First broadcast June 24, 2011

Traditional Treasures

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is a program of traditional folk song found on recently issued albums. Midwesterners Joel Mabus and Andrew Calhoun recorded new albums that are comprised totally of anonymous traditional songs or songs by known composers that have entered into tradition. But there has also been a sudden uptick of new albums containing more than usual traditional offerings. A trend, perhaps?

To start the second hour, there is a short tribute to Mike Waterson, the male lead vocalist of the Watersons, one of, if not the seminal traditional folk groups of the English folk revival in the 1960s. He died June 22 at age 70 of cancer.

Mike Waterson, along with sisters Lal and Norma and cousin John Harrison and, later, Martin Carthy, left an indelible mark on British and, indeed, world folk music with their largely unaccompanied singing style and meticulous scholarship of the music. Also a songwriter and occasional solo performer, Mike Waterson recorded only one solo album (in 1977 for Topic Records), but it included his classic rendition of the fairy-ballad “Tamlyn.”

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Michael Connolly & Miller McNay, “Blackberry Blossom”, The Mandolin Case Files, Independent

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  • Luke Abbott, “Wind And Rain”, “The Blackest Crow”, Take Me Home, Independent

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  • Mike Seeger & Peggy Seeger, “Cindy”, “Little Willie’s My Darlin’”, Fly Down Little Bird, Appleseed

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  • Joel Mabus, “Betsy From Pike”, “Drunken Hiccups”, American Anonymous, Fossil

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  • Coty Hogue, “Going To The West”, “Shiloh’s Hill/Battle Of Shiloh Hill”, To The West, Cello Room

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  • Lauren Sheehan, “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me”, Rose City Ramble, Wilson River

  • Joel Mabus, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, American Anonymous, Fossil

  • Wailin’ Jennys, “Bright Morning Stars”, Bright Morning Stars, Red House

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  • Mike Waterson & The Watersons, “Fathom The Bowl”, Early Days, Topic

  • Mike Waterson, “Tamlyn”, Mike Waterson, Topic

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  • Andrew Calhoun, “Fifteen Years On The Erie Canal”, Grapevine, Waterbug

  • Carolann Solebello, “Black Jack Davey”, Threshold, Elizabeth

  • Jubilant Bridge, “Wild Mountain Thyme”, Power Lines, Independent

  • Michael Connolly & Miller McNay, “Old Joe Clark”, Mandolin Case Files, Independent