A Patchwork Quilt

Saturdays 5-6:30pm

Music from Celtic & American traditions, plus talks with singers & songwriters.

Hear the latest broadcast via our Local Music Player page.  And see playlists here.

A Patchwork Quilt Sat. Sept. 12 5pm

Sep 7, 2015

Kevin plans on letting out the stops and having fun on today's show playing favorite songs and artists, and offering access to the Patchwork Quilt CD Grab Bag as our way of thanking you for your support of KALW!

film: There But For Fortune

Today at 5pm Kevin will observe Jerry Day tomorrow in McLaren Park, and we'll hear some Broadside Ballads that may inspire the Festival of Protest Music later this month at Cedar & Bonita in Berkeley.

Love and Ireland

May 23, 2015

Among other things, Today at 5pm Kevin will play some Love songs from Ireland in celebration of the passing of Marriage Equality by popular vote in Ireland today.

A Patchwork Quilt

Apr 17, 2015

This Saturday at 5pm, we'll talk about the Bay Area Storytelling Festival happening next weekend in Orinda, we'll celebrate Record Store day by playing lots of folk vinyl, and Happy Earthquake Day!

A Patchwork Quilt: John Renbourn 1944-2015

Mar 28, 2015
found on plasticosydecibelios.com

...among other things, Kevin will remember the great English guitarist John Renbourn.  He was a founding member of the great folk group of the 1960s & '70s Pentangle, a lover and interpreter of English folk music, Renaissance and Medieval , and American Be-Bop Jazz will scores of album titles to his name.

Pierre Bensusan

Mar 3, 2015

The Great French-Algerian guitarist Pierre Bensusan will be Kevin's live music guest this Saturday at Five here on KALW

Songs about Rain

Nov 22, 2014

Songs about Rain, inspired by this morning's downpour.  Clouds have since parted but we'll sing back the precipitation 5pm today on 91.7 KALW in San Francisco, on the inter-webs on kalw.org.  Kevin Vance is your host.

Scottish Music after the vote

Sep 20, 2014

A set of Scottish music this Saturday afternoon at 5 in celebration of Scotland's brave attempt at home rule.  We'll hear from Dougie MacLean, Dick Gaughan, and the Battlefield Band.  Warning: you may hear bagpipes.

Hearts of the Dulcimer

Sep 8, 2014

This Saturday at 5, we'll be featuring music from the new documentary, "Hearts Of The Dulcimer", produced out of pocket and out of love for the music by musicians and filmmakers Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang.



Also during the program, we'll hear from CSNY 1974, the new release of stadium performances of the legendary singing group, Crosby Stills Nash and Young.

Conspiracy of Venus sing

Jun 20, 2014

Conspiracy of Venus is an all women’s a cappella vocal ensemble based in San Francisco, California. Under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride, the women of CoV interpret her daring and inventive arrangements of contemporary music, ranging from the classic (Joni Mitchell’s "Big Yellow Taxi"), to the cutting edge (Bjork’s "Possibly Maybe"), with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. The group’s repertoire also includes works by David Bowie, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Pixies, Bill Withers, Rufus Wainwright, and Roger Miller. 

Radio Flor -- Cascada De Flores

May 29, 2014

Members of Cascada De Flores, a Bay Area folkloric group specializing in music from Mexico and Cuba, will be Kevin's guests this Saturday on A Patchwork Quilt.  They have a new album, Radio Flor, re-enacting the golden age of radio, when everyone you heard, announcers, musicians, actors, poets, and storytellers were always performing live from the studio.  Imagine listening to la estacion XEW in Mexico City or La Cadena Azul en La Habana, Cuba in the 1930s and '40s.

Bob Dylan's birthday

May 24, 2014

It's Bob Dylan's 73rd birthday today.  We'll celebrate.

We'll hear his songs sung in Women's voices, such as Joan Baez, Odetta, Nanci Griffith, and a singer from Bhutan named Lhamo Dukpa.

A Patchwork Quilt can be heard Saturdays at 5pm on 91.7 FM KALW in San Francisco and online at kalw.org.

A Conspiracy Of Beards

May 16, 2014

They're Your Men.  A Conspiracy Of Beards is an all-male choir devoted to singing the songs of Leonard Cohen will fill our studios Saturday at 5pm on A Patchwork Quilt.  

Garrin Benfield and Happy Birthday, Pete!

May 2, 2014

This Saturday at 5pm on A Patchwork Quilt,

Kevin's first guest will be singer/songwriter /guitarist Garrin Benfield.  You can learn more about his music at his website, http://www.garrin.com/.  Then the final hour, we'll celebrate Pete Seeger's birthday.  He would have been 95.  David Dunaway, Pete's biographer, will come in and share a chapter from his radio series about Pete, "How Can I Keep From Singing?" and announce a new website called "Remembering Pete Seeger".

Johnny Harper And Carnival perform music of The Band live in the KALW studio this Saturday afternoon at 5pm here on 91.7 KALW San Francisco.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Jan 16, 2014

On this week's A Patchwork Quilt, Kevin Vance will air his award-winning show about Martin Luther King, this Saturday at 5pm.  Listeners will hear a piece of MLK speaking, for a minute or more, then a relevant song to the issue he's speaking to.  The songs come from regular civil rights workers in the streets and the churches, and from popular folk musicians from back in the day, as well as today.

Live music from Eve Decker on A Patchwork Quilt

Dec 27, 2013
Irene Young

Bay area singer-songwriter and dharma teacher Eve Decker has a new CD called Simple Truth.  She'll perform some of her new songs this Saturday at 5pm on A Patchwork Quilt.

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