WUMB December Program Guide

Folk Tales Looks at Legends

Folk Tales is peeking behind the legends this month. November 4, it’s an artist whose music is more famous than he is, the guy Bono calls “the Quincy Jones of Irish music,” Donal Lunny. November 11, a genius whose life was even larger than his legend, bluesman-preacher, Reverend Gary Davis, who revolutionized the folk guitar. November 18, it’s another guitar legend, the beloved Appalachian picker Doc Watson. Thanksgiving weekend, November 25, we’ll feature a hot-cider toast to the long tradition of contra dance music, as New England as pumpkins on porches and fender-benders on rotaries––and our first uniquely American folk tradition. Along with great music and surprises, including the Linda Ronstadt hit that originally began, “Leo, my god,” and why Abraham Lincoln really told a White House band to play “Dixie” after the Civil War––it’s not what the legend says. But hey, that’s how we roll at Folk Tales. Carry it on!

~ Scott Alarik

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