WUMB May Program Guide

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Come Make Music With Us This Fall!

Registration is now open for WUMB’s very first Fall Acoustic Music Weekend, which will take place October 7 – 9 at the Grotonwood Conference Center in Groton, MA. Join us for a full schedule of classes, concerts, camaraderie and great guided and free-style jam sessions, in this beautiful setting nestled within the New England autumn woods.

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Acoustic Sunrise is Back on WUMB!

Acoustic Sunrise, WUMB’s Sunday morning mix of favorites from vintage to brand-new, has returned to the airwaves, hosted by local folk performer Buffie Groves.  Buffie is bringing “a little bit of everything” to the Acoustic Sunrise playlist, and her strategy for choosing tracks is simple – if she likes it, she’ll play it!  Of course, she hopes that you will like it, too, and along the way she’ll offer background and interesting bits of information that will add to your enjoyment of the songs.

So tune in every Sunday morning from 8 a.m. – noon, or listen live on the Web at wumb.org, and be a part of the Acoustic Sunrise community!

WUMB Announces the first Fall Music Weekend!

WUMB will host the very first Fall Acoustic Music Weekend October 7 – 9 at the Grotonwood Conference Center in Groton, MA.  Join us at this acoustic music retreat nestled within the beautiful New England autumn woods for a full schedule of classes, concerts, and great guided and free-style jam sessions. Pete & Maura Kennedy will help us launch this new venture, joined by fellow instructors Bob Franke, Martin Grosswendt, Lorraine and Bennett Hammond, Sally Rogers and sound guru John Doerschuk.  For over 20 years WUMB has been sponsoring adult Acoustic Music Camps, and we are so excited this year to be able to offer a weekend in the fall.

Come and help us start a new tradition! For all of the details, and to reserve your place, please visit the SAMW Website, or call 617-287-6900.

Visit the new WUMB SAMW Website!

For over 20 years WUMB has been sponsoring adult Acoustic Music Camps.  We began with the Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW), which was so successful that it quickly grew into two weeks each summer!  Then in 2013 we added a Winter Weekend, and are now preparing for its 5th year.  And this year we are launching the first ever Fall Weekend, as the demand for our camps continues to grow within the WUMB and larger folk music community.  The success of these camps continues to be a source of pride and a significant part of the WUMB mission to provide listeners with opportunities to share and enjoy folk and acoustic music in all parts of their lives. Read More…

The WUMB Annual BBQ – Great Food, Great Music and Great Support for WUMB Radio!

On June 12, over 100 listeners and supporters of WUMB gathered at Mother’s Rest on Carson Beach in Dorchester to socialize, eat, and listen to a fantastic concert from Tim O’Brien, the featured performer at this year’s annual WUMB BBQ.  The delicious food was provided by Blue Ribbon BBQ, and though the wind threatened to blow the plates off the tables it was welcome under the bright sunshine.  WUMB staff and announcers mingled with listeners, a very good time was had by all, and proceeds from the event will help to fund programming at WUMB.  Over 50% of WUMB’s operating budget is provided by contributions from listeners, and this year’s BBQ was a terrific way to party with friends while providing essential support for the station.

So watch for next year’s announcement, and get ready to join us for food, fun and terrific music, all in support of WUMB!

Notes from the Program Director

Hello and I hope you’re doing well as we finally head back into warmer climates!  Here are some notes from programming here at WUMB….

I really hope you enjoyed our Day of Dylan this past Tuesday, May 24th.  We put together an entire day of programming to pay tribute to the one and only Bob Dylan.  We got to play an amazing array of covers and originals throughout the day to present a really unique birthday celebration.  It’s support from listeners just like you that allows us to take chances and do something a little outside the box.  So…thank you! Read More…

SAMW is Right Around the Corner

Summer Acoustic Music Week is back and better than ever! In a little over a month, SAMW will be kicking off its 21st year along the beautiful shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Week 1 will go from July 10-16 and week 2 will be August 14-20. Students will be joined by our 14 fabulous teachers as they jam, workshop, collaborate and learn together. This year we also welcome the incredible Hubby Jenkins to the SAMW family. Jenkins will be teaching African American Music, Stories, History and Music of Joe and Odell Thompson on Banjo during week two. No matter your skill or experience, you are guaranteed to have a blast at SAMW and make summer musical memories that will last a lifetime.

Be sure to check out our website, wumb.org/samw/home/ for more information on classes and instructors.

This year’s SAMW has sold out in record time and we couldn’t be happier! Both weeks are now full, but if you missed out on signing up and would like to be placed on the waiting list, call 617-287-6915. Waiting list spots are first come first served basis on availability, and being on the waiting list does not guarantee you a spot at SAMW 2016. But remember, there’s always next year!

General Station Information

Looking for the name of a song?  Visit our Playlist Archives:  http://wumb.org/cgi-bin/playlist1.pl

Wondering how to submit music for airplay?  Email WUMB@UMB.EDU

General Station Inquiries?  Email WUMB@UMB.EDU


The Return of Acoustic Sunrise

Beginning May 1, the much-loved program “Acoustic Sunrise” returns to the airwaves on WUMB, Sunday mornings from 8 AM – noon.  Hosted by local folk musician Buffie Groves, this show will feature a wide range of performers and musical styles, from heritage artists like Robert Johnson and Big Mama Thornton up through the singer-songwriters of the Boomer generation, and all the way to contemporary folk and acoustic musicians who are carrying on these traditions for a modern audience.

Both solo and as the “not David Fishken” half of the duo “Fishken & Groves,” over the past 20 years Buffie has performed, run open mikes, helped run concert series and much more throughout New England.  She is “both humbled and beyond excited to be taking the helm of ‘Acoustic Sunrise’ for WUMB.”  Buffie says, “This is the music that I love, and love to share.  I hope that by putting it together thoughtfully I can give listeners both an enjoyable Sunday morning experience of hearing old favorites along with the opportunity to discover new music and artists to add to their own ‘favorites’ list!”

So tune in for Acoustic Sunrise, Sunday mornings at 8 AM, or listen online at wumb.org!



Programming Changes

As we’re finally getting into May it’s finally starting to feel like Spring around here!  With the change of seasons come some changes in our Programming Department here at WUMB.  These changes will take place on May 1st and beyond.  Here’s an overview of the new additions:

Acoustic Sunrise

We’re bringing back Acoustic Sunrise by popular demand.  Our new host is Buffie Groves and each Sunday she’ll be bringing you four hours of acoustic music from all genres.  You can tune in each Sunday Morning from 8am-12pm.  The debut episode is Sunday

Guest Mix

Guest Mix is FINALLY ready!  Starting May 7th host Dave Palmater will sit down and discuss influences and more with local and national musicians and industry folk.  Basically musicians get to play Guest DJ.  They’ll select songs that have inspired them, songs they wish they had written and much more.  Featured guests include Tom Russell, Mark Erelli, Matt Smith of Club Passim and many more!

Folk Tales

I’m very happy to announce that author/musician Scott Alarik has joined the WUMB Programming Department.  Very shortly we’ll be launching a short series called Folk Tales.  These 2-4 minutes features will spotlight the reach of Folk Music.  Why was Pete Seeger important?  Why is he still important today?  How has Lead Belly influenced the music of Jack White?  What’s the true story behind the legend of Robert Johnson?  Scott will answer these and much more.

Highway 61 Revisited

We have received MANY emails asking for more Highway 61 Revisited.  Many of you have asked us to turn it into a podcast.  While that’s a great idea, right now (for several reasons) it’s just not possible.  We’re now offering up Sunday nights for a second airing of Highway 61 Revisited.  So…if you miss it Saturday Mornings from 8am-12pm you can catch it Sunday evening from 8pm-12am.  Read More…