WUMB May Program Guide

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Summer Acoustic Music Week’s 20th Anniversary

We have raised $7,890, of our $12,500 challenge so far!  We still have to raise $4,610 by May 31, 2015.

A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week. SAMW began as the dream of Dick Pleasants, Lorraine Hammond and Bob Franke–a dream that first came to fruition on Thompson Island in 1996. Since then it has grown into a unique, vibrant music community with a local, national and international following, and has changed the lives of countless people, students and instructors alike.

To honor our 20th year, we are looking to celebrate in style with a concert and Gala on September 26, 2015 at the Quincy Marriott! The event will include dinner, music by an internationally revered guitar star, (whose name we can’t disclose yet), their band, and of course great general merriment and shared appreciation for SAMW’s own leading lights. Read More…

From the Studio

WUMB Sunday Morning with Perry Persoff

May is a big birthday month for me:
May 1st is my “birthday”/anniversary in Boston (“what brought you to Boston,” people ask me; “my Honda” is my usual response).
May is my “birthday”/anniversary month at WUMB–can you believe it, four years.
And there is one more birthday in May for me…oh right, the biological birthday.

Not that it was designed this way, but the timing almost seems to point to something new.  And Sunday May 3rd from 6-8am, I will be hosting a new show on WUMB. Read More…

Les Blank: Blues Documentarian

I came late to the world of streaming video. I don’t watch TV much these days, and I’ve never really been much of a movie goer. I suddenly became interested when someone mentioned to me that they had watched “The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins” on Hulu.

This is the first of the fabulous documentaries of filmmaker Les Blank. Whether you are a blues fan or not, this one is truly worth your time. Hopkins, perhaps the definitive Texas blues-man, is an intriguing character, but you also get a look and how Blank works his way into the life of Lightnin’, who agreed to the project without much enthusiasm. Hopkins’ only stipulation at the beginning was that Les not get in the way. Read More…

New and Upcoming Releases

New Releases

Isn’t it ironic that this long cruel Winter (which took forever) is finally over and already Spring is flying by?  As I’m writing this we’re looking ahead to May, which in turn, leads to the Summer.  So far 2015 has been tremendous for new music and I can’t see why it won’t stay the course or perhaps get even better!  Here are some new releases that just came out over the last few weeks.  If you missed them, give them a listen and see what you think!

Calexico Edge of the Sun.  It’s hard to believe this group started off as an all instrumental group.  Founding member Joey Burns has done an amazing job of blending the Tex/Mex sound they’re known for along with keeping the group contemporary.  This is another solid release from Calexico.

Tom Russell The Rose of Roscrae.  Speaking of Tex/Mex, nobody does it better than Tom Russell.  In essence this is a double disc Cowboy/Folk opera featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Ramblin’ Jack and more.  What could be cooler than that?

Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune.  This is a new EP from Mavis.  The last couple of releases she’s teamed with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco as Producer.  This time she’s got young artist Son Little producer for her.  Read More…

Programming Highlights

May Programming Highlights

Celtic Twilight

May 3    Accordionist Mairtin O’Connor, just named Ireland’s 2015 Traditional Musician of the Year is celebrated.

May 10   Irish legendary singer Christy Moore celebrates a birthday.

May 17   Mary Black, Paul Brady and Martin Carthy all celebrate birthdays this week.

May 24   Irish American Flute Player and founder of the band Cherish the Ladies Joannie Madden celebrates a birthday today.

May 31   On Memorial Day we’ll hear Celtic songs of remembrance in honor of fallen heroes. Read More…

Members Corner

May Member Benefits

Weekly Online Giveaways
One of the great benefits of being a Member of WUMB is the chance to enter our Weekly Online Giveaways. Every week, we offer our Members a chance to win CDs, tickets, and other great prizes online.
Here are some of the items we have given away over the past few weeks:
– CD: “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” by Lucinda Williams
– CD: “Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn”
– Book: “The Mayor of MacDougal Street” by Dave Van Ronk and Elijah Wald
– CD: “Lost on the River” by The New Basement Tapes
To see what we’re offering this week, visit our Giveaway page: http://wumb.org/members/weeklygiveaway.php

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