The Folk Brothers

The Folk Brothers—Bill and Peter—explore an eclectic range of music, including traditional folk of the British Isles and the U.S, contemporary singer/songwriters on both sides of the Atlantic, and American roots music and some of its lesser-known offshoots. Tune in for a great music mix served with just a shake of sibling rivalry.

Replays Monday 3-4pm, Thursday 3-4pm
Live Wednesday 10-11am
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

The Folk Brothers for Nov. 30, 2022: Folk fun(d) raising

It's that time of year again, and The Folk Brothers were happy to pitch in with the KDRT Fall Fundraiser. Brother Bill discoursed on Grail Marcus' theory regarding Bob Dylan's "Ain't Talkin'," which involves early Fairport Convention and Blind Willie Johnson. And we managed to play some good music between our pleas to support community radio. It's not too late to pitch in. Go to Thanks!

The Folk Brothers for Nov. 23, 2022: Making connections

Rab Noakes (pictured here), the Scottish singer-songwriter who passed last week at 75, knew his way around Bob Dylan's canon. So does Brother Bill, who has been studiously reading Dylan's latest tome, as well as Grail Marcus' new book about The Bob. English fiddler Sam Sweeney -- who probably also knows a few Dylan songs -- has a new album, as do his proteges Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell. Confused? Stream the show.

The Folk Brothers for Nov. 9, 2022: Three Dads Walking for suicide awareness

The Young'uns -- an a capella trio from northeast England -- have released "Three Dads Walking," a song  dedicated to three British fathers who all lost their daughters to suicide. Andy, Tim, and Mike (pictured here with Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes, and David Eagle of the Young'uns) started their campaign to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Suicide is the biggest cause of death for people under 35 in the United Kingdom. The Three Dads have been walking the length and breadth of the UK as part of their campaign.

The Folk Brothers for Oct. 26, 2022: Folk Songs of Black British Experience

Angeline Morrison, daughter of a Jamacian father and Scottish mother, has just released a landmark album, The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience. Each track features the story of an African -- mainly brought to Britain enslaved in the 18th century -- whose life stories were poignantly resurrected through Morrison's extensive research.

This morning, we played "Black John" about John Ystumilyn, who was brought to a Welsh estate as a boy in the early 1800s and subsequently became a freeman and a respected horticulturist.

The Folk Brothers for Oct. 5, 2022: Remembering Mary McCaslin and Joe Bussard

This past week, we lost singer-songwriter Mary McCaslin as well as the obsessive 78 rpm collector Joe Bussard.

Through her solo work and recordings with her partner Jim Ringer in the '70s, McCaslin helped create a unique California-centric folk style. Her songs continue to resonate and her influence on other singer-songwriters ensure that her musical legacy will continue.

Bussard -- an amateur musician -- was passionate about perserving recordings made by unheralded jazz, blues, folk, country and gospel musicians during the first half of the 20th century. He eventually released some of these recordings through his own label, Fonotone.

The Folk Brothers for Sept. 28, 2022: Mongolian mayhem

Brother Bill is back, fresh from the Eagle Festival -- the bird, not the band -- in far western Mongolia. Of course he managed to bring back some traditional and not-so-traditional music, including by The Hu -- not The Who -- a folk metal Mongolian band now touring the States.

Where else can you hear throat-singing metal except on The Folk Brothers?

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Davis resident, Dave Nachmanoff is an award-winning singer-songwriter and renowned guitarist.  He tours nationally and internationally as a solo act, as well as valued accompanist to Al Stewart.  Over the many years he has resided in Davis, Dave has been a generous supporter of this community.  In a rare local appearance, Dave will be doing a benefit concert on December 12th for Yolo Food Trucks who are raising the funds to purchase a new refrigerated truck.   Dave will be joining the Folk Brothers live in the KDRT studio between 10 and 11 AM on Wednesday, Dec. 9th.   He’ll bring his guitar, play some songs, talk about his storied musical career, and tell us why we heard him singing in Starbucks across North America last month. Please join us!



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