Sometimes Folk

Bill Wagman explores 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!

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The Folk Brothers for May 17, 2023: Remembering Chris Strachwitz

Although not a musician himself, Strachwitz -- who passed away last week at the age of 91 -- had an outsize inflience on the world of roots music through his record company Arhoolie, which has been going strong for over 60 years. Strachwitz championed Norh American vernacular musicians -- playing and singing acoustic blues, Norteno, Zydeco, Cajun, and more -- at a time long before the genre we now call "World Music" came into vogue. This morning we heard from a few of the many great musicians recorded on Arhoolie, including that first release by Mance Lipscomb in 1960.

The Folk Brothers for May 3, 2023: Remembering Gordon Lightfoot

The iconic Canadian singer-songwriter (pictured) has passed away at the age of 84. But Willie Nelson is going strong at 90, albeit "California Sober," and he celebrated with a star-studded birthday concert last weekend in L.A.. Doc Watson would have been 100 in March, so a new tribute album -- I Am a Pilgrim -- has appeared. And Brother Bill digs into traditional and not-so-traditional renditions of British ballads.

The Folk Brothers for April 19, 2023: 'Stolen From God'

English singer-songwriter Reg Meuross spent four years researching historical documents pertaining to Britain's slave trade of the 17th and 18th centuries. Although slave owning was outlawed, this didn't stop the wealthy -- particularly in Meuross's native southwest England -- from amassing tremendous amounts of profit, power, and influence through transporting slaves from Africa to the American colonies, with the explicit assistance of the British government and navy. The result of Meuross's efforts is a song-cycle of stories, Stolen From God, about unsung slaves caught up in the Transatlantic trade.

The Folk Brothers for April 12, 2023: Painters, poets, playwrights, pugilists, and presidents

Kris Drever has released a new song about mid-20th Century Scottish painter Joan Eardley (self portrait pictured), who created beach and seascapes around the fishing village of Catterline. Pete Morton wrote a song about the "Peasant's Poet" John Clare, who walked from his home in Cambridgeshire to sign a contract with his publisher in 1819. Tom Russell wrote songs about William Fawkner's time in Hollywood trying to make money as a film scriptwriter, as well as about the heavyweight champion Jack Johnson who, despite all his atheletic acheivements, faced racial discrimination his whole life. Norman Blake wrote about the assassination of James Garfield. And Steve Earle wrote a tribute to his friend, the late Townes Van Zandt, songwriter and poet.

The Folk Brothers for April 5, 2023: New and old sounds from Ireland

Amelia Baker -- a.k.a. Cinder Well -- is a native Californian who played in folk/punk bands around Santa Cruz. She was introduced to Irish traditional music through meeting members of the Dublin-based experimental folk band Lankum at a festival in Amsterdam. Subsequently Baker moved to County Clare to enroll in a master's program in Irish traditional music performance at Limerick University. This spring, both Well and Lankum have released new albums which are helping define the current sound of Irish folk music.

In 1981, Irish supergroup Planxty -- then at the point of disbanding -- were commissioned to create a music and dance piece for the Eurovision contest held that year in Dublin. Apparently that project, entitled "Timedance," was an inspiration for Michael Flatley to create "Riverdance" in 1994.

The Folk Brothers for March 22, 2023: The songs of Ewan MacColl

Ewan MacColl (1915-1989) -- one of the leading lights of the British folk revival of the '50s -- was among many things a singer, a song collector, an actor, a radio presenter, and a prodigious songwriter. This morning we celebrate the latter with contributions from Pete Morton, Seth Lakeman, Christy Moore, Johnny Cash, as well as the great man himself.   

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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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