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 July 6, 2022: Joan Shelley's 'Spur'

It's not too often that alt-folk musicians are profiled in high-impact publications like The Guardian and The New York Times, but singer-songwriter Joan Shelley was, last week. The Lousiville, Kentucky, native just released her latest album, The Spur, which is garnering international attention. Also on today's show, new music from Eddie Berman, Heidi Talbot, Sharon Shannon, Kevin Morby, Bella Hardy, Vieux Farka Toure, and much more.

The Folk Brothers for June 29, 2022: All aboard the Americana Railroad

A new compilation explores how American roots music has always been inexplicably linked to riding its rails, with tracks from Dave Alvin, Robert Rex Waller, Jr., Dom Flemons, John Fogerty, Peter Case, and others. Also, what's Edinburgh's and Tuscon's musical connection? Hint: it's not a railroad. 

The Folk Brothers for June 22, 2022: Remembering Jim Miller

This week's show is devoted to the music of Jim Miller, who passed on March 24 at the age of 69. Jim was a founding member of Donna The Buffalo and, most recently, Western Centuries. In a long career as a vocalist and rhythm guitarist, he collaborated with the likes of Dirk Powell, Tara Nevins, Jim Lauderdale, Richie Stearns, and Tim O'Brien. He was also a professional lepidopterist and curator/researcher at The American Museum of Natural History.  

The Folk Brothers for June 1, 2022: Folks Against Gun Violence

Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, Marc Erelli penned a song about America's problem with guns. With help from Lori McKenna, Roseanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Ritter and Anais Mitchell, Erelli released "By Degrees," with all proceeds benefitting Gabby Giffords' gun violence prevention organization. This morning, we dedicated two sets of music to this issue, with tracks also from Josh O'Keefe, Cheryl Wheeler, Steve Earle and Warren Zevon.

The Folk Brothers for May 18, 2022: Alice DiMicele comes to Davis

Southern Oregon-based singer-songwriter and environmentalist Alice DiMicele has a new album -- Every Seed We Plant -- and she will bring the songs to the N Street Commons Cohousing Complex this Saturday, May 21, at 6 p.m. This morning, we played Alice's song about her home state: New Jersey.

The Folk Brothers for May 11, 2022: On the road with Chatham Rabbits

North Carolinians Sarah and Austin McCombie -- aka Chatham Rabbits -- have a new album and a new PBS series. Produced by WUNC -- and available everywhere on PBS Passport -- the series follows the Rabbits as they take their new five-piece string band on the road throughout their home state, playing shows and hanging with some of North Carolina's many great folk and bluegrass musicians.

Fun fact: the couple met at a Mandolin Orange show at Carrborro's Cats Cradle when Sarah was on stage playing banjo with the opening band.

Also this morning, Brother Bill previews upcoming local live music with Todd Snider and Didar Singh Khalsa.

The Folk Brothers for May 4, 2022: Curlew sounds in the Simmerdim

It's getting to be the time of year when the Arctic Circle experiences "Simmerdim," the Scottish term for the long twilight when the sun drops just below the horizon for only a few hours each night. Orcadian singer-songwriter Merlyn Driver's forthcoming album honors the (now endangered) Eurasian Curlew, which wades and sings on the shorelines of those northern islands, during those hours of dim light. Proceeds from his forthcoming album Simmerdim: Curlew Sounds will support efforts by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to restore Curlew habitat.

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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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