WUMB April Program Guide

From the Studio

Folk Tales Looks at Legends

Folk Tales is peeking behind the legends this month. November 4, it’s an artist whose music is more famous than he is, the guy Bono calls “the Quincy Jones of Irish music,” Donal Lunny. November 11, a genius whose life was even larger than his legend, bluesman-preacher, Reverend Gary Davis, who revolutionized the folk guitar. November 18, it’s another guitar legend, the beloved Appalachian picker Doc Watson. Read More…

Great Music This Month on Celtic Twilight!

There’s so much great music coming up on Celtic Twilight this month! On November 5 we honor the Clancy Brothers, who left a great legacy in Irish music. They were the first folk group to include theatrics in their stage performances, including poetry and witty banter, which seemed spontaneous but really was a deliberate setup for each song. Liam Clancy said that they crafted their performance like a Eugene O’Neill play. Bob Dylan, who was their opening act in Greenwich Village in the 60’s, called Liam Clancy the greatest ballad singer ever! Read More…

New Three-Hour Dixie Bee Line!

Thanks to all my listeners for your great support!   The station heard you, and has extended the Dixie Bee Line to three hours, from 9pm to midnite on Saturdays. Between that and Holly’s Spinning the Blues from 6 o’clock until 9 o’clock, radio is good again on Saturday nights!!    Read More…

New Music for a New Season

As summer ends and fall begins, I’m one of the few people I know who has a difficult time adjusting. Most of my friends rejoice that sweater weather has arrived. They embrace warm drinks and football season. Me, I’m a summer girl, so this time of year is a tough transition. Read More…

Music and Memories

A lot of the formative moments I have with music occur with headphones on. There’s something to be said about getting lost in a song or an album; alone and cocooned away from the world.  You can really get to know something one-on-one that way. Nothing to get in between, no distractions. As a teen, many of these headphone moments occurred for me at this time of year: Fall; the start of a new school year. New anxieties, new ways to get lost. Back then I was always looking for a way to escape. Music gave me that. Read More…

A Couple of Albums on the Perry Radar

The other day, it just hit me. No wavering. No maybe this, maybe that. Certainly no six-of-one-half-dozen-of-the-other. I had to face the fact.

I just like this guy’s music. Read More…

Folk Tales: Now We Are Two

Folk Tales toddles into its second year October 7, visiting the Charles River Valley Boys, who proved that Yankees can play bluegrass, and that you can even pick’n’grin to the Beatles––starting a revolution in the old mountain music. Read More…

Child Ballads on Celtic Twilight

During October on Celtic Twilight, we’ll feature the Child ballads. Francis James Child was a Harvard professor who researched and compiled the most comprehensive anthology of English and Scottish ballads. Read More…

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…