Baseball’s spring training has just begun in Florida, but Profiles in Folk had its first doubleheader of the season: Longtime friend Kate McDonnell, who for many years made her home in the New Haven region, has just released her third solo album and dropped by for the first hour to sing and chat and Sam Shaber, one of the hottest solo performers on the New York City singer/songwriter scene, visited with us for the second hour. At the controls on the other side of the glass was WSHU/WSUF Chief Engineer Paul Litwinovich.

Kate’s latest album is “Don’t Get Me Started” on Dog-Eared Discs and it’s a beautiful work, at times painful and at times sheer joy. There’s even a cut (and later a hidden track) with her family that is delightful. She can be reached on the Web at

Sam’s visit was also a return to the show. For the past five years, she has been crisscrossing the globe molding her own career and strengthening the community of singer/songwriters, including the launch last year of a s/s group of friends, “Live From New York: It’s Saturday Night.” She has a new CD/EP called “Sam-pler” and it’s a fine indication of how her music has grown and matured in such a short time span. She can be reached at


Kate McDonnell/Live From Studio A

Live: “Take Me Home”
Live: “What Good Will It Do?”
CD: “Sticky Buns”
Live: “Will You Be Leaving?”
Live: “Ordinary Man”
CD: “Banks Of The Ohio”
Live: “Give It Back”


Sam Shaber/Live From Studio A

Live: “Bare”
Live: “El Dorado”
Live: “Rain And Sunshine”
CD: “Tempting”
Live: “All Of This”