This Quarter


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

10/7 New and Recent Releases: The latest by Jerry Douglas, Slaid Cleaves, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, David Rawlings & Gillian Welch, Jolie Holland, and Bruce Cockburn.
10/14 Gerry O’Connor Live: The veteran Irish fiddler makes a return visit to KALW. He’s performed with La Lugh and Skylark, and he emulates the fluid and ornamented lyrical fiddle playing of the great Sligo masters. Accompanying Gerry will be local guitarist Richard Mandel.
10/21 Music & Conversation with Tim O’Brien: Tim talks about growing up in his home state of West Virginia and the influence Appalachian mountain music has had on his songwriting. We’ll hear songs from Tim’s early days with Hot Rize and his sister Mollie O’Brien, as well as selections from his latest CD, Where the River Meets the Road.
10/28 Samhain: Songs for the thinning veil between the worlds by The Watersons, Holly Tannen, Loreena McKennitt, Stone Breath from Pennsylvania, Damh the Bard from England, more.
11/4 Mz. Miranda Returns: Guest host Sandy Miranda stirs up the musical pot.
11/11 Dying for Love and Other Sad Tales: Old ballads of women making ultimate sacrifices for their soldiers marching into battle. Old time/Celtic fiddler April Verch from Canada will be our special guest.
11/18 Pre-Thanksgiving: Music in the key of celebration and gratitude, from Beth Nielsen Chapman, Bruce Cockburn, Yo-Yo Ma.
11/25 Bitter Tears Revisited: Johnny Cash recorded an obscure concept album of Native American protest folk songs in 1964 called Bitter Tears, a collaboration with little-known folksinger Peter LaFarge. Fifty years later in 2014, their songs were reimagined and re-recorded by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Rhiannon Giddens, Bill Miller, Kris Kristofferson, and Steve Earle.
12/2 Medieval Notes: John Renbourn, Jordi Savall, German bands Sava with Birgit Muggenthaler and Almara with Elisabeth Pawelke, Moorish music, Sephardic music.
12/9 KALW On-Air Folk Festival: It’s five hours of continuous live music performed in the KALW studios from 3 to 8 P.M. Among the performers bringing some holiday cheer will be members of the Christmas Revels.
12/16 Midwinter: And a nod to the ancient holiday of Yule. Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald; Herdman, Hills, and Mangsen; Martin Simpson; Kitka, harpist Jay Ansill.
12/23 Songs for the Holidays: Seasonal music celebrating the winter solstice and the end of the year.
12/30 Favorite Fresh Discoveries for 2017: Tina Malia, Tina Dico from Denmark, Ali Dineen and Mamalama from New York, Storia from London, Alizbar from Moldova, Light in Babylon from Istanbul, Wildlight from Northern California, hang and handpan percussion.

When the rivers and air are polluted, when families and nations are at war, when homeless wanderers fill the highways, these are traditional signs of a dark age. Another is that people are poisoned by self-doubt and become cowards.
—Pema Chödrön