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.

4/6 Folk/Jazz: Original and often improvisatory group music, from Melanie O’Reilly, Regina Carter, Claudia Schmidt, Andrew Cronshaw and SANS, Martha Mavroidi, and more.
4/13 KALW’s On-Air Folk Festival: Five hours of continuous live music performed in the KALW studios. We’ll be showcasing local talent: including country singer Miko Marks, violinist Briana de Mara, and the old time/Appalachian duo Paper Wings.
4/20 Earth Day: An invitation to connect with other beings, including endangered species (this year’s Earth Day theme) from Marian McLaughlin, rising English artist Kitty Macfarlane, Danit, Alice DiMicele, more.
4/27 Continental: Music from Denmark, Portugal, France and Spain, including some favorites from Brittany and Galicia, and Greece.
5/4 Pete Seeger’s 100th: The late, great folk singer would have turned 100 on May 3rd. We’ll pay tribute to Pete Seeger. Also, guest producer Max Jacobs speaks with Anaïs Mitchell about her original musical Hadestown, which opened last March on Broadway.
5/11 New Releases: We’ll be featuring two new recordings: Joni 75, an all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell on her 75th birthday, recorded in Los Angeles last November, and Songs of Our Native Daughters by Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell.
5/18 Celebrations: Mostly live recordings of communal music by Peia, Adrian Freedman, the Amalgamation Choir from Cyprus, the Israeli band Orot, the World Harmony Chorus, more.
5/25 Sandy’s Gumbo: Guest host Sandy Miranda stirs the pot with her spicy musical concoctions.
6/1 Preview of the San Francisco Free Folk Festival: SFFF festival coordinators Pete and Jeremy will give us the lowdown on what to expect.
6/8 Big Ears: Michele Flannery presents a recap of her visit to this year’s Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee—described as “the most open-minded music gathering in the country.” This adventurous festival features artists that cross a diverse range of musical genres with the goal of exploring connections between jazz improvisation, 20th century classical, bluegrass, indie rock, electronics, acoustic guitars, heavy metal, and others. This year’s line-up includes legendary performers like Richard Thompson (with the Knoxville Symphony Strings), contemporary roots music innovators Rhiannon Giddens & the Punch Brothers as well as jazz newcomers Makaya McCraven and Sons of Kemet plus Spiritualized’s British space rock and the afro-futuristic musical poetry of Moor Mother.
6/15 Steeleye Span Turns 50: This venerable band was at the forefront of the British folk revival of the 60s and 70s. We’ll listen to songs from their numerous recordings over the years. Opening the program will be British banjo master Dan Walsh, who’s been called “a demon picker.”
6/22 Solstice: Music from Maddy Prior, Birch Book, the late Linda Waterfall, the McGarrigle Sisters, and maybe dances around bonfires.
6/30 Wild Places: Invocations of being in the wilderness and back country from Judy Mayhan, Mariee Sioux, Walkin’ Jim Stoltz.

Caught up in what you are going to do,
you don’t know what you are doing.

Caught up in what you are going to say,
you don’t know what you are saying.

Caught up in what you are going to hear,
you don’t know what you are hearing.

Caught up in what you are going to be,
you don’t know what you are.

—Ken McLeod, An Arrow to the Heart