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.

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The Folk Brothers for Aug. 24, 2022: Politics of coal

No, we didn't play any songs about Joe Manchin. But we were inspired by the new BBC miniseries "Sherwood," which deals with the murderous aftermath of a miners' strike in the coalfields near Nottingham -- yes, that Sherwood Forest -- when the Thatcher government decided to kill the unions, in part by embedding undercover police among the striking workers.

Ballads about coal mining have long been associated with the folk tradition of northern England and the Appalachians, and we played tracks from the Ian Campbell Folk Group (pictured here) whose music was featured in "Sherwood," as well as music by Offa Rex, John McCutcheon, The Pitman Poets, and others.

The Folk Brothers for Aug. 17, 2022: Under the covers

Some 30 years ago, while sitting in Sudwerk listening to a young singer on a stool performing popular songs of the day, my companion -- Bill Morrissey, who had mostly done original songs at his Palms' gig earlier that evening -- turned to me and said, "When I was starting out, I did lots of covers too, but never with an Ovation guitar!"

Singer-songwriters, like Bill, often include a cover or two in their sets. A good cover song should seem fresh, almost as if the singer owned the song. On today's show, I included a few instructive examples: Joel Rafael covering Woody Guthrie, Valerie June covering John Prine, and Stan Rogers (pictured) covering Mary McCaslin.  

The Folk Brothers for Aug. 3, 2022: Remembering Mick Moloney

If there is such a thing as a "renaissance man" in 21st century culture, then Mick Moloney fit that description. Moloney, who died last week at his home in Greenwich Village, was a New York University professor, a touring and recording musician, an Irish cultural ambassador, an ethnomusicologist, and a lifelong social justice warrior.

From his work with The Johnstons, Green Fields of America, and his musical collaborations with Robbie O'Connell, Jimmy Keane, Athena Tergis, John Doyle, and many, many other Irish and American artists, Mick Moloney has left a legacy of recordings that will stand the test of time. The Folk Brothers toured Ireland with Mick, and Bill had been in Galicia with Mick just a few weeks before his untimely death.

The Folk Brothers for July 20, 2022: The Folk Brothers debate 'Once Were Brothers'

Although the "Once Were Brothers" documentary has been out for a few years, The Folk Brothers only streamed it this past week (it's available on Hulu and Kanopy). We listened to a track by The Band and the song from which the doco got its title, then mildly debated the merits of a story told only thru Robbie Robertson's point of view.

Also today: new tracks from Joan Shelley, Martin Joseph, Lloyd Maines, Lucy Kaplansky, Kathy Kallick, and more.

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.  

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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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