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Saturday: KALW’s On-Air Folk Festival returns!

Laurie Lewis, in KALW's Studio A

Five hours of continuous live music broadcast on  Saturday July 15th from 3 to 8pm, hosted by JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson can be accessed for on-demand listening via KALW's Local Music Player.  Click the "music & arts" tab on the homepageThis was  KALW’s first folk festival in our newly refurbished studios after an 18 month absence.  Here’s the line-up:

3pm  StringFire! This local band performs English country, Scottish country, and contra dance music, with original and traditional reels, jigs, and waltzes.  Their music has been called “exciting”, “high-energy”, and “frolicking.”  Erik Ievins on bass, Patti Cobb on piano, and Annie Turano on fiddle.

3:45pm  Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum play a few songs from their latest Grammy-nominated album, “The Hazel & Alice Sessions.”

Joe Burke

4:15pm  Healing Muses are local musicians who play in hospitals and hospices for patients recovering from illness or nearing the end of their lives.  Patrice Haan and Margaret Davis will demonstrate their healing harp music, as well as perform other music.

5pm  Pulama are East Bay locals that love and play the music of Hawaiian. It’s comprised of vocals/guitar duo Jim Romano and Paula Kauapalauki Rudman.  

5:45 pm  Joe Burke and the Watery Parts.

Bearcat Stringband Duo

6:30pm  The Bearcat Stringband Duo plays old songs with a young attitude. Robin Fischer on fiddle, vocals; and Rowan McCallister on guitar, clawhammer banjo and vocals have been playing together since 2012, equally at home busking on a street corner, playing for a square dance, on stage, and at a bluegrass festival.

7:20pm The Picks - a Handsome Ladies bluegrass band.  With Jessica Furui (guitar), Yennie Brecheisen (banjo), Dana Frankel (fiddle), Donna (mandolin), and Katya Polovina (bass).

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.