First broadcast June 28, 2013

It’s The Season Of The Folk

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Summer has arrived and with it the start of folk festival time. Although festivals now take place year around, it’s the hot weather months when they sprout up like crabgrass in July. In this show we verbally 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 dance 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

  • Bruce Martin, Piping Intro, Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary, Sliced Bread Records

  • Fairport Convention, “Walk A While”, Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary, Sliced Bread

  • Richard Thompson, “Beeswing”, Philadelphia Folk Festival 40th Anniversary, Sliced Bread

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  • Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, “Muleskinner Blues”, Prestige/Folklore Years: Singing Out Loud, Prestige/Folklore

  • Bonnie Dobson, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, Prestige/Folklore Years: Singing Out Loud, Prestige/Folklore

  • Pete Seeger, “Here’s To Cheshire Here’s To Cheese”, Prestige/Folklore Years: Singing Out Loud, Prestige/Folklore

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  • Sam Bush Band, “Ridin’ That Bluegrass Train”, Highlights From 2007, FestivalLink.Net

  • Waybacks w/ Sally Van Meter, “The Loner”, Highlights From 2008, FestivalLink.Net

  • Levon Helm Band, “The Weight”, Highlights From 2008, FestivalLink.Net

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

  • Greg Brown, “You Drive Me Crazy”, Main Stage Live/Falcon Ridge, Signature Sounds

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  • The Barra MacNeils w/ Old Man Luedeke, “Little Bird”, The Celtic Colours Sessions, Barra Music Company

  • The Barra MacNeils w/ Bruce Molsky, “The Last Of Callahan Set”, The Celtic Colours Sessions, Barra Music

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  • Polka Dot Dot Dot, “Wicker Frames”, Live 2008, Northwest Folklife Festival

  • Correo Aereo, “Polo”, Live 2008, Northwest Folklife Festival

  • Jeremiah McLane & Ruthie Dornfeld, “Rondes de Loudec”, Live 2008, Northwest Folklife Festival

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

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

  • David Massengill, “Rider On An Orphan Train”, 1995 Kerrville Highlights, Silverwolf

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

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  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The Moon And St. Christopher”, 1992 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Planet Bluegrass