Locally Grown

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is one in a series of occasional programs on "Profiles in Folk" that features music from artists who reside in the WSHU broadcast area or grew up here such as Mother Banjo (a.k.a. Ellen Stanley), who now resides in Minnesota.

For most of the featured artists there were tales to tell to listeners that connect the artists to "Profiles in Folk". Take Matthew Phelps as an example. He's a member of the up-and-coming ensemble Tri, which plays mainly music from Nova Scotia on their debut album. As a young man, Matthew would have pipe band practice in Trumbull, a town adjoining WSHU's home base in Fairfield. He recently wrote, ".my parents and I would listen to your show each week as we drove to Danbury. I always enjoyed the music." Well, now Matthew's a top flight pipes player and it's a pleasure to program his music.

As the title of Buddy Merriam's opening song denotes, pulling this program together was work that was "extra special."

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Buddy Merriam, Extra Special, Back Roads Mandolin, Lily Pad Records


  • Stephen Bennett, Cielito Lindo, Home On The Range, Simple Gifts, Good Wood, Independent


  • Maria Fairchild, Celebration, Red Haired Boy/Sandy Boys, Mother Goose, Celebration, Ampersand


  • Buddy Merriam, Gypsy Tears Of Joy, Friar Tuch, Back Roads Mandolin, Lily Pad Records


  • Phil Rosenthal, Banjo In C, All The Good Times, Muddy Water, A Treasury Of Bluegrass And Country Songs", merican Melody


  • Mother Banjo, Oh Susanna, The Sad And Found, So Low Recordings

  • Lys Guillorn, My Lullaby, I Can't Help You, Wayward Children, Little Cowgirl Records

  • Mother Banjo, Revival Train, The Sad And Found, So Low Recordings


  • Tom Nelson, Bridget Cruise/Bridget O'Malley, Demo Disc, Independent

  • Tri, Pipe Marches, The Little Bag Of Bombardes, The E Set, A-measg Chairdean, Independent

  • Tom Nelson, Manx Melody, Skye Boat Song, Demo Disc, Independent