The New Haven Folk Festival/Live In WSHU’s Studio A: John Whelan

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is the weekend for the 13th edition of the New Haven Folk Festival, one of Connecticut’s largest gatherings of folk and acoustic music aficionados. This night’s musical focus was 99 percent on artists appearing at the festival, including headliner Richard Thompson.

The show was highlighted by a nearly a 90-minute live session in WSHU’s Studio A with our good friend and seven-time All-Ireland Celtic button accordionist John Whelan. John closes the Saturday afternoon portion of the New Haven Folk Festival and then will be participating in sessions on Saturday night in New London at a newly opened Celtic pub and on Sunday night with fiddler Brian Conway in White Plains. The man is imbued with energy! WSHU Chief Engineer Paul Litwinovich was again our “man behind the glass” mixing sound.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Brian Conway, “Jenny’s Welcome To Charlie/Tom Steele”, First Through The Gate, Smithsonian

  • Folkways, , ,


  • Kips Bay Ceili Band, “Low G/Whelan’s B Flat”, Looking Back/Live In Denmark, Limited Edition


  • Tanglefoot, “Jenny Wren”, “Let The Piper Play”, “Buxton”, Full-Throated Abandon, Borealis


  • Richard Thompson, “Waltzing’s For Dreamers”, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”, “Beeswing”, Action Packed Capitol

Live In WSHU’s Studio A: Celtic Button Accordionist John Whelan

Listen to the live portion of the show

John Whelan/John Brennan/Kevin Burke, “Louise”, May 7/2004 Concert In Westport, Private Recording
Live: “Last Night’s Fun/Galway Rambler”
John Whelan & Christine Considine, “Bucks Of Oranmore/Jolly Tinker”, The Pride Of Wexford, Silver Hill
Live: “Dunphy’s/The Plains Of Boyle”
Abbey Ceili Band, “Medley of Set Dances”, Beal A’ Ghleanna, independent
John Whelan, “Medley of Tunes”, 1974 Field Recording, Whelan Private Collection
John Whelan, “Lament For Heather”, Stories, Narada
Live: “Reels Medley”