This Quarter


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

7/6 Music & Conversation with Tim O’Brien: An encore broadcast of our interview with Tim O’Brien, the multi-talented singer/musician whose music covers folk, Irish, old-time, bluegrass, and novelty songs.
7/13 Shepherds of the Dawn: Up-and-coming musicians as catalysts for conscious change and social change: Nahko Bear, Rising Appalachia, Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd, Nessie Gomes, Ayla Nereo, Sandrayati Fay, Orot, the Sagol Band, more. The title is taken from a song by Diana Carr.
7/20 Väsen Live in Concert: Sweden’s premiere folk ensemble, recorded live in concert at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on June 6th.
7/27 Latin Mix: Music from Spain by Ana Alcaide and Rosa Zaragoza, Sephardic music, medicine music from the Andes, Maria Moctezuma from Mexico, and more.
8/3 New and Recent Releases: The latest by Rhiannon Giddens, Martyn Joseph from Wales, British singer Kate Rusby, Tim O’Brien Band, Mavis Staples, We Banjo 3, Small Glories from Canada.
8/10 Stories: Further explorations of the Welsh national epic the Mabinogion from Damh the Bard and Robin Williamson, African-American and Native American stories from the late Denver storyteller Opalanga Pugh and from Laura Simms, and songs telling stories of seafarers from the Israeli band Forestt and from English performers Martha Tilston, Kitty MacFarlane, and Allan Taylor.
8/17 Woodstock 50: Remembering Woodstock on its 50th anniversary, featuring an interview with Barry Melton, member of Country Joe & The Fish. Barry shares his remembrances of that weekend—the chaos, the rainstorms, the mud, the huge crowds, and above all, the music that brought Woodstock Nation together. Music by some of the performers at Woodstock—Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Melanie, Richie Havens, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. We’ll close with songs for the summer season by Victoria Williams, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Rising Appalachia, and Los Lobos.
8/24 Hymns, Chants, and Mantras: Featuring the music of the late Linda Waterfall drawing on the Vedas, the Tao Te Ching, and Walt Whitman.
8/31 Labor Day: Celebrating the lives and struggles of working people. The subtheme for this program is threat of displacement for folks who can’t afford to live where they work.
9/7 Rivers: Invocations of rivers real and metaphorical, from the late John Stewart, Peter Rowan, Tina Dico, Orot, more.
9/14 Bruce Cockburn Returns! Bruce stops by to perform selections from his brand new all-instrumental recording. We’ll also revisit some old favorites by Karine Polwart & LAU, Carolina Chocolate Drops & the Luminescent Orchestrii, the late Michael Hedges, Erin Corday, Lucinda Williams as well as discover new songs by Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkins, Emy Phelps, Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough.
9/21 Songs for the Fall Equinox: Martha Tilston, Martin Simpson, Anne Hills, Carrie Newcomer, more.
9/28 Michele Flannery is guest host.

When Wan [Baochang, sixth-century musical genius] heard a musical composition called “Forever and Ever,” he wept and told people, “It is licentious, harsh, and sad; it won’t be long before people are killing each other everywhere.” Now at this time there was peace throughout the land and the economy was flourishing, so everyone who heard this statement of Wan’s thought he was all wrong. But by the end of the Era of Great Works, Wan’s words proved to be true.
The Spirit of Tao, tr. Thomas Cleary