Folk Music & Beyond

Saturdays 3-5pm
  • Hosted by Hosted by JoAnn Mar & Bob Campbell

The best in contemporary folk, traditional, and original music from America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of the world.

More information about the show and playlists at their website.

Hear the latest broadcast via KALW's Local Music Player page.

KALW's On-Air Folk Festival this Saturday!

Dec 5, 2017

Join us for the next KALW On-Air Folk Festival this Saturday December 9th 3 pm to 8 pm!

It's five hours of continuous music performed live in the KALW studios, showcasing some of the Bay Area's top talent.  The folk festival is hosted by JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson.  Here's the line-up:

A double bill this Saturday 3 pm on Folk Music and Beyond!   Talented Canadian fiddler April Verch and her trio makes her debut on KALW.  April is an award-winning, champion fiddler and step dancer—her music covers a lot of different styles—American roots, old-time, and traditional Canadian.  And from the Bay Area, singer Chris Webster and guitarist Nina Gerber will stop by the KALW studios and share a few songs. 

Folk Music & Beyond: Wake The Dead In Concert

Nov 1, 2017

Wake the Dead play rock grooves, hot Irish reels, haunting airs, and beautiful melodies familiar to Deadheads everywhere. These worlds mesh seamlessly, true to the spirit of the Grateful Dead and the eternally hopeful Celts.  Tune in Saturday to hear this year’s DAY OF THE DEAD live recording of the band from Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, 3-5pm on Folk Music & Beyond.  Hosted by Sandy Miranda.

Tim O'Brien, Grammy-award winning singer-multi-instrumentalist, is our special guest this Saturday 3 pm on KALW's Folk Music & Beyond.  Tim will talk about his musical journey starting in Wheeling, West Virginia and his collaborations with sister Mollie O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Dirk Powell, Kathy Mattea, and musicians from Ireland and the bluegrass band Hot Rize.  Tim's latest CD "Where The River Meets The Road" includes songs inspired by West Virginia.

Folk Music & Beyond: Richard Thompson Special!

Sep 14, 2017

Listen this Saturday afternoon 3 to 5 pm (PDT) for Richard Thompson unplugged!  We'll hear songs from his new release "Acoustic Classics II"—Richard revisits some early classics from his Fairport days.  We'll also listen to some rarities—songs recorded as demos or performed in concert.  

KALW Saturday Music!

Sep 8, 2017

Listen this Saturday 3 pm to 12 midnight for some fabulous music!  Saturday music hosts share their favorite new releases that have come out this past year. 

At 3 pm on Folk Music & Beyond, new CDs by British guitarist Richard Thompson, the Portland indie band 'The Decemberists, and Irish accordion master Sharon Shannon.

At 5 pm on A Patchwork Quilt, "Jesus Rocked The Jukebox", a collection of gospel from the 50s and 60s

Folk Music & Beyond: Local Treasures!

Jun 29, 2017

We'll shine the spotlight on Bay Area artists this Saturday (July 1st) 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond".  Among our local treasures are fiddler/guitarist Laurie Lewis and mandolinist Tom Rozum.  They'll stop by the KALW studios for a visit and play a few songs.  We'll also hear singer-songwriter Sean Hayes talk about his song "Rosebush Inside", inspired by the compelling story of ex-death row prisoner Moreese Bickham.

We'll preview the upcoming June 10th San Francisco Free Folk Festival--two stages of live music, over 40 different instructional workshops on singing, dancing, and instrument playing, a story-telling stage, kids activities, and jam sessions.   This Saturday 3 pm on Folk Music and Beyond, our musical guests will all be performing at the festival--The Brothers Strong from Sonora, the Bay Area vocal trio Muse Crossing, and folk singer David Maloney.  For details, visit sffolkfest.org

Folk Music & Beyond: The Stray Birds Live!

May 26, 2017

The Stray Birds will stop by the KALW studios this Saturday at 3 pm to perform a few songs from their new recording "Magic Fire."   Their first release made it on to NPR's "best-of" Folk/Americana list in 2012. "This record was certainly one of the finest debuts of the year from a band to watch.”

This Saturday 3 pm, songs in remembrance of war victims over the last century.  We'll hear two classic songs by the late Leonard Cohen, as well as music by British vocalists June Tabor, Billy Bragg, and Richard Thompson, Serbian cellist Vedran Smailovic, and a reading by Garrison Keillor.   Opening the program will be live music by British balladeer John Roberts and New England folk singer Debra Cowan.

Folk Music & Beyond: Carrie Newcomer Live

Oct 28, 2016

Midwest singer-songwriter CARRIE NEWCOMER will be live in the KALW studios this Saturday at 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond."  She'll perform songs from her new CD "The Beautiful Not Yet" and talk about her humanitarian work in her local community and around the world.

Accordion Master Guy Klucevsek This Saturday!

Apr 29, 2016

GUY KLUCEVSEK,  master of the accordion,  made a rare appearance in the Bay Area this weekend.  He performed live in  the KALW studios on "Folk Music & Beyond".

Talking Drums with Mickey Hart

Jul 1, 2015

Join us this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond" for an encore broadcast of our conversation with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart.  This weekend marks the Dead's 50th anniversary and their final performances together as a band.  Hart talks about his other life outside of the Grateful Dead--the active role he's played in helping to preserve the endangered music of Bali, Africa, and other parts of the world.  He also talks about his collaborations with some of the greatest percussionists in the world--Zakir Hussein, Airto Moreira, Babatunde Olatunji, and Hamza el Din.

Naturalist Bernie Krause

Mar 27, 2013

Famed natural sound recordist Bernie Krause is our special guest this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond".  He talks about his early career in professional music and how he made the transition to naturalist and bio-acoustitian.  Krause will take us on a sonic tour to some of his favorite wilderness areas and talks about his new book "The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places."  Saturday, 3/30 at 3pm.

"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.

John McCutcheon Live!

Jan 6, 2013

"Folk Music & Beyond" welcomes the return of folk singer JohnMcCutcheon to the KALW studios. John will perform a few songs from his latest recording "This Land:  Woody Guthrie's America."   Listen anytime via KALW's Local Music Player through 1/19/13.

Leonard Cohen Special

Dec 5, 2012

Listen this coming Saturday at 3 pm for All Things Leonard, our tribute show to the great Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. The Conspiracy of Beards will join us in the KALW studios.   This 20-man a capella ensemble sings the songs of Leonard Cohen in multi-part harmonies.

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.)

New and recent releases:  from the Irish traditional band Altan (pictured), singer-songwriter Richard Shindell, and the Bridge School Concerts 25th anniversary collection.  Plus an interview with blues singer-guitarist Eric Bibb who talks about his new CD "Deeper In The Well."  Saturday 3-5pm.

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.

Saturday July 14th marks the 100th birthday of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie.  "Folk Music & Beyond" presents the 2-hour special "Going Down the Road with Woody Guthrie" produced by Nick Spitzer, with visits to friends and relatives who share tales of Woody Guthrie's trials and triumphs.  Guthrie's children, Nora and Arlo, reflect on their father's life, scholar Guy Logsdon discusses Guthrie's Dust Bowl days and Pete Seeger shares the backstory to Woody's anthem for the "down and outers."  Plus, music and memories from Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Moses Asch, Bob Dylan and so many others

Funny Food Songs

Jun 21, 2012

Music about leftover pizza, junk food, cornbread, homegrown tomatoes, and other delights by Christine Lavin, Guy Clark, Cheryl Wheeler, John McCutcheon, the Chenille Sisters, Patty Larkin, Tim O'Brien, and others.  Folk Music & Beyond:  Listen with KALW's Local Music Player through 6/30.

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