First broadcast June 10, 2011

Folk Festival Time

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Hey, it’s almost summer and the start of folk festival time. Although festivals take place year round, it’s the hot weather months when they sprout up like crabgrass in July and August. In this show, which first aired in 2010, I offer a nutshell history of festivals in the U.S. and examine these unique gatherings of community that bring folkies together for a common purpose. Folk music festivals (and their antecedents, the fiddle competitions and gatherings of yore) have been with us in America for well over a century. However, it was the folk revival of the late 1950s and 1960s that provided the spark to move such festivals into the American musical mainstream.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Wild Asparagus, “St. Stephen’s Day Parade March”, Main Stage Live (Falcon Ridge), Signature Sounds

  • Michael Cooney, “These Are The Days”, Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary, Sliced Bread

  • Sam Bush & John Cowan, “Body And Soul”, Planet Bluegrass, Blue Planet

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  • Steve Goodman, “City Of New Orleans”, Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary, Sliced Bread

  • Tom Rush, “Panama Limited”, Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary, Sliced Bread

  • Tom Rush, “Driving Wheel”, Celebration, Sliced Bread

  • David Bromberg, “Make Me A Pallet”, Celebration, Sliced Bread

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  • Jim Salestrom, “Bristlecone Pine”, Folks Live!, Blue Planet

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  • Bob Zentz, “Sweet Songs From Yesterday”, Old Songs Festival 1990, Old Songs

  • Sandy Paton, “Rowdy Soul”, Live From The Dutch Barn, Old Songs

  • Les Barker, “Arnold”, Live From The Dutch Barn, Old Songs

  • Eric & Suzy Thompson, “The Young Woman’s Blues”, Old Songs Festival 1990, Old Songs

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  • Pete Seeger, “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep”, Folk Music At Newport/Vol. 1, Vanguard

  • Doc Watson, “St. James Infirmary Blues”, Mementoes, Alcazar

  • Greg Brown, “Good Morning Coffee”, Turn Of The Decade, Red House

  • Richard Thompson, “She Moves Through The Fair”, Turn Of The Decade, Red House

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  • Cheryl Wheeler, “Howl At The Moon”, 1995 Kerrville Highlights, Silverwolf

  • Eric Andersen, “Thirsty Boots”, End Of The Century, Silverwolf

  • Tom Russell, “Mineral Wells”, 1995 Kerrville Highlights, Silverwolf

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  • Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, “Sunset Road”, Planet Bluegrass, Blue Planet