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 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.

The Folk Brothers for April 27, 2022: Transatlantic collaborations

This morning we presented tracks featuring exciting new musical collaborations between American and Scottish artists: Orcadian Kris Drever and Rachel Baimans' cover of Eliza Gilkyson's "Hard Times In Babylon"; Heidi Talbot and Lousiana-based Dirk Powell with "Empty Promise Land"; and Brooklyn-based Hannah Read (fiddle) and Michael Starkey (banjo), who met at an Appalachian old-time musical session in Edinburgh.

Also today: new tracks from Kate Rusby with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Unthanks, Peter Rowan, Nashville Honeymoon, and more!

The Folk Brothers for April 20, 2022: It's 420 folk!

Not really folk. More old school rock 'n' roll and country. So this morning,  we -- incorrectly pictured here -- ditched the TA fiddle and banjo crap and embraced the 420 stoner vibe, sans inhaling, of course. But we had the foresight to invite local man about town, tree comissioner and singer/songwriter Larry Guenther to join us live. And he graced us with his original, calendar-appropriate song "That's Why They Don't Call it Einstein, That's Why They Call It Dope."

The Folk Brothers for April 13, 2022: Live music is back

In the past few months, live music is a thing again as musicians are out touring like it is 2019! This morning, we played tracks from Lowell Levinger (aka Banana, formerly of the Youngbloods) and Tony Furtado, both of whom appeared in local venues this past weekend. And Tim O'Brien (pictured here with musical and life partner Jan Fabricius) -- who brings us the opening music for The Folk Brothers each week -- will appear at the Auburn State Theater on April 30. Also on today's show: new tracks from Lyle Lovett, Joan Shelley, Pauline Scanline, Sam Shackleton, and more!

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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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