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


Folk Show Performances
10:33 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Live In Studio: Hayley Reardon

Hayley Reardon & Kate McNally

Singer-songwriter Hayley Reardon recently joined us in the NHPR studios to play some tracks from her new album, Wayfindings. At only seventeen years old, Reardon has already shared the stage with such folk icons as Peter Yarrow & Tom Rush. She has been featured on WBUR Boston & hails from Marblehead, MA.

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Folk Show
10:04 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

NHPR Folk Calendar 5.18.14

Wednesday, May 21

>>>The Press Gang (Irish & Appalachian) at the Skye Theatre ~ Sputh Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445, www.necelticarts.co

Friday, May 23rd

Davey O. and Annalise Emerick, Sunapee Coffeehouse; 7 p.m. http://sunapeecoffeehouse.org/

Tuesday, May 27

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Folk Show
9:32 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 5.18.14

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

I'm Looking For A Song/ Lui Collins/ Baptism Of Fire/ Green Linnet

Like Johnny Loved June Mary Fahl/ Love & Gravity/ Rimar Records

Blue Chalk/ John Gorka/ Between Five And Seven/ Highstreet Records

Company of Friends/ Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt/ For Keeps/ Red House

The Way The Whole Thing Ends/ Gillian Welch/ The Harrow & The Harvest/ Acony Records

Box Canyon Blues/ Philip Gibbs/ Box Canyon Blues/ Philip Gibbs

Checks & Love Letters/ Bernice Lewis/ Checks & Love Letters/ Bernice Lewis

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Folk Show
7:49 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Folk Show Calendar 5.11.14

Wednesday, May 14

>>>Keene World Harmony Chorus at the Unitarian Church ~ Keene, NH ~ 7:30pm ~  www.monadnockfolk.org

>>>Ari & Mia Friedman (Folk:Americana) at the Skye Theatre ~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445, www.necelticarts.com

Friday, May 16

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Folk Show
9:52 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Folk Show Playlist 5.11.14

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Deep Peace/ Donovan/ Sutras/ American WB

Celebration For World Peace/ Do'Ah/ The Early Years/ Rounder Select

Flowers Of Peace/ Pete Seeger & Anne Hills/ Seeds: The Songs Of Pete Seeger, Volume 3/ Appleseed Recordings

Fur Peace Rag/ Jorma Kaukonen/ Stars in My Crown/ Red House

I Look for Peace/ Kathy Lowe/ Above Water/ Kathy Lowe

Make Peace/ Claudia Schmidt/ Promising Sky/ Claudia Schmidt

My Peace/ Work O' The Weavers/ Pete Remembers Woody/ Appleseed Recordings

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Folk Show
9:41 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Folk Show Playlist 5.4.14

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Miner's Child/ Regina Carter/ Southern Comfort/ Sony Masterworks

Out Among the Stars/ Johnny Cash/ Out Among the Stars/ Columbia

My Window Faces the South/ Katie Glassman & Snapshot/ Dream a Little Dream/ Fiddle Parlor Records

Welcome To Boston/ Cosy Sheridan/ Pretty Bird/ Waterbug

He Moved Through the Fair/ Cara Luft/ Darlingford/ Blue Case Tunes

I Had My Heart Set On You/ Emmylou Harris/ Anthology/ Rhino

Little Maggie/ Bradford Bog People/ Fully Peated/ Bradford Bog People

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Folk Show
9:40 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Folk Calendar 5.4.14

Sunday, May 4

>>>Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas at the First Baptist Church ~ Brattleboro, VT ~ 7pm ~  802-257-1571

      Tuesday, May 6

>>>Deadstring Ensemble, PORTSMOUTH BOOK & BAR, 9 p.m.Portsmouth, New Hampshire, US

>>>Bradford Bog People, Chasing Blue, Acousticana and more at Bluegrass on the Bogs, Hanson, MA; www.bluegrassonthebogs.com

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Folk Show
9:47 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 4.27.14

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Edmund Dale/ Carol Langstaff/ What Wonderous Love/ Carol Langstaff

See See Rider/ Regina Carter/ Southern Comfort/ Sony

I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine/ Katie Glassman & Snapshot/ Dream a Little Dream/ Fiddle Parlor Records

Line Drive/ Akira Otsuka/ First Tear/ Patuxent Music

The Loneliest Yodel/  The Piners/ The Piners/ Brick House Music

Rise Out Of The Water/ Cosy Sheridan/ Pretty Bird/ Waterbug

Ode to Sylvia Plath/ West My Friend/ When the Ink Dries/ Grammar Fight Records

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Folk Show
8:37 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

NHPR Folk Calendar

Sunday, April 27

>>>Crossroads at St. Kieran’s Center for the Arts ~ Berlin, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.stkieranarts.org

Monday, April 28

>>>Music from Prince Edward Island w/ Richard Wood, Cynthia McLeod, Gordon Belsher & Caroline Bernard at the Tillotson Center ~ Colebrook, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.gnwca.org  603-246-8998

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Folk Show
9:13 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Folk Show Calendar 4.13.14

Monday, April 14

>>>Brendan Taaffe, solo concert, Friends Meeting House, 7:30, 42 Lebanon Street, Hanover, NH.www.brendantaaffe.com

Wednesday, April 16

>>>Magical Strings at Delrossi’s ~ Dublin, NH ~ 8:00pm ~ 603-563-7195 www.delrossis.com

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Folk Show
9:10 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Folk Show Playlist 4.13.14

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Blue Eyed Boston Boy/ Mark Erelli/ Memorial Hall Recordings/ Signature Sounds

Sail Away/ Malcolm Dalglish and the Oolites/ Pleasure/ Oolitic Music

Bend in the River/ Claudia Schmidt/ Bend in The River Collected Songs/ Red House

In My Time of Dying/ The Rosinators/ The Rosinators/ PDC Music

13 Question Method/ Ry Cooder/ Get Rhythm/ Warner Brothers

Texas Cookin'/ Guy Clark/ Texas Cookin'/ Sugar Hill

Everyday I Write the Book/ Sam Bush with Alison Brown The Other Side of the Mountain/ Compass

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Folk Show
9:10 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 4.6.14

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

The Corrie Man/ Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Abundance Culburnie

Cruel Salt Sea/ Matt and Shannon Heaton/ Tell You in Earnest/ Matt and Shannon Heaton/

The Fisherman/ Leo Kottke/ 6 & 12 String Guitar/ Rhino

The Road Goes on Forever/ David Mallett/ This Town/ Vanguard

The Endless Mile Lui Collins/ Made in New England Molly Gamblin

Don't Look Back/ David Wilcox/ Blaze/ What Are Records

The Mary Ellen Carter/ Dave Rowe Trio/ Three's A Charm/ Dave Rowe Trio

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Folk Show
8:58 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

NHPR Folk Calendar 4.6.14

Wednesday, April 9

>>>Stanley & Grimm  at the Skye Theatre ~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ www.necelticarts.com 207-562-4445

Thursday, April 10

>>>David Wilcox at the Flying Goose Brew Pub ~ New London, NH ~ 8pm

Friday, April 11

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From the Archives
9:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

From The Archives: Arlo Guthrie

Credit Courtesy Adam Adam Hammer via WikiMedia

Alice’s Restaurant was published nearly 30 years ago, the iconic song that gave the album its name is about the goings on at a restaurant owned by Alice and Ray Brock. Around the corner from the restaurant was the Old Trinity Church, which they made into their home. Ten years ago, Kate McNally, host of NHPR’s Folk Show on Sunday nights, spoke with Arlo Guthrie at the Old Trinity Church in Great Barrington, Ma, now site of the Guthrie Center. This week we’ll listen back to her interview with the folk music icon.

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Folk Show
9:09 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 3.30.14

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Time Traveler's Wife/ Kathy Kallick/ Cut to the Chase/ Live Oak Records

Richmond;Greasy coat ; Starvation at Hell Creek/ Ken Kolodner & Elke Baker/ Out of the Wood/ Fenchurch Music

Whippoorwill/ Heather Maloney & Darlingside/ Woodstock/ Signature Sounds

Whippoorwill/ Greg Brown/ The Evening Call/ Red House

Half A Mile/ Karine Polwart/ Traces/ Borealis Records

Summer Song/ Caroline Herring/ Camilla/ Signature Sounds

Crooked Man/ Barley Jacks/ Either Side of Night/ Fiddle Pal

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