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Folk Marathon 2000 May 5-12
Introduction"I like to think that with effort we can crack the perceptive barriors built up by musical inundation, and unseal our ears and perceive freshly, like a child, the magic that is still living in music. If there is anything I would ask of the listener, it is to put on fresh ears and listen as if you've never heard such a sound before. It is my hope that you will be thus rewarded." --Andrew York
Welcome to the Folk Marathon 2000! I have always seen my work with acoustic music to be centered around expanding the concept of what people have come to think of as "folk" music. I feel the folk marathon achieves this, in that it presents such a wide spectrum of music -- from roots to Celtic, Latin American to Native American, Bluegrass to singer/songwriter, Americana to World...it's all there. I hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as we at WTJU enjoy presenting it to you.
I would like to thank the WTJU staff for all their help in making this marathon happen. There are some individuals in particular who I feel deserve special recognition for their work. Thanks very much to: Chuck Taylor, Jane McDonald, Brennan Gilmore, Gayle Poirier, Pete Marshall, Sandy Adams, Eli Frantzen, Valerie L'Herrou, Phyllis White, Debbie Hunter, Matt Pinto, Fred Boyce and the Prism Coffeehouse, and special guest announcers Terri Allard, Mike Seeger, Joe Ayers, Cindy Benton Groner and Terry Carpenter.
--Blue O'Connell, Assistant Folk Director
Friday, May 5, 2000
Juan Valdez Faves
The stuff from Columbia that gets you rockin' (decaffeinated and legal too!). Vallenato-- the king of wild Latin grooves; Cumbia-- the mantra force; Porro & Gaita-- the roots of the whole thing. Accordion-driven music that makes Zydeco sound sleepy. Hear the freshest roasted tunes right off the boat from Cartegena, home of the nutzoid bass line. With Dr. Mo.
Cinco de SKA-Yo
RasSKA's Dr. Mo and Goldfinger of the Gonzo Sound System spin a heapin' helping of Latin-flavored Two-Tone and other surprises in celebration of the holiday. South of the Border and sometimes Below the Belt, support the Sound Choice in all its off-center glory!
Women Banjo Pickers, Yesterday and Today
With Pete Marshall and guest artist Mike Seeger. Artists include Samantha Bumgardner (first recorded woman banjoist), Cousin Emmy, Lily May Ledford, Katy Hill, Amburgey Sisters, Olabelle Reed, Matokie Slaughter, Roni Stoneman, Alison Brown, Murphy & Casey Henry, more. Requests welcome.
Banjo on the Fringes
Sure, Bela takes the banjo into uncharted territory, and we'll hear from him-- and from several others also breaking the banjo mold. With Pete Marshall.
Prism Live Broadcast: Laurie Lewis
Join us for the mainstay of WTJU Folk Programming, a live Broadcast from the Prism Coffeehouse, as we visit two-time IBMA vocalist of the year Laurie Lewis and her Bluegrass Pals for an hour of top notch live Bluegrass. And don't forget to pledge your support for live concert broadcasts by calling (434) 924-3418 or 924-3959!
A special edition of Danza Latina featuring folk music of the Caribbean. With Kimberly Vega. The new bilingual Danza Latina has been one of the most popular shows we've had in years! Tune in to see why....
Take Me Back
Contemporary Acoustic & Country Blues--Includes artists such as Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Keb' Mo', Alvin Youngblood Hart, Taj Mahal, Rory Block, Eric Bibb, Jerry Ricks and others. With Peter Welch.
Bill Adams serves up plenty of sausage biscuits for the folk marathon!
A folk marathon tradition, Sumner Brown returns this year to bring us two hours of music from one of the most widely respected female songwriters around.
A look at the roots of the music of the extraordinarily successful stage show. Highlights from different versions of the show itself and from its offshoots. With Pete Marshall.
Percussion is a primal language shared by all cultures. Entrain your brainwaves to the beat as Valerie L'Herrou explores the world of rhythm, and local percussionists set the WTJU studios vibrating with a live on-air performance.
Magraw Gap & The Larry Keel Experience.
Sometimes the best music is in your own back yard. Hosted by Brennan Gilmore.
The Hightone Country
Long before alternative country, Hightone Records was attracting musicians who took a non-Nashville, non-easy-listening approach to country music. They kept the soul and tradition, and added a contemporary spin. With Steve Kindig.
The Old Home Place
Join Ray Spears for a special marathon edition of one of WTJU's finest and most popular Bluegrass shows.
Fiddlers' Roll Call
Remember the fiddle competitions from previous folk marathons? Well, no time-consuming formal contests this year! Just three jamming hours broadcast live from the Prism, featuring all kinds of fiddle music from your favorite local & not-so-local players. So listen in or come on down to the Prism, pay your pledge & be part of the show!
Hank Williams, Sr.
There's soda pop and the dancing's free, so if you wanna have fun, come along with me... Call in your pledges and requests and we'll go honky-tonkin, honey baby. With Ellie.
Native American Sunrise
Arise with Blue O'Connell to the peaceful sounds of Native American music: Carlos Nakai, Peter Kater, Bill Miller, Albert Vasquez, and many more.
Roots of Gospel
Durward and Gay bring you two hours of their finest picks of the roots of Gospel.
Kid n Kaboodle
Join Peter Jones for a special three-hour edition of outstanding stories and music on the best children's radio broadcast in Central Virginia. Whether you are three years old or are collecting social security, tune in for fun stories and songs from all over the world!
Viva la Revolución
An exploration of the music of Cuba, primarily focusing on recent releases. Listen to son, cancion, bolero, and conga perfomed by old and new masters. Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Compay Segundo, and Ibrahim Ferrer are only a few of the artists you'll hear performing the wonderful music of Cuba. With Philip Varner.
Amazing mandolin music with artists such as: Jethro Burns, Red Rector, Dave Apollon, Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, Butch Baldassari, Frank Wakefield, Tiny Moore, Mike Compton, Jesse McReynolds, and others. With Jeff Volgelgesang and Pete Marshall.
Twisted Old Time
With Dave Grant. Appalachian fiddles and banjos merge with punk or African, trance and hip-hop in a musical clash of cultures; things familiar newly lit, and unreleased gems from the vaults. Jerry Douglas calls it the perfect marriage of Ralph Stanley and the Sex Pistols.
Playing by Ear
A special Walking Blues program featuring all the best of the blind blues artists. You'll hear from Blind Lemon J., the Blind Willies, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Gary Davis, and others. Hosted by Peter Welch and Bill Adams
Early Banjo with Joe Ayers
Antebellum banjo music, its African and British folk antecedents. With Bruce Penner.
Monday, May 8th
The first instrument and the common language of song. Mare explores the unaccompanied human voice through airborne poetry, myth and religion, from whispers to mountaintop chants. Wake to unscripted, listener-supported community Radio.
Why don't you try Ry?
From Captain Beefheart to the Buena Vista Social Club, there's no question that Ry's the guy. Matt Combs & Co. will prepare a musical salad by the delicious innovator, Ry Cooder with fresh blues, Hawaiian slack key lettuce, African and Indian veggies, south of the border salsa, and a healthy sprinkling of r&b topping to satisfy your craving for high quality tunes.
Blues & the Abstract Roots
Corey Harris showcases a variety of African guitar styles, including musicians from Congo/Zaire, Nigeria, Sudan, Madagascar, and others.
Debbie Hunter highlights the brilliant guitarist's career from his early days with Fairport Convention, through the Richard and Linda years to the present, sprinkled with a little history and commentary and (fingers crossed) an interview.
Join Tes Slominski, Cleek Schrey, & friends for an on-air traditional Irish session, unrehearsed and uninhibited. During breaks from the live music, we'll be playing live recordings to capture the spontaneous nature of Irish traditional music.
The Exploits of Dar's "CRY"ing...
With Peter Jones. "There were Deadheads and now there are Darheads"...the Seattle Rocket. This is NOT your father's folk music. Two hours from Dar Williams' own stuff, to her collaboration on CRY CRY CRY, to her simple but poignant backup on countless other albums.
Midnight in the Heathens' Grove
With an innovative, driving sound rooted in the traditions of Sweden and Finland, Hedningarna ("the Heathens") seamlessly blend ancient sounds of bagpipes, fiddles, lutes, drums, and the human voice with modern influences. Scott Clark and Robyn Kells cover their acoustic beginnings to their latest explorations.
Kinky Songs for Kinky People
Emmett Boaz plays Kinky Friedman and other stuff the FCC won't let him play in the daytime.
Tuesday, May 9th
The Raga Guide. "A new set of recordings bring a new appreciation for the breadth of the North Indian classical form." With Bruce Penner
Sad And Beautiful Music From Both Sides
With Charles Peale. The music of Nick Drake and Tim Buckley. Haunting melodies and mornful wails from two incredible singer/songwriters a sea apart, but sharing a singular urgency and passion.
Acoustic Windows: Bruce Cockburn
Tom Sears delves into the realm of the musical world of Bruce Cockburn.
Cork & Kerry Grab Bag
Tes Slominski will bring you two hours of traditional music of the counties Cork and Kerry. Having just returned from Ireland, she will present music that is not heard often by American audiences. Be sure to call in and pledge your support!
With Emmett Boaz. I want to follow Lucinda Williams to "My Sweet Lafayette," Michelle Schocked at "Seven AM in Amsterdam," and John Forster "Entering Marion." The theme song is, of course, Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere."
Tony Rice, King of the Flatpickers
No one does it better. Tune in as Robert Tucker explores this guitar legend's mastery over the range of acoustic music-- from solo albums to numerous collaborations with such artists as J.D. Crowe, Norman Blake, David Grisman, and Peter Rowan.
Squeak, Rattle, and Drone
With Scott Clark. Like your music smooth, sweet, easy on the ears? This will be your worst nightmare: ancient and modern acoustic instruments squawking, scraping, and shrilling. Hurdygurdies, medieval bagpipes, bark flutes, nyckelharps, jaw harps, bombards--you name it, request it.
Songs of the Sea
Sail away with Debbie Hunter on a journey through all the folk traditions that sing tales of the deep and adventures on the sea.
Wednesday, May 10
More than a one-hit wonder, Mason Williams was a conceptual artist, an author, a poet with several deeply individual subversive folk albums to his credit. Let Ralph Graves, Radiostar put a smile on your sunrise with Williams' work with the Smothers Brothers, all five parts of the"Dada Trilogy," and (of course) "Classical Gas."
Compass Records Showcase
What do you get when you cross a business major with a banjo player? Compass Records founder, Alison Brown! Larry Minnick checks out one of the most innovative and highly selective labels of the past decade. Expect to hear from Allison, Kate Campbell, Judith Edelman, Darol Anger, Victor Wooten and many more!
Sahara - Music from the Edge
Radio Tropical's host Bruce Penner brings you new recordings
from all around the desert-Mali to Nubia.
The Jerry Douglas Story
Nashville studio great, Jerry Douglas' innovative dobro tracks
grace hundreds of albums, from the early Country Gentleman
to recent solo ventures. Robert Tucker plays the best of this
resonator guitarist in collaboration with legends Sam Bush,
Bela Fleck, Bill Frisell, Steve Earle, Allison Krauss, & others.
Ray Spears pays tribute to legendary Rebel Records and some of its great artists.
Uncle Dave to the Man in Black--their influence is integrally woven into the American music fabric. New Grass, Roots Rock, Alternative Country and Folk-- romp through the blissfully eclectic with Steve & Stacey Earle; Hank, Sr. & Lucinda Williams; Hubbard (the one & only Ray Wylie), Neko, Russell. Served by guests Terri Allard and Terry Carpenter, Buddy Holly
would want a slice.
Robyn Kells ñeafs through the Omnium Records catalog. Old favorites, new faces, timeless classicsÐthe Jali Roll, The Ukrainians, Mustaphas, Reptile Palace Orchestra, Garmarna, Boiled in Lead, Cordelia's Dad-the best of "hard trad." Here come the bees!
From Persia to Present, the evolution of the heavenly sounds of
dulcimers. With Phyllis White.
Thursday, May 11
With Cinder Stanton. Shepherds, ditchers, and dairymaids piping, poaching, and wooing on the moors, heaths, and haystacks of England, Ireland, and Scotland. Plenty of tunes to go along with songs of love, work, and rural sport.
Music of Bahia
Ann Porotti celebrates the musical soul and fire of Brazil's northeastern corner. Rising from the old 18th-century Brazilian capitol of Salvador, the music of Virginia Rodrigues, Olodun, Dori Caymal, Caetano Veloso, and many more will send your spirit soaring.
Cosmic American Jamboree
Gram Parsons called it Cosmic American music. Pinetops Stephen and Matt will whip up Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Flying Burrito Brothers, k.d. lang, Uncle Tupelo, Lucinda Williams. From the quirky to the romantic to straight-ahead country, they'll please the ears and get your boots movin'.
Americana Festival Previews and Reviews
Al Hinton brings some of the best Americana festivals right to your home. Reviewing and previewing: MerleFest, Greyfox (previously called Winterhawk), Grass Roots Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass and more!
Alula Records Showcase
Join Aer Stephen for a journey into contemporary folk music from all over the planet. Started in 1996, Alula Records has been sharing its excitement and discoveries ever since with music from Ireland, Scotland, Morocco, Japan, the Middle East, Spain France, Africa, Estonia, and America. These "Folks go Beyond".
Women of Appalachia
With Sandy Adams. Hard working women, hard singing women. The women of Appalachia know life to the core. They've worked the fields, kept house and bore the children. They are the backbone of Appalachia. Listen to the music of their soul and imagine days of the mountains.
Prism Acoustic Open Stage
A special live broadcast from the Prism Coffeehouse hosted by Aer Stephen. This once-a-month happening has picked up momentum and surprising talent. Stop in and make a pledge and enjoy some great local, regional, and national talent. You'll be glad you did.
Late Night Folk and Beyond
With Phyllis White. Featuring the "beyond" music of early playlists when this program aired in its original late night timeslot. Michael Brook, Popol Vuh, Vangelis, Jade Warrior, Philip Glass, Van Morrison....
Friday, May 12
Bones of the Condor
Awaken gently to the organic resonance of the notched flutes or quenas, to the mystic music of the Andes -- through the winds of the quenas of Cusco. Hear the language of the Quechua people, from one of the older cultures known to man -- with Ginger McCarthy
With Matt & Co. Break out the chips and salsa for this session with the accordion man! Recording with everyone from the Rolling Stones to the Texas Tornados with Ry Cooder in between, Flaco Jiminez is THE man for conjunto/Tex Mex-- whatever you want to call that happy, heartwarming, wonderful sound that comes from and surrounds his squeezbox.
The Gong Show
Featuring three new recordings from Indonesia and a preview of the Charlottesville Gamelan's May concert. Bruce Penner hosts guest announcer Cindy Benton-Groner.
Doc Watson, An American Treasure
From a tiny mountain town in North Carolina, Doc Watson came to play-- bluegrass, blues, rock-a-billy, flat pickin', finger pickin'... and that incredible voice. He brought smiles to faces wherever he traveled, and paid his dues. Now the man from Deep Gap is adored the world over. Call in a request and join Aer Stephen for a tribute to an icon.
From early 60's Bay area blues and folk scenes through the present day, members of the Grateful Dead have maintained a commitment to superlative acoustic music, traditional and homegrown. Share the toe-tapping fruits as your hosts Tom Lawless and Mr. Jones offer up the acoustics of the Grateful Dead.
...a musical Luau of the rhythmic fruits of the Paradise State... from the Steel-Guitar Jazz Cats, to the present day Slack-Key masters and the One Drop emergence of Reggae. Take off your shoes, slip into the Red/Gold/Green floral print, sip your favorite, and support your favorite radio station and the Roots Groove of Hawaii. Goldfinger is your MC.
Catch the best of latin and worldbeat with David Eisenman and the record industry's leader in world compilations. Party, party!
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