Religious Expression In Folk Music

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Two of the world’s major religions observe events this week that are essential to each. Jews began on Wednesday a celebration of Passover, which recalls the flight of Israelites from slavery and bondage in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Most of Christianity celebrates the Passion of Jesus Christ, climaxing in His Resurrection. Just as Passover celebrates liberation of Jews from oppression, so does Easter celebrate the freeing of Christian believers from the bondage of sin because Jesus took it on Himself on the cross and triumphed over sin.

This year’s program was a mix of old and new material and an extended reprise of Andy Statman’s powerful renditions of melodies of the Jewish mystic that incorporates jazz, folk and ethnic traditions and that led to an inordinate number of phone calls from listeners.

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  • Andy Statman Quartet, “Maggid”, Between Heaven And Earth, Shanachie


    The Passover Story
    This entire set is from the album “Let My People Go” (Appleseed Records) by Kim & Reggie Harris and Rabbi Jonathan Kliger and the Jewish community of Woodstock, N.Y.

  • “B’chol Dor Va’dor (In Every Generation)/I’m On My Way”

  • “Ha Lachma Anya (This Is The Bread Of Oppression)”

  • “Avodim Lecha Ha’Yam (Sea, Why Do You Flee)”

  • “Man Come Into Egypt”,

  • “Ilu Finu (Were Our Mouths Oceans Of Songs)”

  • “Venomar Lefanav (Let Us Sing A New Song)”


    The Passion Of Jesus Christ

  • John Roberts & Tony Barrand, “All In The Morning”, To Welcome In The Spring, Front Hall

  • The Isaacs, “Man On The Mule”, Bridges, Horizon

  • Golden Gate Quartet, “My Time Done Come”, Swing Down Chariot, Columbia/Legacy

  • Ed Trickett & Harry Tuft, “Just As the Evening Sun”, The Telling Takes Me Home, Folk-Legacy

  • June Tabor, “The Easter Tree”, Ashes & Diamonds, Topic


  • John Duffey & Seldom Scene, “Were You There?”, Baptizing, Rebel

  • Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, “By The Mark”, Revival, Alamo

  • Baucom Bibey & Blue Ridge, “He Broke The Chains”, Come Along With Me, Sugar Hill

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, “He Lives In Me”, “The End Of The Road”, He Lives In Me, Horizon


  • Andy Statman Quartet, “The Wings Of A Dove”, Between Heaven And Earth, Shanachie

  • Suzzy & Maggie Roche, “Jeremiah”, “New York City”, Zero Church, Red House

  • Andy Statman Quartet, “Adir”, Between Heaven And Earth, Shanachie

  • Suzzy & Maggie Roche, “Praise Song For A New Day”, Zero Church, Red House

  • Andy Statman Quartet, “Song Of Redemption”, The Hidden Light, Sony Classical West, Red House