Folk Music & Beyond Thank-You Gifts

Available during KALW’s Fall 2017 Membership Drive

We’ll be fundraising two Saturdays—September 9th and 16th—from 3 to 5 P.M. both days. Call in at (800) 525-9917 or contribute online during either of our shows. For a $75 contribution, you can choose any one of these fabulous CDs we’ll be featuring:

Richard Thompson, Acoustic Classics II

It’s everyone’s favorite guitar hero unplugged! Richard performs stripped down versions of some of his classic songs—just him and his acoustic guitar. According to reviews I’ve read, this is even better than volume I! A must-have for Richard Thompson completists! It’s also a good introduction to his music for the uninitiated.

  1. “She Twists the Knife Again”
  2. “Ghost of You Walks”
  3. “Genesis Hall”
  4. “Jet Plane in a Rocking Chair”
  5. “A Heart Needs a Home”
  6. “Pharaoh”
  7. “Gethsemane”
  8. “Devonside”
  9. “Meet on the Ledge”
  10. “Keep Your Distance”
  11. “Bathsheba Smiles”
  12. “Crazy Man Michael”
  13. “Guns Are the Tongues”
  14. “Why Must I Plead?”


The Decemberists & Olivia Chaney, Offa Rex: The Queen of Hearts

The Decemberists have taken a page from the 70s British folk revival and are breathing new life into old ballads, à la Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. British vocalist Olivia Chaney is singing lead on several songs.

  1. “The Queen of Hearts”
  2. “Blackleg Miner”
  3. “The Gardener”
  4. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
  5. “Flash Company”
  6. “The Old Churchyard”
  7. “Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)”
  8. “Willie o’ Winsbury”
  9. “Bonny May”
  10. “Sheepcrook and Black Dog”
  11. “To Make You Stay”


Sharon Shannon, Sacred Earth

Irish accordion master Sharon Shannon gave us a preview of some of these songs when she visited the KALW studios last March. Sacred Earth is a lively collection of mostly originals by Sharon, inspired by her interest in protecting the environment and animal rights.

  1. “Rusheen Bay”
  2. “Sacred Earth”
  3. “The Machine”
  4. “Bas Pelles”
  5. “Pull Out the Stops”
  6. “He’ll Have to Go”
  7. “Frenchie’s Reel”
  8. “The Merry Widow”
  9. “Let’s Go”
  10. “Sea Shepherd”
  11. “The Bull Fiddle”