WUMB August Program Guide

From the Studio

The Local Music Corner – Bob Bradshaw

Born in Cork, Ireland and living and making music in Boston for many years now, Bob Bradshaw has stepped out with another album, Queen Of The West. This is his 8th. If you look for albums that feel like a traveling companion, that become more dynamic on the headphones, or make you feel like you’ve been on an extensive road trip when you’ve finished listening…this album is right up your alley. Read More…

Spotlight on Paddy Moloney

I want to share with you some interesting stories that I read in a March 5th Patriot Ledger article about the Chieftains founder Paddy Moloney.

Paddy started the band back in 1962 and up until COVID-19, they were still touring. His first instrument was a tin whistle which his mother bought for him when he was six, as a last minute Christmas gift. He taught himself to play, and when he was nine or ten started lessons on the uillean pipes. Read More…

The Music of 1993

This month on One Year at a Time we listen to the music of 1993. A variety of styles from some familiar artists, and some artists who never became household names as well.  Read More…

RIP Peter Green

B.B. King once said of Peter Green, “He has the sweetest tone I’ve ever heard. He’s the only one that gives me the cold sweats.”

High praise from the man wrote the book on sweet tone.

Peter Green passed away on July 25th at the age of 73. He was the brilliant British blues guitar great whohad the talent and guts to replace Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers at the height of Clapton’s God-like status in the UK, and who ultimately formed Fleetwood Mac in 1968, writing songs like “Albatross” and “Black Magic Woman” before dropping out in 1971.

There was not a better blues guitar player of his generation. Read More…

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…