WUMB February Program Guide

In the News

Save the Date for a new Music Weekend This Fall!

You may have missed the exciting news that was announced at the 2016 SAMW Reunion in January….. Read More…

SAMW 2016 Reunion Recap

samw reunionOn January 10 over 100 folk music enthusiasts gathered in the Ryan lounge on the UMass Boston campus to re-connect, make music, and learn about what’s coming up for WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week program in 2016. From noon to 5:00 PM campers and their guests socialized and enjoyed refreshments, jamming and sharing songs throughout the afternoon.

The SAMW Reunion & Jam is an annual get-together that underscores and reinforces the deep sense of community that has grown up among the ever-growing SAMW membership.  Back at the beginning of SAMW’s tenure people didn’t want to have to wait a whole year to meet up again, so the January Reunion was created both to provide that opportunity and to officially announce the following summer’s slate of instructors and classes.

Now entering its 21st year, The SAMW program offers much more than just a summer program.  This year WUMB General Manager Patty Domeniconi and SAMW Music Director Lorraine Hammond presented the slate of 2016 instructors and courses, and officially opened registration for both weeks.  The sold-out fourth annual Winter Weekend will be held February 26-28.  And most exciting for campers, a brand new Fall Weekend was announced for 2016!

WUMB’s SAMW program offers campers the opportunity to make music and make friends in beautiful surroundings, learning from some of the finest professional folk musicians around. For more information and to register (don’t wait – both summer weeks are almost sold out!) you can visit the SAMW website or call the station at 617-287-6915.

UMass Boston Campus Concerts hosted by WUMB Radio

This spring marks the return of the WUMB UMass Boston Campus concerts, kicking off with Danielle Miraglia on 2/11 from noon to 1pm.   This semester we are inviting the students of UMass Boston to perform, and we are anticipating some really great new music!

As always, these concerts are free to the public and will be held in the Campus Center Cafe  on the UMass Boston Campus!  These concerts are not only open to UMass, but to the public as well.  Bring a lunch and join us the second Thursday of every month!

For more information, please call 617-287-6900 or email WUMB@umb.edu

From the Studio

maxresdefaultWhen someone occasionally asks me “what’s the best part of your job?”, I always answer them honestly with “I get my hands on new music before anyone else!”.  Usually WUMB will receive albums well ahead of release dates by weeks and sometimes even months.  Not long ago (think 2014) Lucinda Williams released a double album titled Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.  It was an incredibly bold album that showcased her amazing songwriting while also showcasing her skills as an independent songwriter.  Yes, you heard correctly…Lucinda Williams started her own record label Highway 20 Records.  Having built a reputation that has been perceived as occasionally combative in the studio, Lucinda started this label with the intent of putting her own material without a major label having an opinion.

The results are intriguing.  Not even two years later Lucinda is back with yet another double album, the appropriately titled Ghosts of Highway 20.  What does that title reflect?  Does it mean they’re songs that previously didn’t make the cut?  Hardly.  The album is spread out over two discs but only total 14 songs.  What she demonstrates on the record is the ability to draw out a song without being self-indulgent.  The average length is probably somewhere in the 5:30 range.  Some songs are normal length, some reach the 12:00 mark.

This isn’t the kind of album you’ll constantly be tapping your foot to, but I think is a great demonstration of an artist who is confident enough not to care.  It’s a tremendous record to have in the car or perhaps at home with headphones on.  Sink in, listen, and dig deep.

We’ll be playing more tracks from this gorgeous album starting this week and you can purchase it starting February 5th.

-Jay Moberg

Sally Fingerett- The Mental Yentl: Stories from a Lifelong Student of Crazy

Do you remember Sally Fingerett, a talented singer/songwriter from the Midwest? If you do it was probably as a part of Four Bitchin’ Babes. She was a founder member along with Christine Lavin, Megon McDonough and Patty Larkin. Though members came and went Sally was a constant with this performing aggregation. (If you ever saw them you’ll know why I didn’t want to call them a band.) Read More…

New and Upcoming Releases

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Programming Highlights

February Programming Highlights

-American Routes
2/7 – Carnival Knowledge: Monk Boudreaux, Southern France, Coney Island Mermaid Parade
2/14 – Philly Soul Folks & Louisiana Swamp Pop: John Oates & Johnnie Allan
2/21 – Rock and Soul from Memphis to Muscle Shoals: Candi Staton, Sam Phillips and Barbara Sims
2/28 – Soul Sisters

-Mountain Stage
2/6 – John Pizzarelli, Allen Toussaint, and Caroline Rose
2/13 – Eric Bibb, Altan, Dayna Kurtz, Hey Mavis and Todd Burge
2/20 – Buckwheat Zydeco, Dave & Phil Alvin w/ The Guilty Ones, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Jeff Austin Band, JD McPherson
2/27 – Drive-By Truckers, The Barr Brothers, Mary Gauthier, Allison Moorer, Carlos Nunez Read More…

Members Corner

February Member Benefits

Update your Contact Information

Did you recently move? Changed your email address? An update is as simple as an email or a phone call away. Contact the Membership Office with all of your questions or updates at wumb.membership@umb.edu or call 617-287-6902.

Make sure we have your updated email address so you won’t miss out on special concert ticket giveaways and other Member-exclusive notices.

**It is our long-standing policy to never trade or sell donor information.
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