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2012 Folk Marathon: Too Hard To Label



April 30 - May 6


The 2012 Folk Marathon is upon us, and what a schedule we have lined up for you! Our theme this year is “Too Hard To Label”. While that is certainly true for the breadth of programming heard on WTJU, we will be focusing on five of our favorite music labels: Smithsonian Folkways, Signature Sounds, Compass, Rounder and Rebel. And in honor of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday, we will do a few shows in his honor.  Well known illustrator Frank Riccio has also contributed this year's t-shirt design, and we believe it may well be one of the best ever.

Not only have our regular announcers come up with the usual line up of special programs, but several musicians from the community are doing programs; and we don't mean just live performances. Yes we have Love Canon, Virginia Ramblers, Buzzard Hollow Boys, Trees on Fire, Downbeat Project and Alligator coming in to play during the fundraiser. But other musical acts are also going to program their own shows during the marathon. Charlie Pastorfield, Beleza, the Honey Dewdrops, Chris Pandolfi and Andy Falco from the Infamous Stringdusters, Alex Caton and Ned Oldham, Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun, Jeff Vogelgesang and Grant Colby, and Joe Overton will all host their own shows for this year's folk fundraiser.

We also have one WTJU alum, Aaron Margosis, aka The Eclectic Baboon, coming back to do an all
Lucinda Williams show; a longtime listener (and UVa alum) in Pennsylvania, Michael Mabry, driving down for a show he is calling Creeque Alley, and a well known Louisiana expat now living in this area, Dave Shreve, serving up a program filled with the sounds of Cajun and Zydeco.  During the overnight hours from midnight to 6 am, we will be airing several of Jorma Kaukonen's (Hot Tuna) Fur Peace Ranch  radio program, which include interviews and live music with musicians such as Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Chris Smither and John Hammond.

That's only scratching the surface of what is coming up April 30 through May 6, so be sure to check out the complete schedule.  In order for us to reach our goal of $40,000, we of course need to hear from you.  So please take a moment to make your donation by calling 434-924-3959.  Or you can also contribute on-line via our secure server.

See you on the radio, and thanks!

Peter Jones
Folk Director

P.S. If you would like to leave a recorded testimonial about our folk, world and specialty programming that we might be able to air before and during the fund drive, we would love to hear from you.  You can leave a voice mail at 434-218-FOLK (3655).

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