The Music of Libana/Homage To Mom

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The first hour of this program was slated to be a “Live In WSHU Studio A” chat and live music with two members — founder Susan Robbins and original member Marytha Paffrath — of Libana, the world-renowned women’s world music ensemble. However, heavy thunderstorms plaguing New England this day, weekend traffic congestion and, no doubt, highway accidents resulting from the storms, prevented Susan and Marytha from reaching us. After having traveled only 30 miles in 2½ hours, they called and said there was no way they would reach our studios before midnight. Armed with only one of their CDs, we carried on for most of the show’s first hour featuring music from the 27-year-old group, outlining their history and their well-earned characterization as “troubadours of peace”.

For the second hour, we offered up our annual tribute to mom in honor of upcoming Sunday holiday. The programming was a perfect fit with Libana’s performance emphasis which seeks to “illuminate the spirit and universality of women’s experiences through music, song and dance from around the globe….”

You can learn much more about Libana at

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Libana, “Joc de Leagne”, “Misecina Udrila Li Vrata”, “Aber Mi Dojde”, Borderland, Shanachie


  • Libana, “Medley of Slav Wedding Songs”, “Andean Medley”, “Nami Nami”, Borderland, Shanachie


  • Libana, “Fihel Asirem”, “An Albanian Song”, “Oi Dai”, Borderland, Shanachie

    Homage To Mom

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

  • Cathy Ryan, “Rock Me To Sleep Mother”, Mother, North Star

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

  • Cathy Ryan, “Peata Beag Do Mhathar”, Mother, North Star


  • John Whelan, “From The Heart”, From The Heart, Jar Productions

  • Gordon Bok, “Herring Croon”, Herrings In The Bay, Timberhead

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


  • Kate Campbell, “Rosemary”, The Portable Kate Campbell, Compadre

  • Kate Campbell, “In My Mother’s House”, Sing Me Out, Compadre

  • Lucy Kaplansky, “I Had Something”, The Red Thread, Red House

  • Richard Shindell, “Last Fare Of the Day”, Vuelta, Koch


  • Austin Lounge Lizards, “40 years Old And Livin’ In My Mom’s Garage”, Mother: Queen Of My Heart, Sugar Hill

  • Lonesome River Band, “Thank God For Mama”, Mother: Queen Of My Heart, Sugar HillWest, Red House