This Quarter


ere are our weekly listings for the spring months. Watch this list for further details to be filled in and other possible updates.

4/4 Shelter from the Storm: Songs of darkness and hope in the face of the coronavirus threat. Music by Dougie MacLean, Rhiannon Giddens, Laura Love, Eliza Gilkyson, and Carrie Newcomer.
4/11 Spring Songs: Seasonal notes from Donovan, Anne Hills, the Pentangle, Bruce Cockburn, Tish Hinojosa, Rising Appalachia, Peia Luzzi, New York band Mamalama.
4/16 New and Recent Releases: The latest by local Celtic musicians Marla Fibish and The Black Brothers. Also, new recordings by the next generation of American roots artists, including young guitar whiz Molly Tuttle, mandolin maestro Sierra Hull, The Milk Carton Kids, and JigJam.
4/25 Earth Day: Songs to help us feel our bond with the natural world, from Dougie MacLean, the Pentangle, Karine Polwart, Bruce Cockburn, the duo Magpie, Cindy Mangsen, Ajeet Kaur.
5/2 Music and Conversation with Gabriel Yacoub: An encore broadcast of our interview with the founding member of Malicorne, the band that spearheaded the French folk revival of the 1970s. This program includes highlights from Malicorne’s recordings and Yacoub’s solo work.
5/9 Latin Mix: Music from Galicia and elsewhere in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, England, and California.
5/16 Tim O’Brien & The Crossing: A live concert recorded almost twenty years ago at The Freight & Salvage with Tim O’Brien and a fine group of musicians who represent the cream of the crop in Irish and American roots music—Karan Casey on vocals, John Williams on accordion, Kevin Burke on fiddle, Darrell Scott on guitar, and Mark Schatz on bass.
5/23 Music in Place: Songs that have been written and recorded by artists while in quarantine, including a focus on a few recent compilations that benefit musicians and music industry workers whose livings have been disrupted by the pandemic, including Co-Mission: An Artist Relief Compilation, Safe in Sound, and Golden Sounds of Covid-19. Also, new music from Laura Marling, the Unthanks, Salt House, and the cross-cultural collaboration between Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn. Hosted by Michele Flannery.
5/30 England: The last Pentangle reunion concert, recent work by Fairport Convention, Keith Christmas, Robb Johnson, Josienne Clarke, Sam Lee, Olivia Chaney, Martha Tilston.
6/6 The Shelter-in-Place Free Folk Festival: Our San Francisco Free Folk Festival preview show originally scheduled for today was cancelled because the festival itself got cancelled. Today’s program features some of the musicians who would have been headlining this year’s festival. They contributed songs from home while sheltering in place. We’ll also hear an encore broadcast of the Shook Twins live in the KALW studios. Laurie and Katelyn Shook made quite a splash at the 2012 free folk festival with their giant golden egg.
6/13 To the Sea: Dreams of the ocean from Cathie Ryan, Martha Tilston, Forestt from Israel, Quetzal from East LA, and the old Pacific Northwest band Children of the Revolution.
6/20 The Classical/Folk Connection: Exploring the intersections where folk meets classical—music by mandolin master Simon Mayer, The Kronos Quartet, Jordi Saval, the Anonymous 4, Night Tree, Aidan O’Rourke, Fire & Grace & Ash, Yo Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, Barry Phillips, Tony McManus.
6/27 Continental: Linde Nijland and Ygdrassil from the Netherlands, Omnia from the Netherlands, Marta Sebestyen, Faun from Germany, Erik Marchand from Brittany, old French bands Malicorne and Sourdeline, hurdy-gurdies, more.

But there is a last enterprise that might be undertaken. It would be to seek experience at its source, or rather above that decisive turn where, taking a bias in the direction of our utility, it becomes properly human experience.... By unmaking what these needs have made, we may restore to intuition its original purity and so recover contact with the real.
—Henri Bergson, Matter and Memory