WUMB May Program Guide

Programming Highlights

July Program Highlights

Acoustic Sunrise
7/2 – Birthday tribute for Nanci Griffith plus a new release from Bruce Robison
7/9 – Lots of birthday tributes including Woody Guthrie, Roger McGuin and more
7/16 – A special tribute to Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs along with new music from Steve Earle
7/23 – A birthday tribute to Alison Krauss, Steve Goodman and singer songwriter John Gorka
7/30 – Birthday tributes to Folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and singer-songwriter Richard Shindell

Celtic Twilight
7/2 – Songs of Irish Independence. Irish songs have become part of America’s dream of independence
7/9 – Altan, Danu and Maura O’Connell among others. And local artists whom you might know
7/16 – We salute Cara Dillon, Northern Ireland songstress and songwriter in trad style
7/23 – We celebrate the 30th anniversary release of Mary Black’s stellar album, By The Time It Gets Dark.
7/30 – Masters of the Celtic Harp: we showcase some of the best Harpers such as William Jackson Read More…

June Program Highlights

Acoustic Sunrise
6/4 – Birthdays for Kasey Chambers and Slaid Cleaves. New releases from Jason Isbell and more
6/11 – Birthdays for David Gray and Iain Matthews. Live in studio session from Alastair Moock
6/18 – Birthdays for Patty Larkin, Mark Erelli and Kathy Mattea. Live session from The Steel Wheels
6/25 – Birthday tribute to Dave Van Ronk. A live in studio session from Tom Rush.

Celtic Twilight
6/4 – Spotlighting Kevin Burke. He is one of the finest fiddlers in traditional music
6/11 – Celebrating the birthday of Andy Irvine, Irish folk musician, founding member of Planxty
6/18 – Father’s Day! We honor the dads who have recorded albums with their daughters
6/25 – Masters of the accordion. We showcase the expertise of John Whelan, Mick McAuley and the legendary, Jackie Daly. Read More…

May Program Highlights

5/6 – Punch Brothers’ banjo player Noam Pikelny with his latest Universal Favorite. Also The Lee Boys.
5/13 – Mother-and-son folk duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear.  Also Lindi Ortega performs.
5/20 – Live music from singer/songwriter and musical powerhouse Aoife O’Donovan
5/27 – Two-time Grammy Award winner, and legendary singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell

Highway 61
5/6 – Birthday nods go to Donovan and Dave Mason
5/13 – Albert will say Happy Birthday to Steve Winwood and Jack Bruce
5/20 – Highway 61’s annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration including music from Bob plus tons of covers!
5/27 – Albert will say Happy Birthday to the late Levon Helm and also John Fogerty from CCR. Read More…

April Program Highlights

Highway 61
4/1 Birthday nods and lots of music from Richard Thompson and Eric Clapton
4/8 Albert will feature an all instrumental Highway 61…nothing but instrumentals!
4/15 Albert will say Happy Birthday to Lowell George and Producer Paul Rothchild
4/22 a special tribute to Sandy Denny who passed away this week in 1978
4/29 a 4 hour celebration for Judy Collins and Pete Seeger Read More…

March Program Highlights

3/4 – Calexico and Ray Wylie Hubbard
3/11 – David Bromberg and Jonatha Brooke
3/18 – Bob Schneider and Joan Shelley
3/25 – Colin Hay and Doyle Bramhall II

Highway 61
3/4 Townes Van Zandt/Lou Reed
3/11 James Taylor/Phil Lesh
3/18 Fred Neil/John Sebastian
3/25 Elton John

Folk Tales
3/4 The Carter Family, Dave Van Ronk, Bessie Smith
3/11 Mississippi John Hurt, House of the Rising Sun, Woody Guthrie
3/18 Scott Alarik’s favorite Folk Tales so far….
3/25 TBA Read More…

February Program Highlights

2/5 We will visit in northern South America, arriving in the musical powerhouse of Colombia
2/12 Music from Venezuela and to the East as far as Guiana
2/19 We jump off into the Caribbean to Trinidad and Tobago, and on to the north
2/26 Warm weather today as we travel up into the amazing music of the Caribbean

Local Folk
2/4 Jay Psaros live in studio at 7pm
2/11 Author Cliff Murphy joins us to discuss the history of New England country music
2/18 Local Love (and Anti-Love) Songs for Valentine’s Day
2/25 Music from Lula Wiles, Jeffery Foucault, Lisa Bastoni, and more

Highway 61
2/4 Graham Nash/Tom Rush/Al Kooper
2/11 Tim Buckley/Eric Andersen
2/18 Buffy Sainte-Marie/Randy California
2/25 George Harrison/Johnny Cash

Live at WUMB
2/3 Barnstar!
2/21 Lisa Hannigan
2/23 Dead Man Winter (Dave Simonette of Trampled By Turtles)
2/24 Rose Cousins

Acoustic Sunrise
2/5 Birthday nods to Bill Staines, Eva Cassidy and more
2/12 Birthday celebrations for Carole King, Josh White, Priscilla Herdman
2/19 Music from Frazey Ford, Chris Thile and more
2/26 Birthdays for Ralph Stanley, Johnny Cash, John Fahey Read More…

January Programming Highlights

Dixie Bee Line
1/7 Deep catalogue Hillbilly from Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, and many more.
1/14 Blurring the lines between Blues and Country: A.P. Carter, Doc & Merle Watson, and more


1/8 A visit to Brazil, with some classics as well as new artists from Rio and Sao Paulo
1/15 Argentina w/ music from the new Tango scene, along with Astor Piazzolla
1/22 Music from Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile with a special visit to the folk traditions of the Andes
1/29 We travel up the west coast of South America to Peru and Ecuador
Local Folk
1/7 New music from Ali McGuirk, Chuck McDermott, and more
1/14 Dennis Brennan joins us live in studio
1/21 Favorite songs of 2016, as picked by local musicians
1/28 An exploration of the South Shore music scene, plus more Local Folk favorites
Highway 61
1/7 Albert will say Happy Birthday to Joan Baez, Sandy Denny and David Bowie
1/14 Birthday nods to the legendary Allen Toussaint and Mick Taylor
1/21 Albert will celebrate the birthday anniversary of Richie Havens and Janis Joplin
1/28 The much requested “Long Songs, Part 2”. Nothing but long songs throughout the show!

Live at WUMB
1/11 Girls, Guns & Glory 2:30pm
1/12 Catie Curtis 11am
1/18 Liv Taylor 1pm
1/20 Lisa Bastoni
1/24 Joan Shelley
1/26 The Devil Makes Three 4pm
1/27 The Band of Heathens 4pm Read More…

December Programming Highlights

Daily Dylan

Week of 12/5  a week long look at some of Dylan’s best live performances

Week of 12/12  a week long look at Dylan in the 90’s

Week of 12/19  All holiday selections from Dylan

Week of 12/26  selections from John Wesley Harding, released this week in 1967

Dixie Bee Line

12/3      Hank Sr. at the Opry, John Hartford’s golden era, Hillbillies who failed to rock, and deep catalog rockabilly

12/10    A special “Best Of”

12/17    Merle Haggard, Merle Travis, Merle Watson… and a whole radio show from Hank Williams, Sr.

12/24   The Dixie Bee Line Annual Hillbilly Christmas Extravaganza

Celtic Twilight

12/4     Kate Rusby wonderful UK trad singer celebrates a birthday

12/11    Twin Sets! Lots of duets! Fiddle & flute, accordion & fiddle, banjo & box, pipes and more

12/18    Celebrating the legendary piper Willie Clancy and birthday girl Maggie Boyle

12/25    Xmas songs In the Celtic tradition.


12/4  Travels in Italy and Greece sampling all sorts of traditional and contemporary music

12/11 Music of Turkey, home of some of the most interesting traditionally based new music in Europe

12/18  Travels in the Balkans, where we find all sorts of amazingly unique sounds, particularly in Bulgaria and Hungary. Of course we’ll sample some holiday music from all over the world, too.

Local Folk

12/3   Local collaborations featuring Ian Fitzgerald w/Smith & Weeden and Ruby Rose Fox w/Nate Leavitt

12/10   Fundraiser special

12/17   Worcester singer/songwriter James Keyes live in studio

12/24   Local favorites from Mark Erelli, Tim Gearan, Jesse Dee, and more

12/31    Counting down the top 10 Local Folk releases of 2016

Highway 61

12/3    Birthday nods to Chris Hillman and JJ Cale

12/10  Albert will celebrate birthdays for Dan Hicks, Jim Morrison and Gregg Allman

12/17   Paul Butterfield and Phil Ochs would have celebrated birthdays….their music is featured

12/24  Highway 61’s Annual Christmas show!

12/31   Birthday nods to Rick Danko and Odetta

Live at WUMB

12/6 Adam Ezra 2:30pm

Acoustic Sunrise

12/4    Birthday celebration for Jeff Black and Kate Rusby

12/11   Host Buffie Groves will celebrate Cosy Sheridan’s birthday

12/18  Birthday celebration for the late Phil Ochs

12/25  All Acoustic Christmas!

Spinning The Blues

12/3   New music from Rory Block.  Blues Birthdays for Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Richard

12/10  Birthday celebrations for Big Mama Thornton and Junior Wells

12/17   Birthday celebrations for James Booker, Paul Butterfield and Professor Longhair

12/24  Xmas and Holiday Blues as well as Birthday nods to Joe Louis Walker and Tracy Nelson

Guest Mix

12/3  Brian Caroll of the blog Red Line Roots

12/10 Singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale

12/17 Local favorite Antje Duvekot

12/24 Christian McNeill

12/31 Local singer-songwriter Kerri Powers Read More…

November Programming Highlights

Daily Dylan
Monday –Friday 5:30p

Week of 11/1 – Good as I Been To You was released this week in 1992
Week of 11/7 – Dylan’s highest charting songs ever
Week of 11/14 – Dylan’s Greatest Hits Volume 2 was released this week in 1971
Week of 11/21 Selections from the Last Waltz which was recorded this week in 1976
Week of 11/28 Some of Bob’s most memorable collaborations

World Café
Monday – Friday 10pm – Midnight

11/1 – John Paul White
11/2 – DJ Shadow
11/3 – Darlingside
11/4 – Bob Weir

Folk Tales
Saturday 7a-8a

11/5 Elizabeth Cotton, Celtic Music and the story of Yankee Doodle are all topics

Highway 61 Revisited
Saturday 8a-Noon
Repeats Sunday 8p-Midnight

11/5 Birthday celebrations for Gram Parsons & Joni Mitchell
11/12 a huge Birthday celebration for Neil Young!
11/19 Birthday nods to Gene Clark & Gordon Lightfoot
11/26 Birthday nods to Jimi Hendrix & John Mayall

Local Folk
Saturday Noon-2p

11/5 New bluegrass from groups like Cold Chocolate, Damn Tall Buildings, and Lula Wiles
11/12 Third Thursdays preview with music from Samantha Farrell, Ian Fitzgerald, and Miss Tess
11/19 Music from Mark Erelli, Jeffrey Foucault, and Will Dailey
11/26 Music from Chris Smither, Peter Wolf, and Dennis Brennan Read More…

October Programming Highlights

Guest Mix

10/8 – Darrell Scott

10/15 – Lori McKenna

10/22 – Dietrich Strause

American Routes

10/9 – How Blue Can You Get?: Howard Tate and Lyle Lovett

10/16 – Home Grown Soul: Booker T. Jones & Jimmy Hughes

10/23 – From Backroads to Backatown: Drive-By Truckers and Trombone Shorty

10/30 – Halloween Special Read More…