Live In WSHU’s Studio A: Damien and Sally Tressler Connolly

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

First Hour: Live In WSHU's Studio A: Damien Connolly & Sally Tressler Connolly Second Hour: A Tribute to Dear Old Dad

We welcomed back to WSHU Public Radio for our first hour the wonderful duet of All-Ireland accordion and melodeon player Damien Connolly and his spouse, Irish flute player Sally Tressler Connolly. Singer Michael McCann, who has appeared on “Profiles in Folk” several times and just happens to be Sally’s uncle, joined them! Damien and Sally performed several live pieces and Michael discussed the upcoming Connecticut Irish Festival, Feis & Agricultural Fair in North Haven, at which Damien and Sally will also be performing along with Liz McNicholl. WSHU Chief Engineer Paul Litwinovich mixed the sound for the evening’s festivities.

For the second hour, in observance of Father's Day this coming Sunday, we offered a musical tribute to Dear Old Dad in several ways: Tunes and songs about specific fathers, a “fathers and sons” set, and songs from father's about their children.

Listen to the live portion of the show

Damien & Sally Tressler Connolly Live in WSHU's Studio A:

  • Live: “Miss MacLeod/ Dunmore Lasses”
  • Live: “Joe Derrane Set”
  • CD: Uillean Piper Brian McNamara, “Air”
  • Live: “Set of Frankie Galvin Tunes”
  • CD: Songstress Liz McNicholl, “The Bravest”
  • Live: “First House in Connaught Set”
  • Live: “Medley of Celtic Tunes”
  • Second Hour: Tribute to Dear Old Dad

    • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

    • New Lost City Ramblers, “Train 45”, Classic Railroad Songs, Smithsonian Folkways

    • Peter Rowan & The Red Hot Pickers, “Hobo Song”, Peter Rowan With The Red Hot Pickers, Sugar Hill


    • Sonny Terry/Woody Guthrie/Cisco Houston, “Lonesome Train”, Classic Railroad Songs, Smithsonian

    • Folkways, , ,

    • Utah Phillips, “Daddy What’s A Train?”, Good Though!, Philo

    • Gove Scrivenor, “I’ve Got A Thing About Trains”, Shine On, Compass

    • Fred Eaglesmith, “I Like Trains”, Freight Train Blues, Rounder

    • Kate Campbell, “Trains Don’t Run From Nashville”, Freight Trains Blues, Rounder


    • Unknown, “Calling Trains”, Railroad Songs & Ballads, Library of Congress/Rounder

    • Seldom Scene, “Big Train (From Memphis)”, Long Time, Smithsonian Folkways

    • Tom Rush, “Panama Limited”, No Regrets, Columbia

    • Stanley Brothers, “Orange Blossom Special”, Appalachian Stomp, Rhino

    • Steve Goodman, “City Of New Orleans”, Mystery Train, Rounder


    • Koerner/Ray/Glover, “Southbound Train”, [Lots More] Blues Rags & Hollers, Elektra/Red House

    • Utah Phillips, “Queen Of the Rails”, “Frisco Road”, Good Though!, Philo

    • Scott Brannon, “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride”, Freight Train Special, Wango Records

    • Tom Russell, “Lord Of The Trains”, Steel Rails, Rounder

    • Don Lange, “Here’s To You Rounders”, Same River Twice, Independent


    • Palmer McAbee, “McAbee’s Railroad Piece”, Train 45, Rounder

    • Roy Acuff, “Wabash Cannonball”, Steel Rails, Rounder

    • Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston, “John Henry”, Classic Railroad Songs, Smithsonian Folkways

    • Johnny Cash, “Casey Jones”, Mystery Train, Rounder

    • Otis Mote, “Railroad Bill”, Virginia Roots, Outhouse Records

    • Pete Seeger, “Hobo’s Lullaby”, A Link In The Chain, Columbia