Reissuing The Classics

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This show focuses entirely on two album sets that provide reissues on CD of classic recordings from Britain's Free Reed music label and from America's Fast Folk Musical Magazine. Both are integral parts of contemporary folk music and its history. "This Label Is Not Removable," a three-CD set, celebrates 25 years starting in 1976 of Free Reed, a labor of love of Neil Wayne's that recorded some of the most vital and important music of the British Folk Revival as well as major collecting projects of traditional players. This latest set is the sixth in a series of boxed sets produced by Free Reed featuring "masters of the British revival." Similarly, Fast Folk, guided for nearly a quarter century by songwriter Jack Hardy, provided a platform for singer-songwriters off which were launched successful careers of many of acoustic music's leading voices. The entire Fast Folk collection of 105 albums and accompanying magazines, along with other recordings and archival materials, was recently donated to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and "Fast Folk," the two-CD album, is the first compilation culled from the collection.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Robin Spielberg, Mother's Celebration, Mother, North Star


  • John Whelan, From The Heart, My Ballingarry Lady, >From The Heart, Jar Productions


  • Susan McKeown, Mother Of Mine, Mother, North Star

  • Cathie Ryan, Rock Me To Sleep, Mother, Mother, North Star

  • Robin Spielberg, Walk With Me, Mother, North Star

  • Cathie Ryan, Peata Beag Do Mhathar, Mother, North Star


  • Rosalie Sorrels, Baby Rocking Medley, Be Careful There's A Baby In The House, Green Linnet


  • Washboard Slim & The Blue Lights, PMS Stomp, Washboard Wiggles, Washboard Slim & The Blue Lights, Jugabilly Records


  • Andy Breckman, How I Met Your Mother, Family Album, Gadfly

  • Bad Livers, I'm Going Back To Mom And Dad, Mother/Queen Of My Heart, Sugar Hill

  • Austin Lounge Lizards, Forty Years Old And I'm Livin' In My Mom's Garage, Mother/Queen Of My Heart, Sugar Hill

  • Y'All, My Mama Likes The Feel Of Cottage Cheese, Hey, Y'All, Lucky Green Dress


  • Seldom Scene w/ Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt, The Sweetest Gift, Mother/Queen Of My Heart, Sugar Hill

  • Darrell Scott, She Sews The World With Love, Mother/Queen Of My Heart, Sugar Hill

  • Lonesome River Band, Thank God For A Mama, Mother/Queen Of My Heart, Sugar Hill


  • Jim Watson, Mother, The Queen Of My Heart, Don't Tell Me, I Don't Know, Barker Records

  • Acie Cargill, Dear Mother, Old-Time Music For A New Millennium, Cobwebs

  • James Reams & The Barnstormers, Is She Praying There?, Barnstormin', Copper Creek

  • The Winstons, Mother's Day, Coming Through, CLAWD Records


  • Rosalie Sorrels, I Cannot Sleep For Thinking Of The Children, Be Careful There's A Baby In The House, Green Linnet

  • Robin Spielberg, Circle Of Life, Mother, North Star

How To Reach Them:

Free Reed:

Smithsonian Folkways: