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."

Ways To Connect

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.

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