WUMB October Program Guide

Summertime Is Comin’, and the Folk Tales Are A-Bloomin’

Folk Tales welcomes summer with a couple of freeze-frames on the legendary Newport Folk Festival, including an insider’s look at what really happened when Dylan went electric in 1965 on June 16; the folkiest of the folk-rockers, Steeley Span, June 9–and the curious contradiction in their biggest hit. We’ll visit African-American folk legend Odetta on the 23rd; and the troubled legacy of Stephen Foster on the 30th. Were his songs racist or anti-slavery? Or could they have been both? Along with fun stories about how a snoring Pete Seeger alerted Judy Collins she had a new manager; the rock classic first recorded by the Kingston Trio; how asking for a beer gave Arlo Guthrie his biggest hit; and the lovely wisdom behind that old phrase, “a year and a day.” Drop on by!

~ Scott Alarik

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