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Ballads From the UK - Female Voices

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Listen to beautiful and haunting English & Scottish ballads sung by women including the Furrow Collective, English vocalist June Tabor and the Philadelphia sextet Espers, to name a few.

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Adventures in Folk Music

Remembering Singer and Folklorist Guy Carawan

Friday, May 08, 2015

WNYC
Guy Carawan, who died Saturday at the age of 87, introduced "We Shall Overcome" to the Civil Rights movement.  We remember him with an in-studio performance on our station from 1966.  

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Sounds of Washington Square Park in 1962

Thursday, February 05, 2015

WNYC
Folk musicians celebrate their right to perform in Washington Square Park.
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Studio 360

How Alan Lomax Segregated Music

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Musicologist Alan Lomax had a specific idea of what African-American music should sound like — an idea that reinforced stereotypes instead of breaking them down.

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Spinning on Air

The Delicate Intensity of Olivia Chaney

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Olivia Chaney visits from London to perform traditional and original songs about connections, consolations, and imperfections, and to talk about her music with David Garland.

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Spinning on Air

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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Spinning on Air

Vashti Bunyan's Disarmingly Lovely "Heartleap"

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vashti Bunyan has released "Heartleap," her third album since 1970. Hear her talk with David Garland, plus highlights from the new album and performances recorded for Spinning On Air.

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The Takeaway

Film Chronicles Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's Encore

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In 2011, before his "Farewell Tour," Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. At the time, he agreed to let filmmaker James Keach document the effects of his illness.

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The Takeaway

Woody Guthrie's New York City

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If Woody Gutherie found home on the open road, his second home was New York City. His daughter Nora Guthrie shares a collection of stories about her father's life in the Big Apple.

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Spinning on Air

Tom Brosseau's Songs of Wonder, Wondering, and Modern Devices

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The North Dakota singer-songwriter tackles such topics as being stuck on a roof, ambivalence about new beginnings, and our contemporary tendency to cradle our devices rather than our loved ones.

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Soundcheck

Caffè Lena Inspires A New Generation Of Folk Musicians

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Saratoga Springs' Caffe Lena has been an integral part of the folk scene since the 1960s. We talk with Jocelyn Arem, who edited a new book and box CD set about the musical history of the coffeehouse, as well as composer David Amram and musician Pete Kennedy.

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Soundcheck

Hear: R. Crumb And The East River String Band, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The famed illustrator, who is also a huge fan of early folk, old-time blues and jazz, is an honorary member of New York's East River String Band. Or if he isn't, he should be -- he does all their artwork and plays live with them in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Ballads From the UK - Female Voices

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Listen to beautiful and haunting English & Scottish ballads sung by women on this New Sounds program. Hear the Furrow Collective, which is the Emily Portman trio together with Alasdair Roberts, performing “Demon Lover” to the accompaniment of musical saw. Also, listen to the great English vocalist June Tabor featured on a record by Andrew Cronshaw from the early 1980’s.  Then, listen to the Philadelphia sextet Espers take on the traditional “Rosemary Lane,” along with music from Steeleye Span, the Unthanks, and Eliza Carthy. And more.

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Spinning on Air

Best of Pete Seeger, from Beethoven to the the Folk Music Almanac

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Pete Seeger had a long association with WNYC. David Garland presents some Seeger highlights from WNYC's Archive, including one of Seeger's 1946 shows in which he sings, accompanying himself on banjo; plus music and interview excerpts from a 1986 edition of Dave Sear's Folk Music Almanac program. In addition you'll hear Seeger play Beethoven on banjo, and sing his own nine-minute lullaby, "One Grain of Sand."

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WNYC News

Pete Seeger, Unsuccessful Hermit

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What was it like to be the folk legend's friend and neighbor for 20 years? WNYC's Karen Frillmann remembers.

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Soundcheck

Listeners' Favorite Movie Bands; Elijah Wald Remembers Dave Van Ronk

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Soundcheck listeners nominate a few of their favorite "movie bands." Then, Elijah Wald sheds light on Dave Van Ronk, the New York folk musician who served as a loose inspiration for the title character the latest Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. 

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Classics For Kids

Classical Music That Uses Folk Songs

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Many classical composers used folk tunes in their music. It turns up in all kinds of places. Find out where this week on Classics for Kids.

New Sounds

New Music, Folk Roots

Sunday, July 07, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to some new music with folk roots, and unexpected folk collaborations.  There's music by Howard Skempton, the English minimalist, using "Wild Colonial Boy" in his piece "The Durham Strike."  Then listen to Jim Moray doing "Two Sisters," Tom Waits doing "Two Sisters," and Julia Wolfe's "Cruel Sister," based on the same song.

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Spinning on Air

Joshua Rifkin Presents Wildflowers

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Judy Collins' 1967 album "Wildflowers" is a lovely collection of thoughtful songs sung beautifully to inventive, timeless orchestral arrangements. There hasn't been another album quite like it, before or since. Joshua Rifkin, who created the sensitive arrangements for "Wildflowers," and conducted the recording, joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to tell of his experiences helping to make this timeless album at age 23. We learn how he was at first stuck for ideas, and how at a convivial California lunch of wine and Collin's Beef Stroganoff, inspiration suddenly struck. Rifkin shares insights about a few specific arrangements, and we learn a bit about Rifkin's own diverse career as a member of The Even Dozen Jug Band, arranger of "The Baroque Beatles Book," catalyst for the revival of interest in composer Scott Joplin, and Rifkin's life-long involvement with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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New Sounds

New Music, Folk Roots

Thursday, June 28, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to some new music with folk roots, and unexpected folk collaborations.  There's music by Howard Skempton, the English minimalist, using "Wild Colonial Boy" in his piece "The Durham Strike."  Then listen to Jim Moray doing "Two Sisters," Tom Waits doing "Two Sisters," and Julia Wolfe's "Cruel Sister," based on the same song.

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