JoAnn Mar

Board Op/Announcer; Producer and Co-Host, Folk Music & Beyond

JoAnn Mar is a veteran radio announcer, producer and host of Folk Music & Beyond, heard every Saturday from 3 to 5 pm.  In her spare time, she is a radio documentary producer/journalist. Her news reports and features have aired on NPR, Voice of America, The Charles Osgood File, Pacifica Radio and AARP's series Prime Time Radio. Topics covered include prisons, end-of-life, women's issues, the plight of immigrants and public education.

In 2006, Mar received the prestigious George Polk award for investigative reporting on prison privatization.  More recently, she was the recipient of a 2007 media fellowship from the Open Society Institute and produced the in-depth, award-winning documentary "Prisons In Crisis: A State Of Emergency In California."

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5 stages of live music.  44 singing and instrument workshops.  36 dance classes.  All part of the San Francisco Free Folk Festival June 21st & 22nd.  "Folk Music & Beyond" will preview festival highlights this Saturday 3 pm and feature live performance by two of the headliners--The Rowan Brothers and Celtic singer Amelia Hogan.

Ya Elah, the women's vocal ensemble, returns to KALW with a new line-up of singers and musicians.   Their spiritual songs combine the rhythms and melodies of Balkan and Middle Eastern music with sacred and liturgical texts.  Our other guests include two great acoustic guitarists--Steve Baughman and Nina Gerber (who has accompanied the late Kate Wolf, as well as Dave Alvin, Nanci Griffith, and Peter Rowan).

We'll paint the KALW airwaves green this Saturday 3 pm on Folk Music & Beyond--a celebration of  St. Patrick's a day early with lots of Irish music plus an encore broadcast with the late Liam Clancy, founding member of the renowned Clancy Brothers.  Liam Clancy and his brothers are credited with popularizing Irish traditional music and introducing it to American audiences in the 1960's.  Clancy recalled those wild times, dodging souvenir-hunting fans, and hanging out with poet Maya Angelou.

Bay Area Celtic harper and multi-instrumentalist Chris Caswell passed away last month.  This Saturday at 3 pm, Folk Music & Beyond presents a retrospective of Chris' solo work and his collaborations with Scottish bard Robin Williamson and local musician Danny Carnahan.  Plus excerpts from Chris' live performances on KALW.

"Folk Music & Beyond" pays tribute to Joni Mitchell, who turns 70 later this year.  Our special guest this Saturday (1/19) at 3 pm will be Dina Maccabbee, music director of "Under Cover Presents:  Joni Mitchell's Blue", a masterful mashup of Bay Area musicians who each cover a different song from the album, infusing it with their distinctive sound and personality.

Folk Music & Beyond welcomes master musician Ross Daly from the Grecian isle of Crete.  He draws upon a number of popular and classical idioms mainly from the Balkans and Middle East, but also from North Africa and Central and South Asia, incorporating elements of each into his compositions and renditions of traditional repertoire.

The Shook Twins

Oct 16, 2012

The Shook Twins are Katelyn and Laurie Shook,  identical twin sisters who also happen to be enormously talented musicians from Portland, Oregon.  They stop by the KALW studios to perform their highly original and imaginative  songs on Folk Music and Beyond this week.  Saturday, October 20 at 3pm.

Music and conversation with folk singer Judy Collins, from an interview recorded in 1998. Collins talks about her memoir "Singing Lessons" and her struggles with alcoholism, depression and the death of her son. Musical highlights include "Send In The Clowns", "Suzanne", "Who Knows Where The Time Goes", "Bread and Roses", and "Amazing Grace."  This encore broadcast airs this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond."

The Real Vocal String Quartet returns to Folk Music & Beyond for another live appearance.  Their music covers a lot of territory - classical, jazz, rock, Appalachian folk, West African and Brazilian.  They'll perform songs and instrumentals from their new CD "Four Little Sisters."   Saturday at 3pm.

Enjoy the music of Neil Young and highlights from the new Bridge School Concert's 25th Anniversary recordings on this week's Folk Music & Beyond.   You'll hear some of the biggest names in rock and popular music playing their songs unplugged-Bruce Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, Norah Jones, The Who, and of course, Neil Young & Crazy Horse.   Saturday 9/15 from 3-5pm.  (Listen through 9/22 via KALW's Local Music Player.)

Blues singer-guitarist Eric Bibb stops by the KALW studios to talk about his recent CD "Deeper In The Well" and perform a few songs.  Eric's warm and heartfelt songs radiate hope and positive energy, even in the darkest of times.  Broadcast Saturday 9/1 at 3pm.  Listen anytime through 9/8 via KALW's Local Music Player.

Blues singer-guitarist Eric Bibb stops by the KALW studios to talk about his recent CD "Deeper In The Well" and perform a few songs.  Eric's warm and heartfelt songs radiate hope and positive energy, even in the darkest of times.

David Francey In Concert

Aug 1, 2012

Folk Music & Beyond presents award-winning songwriter-storyteller David Francey from Canada this Saturday August 4th 3:00 pm.  David performed recently at a Bay Area house concert with Mark Westberg on guitar.  He shares his compelling and heartfelt songs, along with his funny and entertaining stories.

Hawaiian Stories & Songs

Jul 5, 2012

Award-winning Maui playwright, author Wayne Moniz will read excerpts from his new book "Beyond The Reef:  Stories of Maui in the World"--eight tales inspired by the people, events, and issues of Hawaii.   Moniz will also share some of his favorite Hawaiian music.   Broadcast 7/7 at 3pm.  Listen anytime through 7/14 via KALW's Local Music Player.

Hawaiian slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza returns to the KALW studios this Saturday for a live performance.  He'll talk about his upcoming appearance at the Freight in Berkeley at the end of this month with the Legends of Waikiki, three of Hawaii's most iconic traditional singers.  Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

Folk Music & Beyond 6/2

May 27, 2012

Live music by two of the headliners at the upcoming San Francisco Free Folk Festival.    The Americana duo Misner & Smith will be in at 3 pm, performing their original songs and talking about their roles in the musical "Woody Guthrie's American Song."  At 4 pm, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman perform songs from Melody's new debut CD "Gold Rush Goddess." 

FM&B highlighted three fabulous new CDs by The Chieftains, Loreena McKennitt, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops this week.  In the first hour , a concert recording by Loreena McKennitt and her trio from her new CD "Troubadours On The Rhine."  Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

A preview of three fabulous new releases:  The Chieftains are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the release of their new CD "Voice Of Ages."  Celtic artist Loreena McKennitt has a new live concert recording "Troubadours On The Rhine."  And highlighting our program is a recent interview with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, talking about their new CD "Leaving Eden."   Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

KALW's Saturday music hosts join forces to present a five-hour folk extravaganza of continuous live music performed  by some of the Bay Area's finest talent.   Enjoy the Scottish fiddling of Alasdair Fraser, the powerhouse vocals of Teresa Trull and Barbara Higbie, the original songs of Caren Armstrong, and the homegrown bluegrass of Them Boys and the Sycamore Slough String Band.  Here's the schedule:

 

Genticorum on FM&B

Apr 8, 2012

The French-Canadian band Genticorum from Quebec performed live this Saturday (4/14)  on Folk Music & Beyond.  This talented trio is at the forefront of  Quebecois music and is among the many young bands leading the revival of interest in the old folk traditions of Quebec.  Members of Genticorum are Pascal Gemme on fiddle and foot percussion, Yann Falquet on guitar, and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand on flute and bass.

Our special guest this Saturday is French  musician Gabriel Yacoub, the talented singer-guitarist who  spearheaded the French folk revival movement of the 70's and 80's with his band Malicorne.  This is an encore broadcast from 2003, featuring musical selections from Malicorne's albums and songs from Gabriel Yacoub's solo recordings.

Folk Music & Beyond welcomes members of Agapi Mou (“my love” in Greek), a new Bay Area band performing the songs and tunes of Greece, Albania, Turkey, and Armenia.   Agapi Mou includes violinist and singer Aya Davidson, clarinetist Greg Jenkins, Alan Davidson on laouto and Michael Garibaldi on percussion.  Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

 

Veteran Irish Folk Musician Mick Moloney and fiddler Athena Tergis will stop by the KALW studios this Saturday at 4 pm.  They'll play a few tunes and talk about Mick's research into the music of Irish-Americans and their contributions to vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley.

The great Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill return to Folk Music & Beyond for a live performance this Saturday February 25th at 3 pm.  Hayes ranks among the most innovative and distinguished fiddlers playing traditional music today.

Now on KALW's Local Music Player: Bay Area Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica's live performance on Folk Music & Beyond. 

Members played selections from their latest recording "Dancing In The Isles: Baroque and Traditional Music from England, Scotland, and Ireland."  Judith Linsenberg on recorder, Elizabeth Blumenstock on baroque violin, Shirley Hunt on baroque cello, Charles Sherman on harpsichord, and John Loose on percussion.

Art songs, chansons, jazz, and sung poetry.  Music by Jacques Brel and Gabriel Yacoub from France, Robb Johnson from England, Melanie O'Reilly from Ireland, and others.

Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music PlayerFolk Music & Beyond's special guest is John Cruz, award-winning singer-songwriter from Hawaii.  John is a guitarist, story-teller, and teacher and serves as cultural ambassador for Hawaii.  He was chosen to play at President Obama's inauguration.  John will perform a few songs and tell lots of stories.  We'll hear songs from his recent recordings "Acoustic Soul" and "One Of These Days."