Folk Marathon 2017: Still pickin’ after all these years

From February 6-12, it’s all Folk music, all the time.  Our Folk Marathon returns with live performances by groups like The Buzzard Hollow Boys, Alligator, and Dharma Bombs.

You can catch any shows you missed for 2 weeks in our archives.

We’ll also feature a wide range of shows from Rockabilly, exploring the golden era of 1950s Rockabilly, to All about Steel, highlighting the greatest steel players across the ages and the genres, to many more. Check out, or download, the full schedule below.



As part of each Marathon, we turn to the community to raise money to help keep the station going strong.  As you get ready to enjoy a week of incredible music, take just a few minutes to commit to keeping great music on the air:



A message from WTJU’s Folk Director Peter Jones on what’s in store for this Marathon and why we need your financial support:

The band plays and the melody lingers on… But we need one more instrument to complete WTJU’s 2017 Folk Marathon tune: YOU.

The Folk Marathon hits the airwaves February 6-12 with an incredible lineup of special programs. We need your support to keep folk, roots, and world music alive and well on WTJU!

There’s really only one way that the music has ever thrived on WTJU’s airwaves – through the direct support of people in the community who care about it – people like you.

WTJU has been an integral part of this amazing community for 60 years – a feat that has only been possible with your support. Donate to WTJU’s Folk Marathon today to carry WTJU forward toward our next 60 years!

This year marks my 21st year at WTJU, but that’s only a fraction of the six decades that WTJU has been serving you and this community with great music. Started back in 1957, WTJU announcers have been picking out tracks and connecting you to a world of music for going on 60 years.

With that in mind, our theme for this year’s Folk Marathon is “Still Pickin’ After All These Years.” Each weekday morning, we will highlight five legendary acts who are still out there playing and recording. From Norman Blake to David Grisman, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas, and Bela Fleck, these artists have been pickin’ a long time.

As we are wont to do, we have picked out some fantastic local acts to put on live concerts in the WTJU lounge. The Buzzard Hollow Boys and Alligator will once again do the honors during our Folk Marathon. We’re also pleased to welcome the Farm Use String Band, Dharma Bombs, The Weedeaters, and Tara Mills & Jimmy Stelling.

You have picked WTJU as a source for real, authentic music, hand-curated by passionate volunteer hosts from our community. During this Folk Marathon, we’ve invited folks like Laura Galgano from the Blue Moon Diner and Jennifer Detweiler from Abemarle CiderWorks to host shows. And Jessica B., a frequent visitor to Sprouse’s Furniture in North Garden, will play tunes from some of the recordings she has discovered on their “Free Shelf.”

You have picked WTJU as the station that connects you to our community and exceptional music experiences from around the world. From India to West Africa to the Hebrides islands, WTJU is your source for music you won’t find anywhere else in America.

Now pick WTJU as a cause worth supporting. Your support assures that WTJU can remain a premiere source for live and recorded music experiences.

WTJU is your destination to hear all the best music – eclectic, non-commercial, and truly unique. WTJU is rooted in our community while connecting you to a whole world of great music.

Your donation to WTJU makes the music sing.

Show the world that this music matters and that you want it to thrive in our community. Help us raise $60,000 to celebrate our 60th anniversary – donate to WTJU today. We can all make a difference to ensure that we’re still picking music together for another sixty years to come.

See you on the radio,

Peter Jones
WTJU Folk Director

P.S. Your donation of $20 per month makes you a sustainer of WTJU, providing much-needed revenue throughout the year. Visit and set up a recurring monthly gift.

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