This Quarter


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

1/5 In Memoriam: Remembering notable musicians and local artists who passed away in 2018—among them were talented instrumentalists from Ireland’s supergroups of the 70s—piper Liam O’Flynn with Planxty, fiddler Tommy Peoples with the Bothy Band, and bouzouki player Alec Finn with DeDannan. We’ll also pay tribute to Roy Bailey, Erika Luckett, Rachid Taha, Tom Rapp, Marty Balin, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Henry Butler, Aretha, and The Bubble Lady Julia Vinograd.
1/12 Migrations: Songs of past and present immigrations from Cathie Ryan, Moira Smiley, Maria Moctezuma, Lila Downs, Keith Christmas, Eric Bibb, Karine Polwart.
1/19 Peter, Paul & Mary Tribute: Music and conversation with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, reminiscing on their important role in the 60s folk revival and how their music remains relevant today.
1/26 England and Scotland: Including balladeers, singer-songwriter music, and instrumentals: Shirley Collins, Karine Polwart, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Feast of Fiddles.
2/2 Celebrating Women: A tribute to St. Brigid on her feast day, marking the first day of spring, and remembering the late Seattle-based singer-songwriter Linda Waterfall.
2/9 Heart Medicine: Medicine songs from Native and Latin America and elsewhere. Todd Denman and Tim Hill of the Pipers’ Club will be in live to introduce this year’s Pipers’ Tionól (gathering).
2/16 Valentine’s: “He Done Her Wrong” songs. Pretty Polly, Omie Wise, Barbara Allen, and other bloody ballads by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Dolly Parton, Planxty, and Steeleye Span. Opening the program will be legendary Irish fiddler Frankie Gavin.
2/23 More Ballads and Stories: Child ballads, Sephardic ballads, Scandinavian ballads, other narratives.
3/2 Michele’s Favorites: Guest host Michele Flannery shares some of her favorite picks.
3/9 Potpourri: A cosmopolitan blend, including recent finds Kitty Macfarlane, Marian McLaughlin, Curawaka, Sandrayati Fay, David Berkeley, more.
3/16 St. Patrick’s Celebration: Recent releases in Irish music by the Martin Hayes Quartet, Usher’s Island, Lúnasa, Altan, and the String Sisters. We’ll also shine the spotlight on young, up-and-coming talent: Aoife Scott, Connla, Runa, Daorí Farrell. And some old favorites by the Bothy Band and the Voice Squad.
3/23 Songs for Early Spring: Music for the vernal equinox, from Lorraine Duisit, Kathleen Tracy, Linda Waterfall, and more.
3/30 New and Recent Releases: A sampling of noteworthy recordings that have been released in the last six months. The latest by Breton harper Alan Stivell, Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, English fiddler Sam Sweeney, Mandolin Orange, and John McCutcheon, plus highlights from Appleseed Record’s 21st Anniversary collection.

I have no doubt that the ancient teaching speaks to us of two paths: one to go and one to return. A visible path and another one invisible, a path towards diversity and another towards unity, one towards the mind and another towards the heart, one towards knowledge and another towards wisdom. ...
To talk about the great unity of all that exists is not just opening to the immeasurable love that is the sustenance of all existence but also opening to all the pain of all that suffers. It is about your sensitivity and the intensity with which you feel. If you think becoming immune to the suffering of others is an accomplishment, you are putting a limitation to your own capacity to love. Remember this well, your capacity to feel pain is the same as your capacity to feel love, it is exactly the same. Love and pain are like the two wings given to us at the end of the path to go and without them it is impossible to fly on the path of return. Have you ever seen a bird flying with one wing?

—Alonso del Río, Tawantinsuyo 5.0