folk music

  Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” Grammy winner and pop-folk icon Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 original solo albums.

Art Garfunkel will perform at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on November 14th*.

*This concert is sold out. 

  Bright As You Can, the rocking new album from The Mike + Ruthy Band, celebrates the grit and glory of kinship with 14 road-tested tunes of radio-ready acoustic pop, broody rock, country soul, and boot-stomping porch folk. As with previous Mike + Ruthy endeavors, the rootsy material covers much ground, but the through-line remains family.

In May, 2014, Mike + Ruthy decided to make a high octane record, comprised of songs they could tour with a band. Guests on the record include Ruthy’s father, Jay Ungar, Amy Helm (Levon Helm’s daughter), and ace keyboardist Marco Benevento, all adding texture, intensity, and family love.

This Saturday, The Mike + Ruthy Band will play an album release party at The Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY.

  Berkshire based folk duo, Oakes and Smith, will play a concert this Saturday, May 30th at 4 p.m. at Ashintully Gardens in Tyringham, MA as a benefit for the Trustees of Reservations. Pianist, Zack Cross will join the duo.

Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith’s debut album, First Flight was mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Oz Fritz and released in November 2013.

  Brandi Carlile is playing the Palace Theatre in Albany on May 23rd. Her indie debut with longtime collaborators, The Hanseroth twins, The Firewatcher’s Daughter was released March 3rd on ATO Records.

It debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, NPR Fresh Air deemed it “her best yet," and it garnered raves from the NY Times, LA Times, Billboard, and more.

Here we share portions of a number of songs from the album and speak with Brandi about songwriting, touring, the Looking Out Foundation, and meeting the President.

  Signature Sounds' first CD came out in 1995 and the lable has seen over 150 releases since then, moving into show promoting, opening a venue in Northampton, MA, overseeing frequent collaborations between its artists, and taking over the long-running music and hot air ballooning gathering of the Green River Festival.

Earlier this Spring they released “Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities from The Second Decade” - an album of previously unreleased songs from Signature Sounds artists - a mix-tape lovingly prepared for you by the label. Jim Olsen is the President of Signature Sounds and he joins us to talk about the label's history and future.

  This Friday at 8pm, Michael Eck will be at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio – performing a personal Woody Guthrie tribute to celebrate the 75th Anniverary of Guthrie’s iconic song – “This Land is Your Land.”

Roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck (host and curator of The Linda's American Roots Series) will play "This Land is Your Land" and other Woody Guthrie favorites, with an emphasis on material from his New York period.

Michael joins us with a preview.

  The 3rd Annual Winter Hoot at The Ashokan Center in Olive Bridge, NY is this weekend!

With music, dancing, food, film, and nature activities for all ages - the Winter Hoot welcomes the community for a spirit-raising good time in these cold and blustery days.

Musicians performing this year include Elizabeth Mitchell and You are My Flower, David Wax Museum, Josh Ritter, Downhill Strugglers with John Cohen, Uncle Rock, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason - and others!

Here to tell us more are folk roots duo - and friends of the show - Mike and Ruthy!

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

Today we check in with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and their Commonwealth Speaker series where they present experts from a variety of backgrounds—arts and museum educators, folk artists, dancers, musicians, scholars—who offer presentations on a wide range of popular topics.

Kelly Armor brings 20 years experience as a professional folk musician and storyteller to her Commonwealth Speaker presentation entitled: All Stories Are True and Some Have Actually Happened – an interactive presentation on storytelling and traditional music.

    This Saturday, December 13, renowned singer-songwriter Dar Williams will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of her debut album, The Honesty Room at The Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA. She will play present-day takes on the 13 singular songs featured on The Honesty Room, performed in its entirety for the first time ever. Jill Sobule will open the show.

Dar joins us to talk about the tour, the songs, and her upcoming "Christians, Pagans & Other Hipsters" holiday concert at The Bell House in Brooklyn on 12/26.

    Arlo Guthrie's customary November tour will bring him to several venues in our region. Alan Chartock welcomes him back to WAMC and they reminisce.