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Folk Music & Beyond: Chicken Train Live

Jun 28, 2018

All aboard!  Chicken Train rolls into the KALW studios this Saturday 3 pm for a live performance on "Folk Music & Beyond."  Led by master banjo player John Herrmann, Chicken Train performs old time and Appalachian mountain music.  John Engle on fiddle and Meredith McIntosh on guitar round out the band.   Chicken Train specializes in the fiddling styles of North Carolina and old African-American string band music that pre-dates the blues.

Tim O'Brien, Grammy-award winning singer-multi-instrumentalist, is our special guest this Saturday 3 pm on KALW's Folk Music & Beyond.  Tim will talk about his musical journey starting in Wheeling, West Virginia and his collaborations with sister Mollie O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Dirk Powell, Kathy Mattea, and musicians from Ireland and the bluegrass band Hot Rize.  Tim's latest CD "Where The River Meets The Road" includes songs inspired by West Virginia.

The Irish-Appalachian Connection This Saturday

Nov 27, 2015

Join us for post-Thanksgiving music this holiday weekend!  Irish singer/flute player Nuala Kennedy and Appalachian roots musician A.J. Roach will be our special in-studio guests tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 pm on KALW's "Folk Music & Beyond."  While at first glance this may seem like an odd pairing, Nuala and A.J. have a lot in common.  The historical Ulster-Appalachian connection is at the heart of the music they make together.  The similarities between those traditions serve as a launching pad for their own musical vision.

Jean Ritchie Tribute this Saturday

Jun 10, 2015

She was known as "the Mother of Folk."  Jean Ritchie passed away last week at age 92.  This Saturday at 3 pm, we'll pay tribute to Jean Ritchie and listen to some of her classics performed by Kathy Mattea, Judy Collins, John Doyle, and Jean herself.  John McCutcheon returns to KALW to talk about Jean and his one-man musical play "Joe Hill's Last Will."

Thistle Host Fiona Ritchie on KALW!

Jan 28, 2015

Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie was our special guest on "Folk Music & Beyond".  Fiona and Doug Orr have co-authored the new book "Wayfaring Strangers:  The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to the Appalachias."  They traced the journey of Scots-Irish immigrants to the southern Appalachias and talked about the similarities between American old-time and traditional ballads and songs from Scotland, Ireland, and England.  The duo Little Windows (Julee Glaub & Mark Weems) performed musical excerpts during our conversation with Fiona and Doug.  If you missed the show, you