First broadcast October 16, 2009

A Bountiful Harvest Of Folk Music / In Memoriam: Evelyne Beers

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The harvest season is upon us in New England as well as a new season of folk music and listeners in the WSHU broadcast area are already partaking of the folk music. This show highlights the music of just a few of the artists appearing in our broadcast area.

The second portion of the show is still yet another remembrance of a folk artist who has left the ranks of the living this year. Evelyne Beers and her husband Bob “Fiddler” Beers were renowned artists who performed and preserved traditional American folk music. Their performing career as the Beers Family (along with daughter Martha) included several recordings for Columbia Records and extended from the late 1950s to May 1972 when Bob Beers was killed in a tragic auto accident near their home in Petersburg, N.Y.

Bob and Evelyne Beers are perhaps most noted for the Fox Hollow Festival, which was situated on their Petersburg homestead and ran from 1966 to 1980, with Evelyne continuing it after Bob’s death. The festival, which was never overtly publicized, was a legendary gathering of folk artists and audience.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Jem Moore & Mintze Wu, “Sheets Of Rain”, “Misty Lasses Medley”, Uncharted Waters, Independent

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  • Peter & Bethany Yarrow, “The Golden Vanity”, “The Erie Canal”, “Beautiful City”, “The Cruel War”, The Peter Yarrow Songbook/Favorite Folksongs, Sterling

    In Memoriam: Evelyne Beers

  • Bob & Evelyne Beers, “The Water Is Wide”, “The Golden Skein”, The Golden Skein, Biograph

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  • The Beers Family, “In My Garden Grows Plenty Of Thyme”, “The Green Fields Of America”, Dumbarton’s Drums, Columbia

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  • Bob & Evelyne Beers, “Dumbarton’s Drums”, The Golden Skein, Biograph

  • Beers Family, “Simple Gifts”, “Seasons Of Peace”, Seasons Of Peace, Biograph

  • Beers Family, “Time Passes”, Dumbarton’s Drums, Columbia

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  • Alison McMoreland & Geordie McIntyre, “The Virginia Maid”, “The Shore Heid Boat”, “Here’s A Health To All True Lovers”, “John Barleycorn”, White Wings, Greentrax

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  • Walkin’ Jim Stoltz, “Heart Of This Wild Land”, “Eye Of The Hunter”, “The Wild Escalante”, Little Piece Of Time, Wild Wind

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  • Peter & Bethany Yarrow, “All Through The Night”, The Peter Yarrow Songbook/Sleepytime Songs, Sterling