A Spring Stew Of Folk Music From Jigs & Reels to Railroad Songs

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Talk about diversity in folk music. This show is free — and far — ranging, starting with elegant Celtic and old-time music, moving to the marvelous historic storytelling in song of Sparky and Rhonda Rucker and finishing up with an hour of railroad songs. There’s also a brief “in memoriam” for Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith of country music fame (not to be confused with old time music’s Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith) who died earlier this week.

Connecticut fiddler Jeanne Freeman has a debut album release party this coming Thursday in Milford, while Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will be performing in Branford on Saturday night. And plan ahead. Ken and Brad Kolodner will be bringing their wonderfully creative music to this fall’s Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival in Milford in October.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Robin Bullock, “The Pivot Brig/The Three Little Drummers/The Wandering Minstrel”, Green Fields, Dorian


  • Jeanne Freeman, “The Cat That Kittled In Jamie’s Wig/P.V. O’Donnell’s/Master Seamus/Kit O’Connor’s”, “Lament For The Country House Dance/Friend Of My Heart” The Fiddler You Are, Independent

  • Ken & Brad Kolodner, “The Orchard”, “Red Rocking Chair”, Skipping Rocks, Fenchurch Music


  • Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, “Glory Hallelujah Suite”, The Blue And Gray In Black And White, Flying Fish

  • Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, “Song For Babe”, One Earth, Tremont


  • Arthur Smith & Don Reno, “Feudin’ Banjos”, The Best of Bluegrass/Vol. 1, Mercury

  • Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell, “Dueling Banjos”, Appalachian Stomp, Rhino

  • Arthur Smith & Don Reno, “Twelfth Street Rag”, The Original Dueling Banjos, CMH


  • Molasses Creek, “Choo Choo Yazoo”, Something Worth Having, Soundside Records

  • Danny Smith, “Railroad Yodel”, Northwest Folklife Festival/Live 2007, Northwest Folklife Festival

  • Skillet Lickers, “Wreck Of The Old Southern 97” People Take Warning!, Tompkins Square,

  • Cliff Carlisle, “Wreck Of Number 52”, People Take Warning!, Tompkins Square

  • Riley Puckett, “Altoona Freight Wreck”, People Take Warning!, Tompkins Square

  • Jack Elliott, “Hard Travelling”, “All Around The Water Tank”, Ramblin’ Jack, Topic Records


  • Field Recording, “Arrival — Union Station in Chicago”, Folksongs Of Illinois #5, Company Of Folk

  • Sunnyside Up with Elaine Moore, “City Of New Orleans”, Folksongs Of Illinois #5, Company Of Folk

  • Jim Malcolm, “The Train From Perth To Lochearn”, The First Cold Day, Beltane Records

  • Pete Morton, “Another Train”, Flying An Unknown Flag, Harbourtown Records


  • Robin Bullock, “Farewell To Craigie Dhu”, Green Fields, Dorian