WUMB October Program Guide

WUMB Acoustic Music Camps

Winter Acoustic Music Weekend is right around the corner!

Still looking for a last minute gift to give someone?  Looking for a retreat after a taxing holiday season?

WUMB will host the fifth annual Winter Acoustic Music Weekend, February 17-19, 2017, at Camp Grotonwood in Groton, MA.  Send someone you love to this “hands on” New England acoustic music retreat where they will enjoy a full schedule of classes, concerts, and great guided and freestyle jams sessions, plus the camaraderie of spending a weekend with fellow folk enthusiast and world class players and instructors.

Lodging and meals are included.  The camp is in a beautifully wooded area about an hour northwest of downtown Boston.  The food is hearty and the desserts are legendary!

For all the details and to reserve your gift,  visit wumb.org/samw or call 617-287-6915

WUMB’s Winter Acoustic Music Weekend Registration is Now Open!

Winter Acoustic Music Weekend

February 17 – 19, 2017
Groton, Massachusetts

Featuring: Scott Ainslie, John Doerschuk,
Cliff Eberhardt, Lorraine Hammond,
Bennett Hammond, Stuart Kenny, Pam Weeks
and TJ Wheeler!

Jug Band, Cajun, Blues, Singing, Songwriting, Performance,
Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin and More!!


A WUMB-FM sponsored, hands-on winter weekend of acoustic music immersion for pickers, performers, singers and songwriters. Come for classes, faculty concerts, student concerts, guided jams, informal jams, inspiration, camaraderie and warmth!

Fees and Payment:

– 2 person shared room w/private bath $525 Member/$575 Non-Member
-2 person shared room w/shared bathroom $450 Member/$500 Non-Member
-You may reserve a spot with a $200 deposit
-Final payments due no later than January 15th
To reserve your spot call 617-287-6915 or visit the SAMW website

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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SAMW 20th Anniversary Gala- The Secret Is Out!

We’ve had to keep it under wraps until today, but I am very pleased to announce that the SAMW 20th Anniversary Gala special musical guest will be…The David Bromberg Quintet, which includes our very own Mark Cosgrove!!!

The Gala is being planned to honor the founders of Summer Acoustic Music Week, (SAMW), – Dick Pleasants, Lorraine Hammond and Bob Franke. The event will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Quincy, MA on September 26th and will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and concert. All proceeds will go to benefit SAMW and WUMB.

Tickets are on sale, and will be available to past SAMW attendees and current WUMB Members for the first 48hours at a discounted rate. On July 3rd, ticket prices will increase.

There are only 300 tickets available, and we anticipate they will go fast, so don’t wait!

You may purchase tickets here or for more information you may also call 617-287-6915.

I look forward to seeing you at the Gala!

Patty Domeniconi
Camp Director, SAMW
General Manager, WUMB

Summer Acoustic Music Week’s 20th Anniversary

SAMW Gala Fundraising Challenge


We met our $12,500 challenge!!
We are grateful to each of you for your contribution to the WUMB/SAMW Gala Fund, and delighted that those dollars will be doubled. Thank you for your generosity, and for your commitment to both the radio station and the Summer Acoustic Music Week programs.

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New Releases

Isn’t it ironic that this long cruel Winter (which took forever) is finally over and already Spring is flying by?  As I’m writing this we’re looking ahead to May, which in turn, leads to the Summer.  So far 2015 has been tremendous for new music and I can’t see why it won’t stay the course or perhaps get even better!  Here are some new releases that just came out over the last few weeks.  If you missed them, give them a listen and see what you think!

Calexico Edge of the Sun.  It’s hard to believe this group started off as an all instrumental group.  Founding member Joey Burns has done an amazing job of blending the Tex/Mex sound they’re known for along with keeping the group contemporary.  This is another solid release from Calexico.

Tom Russell The Rose of Roscrae.  Speaking of Tex/Mex, nobody does it better than Tom Russell.  In essence this is a double disc Cowboy/Folk opera featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Ramblin’ Jack and more.  What could be cooler than that?

Mavis Staples Your Good Fortune.  This is a new EP from Mavis.  The last couple of releases she’s teamed with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco as Producer.  This time she’s got young artist Son Little producer for her.  Read More…

Summer Acoustic Music Week 2015

SAMW 2015 has sold out in record time!  If you were not able to reserve your space, there is a waiting list.  Wait-list reservations are on a first come, first serve basis, and are not guaranteed if you are listed.  If you have any questions, please contact Patty at 617-287-6915.

SAMW 20th Anniversary Gala

In case you missed the news, WUMB will be hosting a Gala to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Summer Acoustic Music Week

The Gala is a benefit for WUMB to help the station continue with community initiatives such as SAMW, and to ensure that we can maintain the radio programming you count on.  We hope to have all of the expenses for the Gala underwritten in advance.  This is where you come in.

We have already received a $12,500 matching grant from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  We must receive donations that total this generous amount in order to take full advantage of the pledge.  (We have raised a total of $3,375 so far).  If you make a donation right now, in any amount, it will be matched with this grant.  We will, of course, thank you in the printed program for the event, (if you wish), and as with any contribution to WUMB, your donation is tax deductible up to the amount allowed by law.

The Gala offers us a rare opportunity both to raise additional funds for WUMB, as we look to the future of our unique brand of music programming, and to create a vision for the next twenty years of WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patty at the station.  We look forward to hearing from you and send our best wishes for a year filled with good health, wonderful music and great happiness.


Warm Regards,

Lorraine Hammond
Music Director, Summer Acoustic Music Week

Patty Domeniconi
General Manager,WUMB
Camp Director, Summer Acoustic Music Week


Summer Acoustic Music Week-20th Anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW).   We kicked off the celebration on January 10th with a stunning concert with Kate Campbell here at the UMass Boston Campus, and our annual reunion on January 11th.  This coming year will be jam packed with fun activities on and off campus, leading up to our weeks at Geneva Point Center this summer.   Bennett Hammond has been writing a blog of SAMW memories from the past 20 years.  You can check it out on the SAMW homepage!

Registration is now open for SAMW, and we only have a couple of spots left for WAMW!  You can register here.

To stay informed about SAMW happenings, be sure to register for the SAMW ListServ.  For instructions, please email samw@umb.edu

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the SAMW 20th Anniversary celebration!








Perry’s Choice for Album of the Year

I’d like to thank Mrs. Wolf, my 8th grade History teacher.  It would be weeks after the term before I realized she had been giving lectures.  I had thought she was telling stories of the events in our textbooks.  Who knew they could be both?Because of Mrs. Wolf’s ability to give lectures like stories, I grew up liking History. If you are both a fan of history and a music fan, you might find the new release by Nell Robinson pretty fascinating.  As soon as I heard the story behind the album, I was hooked…without having heard a note.  Nell has been able to trace her family’s history of service in wars for 250 years.  Read More…