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July 2020 Archives

Summer Songs

Summer will be different this year as the need for social distancing still exists. As the weather has turned summery, I’ve been taking peaceful walks both in parks and at the beach. Breathing in fresh air (even through a mask) is just delightful.  What songs make you think of summer? Here are some of mine! Read More…

Debut CD from Hannah Harris

Hannah Harris, a Michigan-based Irish fiddler and traditional singer, has her debut album release soon this summer. Coming from a classical violin background, Hannah has now completely converted to Irish traditional music and has studied in the MA Ethnomusicology program at University College Cork. Read More…

Getting Back in the Folk Tales Saddle….

Greetings from the Folk Tales corral. I’ve missed our weekly visits while the pandemic makes it impossible for me to get to WUMB. I’m fine, though, eager to get back and working on some adventurous Folk Tales for you, including the impact the 1950s blacklist had on folk music––and on energizing the ‘60s revival; the19th-century parlor music fad (when corny was hipster), and how it created American pop; the obscure country star who created the template for the modern folksinger, Bradley Kincaid; and up-close visits with James Taylor, Flatt & Scruggs, and the indomitable Mavis Staples. Read More…

Much Ado About July on H61

-hello again from H61-land as we s-l-o-w-l-y return to so-called normalcy, seems like we just ‘spoke’ via this newsletter days ago, seemingly, even though we supposedly have more time on our hands, the days, the year, is flying by… Read More…

The Local Music Corner

As life starts oh so slowly to open up, I’d like to offer thanks to those musicians who have decided to do a show or two outside on their (or a friend’s) porch. Perhaps you have also been to one of these, as I have in Medford and Roslindale. I guess a few e-mails go out to people who might be interested, rather than a full ad campaign. No doubt the theory is that this would keep the crowd numbers reasonable, with the attendees wearing face masks and keeping their distance from one another. Read More…

Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck

One of the benefits of the past few months has been finding more time to read books. One such novel that I had been meaning to (re)read for a while is John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. I think I “read” it during high school, but in all honesty that might have meant I watched the John Ford film adaptation starring Peter Fonda and called it a day. Which is all well and fine because I don’t think teenage Brendan could have really grasped what Steinbeck was getting at in the novel. Read More…

BILL WITHERS: Born On The Fourth

No matter how old you are, the songs of Bill Withers have likely been in your head for a long time. Great music tends to get the attention of every generation. Read More…

July

I hope you’re doing your best to enjoy Summer through these very strange and somewhat challenging times. Here’s a rundown of what is going on in the world of Programming at WUMB! Read More…

July Member Benefits

The Members Corner

Message from the Membership Office

Thank you for your continued support of WUMB!

The Membership Office continues to run on a limited schedule. Thank you for your patience during this time as we work to process donations and keep operations running.

Please note that voicemail will be checked and calls will be returned whenever possible, but the best way to contact the Membership Office will be via email at wumb.membership@umb.edu. Read More…

July Programming Highlights

Artist of the Week is now Artist of the Day. Check our Website for updates!

Breakfast With the Beatles – Saturday at 6am
7/4 We celebrate Ringo Starr’s 80th Birthday!
7/11 We’ll track Side 2 of Meet The Beatles on Capitol Records mono
7/18 We’re tracking Side 1 of Beatles VI on Capitol Records mono!
7/25 We’ll start the show by tracking Side 2 of Beatles VI on Capitol Records mono! Read More…