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.

10/5 The Northern Tier: Music from England, Scotland, Canada, and Scandinavia, including songs by Dougie MacLean, Karine Polwart, Kitty Macfarlane from England, Väsen, the Danish String Quartet, and Bruce Cockburn’s latest instrumental outing.
10/12 New and Recent Releases: The latest by Celtic musicians Rachel Hair, Gerry O’Connor, Arise & Go, and The Trials of Cato, as well as roots music by Ana Egge, The Small Glories, Santa Cruz cellist Barry Phillips, Keb Mo’. Harpers from Healing Muses will join us live to première songs from their brand new recording.
10/19 Spiral Dance: Music for Samhain, from Pacific Northwest band Woodland and Loreena McKennitt, music for labyrinths from harpists Diana Stork and Portia Diwa, and more.
10/26 Folk Music & Beyond’s 30th Anniversary Celebration! Featuring highlights from our live studio performances by outstanding artists over the last few decades—fiddler Liz Carroll, Irish singers Niamh Parsons and Robbie O’Connell, accordion master Guy Klucevsek, Canadian fiddler April Verch, the Real Vocal String Quartet, Diana Gameros, the WorldSong Ensemble, and the Bay Area’s finest—the Rowan Brothers and Laurie Lewis.
11/2 Folk Surrealists: Songs of uncommon imagination from the late Lal Waterson, Emily Portman and Mark Fry, likewise from England, Krista Detor, B’ee of In Gowan Ring and Birch Book, Marian McLaughlin, and Stone Breath from Pennsylvania.
11/9 On-Air Folk Festival: Five hours of continuous live music—members of The Pacific Boy Choir, singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid, and the duo of Irene Sazer (Real Vocal String Quartet) and Erik Pearson (Crooked Jades).
11/16 Kitka Live! The famed women’s vocal ensemble returns to our studios. Also, Vocal Harmonies: Voices raised here and there and everywhere.
11/23 Out on the Rolling Sea: Sea chanteys and maritime songs by Archie Fisher, Dick Gaughan, John Doyle, the Nautical Watchdog Band, the Johnson Girls, De Dannan, and others.
11/30 Thanksgiving: Songs of gratitude and reflective tunes, including music growing out of Native American traditions.
12/7 Mz. Miranda Returns: Guest host Sandy Miranda is back with tales from her recent adventures in the South Pacific.
12/14 Deep Winter: Snowy worlds from Martin & Jessica Simpson, Paul Kamm and Eleanor MacDonald, Séan Tyrrell, Eileen McGann, Scandinavian bands.
12/21 Songs for the Holidays: Seasonal music, celebrating winter solstice.
12/28 Year-End Favorites: One host’s favorite fresh discoveries for 2019.

Even if you do not want to see it, this generosity life gives you because “God bless America” is nothing but the other side of the coin of all the suffering and scarcity in more than half of the world. Of course you will say: “I didn’t do things this way.” But how comfortable is it to benefit thanks to so much injustice. You find it very difficult to see, to admit it is really uncomfortable and painful but it is a million times more painful to kill your consciousness so that your selfishness survives. It is easier to close this book, to say “I am not to blame for this” and go to the fridge and get a beer or light some incense. At that exact moment a child is dying of thirst in Africa and another of malnutrition in the Andes. Why? Because they are not as intelligent as you or as brilliant as you? Or maybe for their bad karma? You are not to blame but you are responsible, we are all responsible. Love hurts and consciousness hurts. Consciousness that does not hurt is not consciousness.

We not only become conscious of the beauty and of how wonderful existence is but also of the pain of that whole other part of the great human family that is only conscious of suffering and scarcity. Our only honest way out is to admit the cruel injustice of the system, to recognize both you and I benefit from knowing how to move around in it and starting there, work arduously to change it and mitigate the pain of our brothers and sisters. It is not only a matter of loving others anymore.

Alonso del Río