It's the KALW On-Air Folk Festival this Saturday from 3 to 8 pm--our musical extravaganza features five hours of continuous live music by some of the Bay Area's finest talent! Hosted by JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson.

3:00 pm    The Pacific Boychoir is led by director and founder Kevin Fox.  The Pacific Boychoir Academy is the only United States boychoir school outside of the East Coast.  The choir's repertoire includes classical, African freedom songs, Afro-American spirituals, and world music.

Fiona Ritchie on KALW!

May 15, 2015

"Folk Music & Beyond" features an encore broadcast of a special interview with Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie this Saturday at 3 pm (PST) on KALW 91.7. She and Doug Orr talk about their new book "Wayfaring Strangers: A Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to the Appalachias." We'll listen to Celtic and American old-time songs by Jean Ritchie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, and the Irish band Altan. 

Live Irish music to this Saturday 3 pm PST with fiddler Athena Tergis on "Folk Music & Beyond." Athena will perform a few tunes and talk about her band The Green Fields of America and its latest project "A Celtic Appalachian Celebration," which will be having its west coast premiere Thursday March 19th at the Freight in Berkeley.

Thistle Host Fiona Ritchie on KALW!

Jan 28, 2015

Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie was our special guest on "Folk Music & Beyond".  Fiona and Doug Orr have co-authored the new book "Wayfaring Strangers:  The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to the Appalachias."  They traced the journey of Scots-Irish immigrants to the southern Appalachias and talked about the similarities between American old-time and traditional ballads and songs from Scotland, Ireland, and England.  The duo Little Windows (Julee Glaub & Mark Weems) performed musical excerpts during our conversation with Fiona and Doug.  If you missed the show, you

Winter Solstice Celebration this Sat. 3 pm

Dec 18, 2014

"Folk Music & Beyond" presents "A Winter's Night: Music and Poetry for the Solstice" this Saturday at 3 pm.  This special holiday event was recorded last year in Berkeley.  Former NPR host Neal Conan reads poems, stories, and prose by Jack London, Mary Oliver, Jim Harrison, May Sarton, Julia Child, and Ogden Nash.  He's accompanied by members of the Celtic folk band Ensemble Galilei.