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John Barleycorn & Other Folksongs

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hear new versions of old English folksongs, with several dramatic takes of the traditional English song "John Barleycorn (Must Die),"plus the traditional song "Little Margaret," & more.

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New Sounds

John Barleycorn & Other Folksongs

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hear new versions of old English folksongs on this New Sounds.  Listen to several dramatic takes of the traditional English song "John Barleycorn (Must Die)," which might be as old as the 1300's, and was popularized by the band Traffic. The song tells the story of the grain from planting to harvest and beyond, including the making of sweet ale. There's also the traditional tune that tells the adulterous tale of "Matty Groves," also known as "Little Musgrave."

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New Sounds

Folk is the Roots

Saturday, October 05, 2013

There's a new generation of musicians coming from classical or rock finding inspiration in olde English folksongs, love songs and murder ballads.   It's another round of mining the old for the new, which hearkens back to the 1960's, when English outfits like Pentagle and Fairport convention looked back to traditional folk songs.  For this New Sounds, listen to arrangements of folk tunes by Jim Moray, Emily Portman, and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, to name a few.

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New Sounds

Folk is the Roots

Monday, September 17, 2012

There's a new generation of musicians coming from classical or rock finding inspiration in olde English folksongs, love songs and murder ballads.   It's another round of mining the old for the new, which hearkens back to the 1960's, when English outfits like Pentagle and Fairport convention looked back to traditional folk songs.  For this New Sounds, listen to arrangements of folk tunes by Jim Moray, Emily Portman, and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, to name a few.

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New Sounds

John Barleycorn & Other Folksongs

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hear new versions of old English folksongs on this New Sounds.  Listen to several dramatic takes of the traditional English song "John Barleycorn (Must Die)," which might be as old as the 1300's, and was popularized by the band Traffic. The song tells the story of the grain from planting to harvest and beyond, including the making of sweet ale. There's also the traditional tune that tells the adulterous tale of "Matty Groves," also known as "Little Musgrave."

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Intrepid City College Staffers Record Dust Bowl Refugees for WNYC Documentary

Friday, June 10, 2011

Robert Sonkin and Charles Todd were working at the City College Department of Public Speaking when they decided to spend their summer vacations in 1940 and '41 at the Farm Security Administration (FSA) camps of central California. With the help of Alan Lomax, their project was underwritten by the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress. Carrying a "portable" 50-pound Presto disc cutter, they recorded cowboy songs, traditional ballads, square dance calls, camp council meetings, storytelling sessions and the personal experiences of the Dust Bowl refugees who lived in the camps.  Drawing from more than 200  field recordings, the folklorists produced the above documentary for WNYC in 1942, one of three in a broadcast series called Songs of the Okies

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New Sounds

Folk is the Roots

Thursday, May 26, 2011

There's a new generation of musicians coming from classical or rock finding inspiration in olde English folksongs, love songs and murder ballads.   It's another round of mining the old for the new, which hearkens back to the 1960's, when English outfits like Pentagle and Fairport convention looked back to traditional folk songs.  For this New Sounds, listen to arrangements of folk tunes by Jim Moray, Emily Portman, and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, to name a few.

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Folksong Festival

Oscar Brand Turns 90!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Join the WNYC family in celebrating host Oscar Brand’s 90th birthday! Whether you just recently discovered Oscar, or are a long-time fan of the folk music legend, send us your birthday wishes to share with Oscar and his many fans.

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Folksong Festival

Archival Audio

Monday, February 01, 2010

Oscar Brand has been hosting the Folksong Festival since 1945. Explore some of his earliest interviews with experts and performances with guests including Woodie Guthrie.

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