A Toast To Those Artists Who Departed In 2012

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

It’s been our practice for the first show of the New Year to return to the old year — 2012 — and to offer selections from a smattering of performers who died in the past year and represent the vast breadth and reach of folk music. Profiles in Folk featured a several musical “in memoriam” 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.

Among those who passed away during the past year were several “national treasures” who contributed so much to the furthering of folk and acoustic music, including Earl Scruggs, Arthel “Doc” Watson, and England’s Ian Campbell. At only two hours in length, this program can only touch on a small portion of the folk artists who are no longer with us, but it is dedicated to the memory of all who died in 2012.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Chieftains, “O’Sullivan’s March”, The Best Of The Chieftains, Columbia/Legacy


  • Dubliners, “The Patriot Game”, Transatlantic Folk Box Set, Sanctuary

  • Ian Campbell Folk Group, “Down In The Coal Mine”, Troubadours Of British Folk/Vol. 1, Rhino

  • Ian Campbell Folk Group, “The Times They Are A' Changin’”, Troubadours Of Folk, Castle Music

  • Dubliners, “The Wild Rover”, Transatlantic Folk Box Set, Sanctuary

  • Chieftains, “Friel’s Kitchen”, The Best Of The Chieftains, Columbia/Legacy


  • Doc Watson, “Rambling Hobo”, Songs From Home, Capitol

  • Doc Watson & Kruger Brothers, “Shady Grove”, Merlefest Live!, Merlefest

  • Earl Scruggs & Lester Flatt, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, Appalachian Stomp/Vol. 1, Rhino

  • Earl Scruggs & Lester Flatt, “Old Salty Dog Blues”, Appalachian Stomp/Vol. 2, Rhino


  • Mike Auldridge, “House Of The Rising Sun”, Blues And Bluegrass, Takoma

  • The Dillards, “Banjo In The Hollow”, There Is A Time, Vanguard

  • Doug Dillard, “Train 4500”, The Banjo Album, Sierra

  • Seldom Scene, “Stompin’ At The Savoy”, After Midnight, Sugar Hill


  • Bill Spence & Fennig’s All-Star String Band, “Colored Aristocracy/Over The Waterfall”, The Hammered Dulcimer, Front Hall Records

  • Frank Christian, “Where Were You Last Night?”, Fast Folk, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Lowen & Navarro, “Writing On The Wall”, The Folkscene Collection, Red House

  • Richard Meyer, “January Cold”, Fast Folk, Smithsonian Folkways


  • John McGann, “Smokey’s Foghorn Medley”, Upslide, Green Linnet

  • Levon Helm, “Poor Old Dirt Farmer”, “Wide River To Cross”, Dirt Farmer, Vanguard

  • Hadley J. Castille, “Lake Arthur Stomp”, Cajun Swamp Fiddler, Swallow


  • The Lily Brothers, “Bluegrass Breakdown”, “Open Up Them Pearly Gates”, Have A Feast Here Tonight, Prestige/Folklore

  • Doc Watson w/ Chris Thile, “Amazing Grace”, Merlefest Live!, Merlefest