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Will Stratton: Surviving and Singing

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Songwriter Will Stratton recently underwent difficult but successful chemotherapy and surgery. Stratton joins David Garland, with new songs to sing and a survivor's story to tell.

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The Eastern-Influenced Irish Blues of Guitarist Cian Nugent

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Irish guitar virtuoso Cian Nugent says his music has "Irish intentions" even though it isn't traditional Celtic music. 

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Grey Reverend: Songs, Skateboards, and Heroes' Lies

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Composer and singer L.D. Brown records as Grey Reverend, and his songs display his reverence for the grey areas of emotion and musical style. David Garland welcomes Grey Reverend to WNYC for this in-studio performance and conversation. Along with songs from his new album, A Hero's Lie, Grey Reverend brings us his thoughts and observations on flawed heroes, skateboarding, racism, songwriting, and much more.

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Summer Wine

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Imbibe some sounds to refresh your summer. David Garland presents the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra classic "Summer Wine," some instrumental guitar music, recent recordings by Nina Nastasia, Clare and the Reasons, Kemp & Eden, Rozi Plain, Will Stratton, and others, and the scintillating summer whine of the Brood II cicadas.

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Laura Marling 3

Sunday, July 29, 2012

British songwriter Laura Marling returns for her third visit to Spinning On Air. Her first visit was in 2008 when she was just 17 and already an insightful, original songwriter. Now she performs songs from her third album "A Creature I Don't Know" and talks about the album's themes and narratives with host David Garland. Laura sings powerfully about beasts, muses, rage, and joy, and even performs a brand new, still untitled song.

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Summer Wine

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Imbibe some sounds to refresh your summer. David Garland presents the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra classic "Summer Wine," some instrumental guitar recordings from the '20s, '50s, '60s, and '70s, plus brand new recordings by Nina Nastasia, Clare and the Reasons, Kemp & Eden, Rozi Plain, Will Stratton, and others.

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Bert Jansch and other Acoustic Guitar Explorers

Sunday, October 16, 2011

In the mid-Sixties, Scottish guitarist Bert Jansch began blending influences to create a unique, expressive technique on the acoustic guitar. Jansch died a few weeks ago, on Oct. 5th, but his influence and example live on, and an be heard in the work of many guitarists who explore the potential of the acoustic guitar.

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New Sounds

Glass Bead Game

Sunday, September 04, 2011

The UK guitarist and composer James Blackshaw is a prodigious young talent who’s been seen as part of the guitar tradition of the late American John Fahey.  Now, his work has expanded to include mysticism, occasional other instruments, and long-form, almost classical structures.  He’ll play live in our studio, and we'll listen to some of his recent release, "The Glass Bead Game."  And more.

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Laura Marling 3

Sunday, September 04, 2011

British songwriter Laura Marling returns for her third visit to Spinning On Air. Her first visit was in 2008 when she was just 17 and already an insightful, original songwriter. Now she performs songs from her forthcoming third album "A Creature I Don't Know" and talks about the album's themes and narratives with host David Garland. Laura sings powerfully about beasts, muses, rage, and joy, and even performs a brand new, still untitled song.

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Glass Bead Game

Friday, September 24, 2010

The UK guitarist and composer James Blackshaw is a prodigious young talent who’s been seen as part of the guitar tradition of the late American John Fahey.  Now, his work has expanded to include mysticism, occasional other instruments, and long-form, almost classical structures.  He’ll play live in our studio, and we'll listen to some of his recent release, "The Glass Bead Game."  And more.

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Piano Poems

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Influenced by Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett (without the moans), Portuguese jazz pianist and film score composer Bernardo Sassetti brings the surrealistic and ethereal to the trio setting.  We’ll hear from his latest release, “Motion” on this New Sounds – maybe an arrangement of Sparklehorse , or perhaps Federico Mompou .

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