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
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The Folk Brothers for June 16, 2021: Ballads and fiddlers

This week: modern and ancient ballads from Gretchen Peters, Lau with Karine Polwart, Salt House, and Kacy and Clayton. Also some instrumental tracks featuring gorgeous fiddling from the likes of Sam Sweeny, Benedict Morris and Christian Sedelmyer (with Andrew Marlin). And new music from Eli West, Jeffrey Foucault , Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters, and The Travellin' McCourys.

The Folk Brothers for June 9, 2021: A modern folk ballad about an Olympic swimmer

At 17, Yusra Mardini and her sister fled Syria after their home was destroyed during the civil war. The story of their fraught voyage across the eastern Mediterranean as they were smuggled from Turkey to Greece -- as well as Yusra's participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics as part of the Refugee Olympic Team -- has been set to words and music by Irish singer-singwriter Declan O'Rourke on his new album Arrivals. Also on today's show: new tracks from Tim O'Brien, Sarah Jaroz, Lula Wiles, and Teddy Thompson. And much more!

The Folk Brothers for June 2, 2021: Nefesh Mountain infuses bluegrass with Jewish American spirituality

Nefesh Mountain's Doni Zasloff and Eric Linberg say that they draw "stories that we all know from the Bible, enabling us to present a more universal song while still being true to our own heritage as Jewish Americans." Incidentally, "Nefesh" is Hebrew for "spirit" or "soul."  This morning we played a new track from them, "Where Oh Where," which features musical contributions from John Doyle, Jerry Douglas and Micheal McGoldrick.

Also today: new music from Gnoss, Bellowhead, Sarah-Jane Summers, and Juhani Silvola, plus some classic tracks from Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle, Eric Andersen, Richard and Linda Thompson. And much more.

The Folk Brothers for May 26, 2021: Transatlantic hurdy-gurdy mania

The hurdy gurdy features prominently in European folk music, but it has also worked its way across the big pond. Today's show features hurdy gurdy-rich tracks from Spain (Milladoiro), France (Gilles Chabenat), as well as one with a Davis connection: from the late Ethan James, who was once a member of '60s psychedelic band Blue Cheer. Also on today's show: new music from John Spillane, The Felice Brothers, Watchhouse, John R Miller, and Eddie Berman. And more!

The Folk Brothers on May 19, 2021: Nightingales, Bevin Boys, and Angela Carter

English folk singer, ethnomusicologist, and bird enthusiast Sam Lee has written a new book, The Nightingale: Notes On A Songbird, and released some tracks in which he harmonizes with nightingales (as well as the harmonium and fiddle of fellow-folkie Lisa Knapp). And singer Polly Paulusma has just released an album -- inspired by her Ph.D. dissertation research -- exploring the traditional folk songs and tales that inspired the fiction of magical realist Angela Carter.

Also on this week's show: a new song from Reg Meuross about the Bevin Boys, the young British men who were conscripted to dig coal rather than fight Nazis during WW2. And much more!

The Folk Brothers for April 28, 2021: Mandolin Orange is now Watchhouse

In the world of folk music, the pandemic has led to many transformations. On April 21, the duo formally known as "Mandolin Orange" announced on social media that going forward, they were to be known as "Watchhouse." This morning we debuted their new track, "Better Way," which accompanies their name change. Also today: new music from John Spillane's Lapwing Nation, Eli West and Julie Fowlis, Sarah Jaroz, Rick Shea, Rod Picott, and Eve Ladin. And some great storytelling from Robin Williamson!

The Folk Brothers for April 21, 2021: We're both back in the KDRT studio!

This morming -- after 13 long months of doing remote, prerecorded broadcasts, and then alternating between the studio and the phone line -- both of us are back in the studio! And man it feels great! We have new music from Keb Mo and Old Crow Medicine Show, Lau, Jon Boden, Rita Hosking and Sean Feder, Rick Shea, and much, much more from our ususal eclectic mix.

The Folk Brothers for April 14, 2021: Roseanne Cash's 'The Killing Fields'

In her just-released song "The Killing Fields," Roseanne Cash addresses one of this country's darkest legacies. All proceeds of the sale of  7" vinyl copies -- signed and available though her website -- will support The Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial movement.

Also on today's show: new music from Hannah White and The Nordic Connections, The Deep Dark Woods, Mike Barnett and Sarah Jaroz, David Olney and Anana Kaye, Tim Grimm, Poor Man's Whiskey ... and much 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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