WUMB September Program Guide

From the Studio

Memory Lane

Whether you lived through it or not the folk revival of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s was an amazing time in musical history. In this area (read that Cambridge) we were lucky enough to have a wonderful document of the era in Baby Let Me Follow You Down. Originally published in 1979 it was assembled by Eric Von Schmidt and Jim Rooney, two of the key figures in the New England folk revival. I say assembled because it is constructed from interviews with nearly all of the folks behind the legendary Club 47, Newport Folk Festival and everything else that happened back then. Read More…

Tune in to win concert tickets!

All this week, August 4th-8th, between 6am and 10am,  we will be giving away tickets to see Marcia Ball at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday August 8th!   Tune in all summer long for chances to win tickets to other music events as well!

Perry’s Top Song and Album Picks of 2013

Perry’s WUMB BEST SONGS of/for 2013–in no particular order

In the past two years, my “Top 10” songs of the year grew to 38 and last year 40 songs.  Maybe I’ve gotten more disciplined for this last year…only 35 songs and 30 artists.  So we’ll call it my Top 35.  Without stressing about setting them in order, here they are.  Enjoy.  And thanks for listening.  Feel free to spread the word about WUMB.   Happy New Year…

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Virtual Concerts

As I write this, I have a miserable cold. You know the one. You’ve probably have it, had it or will have it shortly. And to make matters worse, one of my old friends is playing a show at Club Passim tomorrow night, and I really don’t want to spread my germs around, so I’m going to stay home. But am I going to miss the show? Of course not. I’m going to attend virtually.

Many of the shows from Club Passim, and many other venues are being streamed live as they happen, and, for a modest “ticket price,” you can enjoy the event from the comfort of your own computer. In addition to Passim, clubs across the country, from Caffe Lena in Upstate New York to Freight & Salvage in California are offering shows as well. Is it as good as being there? Of course not, but it is cheaper than a flight from Boston to Berkley. Read More…

Van Ronk Return

We sit at the precipice of what could be a new appreciation of the Folk Music Revival.   Yes, an appreciation of that Folk Music Revival—of the 1960’s.  This has been preceded by what some have called a contemporary folk revival, that of young bands over the last few years from Mumford & Sons to the Stray Birds who incorporate “old timey” instrumentation. Read More…

The Perfect Gift…

It’s that indecision time of the year. What do you get for who? Or is that whom? Of course, the perfect gift for everyone on your list is a WUMB membership, but what if you’ve already done that? Well, I have a suggestion. Read More…

In-Studio Surprises–How’d They Come Up With That?

Late September and mid-to-late October met in a convergence of long pursued goals for me.  I moved to an area I’d coveted for years.  Then the Red Sox made it to and through the post-season.

During this process, I cracked open a box marked “books” and was greeted with W.P. Kinsella’s The Thrill of the Grass.  This is a collection of short stories set in professional Baseball, some in the Major Leagues and many in the Minor Leagues.  Some of the stories even center around Baseball.  But mostly, the characters bounce off the subject like a ground ball on a pock-marked infield before rolling into another area of life.

Thinking about this led to one more confluence of excitement: the Red Sox’ world series run to re-discovering The Thrill of the Grass to what was then the upcoming visit of Greg Brown to WUMB (Friday November 1st).  Greg’s song Laughing River would have fit right in with The Thrill of the Grass.  Getting to play Major League Baseball is such a classic dream.  Like with all dreams, the work it takes to get there can run up against the ultimate question, “is it worth it?”  As in the character of Laughing River who, after 20 years in the Minor Leagues and never making it to “The Show” (a nickname for the Major Leagues) decides he’s better off trading in his old bat for a fishing pole.  Goodbye to paying dues, it’s time to enjoy doing nothing…just fishing, gardening, visiting friends, playing with the kids.  Oh, if only we could reap a decent salary doing that, eh?   Read More…

A Time for Thanks

November is that month that, at least here in the US, we give thanks, so this month I want to say thank you. Thank you for listening and thank you for donating. As I’ve said many times, we can’t do it  without you, and it would be really silly to try.

I also want to thank all the musicians who make the music we share with you on WUMB. It’s not easy making a living it this part of the music business and most of these folks make great sacrifices to share their songs with us. Think what it’s like to drive 400 miles (each way) to a gig that pays just enough to cover the gas, where, if you sell enough CD you’ll be able to go home with some cash in your pocket. Their passion is inspiring.

I want to thank all of the people who run the venues where we go to see the performers heard on WUMB. I especially want to single out the member organizations of the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association. I personally want to thank all of the volunteers that make the BACHA venues go. They work hard to bring the music into our communities.

Speaking of volunteers, I want to thank all of the folks who answer phones during our member drives. Not only are they doing something valuable for the station, but it’s nice for us on the staff to get a chance to see, and chat, with them.

As usual, during our recent member drive, our work study students were the backbone of the effort and I want to publically thank Esteban, Annie, Kayla, and Mercedes.

Thanks again, for being a part of the WUMB family. I hope whatever holiday, or holidays, you celebrate this winter are all that you want them to be.


Dave Palmater
WUMB Weekday Announcer/Acoustic Sunrise

Local Folk with Patrick Coman

It’s been an exciting first month for me at WUMB, curating and hosting Local Folk on Saturdays from 12-2pm. I was fortunate enough to be involved in the New England Americana Festival as a performer, organizer, and running sound and MCing at the WUMB stage on Winthrop Park. Events like this where 65+ folk, roots, blues, and Americana bands were seen all throughout Harvard Square, remind me of the incredible range of musical talent that our city and our region has to offer. It also reminds me of why programs like Local Folk are important in helping to spotlight just some of these amazing artists, because if there’s one thing I took from this festival is that there is a hunger for locally produced music. To be able to help deliver that to listeners who I know will love these artists as much as I do is incredibly meaningful.

-Patrick Coman

On the Road

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain until you see their specks dispersing?  It’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s goodbye.  But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

–Jack Kerouac, On The Road. Read More…