First broadcast April 3, 2015

In memoriam: John Renbourn / Religious Expression In Folk Music

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

A two part show. The first hour is devoted to a cursory retrospective of the career of John Renbourn, the brilliant British guitarist who died at age 70 on March 24 in Hawick, Scotland. Not only was Renbourn an virtuoso solo guitarist who deftly integrated folk, classical, blues and jazz into his music, but his duo work with Bert Jansch in the 1960s and early ’70s was groundbreaking for folk music. The second hour features sacred music as two of the world's major religions observe events this week that are at their essence. Today at sundown Jews began a celebration of Passover, which recalls the flight of Israelites from slavery and bondage in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Most of Christianity this week is marking the Passion of Jesus Christ, climaxing in His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Just as Passover celebrates liberation of Jews from oppression, so Easter celebrates the freeing of Christian believers from the bondage of sin because Jesus took it upon Himself on the cross and triumphed over sin.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • John Renbourn, “Goat Island”, Classic Folk Guitar, Wooded Hill Recordings


  • John Renbourn & Bert Jansch, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, Bert & John, Transatlantic

  • John Renbourn, “New Nothynge”, Collected, Music Club


  • Pentangle, “Bruton Town”, “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme”, Early Classics, Shanachie

  • Pentangle, “House Carpenter”, Live At The BBC, BBC Worldwide


  • Ship Of Fools, “Searching For Lambs”, “Martinmass Wind”, Ship Of Fools, Flying Fish

  • John Renbourn, “When The Wind Begins To Sing”, Traveller’s Prayer, Shanachie


  • Itzhak Perlman & The Andy Statman Klezmer Orchestra, “Shalom Aleykhem”, Live In The,

  • Fiddler’s House, Angel Records, ,

  • Brooks Williams, “What Wondrous Love”, Little Lion, Signature Sounds

  • Bob Franke, “Upper Room”, The Desert Questions, Telephone Pole Records

  • Claire Lynch, “My Name Is Judas”, Friends For A Lifetime, Brentwood

  • Ralph McTell, “Jesus Wept”, Sand In Your Shoes, Red House Records

  • John Duffey & Seldom Scene, “Were You There?”, Baptizing, Rebel

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, “He Is Risen”, Gospel Parade, Sugar Hill


  • Lauren Koenig Plonskier, “Ma Nishtanah”, A Taste Of Passover, Rounder

  • New England Conservatory Children’s Chorus, “Seder Plate Round”, A Taste Of Passover, Rounder

  • Shelley Posen, “Eliyahu”, Menorah, Well Done Music

  • Vanavers, “Ha Lachma Anya (This Is The Bread Of Oppression)”, Let My People Go!, Appleseed

  • Kim & Reggie Harris et al, “Avodim Hayinu (Slaves Were We)”, “Mah Lecha Ha-Yam (Sea Why,

  • Do You Flee?)”, Let My People Go!, Appleseed,

  • Andy Statman, “Kah Ribon Olam/Master Of the Universe”, Awakening From Above, Shefa Records