Celtic

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.

Celtic Guitarist Tony McManus Goes Classical

Jun 19, 2014

Tony McManus, the amazingly talented fingerstyle guitarist from Scotland returns to the KALW studios this Saturday 3 pm after a 9 year absence!  Not only is Tony a master of the Celtic guitar, he has explored other musical genres—jazz, Jewish, and now classical.  Tony will perform selections from his new CD "Mysterious Boundaries" and will tell us why he made the leap to classical music.

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.

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 and feature live performance by two of the headliners--The Rowan Brothers and Celtic singer Amelia Hogan.

Live Music by Trinity Trio this Saturday 3 pm

May 29, 2014

The Trinity Trio makes its debut on "Folk Music & Beyond" this Saturday (5/31) at 3 pm.  Diana Rowan on Celtic harp, Todd Denman on uilleann pipes, and Eamonn Flynn on organ.  Their music covers ancient Celtic chants, plaintive Eastern European songs and straight up gospel, with energetic detours via Irish jigs & reels.  Diana describes their sound as "massive, deep, and spiritual."

Solas Live This Saturday 3 pm!

Apr 1, 2014

Just Added!  Solas, one of this country's leading Irish-American bands, will be stopping by the KALW studios this Saturday for a live performance.  Led by talented multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, Solas has been called "exciting" and "brilliant."  Thistle & Shamrock calls Solas "Irish America's most influential band."  Solas will perform songs from its latest CD "Shamrock City," a tale of immigration, tragedy, corruption, and discrimination based on the true-life story of Michael Conway.   

KALW On-Air Folk Festival this Sat. 3-8 pm

Nov 4, 2013

Join KALW hosts JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson for another five hour live music extravaganza 3 to 8 pm this Saturday featuring a diverse range of musicians from around the Bay Area and beyond.  Our eclectic folk festival will cover Celtic, gypsy swing, bluegrass, old-time, Balkan, world-jazz, Jimi Hendrix, and everything in-between! 

Here's the line-up:

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.

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:

 

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.