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.