welch, Doc & Merle Watson, and Rising Appalachia   


 Music from Hart Rouge, Jane Eamon, Jesse Winchester, The SteelDrivers, The Wailin' Jennys, The Queensberry Rules, Diana Jones, The Wood Brothers, Jason Eklund, Stephanie Bettman, Tumbling Bones, Vince Bell, Andrew McKnight, Lainie Marsh, Joel Mabus, Roxanne Potvin, Bill Bourne, The Trishas, Bob Dylan, The Wood Brothers, Cartoon, John Wesley Hardings Love Hall Tryst, The Honey Dewdrops, Caroline Herring, Bert Jansch, Joe Pug, Gene and Gayla Mills, Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore, Sinful Savage Tigers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Doc Watson , James Keelaghan, and Jim Henry   

Music from Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Ana Egge, Don Lowe, Tim Grimm, The Boxcar Lilies, John Flynn, Patty Griffin, Ben Bedford, Greg Trooper, Rachel Harrington, Verlon Thompson, Pokey LaFarge, The Stray Birds, Miss Melanie & The Valley Rats, Simple Gifts, Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers, Dave Potts, Abigail Washburn, Verlon Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, Ben Bedford, Richard Sleigh, The Civil Wars, Foghorn Stringband, The Flatlanders, Lucinda Williams, The Pogues (and Joe Strummer), and C.Daniel Boling    

Music from Jive Five Minus Two, the Bag Boys, Ramblin' Jack Elliiott, Jeff Talmadge, Ray Bonneville, Cartoon, Zoe Mulford, John Gorka, Neal & Leandra, Matt Brown, Annie Lou, Red Molly, Eileen O'Toole, The Dubliners, Norman & Nancy Blake, Old & in the Way, Scott Cook, Wild Asparagus, Ola Belle Reed, Ry Cooder, Blind Boys of Alabama, Brother Sun, The Barefoot Movement, Geoff Bartley, Sarah Bauhan, Townes VanZandt, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mae Robertson/Don Jackson, and  Katie McNally,   


This month's Folk Show Road Show brings you two concerts recorded in the depth of winter,  from two performers whose warmth stood out on a couple of cold nights.  Ana Egge's trip from NYC took hours longer due to icy roads, but the winter disappeared inside the Unitarian Fellowship Hall in State College on that March night of this year.   


Ray Holley hosts a mix of singer-songwriter, bluegrass and traditional acoustic folk with a bent this time toward "Old Time."  Inspired by a summer's worth of art and folk festivals, Ray spins old time favorites like "The Singing Waterfall" and a popular version of "Old Paint" sung by Bruce Molsky.  He finishes the show with a 1930s recording of "Handsome Molly" by the duo of Grayson and Whitter.

 Ray Holley entertains on a Sunday afternoon with a tradtional mix of bluegrass, Celtic and singer-songwriter selections, peppered with Cajun, Scandinavian, and Old Time folk.  The show features the acoustic blues of Rory Block and Michael Bloomfield, the Magnolia Sisters, Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Curtis & Loretta, and Pennsylvania's own Dan Schatz, Crofter's Heir, and the Sadie Green Ragtime Jugband.  Listen and enjoy!   


The Folk Show Sunday Night, Aug 9

Aug 14, 2015

As the summer slowly comes to an end, listen to host Jonathan McVerry spin some of the best late-summer tunes from Mark Erelli, John Cephas and Phil Wiggins, Tom Rush, Lindsay Lou, and more from near and far.



The Folk Show Sat Afternoon, Aug 8

Aug 11, 2015

Music from Seamus Kennedy, Celtic Thunder, Nanci Griffith, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, Asani, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Little Silver, The Boarding Party, Jack Williams, Tiempo Libre, Sarah Jarosz, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky, Guy Davis, Lynn Miles, the Wailing Jennys., Greg Brown, Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, Carlos Saura, The Carper Family , Carrie Newcomer, Robin & Linda Williams, Laura Cortese, John Flynn, The Katy Kallick Band, Richard Sleigh, Norman & Nancy Blake, Perunika Trio, Boukman Eksperyans, Full Frontal Folk, River Drivers, Toby Walker, Callanish, and

The Folk Show Sat Afternoon, Aug 8

Aug 11, 2015

Music from The Kruger Brothers, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Van Wagner, Dubl Handi, Kaia Kater, Du-Sems Ensemble, Ben Bedford, Elizabeth Cook & Jason Isbell, Vicky Harris, Brandi Carlile, Kieran Fahy, Ashley Hutchings, Taj Mahal, Lucinda Williams, Mark Mulholland & Craig Ward, The Tony Rice Unit, Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian, Pokey LaFarge, Shovels & Rope, Peter Case, The Devil Makes Three, Greg Brown, Pete Seeger, Aaron Randolph, Dan Zanes & Festival Five Folk, Iron and Wine & Ben Bridwell, Bhundu Boys, The Stray Birds, The Foghorn Stringband, John McCutch

The Folk Show Sunday Night, Aug 2

Aug 5, 2015

    Ray Holley hosts the Sunday evening edition of the Folk Show with a mix of singer-songwriter, Celtic, and bluegrass selections from such artists as Andy Statman, Steve Goodman, Sarah Bauhan, Jez Lowe, Charlie King and the Makem Brothers.  Ray plays a John Hartford classic, "Gentle on My Mind" recorded by his son, Jaime Hartford, and gives the story of how Hartford was inspired to write the Grammy-winning song in 30 minutes after watching the movie "Doctor Zhivago."   


The Folk Show Sat Afternoon, Aug 1

Aug 3, 2015

  Music from Allison Brown, Anna Egge, Cedric Watson, Callanish,  Chris Jones, Keb Mo, and more   

Here's your chance to sample sets from a variety of WPSU Folk Show Hosts.  If you like what you hear, check out other episodes from our audio archives,  and listen live every weekend on the WPSU-FM, WPSU-3, or on-line at   Saturday afternoons from 1-5, Sunday afternoon from 12-2, and Sunday night from 10PM to midnight.  

The Folk Show Sun, July 26, 10PM-midnight

Jul 27, 2015

Music from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Don Lowe, Sara Milonovich, Jon Rounds, Tim Grimm, Hannah Bingman, Atwater-donnelly, East Side Dave & The Mountain Folk Band, Eric Taylor, Don White, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Doug Irwin , Eamon O'Leary and Jefferson Hamer, Harmonious Wail, Ben Bedford, Andrew McKnight, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lowen & Navarro, The Boxcar Lilies, Michael Jerling, Mustard's Retreat, New Found Road , No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow, The Outside Track, Peter, Paul & Mary, Rod MacDonald, and Lauren Sheehan  

The Folk Show Sat, July 25, 3-5PM

Jul 27, 2015

Music from Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Rose Laughlin, Joe Jewell & Feather Stone, James Keelaghan, Christine Lavin, Keola Beamer, Dan Hazlett, Steve Black, Paul Campbell, Jem Moore & Ariane Lydon, Ana Moura, Moving Cloud, Charlie Waller & Country Gentlemen, Kristin Hall, Dennis Cahill & Martin Hayes, D.C. Anderson, Wynn Osborne, Grant Rogers, Lauren Sheehan, Chad Mitchell Trio, Nora Rendell, La Rondinella, Brian Vardigans, Mary Black, Frank Proffitt, Patty Larkin, Aileen Vance, "Natural" Bob Holdsworth, and the House Band


The Folk Show Sat, July 25, 1-3PM

Jul 27, 2015

Music from Tim Grimm, Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie, April Verch, Patty Griffin, Rhonda Vincent, David Grisman Quintet, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, The Boxcar Lilies, Danny Schmidt, Joel Mabus, Greg Trooper, The Barefoot Movement, Don Lowe, Dolly Parton, Ben Bedford, John Flynn, Tim Grimm, Leonard Cohen, Van Wagner, Jim Colbert, Sara Watkins, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, Leo Kottke, Erin Condo, Bruce Springsteen, The Steel Wheels, Leo Kottke, Johnny Cash, Robert Hunter, Uncle Earl, The Matt Brown, and Jonathan Richman.  

The Folk Show Sun, July 19, 10PM-midnight

Jul 26, 2015

music from jefferson airplane, phil ochs, steve goodman, leadbelly, dave van ronk, retrograss, tom lehrer, bob dylan, joel mabus, old crow medicine show, danny schmidt, bruce anfinson, raitt/prine, nanci griffith, tumbling bones, hank williams, hoyt axton, johnny cash, claudia schmidt, tom t hall, joan baez, john gorka, emmy lou harris, doc watson/david grisman, jb lenoir, arlo guthrie, tony rice, steve goodman, dave van ronk, cox family, and paul simon   

The Folk Show Sat, July 18

Jul 26, 2015

Music from John Wort Hannam, Wild Carrot, Tim Flannery, Richard Sleigh, Tumbling Bones, Jeff Cannon, Tony Furtado, Tim & Mollie O'Brien, Maddy Prior & The Girls, Kate Rusby, Tanglefoot, Leonard Cohen, Iris DeMent, Ashley Wells, The Bird Sisters, Michael Jerome Browne, Adam Michael Rothberg, Pat Surface With The Boundary Water Boys, Anne & Pete Sibley, Carl Jackson, Jeff Cannon, Magnolia Sisters, The Wiyos, Adie Grey, Kyle Alden, Kristin Sweetland, Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand, June Tabor, Wild Carrot, The Johnson Girls, La Bottine Souriante, The Wild Colonial Boys, Great Big

The Folk Show Sat, July 18

Jul 26, 2015

Music from Keller Williams with the Travelin' McCourys, Michelle Shocked, Billy Strings & Don Julin, Levi Weaver, The Steel Wheels, Alistair McCulloch, Chicken Tractor Deluxe, Bad Temper Joe, The Blues Cowgirls, The Jayhawks, Patty Larkin, Solas, Lucinda Williams, J.

The Folk Show Sun, July 12, 10PM-Midnight

Jul 26, 2015


Music from Gipsy Kings, Bowerbirds, Elizabeth Cotten, Alexi Murdoch, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne, Mercedes Sosa, Arlo Guthrie, Bon Iver, Lead Belly, Laura Boswell, Nick Drake, Rocky Votolato, Ellen Siberian Tiger, Strayer, Gipsy Kings, Shakey Graves, Leonard Cohen, The Avett Brothers, First Aid Kit, Doc Watson, Celtic Fiddle Music | Georgia Nettleton, Mother Moses, Arlo Guthrie, Iron & Wine, Old & in the Way, Daryl Shawn, Neil Young, Ellen Siberian Tiger, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,  and Fleet Foxes

Music from Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Big Cheese, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, David Francey, Richard Thompson, Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin, Patty Loveless, Maria Muldaur, Dead Ringer Band, Peter Mulvey, Infamous String Dusters, Bill Evans and Megan Lynch, Diana Jones, Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge & Rob Ickes, Bryan Sutton , Doc & Merle Watson, Russ Barenberg, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Myer, Tony Rice Unit, Dan Crary, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst, Albert Lee, Garcia, Grissman, Rice , Leo Kottke, Joscho Stephan, Norman Blake,

The Folk Show Sat, July 11, 3-5PM

Jul 26, 2015

Music from Laurie Lewis and Her Bluegrass Pals, Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Chuck Bodsky, Leo Kottke, Caroline Herring, Rising Appalachia , and more

The Folk Show Sat, July 11, 1-3

Jul 26, 2015

Music from Greg Brown, Steve James, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Fitzgerald & Beach, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & the Winans, Dave Rudolf, Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca, Eva Cassidy, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Dave Massengill, Die Oberharzer Bergsänger, Bruce Cockburn, Bryan Sutton, RUNA, Sheila Schmiedhofer, Rusy Young, Snooks Eaglin, The Quebe Sisters Band, Dave Rudolf, Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, TUNA, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Fred Small, Atwater-Donnelly, Akira Otsuka, Stray Birds, Pure Cane Sugar, Kruger Brothers, Hem, We Banjo 3, John Huling, Magpie, Chris Smither, Malaika , Ra

The Folk Show Sun, July 5, 10PM-midnight

Jul 26, 2015

 Music from Dave Van Ronk and the Ragtime Jug Stompers, The Cravens, Woody Guthrie, Catfish Keith, Johnny Cash, Richard Sleigh, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Pete Seeger, Mark Erelli, Greg Brown, Leadbelly, The Stray Birds, John Cephas, Phil Wiggins, Nick Andrew Staver, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson;Lukas Nelson, Erin Condo, Ida Goodson, Ray Curbow, The Weepies, Barnstar!, The Andy Tolins Revue with Steve Buckalew, The Craven Family Band, The Cox Family, Dan Tyminski, Verlon Thompson, Glen Hansard, Fatman, and Jason Goodman    

The Folk Show Sun, July 5, noon-2PM

Jul 26, 2015

Music from Katy Moffatt, Sean Keene, Michael Jerling, Lunasa, Hugh Moffatt, Priscilla Herdman, Hudson Swan Band, Phil Leadbetter, Tom Lewis, Rose Laughlin, Milliadoro, Malcolm Holcolmbe, Anais Mitchell, Claire Lynch, Sarah Burrill, Dwight Lamb, Mountain Heart, Buddy McMaster, Ruth Moody, Don Stiernberg/ Greg Cahill, Suzanne McDermott, John Lilly, Json & Pharris Romero, Mill Run Dulcimer Band, Seamus Egan, John Rea, Jen Hammel, Lorraine & Bennett Hammond, Hugh & Katy Moffatt, Anais Mitchell, Jack Wesley Routh, Jim Lauderdale, Country Gentlemen, and Becky Baxter   

The Folk Show Sat, June 27

Jul 26, 2015

Music from Michael McNevin , Solas, Naomi Wachira, Lunasa, Red Allen and the Kentuckians, Leo Kottke, Del McCoury, Ceoltoiri, Bask, Mark Weigle, Odetta, Keola Beamer, Sem Tam, Alisa Fineman, Beolach, Luka Bloom, Matapat, Cherryholmes, Steve Forbert, The Barefoot Movement, Bruce Molsky, Richie Stearns, Jimmy LaFave with Carrie Rodriguez, Balfa Toujours, Tomáš Kočko & Orchestra, Liz Carroll, Eliza Gilkyson, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Aengus Finnan, and José Luis Encinas    

Richard Smith leads off July's Folk Show Road Show with a concert recorded in May at the Wagon Shed.  You'll hear why Smith is a member of the Thumbpicker's Hall of Fame,  and some great songs from him as well.   In the second hour,  rising Nashville star Margo Price and her group the Price Tags lights up the Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks in Millheim.