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Gig Alert: Brooklyn Folk Festival

Friday, April 17, 2015

7th annual staging of the venerable folk confab happens in Brooklyn Heights this weekend. 

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Gig Alert: Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

Friday, April 03, 2015

Banjo maestro and his merry folksters revive and reinvigorate old gems from the Lomax catalog. 

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Hear music made by banjos, dulcimers, and other traditional Americana instruments, from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, & more.

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New Sounds

All Acoustic

Friday, February 06, 2015

Hear all-acoustic music, including works from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and percussive baritone uke creations by guitarist Kevin Hufnagel.

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New Sounds

New Music for Banjo and Mandolin

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New music for banjo and mandolin from the Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, Avi Avital, Ellipsis, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jake Schepps, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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The Takeaway

Banjos and Ballots: Mike Doughty Jams With John Hockenberry

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Mike Doughty, the former lead singer of Soul Coughing, jams with John Hockenberry on the banjo, and chats about being a liberal from a conservative family.

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The Takeaway

A Banjo Star Returns To The Roots of Bluegrass

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Noam Pikelny describes himself on the fringe of bluegrass, but he's often considered the best banjo player in the world—a title locked in with the 2014 Banjo Player of the Year award.

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Doc Watson & Abigail Washburn

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abigail Washburn is a leading light of the Americana music scene. But she was on her way to study international law and practice in Beijing when a record by Doc Watson convinced her to pick up the banjo instead.

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New Sounds

Global Appalachia

Saturday, April 26, 2014

This New Sounds mixes up traditional songs from the Appalachian mountains  with the traditions of Mali, China, and beyond.  Hear from Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko on a new project "Africa To Appalachia."  There's also pipa player Wu Man & banjo-man Lee Knight collaborating on "I’m Going Back To North Carolina."  Listen for an arrangement of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," and more.

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WNYC News

Weekend Staff Picks: Blossoms, Beats & Banjos

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Pete Seeger sing-along tribute will be a part of this year's Brooklyn Folk Festival at The Bell House.

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana

Monday, January 06, 2014

Hear banjos, dulcimers, and other instruments used in traditional Americana music, New Sounds-style on this show.  There’s music from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, and the mandolin-guitar duo known as Prester John.  Plus, from the back wall of the New Sounds library, listen to the trio, Ellipsis (from the early 1980’s, on Flying Fish Records), who combine bluegrassy and folk instrumentation with minimalism and Indonesian elements.

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Soundcheck

Béla Fleck And Brooklyn Rider: An Adventurous Collaboration

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hear banjo master Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider perform songs from their new collaborative album in the Soundcheck studio.

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Watch: Poliça, In The Studio

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Watch the Minneapolis electro R&B group Polica play songs from Shulamith in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

All Acoustic

Friday, October 11, 2013

It’s an all-acoustic program of music on this New Sounds, including music from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and guitarist Kevin Hufnagel. If Hufnagel’s name sounds familiar, it could be because we heard from his ambient record “Transparencies” previously on New Sounds, or perhaps more likely, it is because of his work as a guitarist in Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura, (largely metal outfits) among others. But on his latest release, “Ashland,” he has made a record of captivating and thoughtful instrumental miniatures built around the baritone ukulele, both prepared (with wooden file, hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings - nod to John Cage) and unaltered. 

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Béla Fleck

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When Béla Fleck came to the WQXR Café, curious staff members began asking about his repertoire. Would he be playing Scarlatti or Scruggs? A Bach invention or a bluegrass breakdown?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Béla Fleck

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck performed live on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. He also revealed that he's a Barbra Streisand fan. Find out what else Béla Fleck's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Banjo Master Béla Fleck

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck performs live in our studio and talks about his new album, “The Impostor.” On it, he performs with an orchestra and with a string quartet.

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Wayne Koestenbaum, 'Philosopher of Fabulousness'; Jayme Stone’s Global Bluegrass; Salon's 'Most Hated Bands'

Thursday, August 15, 2013

In this episode: New York Magazine once called writer, critic and poet Wayne Koestenbaum “the philosopher of fabulousness.” Now, he has new collection of personal and critical essays, My 1980s and Other Essays. He tells us about it and shares a playlist.

Plus: The banjo player and composer Jayme Stone hails from Canada, but his music is inspired by folk traditions from around the globe. He performs songs from a new album, The Other Side of the Air.

    And: Writer Chuck Klosterman’s essay on whether to hate — or not to hate — the Eagles sparked some discussion on Salon. And that, in turn, sparked the site to compile a list called “The 15 Most Hated Bands of the Last 30 Years.” Assistant editor Prachi Gupta breaks it down.

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    Jayme Stone: World-Spanning Banjo

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Hear banjoist Jayme Stone perform in the Soundcheck studio live.

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    Steve Martin: Our Wild and Crazy Guest

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    Stuck in transit this Memorial Day weekend? Take our hourlong special with America's funniest banjo player with you.