WUMB August Program Guide

Tales That Need Telling

Folk Tales marks Black History Month with a couple of too-seldom-told tales. February 10, it’s the Civil Rights Movement’s front-line group, the Freedom Singers. February 17, the remarkable story of how one of the most important songs in American musical history became a ‘60s cliche, “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.” What we don’t know about that song matters so much more than what we think we know. Along with the brilliant secrets in slave songs; a rare duet from Joan Baez and Mary Travers; why they put all that yo-ho-ho-ing in sea chanties; radical troubadour Phil Ochs; and the Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers. Lots of great music and some fun surprises along the way.

~ Scott Alarik

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