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.

4/1 April Fool’s: Humorous songs and stories. Opening the program will be Mick Moloney from Ireland and fiddler Athena Tergis performing live in the KALW studios.
4/8 Ballads: Child ballads and more narratives from the tradition, from Natalie Merchant, Sharron Kraus, Alasdair Roberts, American singer-songwriter Andrew Calhoun, Tibetréa from Germany, and Gypsies and Travellers and other source singers.
4/15 New and Recent Releases: The latest by blues singer Ruthie Foster, old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert, Rhiannon Giddens, Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser & cellist Natalie Haas, Alison Krauss, The Stray Birds, and banjo master Noam Pikelny. Local band Dirty Cello will appear live.
4/22 Earth Spirit: Songs for Earth Day with Si Kahn, Lou Rhodes, New York Band Mamalama, Virginia band Mandalélé, southeastern duo Rising Appalachia, and R. Carlos Nakai.
4/29 May Day: Beltane, Walpurgisnacht, all manner of celebrations of the blooming, buzzing confusion from the Watersons, Claudia Schmidt, Pentangle, the German band Faun, and more.
5/6 Rattling the Old Tin Cup: One of the two times during the year when we come to you for your support to help keep music on the air.
5/13 Dark Folk and Dark Americana: From Dead Can Dance, Wardruna, and Russian band Arkona to Tom Russell, David Olney, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Gabrielle Louise.
5/20 Continental: Music from France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Bosnia. We’ll include a commemoration of World Fiddle Day.
5/27 The Stray Birds Live: NPR Music calls this trio “one of the most promising bands on the folk music circuit these days.” Original music inspired by country, folk, and American roots performed in stunning three part harmonies.
6/3 San Francisco Free Folk Festival Preview: Pete and Jeremy from the SF Folk Music Club will talk about the upcoming festival on June 10th at Everett Middle School.
6/10 Words on Birds: Eagles and hawks and crows and magpies and cranes from Donovan, the band Magpie, Still on the Hill, the Battlefield Band, and Dougie MacLean.
6/17 Sandy’s Gumbo: Guest host Sandy Miranda shares her musical stew with us.
6/24 Potpourri: A wide-ranging mix to close out the quarter.

There’s a world behind the world we see that is the same world but more open, more transparent, without blocks. Like inside a big mind, the animals and humans all can talk, and those who pass through here get power to heal and help.
—Gary Snyder