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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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!   

Music from Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Jane Gillman, Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Gordon Bok, Ann Mayo Muir, Ed Trickett, Pat Maloney, Gillian Welch, Laure Cortese, Hillfolk Noir, Claire Hastings, The Black Feathers, Stan Rogers, Chicken Tractor Deluxe, Chad Mitchell Trio, Mike and Ruthy, Craig Cardiff, Becky Tracy, Tom Connors, Rose Cousins, Ian Tyson, Eve Goldberg, Paul Cresey, Katie Moore, Bob Snider, Phyllis Sinclair, Garnet Rogers, Small Potatos, The Boxcars, Roe Family Singers, Willie Watson, William Lee Ellis, Brooks Williams, Kate Wolf, David Francey, Da

In the second hour,  Steve Van Hook, Jim Colbert and Laurel Zydney share their experiences with the music of legendary song writer Guy Clark,  and broadcast their favorite songs, performed by Clark and some of the many artists he influenced.

In the first hour, Steve shares a wide range of folk music. 

Music from 

Sunshine Skiffle BandChicken Tractor DeluxeRobin & Linda WilliamsHemPure Cane SugarSusana SeivaneLaura CorteseMarjorie Kelting and Ronnie FeinbergCharles SawtelleGreg BrownFado Ao CentroThe Quebe Sisters BandApril VerchMick McAuley, Winifred Horan & Colm O CaoimhDave Carter & Tracy GrammerRiver DriversRory BlockKevin Burke/Ged FoleySmall PotatoesSimple GiftsRuss CarsonLisabeth WeberAmália RodriguesBill MillerDave RudolphJoe CrookstonMolasses CreekNatalie McMaster

The focus this month is on one of the most literate and engaging songwriters and performers on the circuit today: Peter Mulvey. Raised in Wisconsin and schooled in performance on the streets of Dublin Ireland, he launched head first into making it as a musician in Boston in his early 20’s.

This concert was captured at the very intimate listening space that is the Wagon Shed.  Concert series organizer Art Wachter recorded the the show for WPSU.  

Music from Cartoon, The Robert Bobby Duo, Harmonious Wail, Tom Flannery and Bret Alexander, Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche, Ben Bedford, Tim Grimm, Rory Block, The Kingston Trio, Hayseed Dixie, Scott Ainslie, The Andy Tolins Revue With Steve Buckalew, No Fuss And Feathers, Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Review, Greg Trooper, Small Potatoes, Robin Bienemann, Hannah Bingman, Brad Yoder, Kevin Burke, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Mustard's Retreat, Joe Crookston, John Flynn, Gypsophilia, The Kennedys, Ilyaimy, Lauren Sheehan, Norman Blake

Music from  Lower, Daniel and the Bloodbrothers, Old & In the Way, Front Range, Bronwynne Brent, C.Daniel Boling, Carrie Newcomer, The Bills, Alien folk Life, Old School Frieght Train, Pat alger, The Queensbury Rules, Old Blind dogs, Casey Neill Trio, John McSherry, Steve Martin/Edie Brickell, The Country Gazette, Guy Clark, Kevin Burke/Ged Foley, The Bright Wings Chorus, Full Frontal Folk, DeDannan, Orison, Dervish, Teresa Storch, Melissa Ferrick, Gordon Duncan, Connor Garvey, Susie Burke and Davie Surette, The Sweet Potatoes, Matt Brown.  

Ray Holley plays a first hour of classic bluegrass, singer-songwriter folk with some folk blues thrown in for good measure.  His second hour marks Armed Forces Day with selections about soldiers and sailors from such artists as Old Crow Medicine Show, Priscilla Herdman, Townes van Zandt, Peggy Seeger and the Lilly Borthers.  Thanks for your service, Veterans, and enjoy!  

Joe Belle closes out the weekend with a wide range of folk music.  

Music from The Amigos Band, Argentina Santos, Andres Penabad, Mary Black, Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, Kaia Kater, The Bills, Hackensaw Boys, La Buche, Richard Sleigh, Whitefish Bay Singers, Marlui Miranda, Herman Cody, Radmila Cody, James Seward & Matt Sircely, James King, Tanglefoot, Walt Michael; & Co., RUNA, Steeleye Span, Old Blind Dogs, Scalene, Locust Honey String Band, Joan Baez, The Everly Brothers, Hedy West, Caswell Carnahan, Dave Alvin, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Sharon Shannon, Joan Sprung, Deanta  

Chas Brua shares a wide range of folk music,  from the familiar to the exotic:  from Appalachia to Africa,  the Carolinas to China, on instrumnets ranging from the dulcimer to the digereedoo.      

Music from   Ben Bedford, Paul Sachs, Burning Bridget Cleary, Amy Kucharik & Friends, Tim Grimm, Riley Baugus & Dirk Powell, Trout Fishing in America, and many more.