Kate McNally

Host, The Folk Show

Kate’s public radio career started at Keene State College as a volunteer DJ with the University’s student run station, WKNH, where she hosted a Sunday afternoon folk music program, Fiddlesticks for six years. In 1986 after graduating, Kate was offered a position with WKNE in Keene where she worked her way to become production coordinator, copywriter, full-time program director and morning drive personality for AM 1290. When WKNE-AM became an automated station, Kate moved on to work for WKXE and WRSI as well as nonprofit work. In 1995, Kate was asked to host The Folk Show on New Hampshire Public Radio. In addition to her studio work, Kate emcees festivals and concerts throughout the Northeast. Kate works full-time at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene as Coordinator of the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities and teaches radio broadcasting at Keene State College as an adjunct faculty member of the Communications Department.


The Folk Show Program Page

Ways To Connect

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

The Borderline/ Harpeth Rising/ Shifted/ Harpeth Rising

My Friend Buddy/ Natalie MacMaster/ No Boundaries/ Rounder

Rock Of Ages/ Terry Kitchen/ The Post-American Century/ Terry Kitchen

Isaac Woodard's Eyes/ Angela Easterling/ Common Law Wife/ De L'Est

Fired Up!/ Holly Near/ And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection / Calico Tracks

I'm My Own Grandpa (Featuring Riders in the Sky)/ Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer/ Dancin' in the Kitchen/ Community Music

Every Monday

>>>Wild Eagles Blues Jam at the Stone Church ~ Newmarket, NH ~ 7:30pm ~ www.stonechurchrocks.com

Every Tuesday

>>>Bluegrass Jam at the Stone Church ~ Newmarket, NH ~ 9pm ~ www.stonechurchrocks.com           

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

My America/ Erik Balkey/ Everything is Great/ Erik Balkey

Gold Watch & Chain;Gospel Ship/ Harvey Reid/ The Autoharp Waltz/ Woodpecker Records

Where the Cane Fires Burn/ Gordon Bok/ In Concert/ Timberhead

Two Horses/ Jefferson Ross/ Isle of Hope/ Jefferson Ross

Orion's Belt/ John McCutcheon/ 22 Days/ Appalsongs

Liza Jane;Sandy Boys; Hangman's/ Ken Kolodner & Brad Kolodner/ Otter Creek/ Fenchurch Music

Forty-five Years/ Stan Rogers/ Fogarty's Cove/ Fogarty's Cove

Monday, September 28

>>>Oran Mor at Ri Ra ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7pm ~ 603-319-1680, www.rira.com/portsmouth/

>>>The Fretless at One Longfellow Square ~ Portland, ME ~ 7:30pm ~ 207-761-1757, https:///onelongfellowsquare.com


Tuesday, September 29

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Jenny Come In/ Joan Shelley/ Over and Even/ No Quarter

Don't It Get Trouble in Your Mind/ Dubl Handi/ Morning in a New Machine/ Dubl Handi

High On A Mountain/ Roy Schneider/ Ten From The Pen/ Shiny Gnu Records

Sweet Rains Of Amber/ Corinne West/ Starlight Highway/ Make Records

Gracie Blue/ Nikki Talley/ Out from the Harbor/ Nikki Talley

Miles Weatherhill and Sara Bell/ Hannah Sanders/ Charms Against Sorrow/ Sungrazing Records

No Way to Treat a Friend/ Archie Fisher/ A Silent Song/ Red House


Thursday, September 24

>>>Joan Armatrading at the Music Hall ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7:30pm ~  www.themusichall.org 603-436-2400

>>>Pierre Bensusan at Red & Shorty’s ~ Dover, NH ~ 8pm ~ www.elysiumarts.com

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Brea's Waltz/ Trip To Nelson/  The Winding Road/ Trip to Nelson

Early Morning Rain/ Tony Rice/ Tony Rice Sings Gordon Lightfoot/ Rounder

Cathcart; Leire's Welcome to Cozac/ Katie McNally/ Flourish/ Katie McNally

Everybody's Cryin' Mercy/ Brother Sun/ Some Part of the Truth/ Brother Sun Music

Wondering Where the Lions Are/ Bruce Cockburn Anything Anytime Anywhere/ Rounder

Shady Glen/ Donna Ulisse/ The Songwriter in Me A. Double Nine Inc.


Tuesday, September 15

>>>Two Old Friends ~  Sunset Sail ~ Music on the Piscataqua; http://www.gundalow.org/special-sails-music-on-the-piscataqua/

Wednesday, September 16

Wednesday, September 9

>>>Della Mae at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH  ~ 7pm ~ 603-436-2848,www.prescottpark.org

Thursday, September 10

>>>Drowned Valley ~  Sunset Sail ~ Music on the Piscataqua;http://www.gundalow.org/special-sails-music-on-the-piscataqua/

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

What Fortunes Guide A Sailor/ Matthew Byrne/ Hearts & Heroes/ Matthew Byrne

The Banks of Primroses/ Hannah Sanders and Liz Simmons/ Recorded at NHPR Hannah Sanders and Liz Simmons

Northern Spy/ Low Lily/ Low Lily/ Low Lily

Skagway 1895/ Adam Michael Rothberg/ Soul Of A Man/ AMR Music

Government On Horseback/ Si Kahn/ Thanksgiving/ Strictly Country

Workin'/ Tim O'Brien/ Chicken & Egg/ 100% WOMON

The Power And The Glory/ Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer/ Drum Hat Buddha/ Signature Sounds

Sept. 7

31st Annual Bread & Roses Festival with Bread and Puppet Theater, Squeezebox Stompers, Si Kahn, Los Sugar Kings, juggling and more On the Lawrence Common; ~ Lawrence, MA

 www.breadandrosesheritage.org  978-309-9740

Sept. 18-20

NH Highland Games & Festival ~ Lincoln, NH

At Loon Mountain www.nhscot.org 603-229-1975

Blackjack Crossing, an NH/VT collaboration,  joined Kate McNally in the studio with some music and conversation.

Wednesday, September 2

>>>Josh Ritter at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH  ~ 7pm ~ 603-436-2848, www.prescottpark.org


Thursday, September 3

>>>Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray at the Town Hall ~ Nelson, NH ~ 7:30pm ~  www.monadnockfolk.org

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Red Rocking Chair/ Dubl Handi/ Morning in a New Machine/ Dubl Handi

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ Tony Trischka/ Great Big World/ Rounder

Farewell Until Tomorrow/ Robbie O'Connell/ The Burren Backroom Series/ Backroom Productions

Dead Egyptian Blues/ Michael P. Smith/ Love Letter On A Fish - Live At Tales From The Tavern Too/ The Tavern Too

Old Ties and Companions/ Mandolin Orange/ Such Jubilee/ Yep Roc Records

You Were on My Mind This Morning/ Hot Rize/ When I'm Free/ Ten In Hand Records

Wednesday, August 26

>>>Matthew Byrne at One Longfellow Square ~ Portland, ME ~ 7pm ~ www.matthewbyrne.net 207-761-1757 www.necelticarts.com


Thursday, August 27

August 26-29

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival ~ Litchfield, ME

www.blisteredfingers.com 207-873-6539

Performers include:Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Monadnock, Nothin’ Fancy, The Zola Boys, The Bluegrass Diamonds, Zink & Company, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Volume Five, The Gibson Brothers, Blistered Fingers

August 28-30

The American Folk Festival ~ Bangor, ME

On the Waterfront www.americanfolkfestival.com

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Chairs Around The Table/ High Range/ Beyond The Foothills/ Rural Roots Records

The Persecution And Restoration Of Dean Moriarty/ Aztec Two-Step/ Aztec Two-Step/ Elektra

The Water Boiling Machine/ Troy MacGillivray/ Tune Poets/ Trolleymac Music

Mother Earth/ Tom Rush/ The Very Best Of Tom Rush: No Regrets Columbia, Legacy

This is the Last Time/ Jim Lauderdale / The Bluegrass Diaries/ Yep Roc Records

The Order of Canada/ Andrea Beaton/ License to Drive 'Er/ Andrea Beaton

Matthew Byrne grew up in a family steeped in traditional music in Newfoundland. Matthew stopped by on his tour through the States.

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Pretty Polly/ Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn/ Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn/ New Rounder

Railroad Boy/ Nikki Talley/ Out from the Harbor/ Nikki Talley

My Old Man/ Garnet Rogers/ Summer's End/ Snow Goose Songs

Please Remember This/ Johnsmith/ The Longing Road/ johnsmith

Main Street/ Missy Werner/ Turn This Heart Around/ Missy Werner Music

Down In A Hole/ Decatur Creek/ Decatur Creek/ Decatur Creek

Rock Me (Divine Mother)/ Ana Egge/ Bright Shadow/ Grace Parkinsong

Mandolin Orange, a duo from North Carolina, took a break from their cross-country tour to visit with the Folk Show's Kate McNally.

Tuesday, August 18

>>>Sir James Galway & Tim Janis at the Music Hall ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 8pm ~ 603-436-2400, www.themusichall.org

>>>Heather Pierson Trio at Deertrees Theatre ~ Harrison, ME ~ 7:30pm ~ 207-583-6747, www.deertrees-theatre.org

August 26-29

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival ~ Litchfield, ME

www.blisteredfingers.com 207-873-6539

Performers include:Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Monadnock, Nothin’ Fancy, The Zola Boys, The Bluegrass Diamonds, Zink & Company, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Volume Five, The Gibson Brothers, Blistered Fingers

August 28-30

The American Folk Festival ~ Bangor, ME

On the Waterfront www.americanfolkfestival.com

August 14 & 15

Peacham Acoustic Music Festival ~ Peacham, VT


Performers include: Molly O’Brien & Rich Moore, Skip Gorman, Catamount Crossing, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Pete’s Posse, Adina Gordon, Green Mountain Playboys,  Village Harmony, The Sky Blue Boys, Chickweed, The Bayley-Hazen Boys and Alan Greenleaf.

August 16th

Fix Your Hair the Way You Used To/ Bill Morrissey/ Something I Saw or Thought I Saw/ Philo

Reason To Believe / The Henry Girls/ Louder Than Words/ Beste! Unterhlatung

How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away/ Dan Hicks/ Alive & Lickin'/ Surfdog Records

Back in Nagasaki/ Ellen Carlson/ People I Play With/ Ellen Carlson

Paper Cranes/ Danny Schmidt/ Owls/ Live Once Records

Peace/ Sweet Honey In The Rock/ Selections 1976-1988/ Flying Fish

Peace & Plenty/ Burning Bridget Cleary/ Everything Is Alright/ Bridget Cleary

Monday, August 10

>>>Pat O’Brien at factory Court ~ Rochester, NH ~ 11:45 am ~ Bring your own chair & picnic lunch.

                                                    Tuesday, August 11

>>> Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn, Shaskeen Pub, Manchester, NH brownpaperticket.com

Wednesday, August 12

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

I Remember America/ Dave Crossland Mother Country/ Folk Era

The Girl in the Pearl Earring/ Old Man Luedecke/ Domestic Eccentric/ True North

The Ballad Of The Lazy Susan And The Dumbwaiter/ Katie Dahl/ Ordinary Band/ Waterbug

This Train Rolls By/ Woody Pines/ Woody Pines/ Muddy Roots Music Recordings

My Dear Companion/ Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer/ Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie/ Compass

This Old Guitar/ Jonathan Edwards/ Tomorrow's Child/ Rising Records


Monday, August 3

>>>Dallahan at One Longfellow Square ~ Portland, NH ~ 7:30pm ~ 207-761-1757, www.necelticarts.com

Wednesday, August 5

>>>Dallahan at the Deertrees Theatre ~ Harrison, ME ~ 7:30pm ~ www.deertrees-theatre.org 207-583-6747

Thursday, August 6