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2013 Archives

SAMW 2013 Reunion

Slow jams! Hot jams! Food and drinks! Bring your instruments, and perhaps a friend to introduce to the SAMW community.  The 2014 SAMW line up of fabulous instructors will be celebrated!   Come visit, and make music with, fellow campers and meet some of the summer instructors. Read More…


-Live @ WUMB

12/6   Erin McKeown  2pm

12/13  Kerri Powers  2p

12/19  Miss Tess &  the Talkbacks   4pm

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Van Ronk Return

We sit at the precipice of what could be a new appreciation of the Folk Music Revival.   Yes, an appreciation of that Folk Music Revival—of the 1960’s.  This has been preceded by what some have called a contemporary folk revival, that of young bands over the last few years from Mumford & Sons to the Stray Birds who incorporate “old timey” instrumentation. Read More…

Happy Holidays!

I would like to give a warm thank you to everyone for supporting us this past year. Everyone at WUMB is very grateful for your generous contributions and look forward to serving you next year.

2013 Tax Year

Remember that the end of the year is approaching! There are only a few weeks left to get in your donation for the tax year and increase your 2013 tax refund. Donate securely online now at wumb.org or call Membership at 617-287-6902.

Thank you again, and have a wonderful holiday! Read More…

The Perfect Gift…

It’s that indecision time of the year. What do you get for who? Or is that whom? Of course, the perfect gift for everyone on your list is a WUMB membership, but what if you’ve already done that? Well, I have a suggestion. Read More…

Sneak Peek at 2014 releases

Well I hope you’re Holiday celebrations are going well and things aren’t too crazy just yet.  As we go through the process of wrapping up 2013, it’s usually a fairly convenient time to look back and reflect.  Instead of that…let’s look forward!  2013 was indeed an amazing year of music (every year is really).  We had amazing albums from Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris.  We got introduced to new talent like Hurray For The Riff Raff, Laura Marling and Gregory Alan isakov.  And 2014 is already shaping up to  be a good one…here’s a quick preview of material that will be out as soon as we hit the new year! Read More…

Winter Acoustic Music Weekend (WAMW) Registration is OPEN!!

WUMB – Second Annual Winter Acoustic Music Weekeend registration has begun! Read More…

November Programming

Live @ WUMB

11/1 Greg Brown 2pm

11/1 Hurray for the Riff Raff 4pm

11/6 The Grahams 1pm tape 4pm air

11/14 Houndmouth 4pm

11/19 The White Buffalo 4pm

11/22 Stray Birds 2pm

Celtic Twilight

11/2/13    Remembering Tommy Makem and songs of heroes

11/9/13    Irish accordion player Sharon Shannon and Scottish ballads

11/16/13   Irish folklorist and musician Mick Moloney and songs of adventure

11/23/13   singer Cathie Ryan and Celtic love songs

11/30/13   British folk singer Kate Rusby and humorous songs Read More…

In-Studio Surprises–How’d They Come Up With That?

Late September and mid-to-late October met in a convergence of long pursued goals for me.  I moved to an area I’d coveted for years.  Then the Red Sox made it to and through the post-season.

During this process, I cracked open a box marked “books” and was greeted with W.P. Kinsella’s The Thrill of the Grass.  This is a collection of short stories set in professional Baseball, some in the Major Leagues and many in the Minor Leagues.  Some of the stories even center around Baseball.  But mostly, the characters bounce off the subject like a ground ball on a pock-marked infield before rolling into another area of life.

Thinking about this led to one more confluence of excitement: the Red Sox’ world series run to re-discovering The Thrill of the Grass to what was then the upcoming visit of Greg Brown to WUMB (Friday November 1st).  Greg’s song Laughing River would have fit right in with The Thrill of the Grass.  Getting to play Major League Baseball is such a classic dream.  Like with all dreams, the work it takes to get there can run up against the ultimate question, “is it worth it?”  As in the character of Laughing River who, after 20 years in the Minor Leagues and never making it to “The Show” (a nickname for the Major Leagues) decides he’s better off trading in his old bat for a fishing pole.  Goodbye to paying dues, it’s time to enjoy doing nothing…just fishing, gardening, visiting friends, playing with the kids.  Oh, if only we could reap a decent salary doing that, eh?   Read More…

A Time for Thanks

November is that month that, at least here in the US, we give thanks, so this month I want to say thank you. Thank you for listening and thank you for donating. As I’ve said many times, we can’t do it  without you, and it would be really silly to try.

I also want to thank all the musicians who make the music we share with you on WUMB. It’s not easy making a living it this part of the music business and most of these folks make great sacrifices to share their songs with us. Think what it’s like to drive 400 miles (each way) to a gig that pays just enough to cover the gas, where, if you sell enough CD you’ll be able to go home with some cash in your pocket. Their passion is inspiring.

I want to thank all of the people who run the venues where we go to see the performers heard on WUMB. I especially want to single out the member organizations of the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association. I personally want to thank all of the volunteers that make the BACHA venues go. They work hard to bring the music into our communities.

Speaking of volunteers, I want to thank all of the folks who answer phones during our member drives. Not only are they doing something valuable for the station, but it’s nice for us on the staff to get a chance to see, and chat, with them.

As usual, during our recent member drive, our work study students were the backbone of the effort and I want to publically thank Esteban, Annie, Kayla, and Mercedes.

Thanks again, for being a part of the WUMB family. I hope whatever holiday, or holidays, you celebrate this winter are all that you want them to be.


Dave Palmater
WUMB Weekday Announcer/Acoustic Sunrise