A Toast To Those Who Departed In 2011

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

For the first show of the New Year I returned to the old year — 2011 — and offer selections from a smattering of performers from varied branches of folk music who died in the past year. Profiles featured a number of musical “in memoriams” during the past calendar year, but it always seems appropriate to offer what Sing Out magazine calls a “Last Chorus” before turning the page on a new year.

Obviously, such a show, especially since I prefer programming multiple selections by an artist on Profiles, can only include a very limited number of performers in two hours. However, also in mind and spirit were these others who departed in 2011: Bert Jansch, Charlie Louvin, Kenny Baker, Deborah Friedman, Doc Williams, Bud Reed, Carlton Haney, Kate Rinzler, Reg Moores, Suze Rotolo, Pinetop Perkins, Matt Jones, Phoebe Snow, Michael Meldrum, Spencer Moore, Liz Meyer, Honeyboy Edwards, Wilma Lee Cooper, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, David Rea, Tom Keith, Hubert Sumlin and some I’m sure I have missed.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Mike Rafferty, “Augamore/Rafferty’s Mustache”, The Dangerous Reel, Kells Music


  • PV O’Donnell, “O’Carolan’s Draught”, “Fisherman’s Lilt/Old High Reel”, Donegal Fiddler, Independent

  • Mike Rafferty, “Fanny Powers/Shores Of Loughrea/Jack Coughlan’s Fancy”, The Dangerous Reel, Kells Music


  • Ray Fisher, “Twa Recruiting Sergeants”, Traditional Songs Of Scotland, Musial Heritage Society

  • Mike Waterson, “The Man O’ War”, Mike Waterson, Topic

  • The Watersons, “The Yorkshire Tup”, A Yorkshire Garland, Topic

  • Ray Fisher, “Floo’ers O’ The Forest”, Traditional Songs Of Scotland, Musical Heritage Society


  • Wade Mainer/Wade Morris/Zeke Ledford, “Little Maggie”, Bona Fide Bluegrass & Mountain Music, BMG

  • Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris, Short Life And Its Trouble”, Ragged But Right, BMG/RCA

  • Benton Flippen, “Sugar Tree Stomp”, “Cotton-Eyed Joe”, An Evening At WPAQ 1984, 5-String Productions


  • James Reams & The Barnstormers (for Tina Aridas), “Snake Eyes”, One Foot In The Honky Tonk, Mountain Redbird Music

  • Harley Allen with Soggy Bottom Boys, “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Mercury


  • Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, “Won’t You Come And Sing For Me?”, “Coal Miner’s Blues”, Pioneering Women Of Bluegrass, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Hazel Dickens, “Love Me Or Leave Me”, O Sister 2, Rounder


  • Jack Hardy, “Forget-Me-Not”, Two Of Swords, Prime CD

  • Bill Morrissey, “Handsome Molly”, The Essential Collection, Rounder

  • Terence Martin, “East Of The River”, “Sleep Faster”, Live At WSHU’s Studio A / Sept. 30 2005, Paul Litwinovich Recording

  • Terence Martin, “Sleeper On A Westbound Train”, Live At WSHU’s Studio A / May 5, 2006, Paul Litwinovich Recording

  • Bill Morrissey, “Small Town On The River, The Essential Collection, Rounder

  • Jack Hardy, “Saint Clare”, Noir, Great Divide Records