WUMB September Program Guide

From the Studio

Music, Gifts, and Remembrance

My wife’s mother passed away late in the month of August. It wasn’t a surprise; she battled cancer for 10 years, but when are you ready for a thing like death?

Mary Ann Coppola was a remarkable person. A wife, mother, an auto harp player(!), folk music fan, a public school teacher, a fisherwoman. She and her husband Joe adopted three children and loved animals. Mary Ann was a VW camper van enthusiast, and a moose photographer. She raised a helluva daughter who I love deeply. That barely scratches the surface. Read More…

What’s On My Mind: Tom Rush, Guy Clark, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett, Janis Joplin (Port Arthur), etc…

Thanks to Internet streaming, we do have WUMB listeners extending far beyond our broadcast coverage map. The same goes for WUMB members. Every fundraiser, we get pleasantly surprised by contributions from far and away: Nashville, Tennessee. Placer County, California. Saskatchewan, Canada. SCOTLAND. But these days I think about a place I learned we have at least one member from because of the telephone. Read More…

An Anniversary and a Fond Farewell from Local Folk

It’s hard to believe it but this month marks the 4th anniversary of Local Folk here on WUMB. It has been a privilege and joy to share music from the many incredible artists we have here in the New England area, and over the years the feedback, support, and suggestions I’ve received from listeners has let me know how many people out there care very deeply about our local music scene. Read More…

Two Milestones for Folk Tales this Month

September marks two milestones for Folk Tales, our weekly trip to the roots of roots music––and special Tales for each one. September 9, we visit banjo legend Ralph Stanley, who was playing bluegrass before bluegrass was, well, bluegrass. September 16 is our 50th show, with a special Folk Tale about the roots of the Hootenanny, what they were, why they mattered––and how they got that weird name. Read More…

Birthday Bonanza on Celtic Twilight!

This month is all about birthdays! We will celebrate the birthday of Liam Clancy, who Bob Dylan regarded as the greatest ballad singer ever! Liam was a central figure in the 1960’s folk revival as a member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem  group. I had the pleasure of interviewing him on air back in the early 90’s and he not only sang but recited Yates on air. It was fantastic.  Read More…

Highway 61 Revisited in August

-First of all, thanks for all the creative suggestions this past month re: H61 specials! One of the suggested features was a four hour re-visit to the so-called “Summer Of Love,” 1967, which was 50 long years ago. So plan on that happening; I’m thinking the 23rd of September right after summer officially ends. Read More…

100 Years of John Lee Hooker on The Morning Show!

John Lee Hooker‘s life story is the quintessential American story. Born into a sharecropping family in Mississippi in 1917, Hooker rose to international prominence and fame during a 6 decade career that saw him earn Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read More…

The End of an Era

The end of July marked more than the end of the 7th month of the 17th year of the 2000’s. If you spent years wondering what the year 2001 would be like, teased by the futuristic visions of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick, the fact that we are sixteen years beyond that point may still seem like a big deal.

For all the things that writer/scientist Arthur C. Clarke predicted which have come to pass, he did not foretell this major event: Dave Palmater has retired from WUMB. I thought he’d be here forever, too. Read More…

Here’s What’s Happening on Celtic Twilight in August!

On August 6 we will feature the Welsh band Calan (which means start of the month or year), which got together initially in 2006. They are five young musicians who together have brought a fresh and vibrant sound to trad Welsh music. Once again, a new generation is reinterpreting great trad music. Their performances include step dancing as well as Welch jigs, reels and hornpipes. Also they sing trad songs and their own compositions written in trad style. Read More…

Music Around New England on Local Folk

This month on Local Folk we will explore a number of different strands of folk, roots, blues, and Americana artists all from our own backyard here in New England. In our new music roundup on August 5th, we’ll spotlight a collection of new albums from artists familiar to regular listeners like Twisted Pine and Dietrich Strause, as well as newcomers like Abe Loomis and James Keyes. Read More…