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.

10/6 Bands: Music of bands from here and there, Lúnasa, Solas, the Battlefield Band, the Poozies, Mandalélé, Mamalama, more.
10/13 KALW’s On-Air Folk Festival: It’s five hours of continuous live music in the KALW studios 3 to 8 p.m., featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest local talent, including a capella ensemble WorldSong led by Betsy Blakeslee, as well as Tim Bluhm, lead vocalist of the band Mother Hips, making a solo appearance. Aoife Scott, Irish singer-songwriter, daughter of singer (and now Senator) Frances Black and member of The Black Family’s next generation, will also appear. She’ll be accompanied by guitarist Andy Meaney.
10/20 October Country: Fall moods from Martha Tilston, Pamela Wyn Shannon, Marian McLaughlin, and Dick Gaughan. Also, Sephardic gems from Ana Alcaide, Rosa Zaragoza, and Savina Yannatou. Singer-songwriter David Berkeley from Santa Fe is to appear live.
10/27 Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration! Folk Music & Beyond turns thirty years old! We’ll celebrate with past highlights over the last thirty years.
11/3 Ghost Stories / Día de los Muertos: Post–Halloween and Day of the Dead, spooky songs from Karine Polwart, June Tabor, Still on the Hill, Lee Murdock, Lila Downs, Maria Moctezuma, Natalia Lafourcade, Viento Wirikuta.
11/10 Joni Mitchell’s 75th: Happy birthday to Joni Mitchell, who turns 75 on November 7th! An overview of her body of work.
11/17 Now Be Thankful: Songs in the spirit of Thanksgiving: Dougie MacLean, Tina Malia, Night Tree, Peia Luzzi, Karine Polwart, Moira Smiley, Johnsmith. Voices of Amazonia and north/south pairings from hereditary shaman Txaná Ikakuru, Curawaka, Minük, and Ravi Ramoneda.
11/24 New & Recent Releases: From Scotland, Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell and The Tannahill Weavers. From the British Isles, Spiro and Aidan O’Rourke. From Ireland, Martin Hayes & The Gloaming, the Celtgrass band We Banjo 3, and singer Daori Farrell. Rounding out the program are British guitar legend Richard Thompson, the Bay Area band Charmas, fiddler Jeremy Kittel, mandolinist Ashley Broder, Reggie Harris, the Red Molly trio, Eliza Gilkyson, and John Gorka.
12/1 Sandy’s Spicy Gumbo: Guest host Sandy Miranda brings her musical stew to the pot.
12/8 Journey Through the Celtic Universe: Music from the far-flung regions of the Celtic diaspora—Wales, Brittany, Galicia, Cape Breton, and the Isle of Man.
12/15 Starry Starry Night: Music evocative of the night sky, Don MacLean, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, more.
12/22 Songs for the Holidays: Seasonal music celebrating the winter solstice and the end of another year.
12/29 New Favorites and Fresh Discoveries: One host’s pick of music that has come our way this year: Sangre de Muerdago, Rising Appalachia, Sandrayati Fay, Rosa Zaragoza, Maria Moctezuma, Alonso del Río, Shimshai & Susana.
1/5 In Memorium: Honoring some of the notable artists and musicians who passed away in 2018, including Tom Rapp, Dolores O’Riordan, Weslia Whitfield, Henry Butler, Edwin Hawkins, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Tommy Peoples, Liam O’Flynn.

Part of the job of being human is just to try to spread light, at whatever level you can do it.
—Bruce Cockburn