Folk Music

Giving Matters
12:21 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Giving Matters: Keeping Music Alive Through The Generations

The Monadnock Folklore Society is the steward of New Hampshire’s musical and dance heritage. Samuel Foucher, who is 17, received a scholarship from the Society to study with legendary contra dance piano and accordion player Bob McQuillen. McQuillen, who died in February, 2014 at the age of 90.

 

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Word of Mouth
2:40 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Actor John C. Reilly Takes A Musical Turn - Meet 'John Reilly And Friends'

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“The world is a richer place when we encourage artistic expression in everybody, not just in very well-known, public figures, but in our everyday lives.”

From old sea songs to back-porch tunes, America’s folk music is as diverse as those who play it. Playing in theaters in Somerville, Massachusetts and back seats of Black Cabs in London, John Reilly and Friends have brought bluegrass music to the world in a whole different way. We spoke to John C. Reilly, actor and musician, and felt the need to spread his band’s music far and wide!

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Word of Mouth
2:39 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

2.5.15: Robots & Fast Food, John C. Reilly Explores His Inner Folk Musician, & The Uncommon Core

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From hospitals to auto-plants, robotics has been embraced by many fields, making work environments safer and more efficient. On today’s show we look to the fast food industry and ask the question: would people eat burgers made by a robot?

And, he may be best known as a film actor, but John C. Reilly can add another role to his resume: folk singer. Later in the show we’ll talk to Reilly about his latest adventures in music.

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Folk Show Performances
9:26 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Live In Studio: Joe Crookston

Kate McNally & Joe Crookston

Joe Crookston stopped by our studios to play live on The Folk Show.

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Folk Show Performances
9:06 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Live In Studio: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Married banjo greats Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn recently visited us to perform live in Studio D for The Folk Show. Check out the video of their performance.

Folk Show Performances
10:06 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Live In Studio: Rise!

Rise! at NHPR
Credit Kate McNally

The bluegrass fusion sextet Rise! recently joined us to perform live in Studio D. Listen to their performance here, and check out the band's Facebook page for more photos of the band in studio.

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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
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

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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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All Things Considered
6:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Remembering Bob McQuillen, An "Old-Fashioned Contra Dance Piano Player"

Bob McQuillen at home in Peterborough
Susanna Bolle Flickr Creative Commons

Earlier this week New Hampshire’s contra dance community said goodbye to one of its most celebrated musicians and writers.

Bob McQuillen died Tuesday following a stroke. He was 90 years old.

McQuillen - sometimes called “Mac” or “Mr. Mack” – Among those contribitions: writing thousands of tunes. And as he noted on NHPR in 2002, many of them were written for – and named for - individuals:

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From the Archives
9:09 am
Fri February 7, 2014

From the Archives: Bob McQuillen

Bob McQuillen composed and performed contra dances for over 60 sixty years throughout New England. The Peterborough resident passed away on Tuesday after suffering a stroke over the weekend.

McQuillen spoke with NHPR's John Walters on the Front Porch shortly after being awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Folk Show Performances
10:55 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Live In Studio: Meg Hutchinson

Meg (and Austin) in studio
Credit Kate McNally

Meg Hutchinson stopped by to play some tunes from her latest album, Beyond That.

Since the release of her Red House Records debut Come Up Full in 2008, she has won high praise for her songwriting and has been featured on NPR Music and the syndicated show Mountain Stage. Publications like The Winnipeg Free Press have compared her songwriting with that of veterans Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joni Mitchell. Meg grew up in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.

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Folk Show Performances
11:29 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Live In Studio: Keith Murphy, Randy Miller, Lydia ievins & Andrea Larson

Credit Kate McNally

Kate's in-studio guests on Sunday were Keith Murphy, Randy Miller, Lydia ievins and Andrea Larson.

They are all appearing at the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro on January 25th, in addition to many other local performances.

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Giving Matters
12:48 am
Sat December 28, 2013

North Country Natives Celebrate Culture Through Music

Chris Jensen NHPR

 The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts enriches north country life by bringing authentic music and culture to local venues. Quebec native, Alice Carlson, grew up listening to traditional folklore music.

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Folk Show Performances
9:01 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Live In Studio: Tom Rush

Credit Kate McNally

Tom Rush stopped by the NHPR studios to talk with Kate & play live.

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Folk Show Performances
9:29 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Live In Studio: The Hardtacks

Credit Courtesy of the band

The Hardtacks brought their Civil War sound to NHPR's studios this past Sunday.

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Folk Show Performances
9:21 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Live In Studio: The Christmas Revels

Lotus Wight, Pete Sutherland and Sheesham Crow of The Revels
Credit Kate McNally

Lotus Wight, Pete Sutherland and Sheesham Crow of The Christmas Revels recently joined Kate to perform live in NHPR's studios.

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Folk Show Performances
1:36 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Live In Studio: Tara Greenblatt Band

The Tara Greenblatt Band recently stopped by the NHPR studios to perform live for The Folk Show. Hear the full performance here:

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Folk Show Performances
11:36 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Live In Studio: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Matt and Shannon Heaton and three year old son Nigel, with Folk Show host Kate McNally

Matt & Shannon Heaton joined Kate in studio on Sunday. The Boston-based duo play traditional and updated Irish music on flute, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, and voices.

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Folk Show Performances
9:26 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Live In Studio: Leslie Vogel And Fred Simmons Of Folksoul

Leslie Simmons and Fred Vogel of Folksoul
Credit Kate McNally / NHPR

The Folksoul Band creates new music from old traditions, combining horns, vocals, wild rhythms, and New Orleans Mardi Gras spirit to create music for celebration and dancing. A seven piece group, they also work in smaller ensembles, sometimes as Lunatic Fringe or as The Folksoul Ensemble.

Two members, Leslie Vogel and Fred Simmons, stopped by the Folk Show to play in the studio and talk about their upcoming Folksoul Festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., August 18th, in Greenfield NH.

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Folk Show Performances
10:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Live In Studio: Sattuma

Credit Sattuma via Facebook

"Sattuma" translated from Finnish means "hitting the mark" as well as "chance, happenstance". Sattuma is one of the most well-known folk bands to hail from Karelia - the republic shared by Russia and Finland.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 29, 2013

North Country Natives Celebrate Culture Through Music

Chris Jensen/NHPR

 The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts enriches north country life by bringing authentic music and culture to local venues. Quebec native, Alice Carlson, grew up listening to traditional folklore music.

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Folk Show Performances
12:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Live In Studio: Bill Staines

Folk Show host Kate McNally with Bill Staines

Bill Staines joined Kate in studio on Sunday, June 17th, for a one-on-one interview and live performance.

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Folk Show Performances
9:54 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Decatur Creek

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Doug Farrell, Steve Dionne, and Jack Carlton are each accomplished NH musicians, singer/songwriters, and performers who together make up Decatur Creek. They joined Kate in the studio on Sunday night.

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Folk Show Performances
7:00 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Live In Studio: Brendan Carey Block

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Local traditional and non-traditional fiddle virtuoso Brendan Carey Block joined Kate in studio. Brendan plays solo, as well as with the Boston-based band Annalivia.

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Folk Show Performances
7:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Live In Studio: Jake Armerding

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Joining Kate in studio, Boston-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jake Armerding. Jake has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox and Toad the Wet Sprocket. His new album, Cosmos in the Chaos, comes out March 19th.

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Folk Show Performances
9:18 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Bennett And Perkins

Bennett and Perkins - the White Mountains duo of Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins - joined Kate in the studio to discuss their second album, House On Fire, and to play selections from the album.

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Folk Show Interviews
3:11 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire

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Kate was in studio with conductor Michael Vose and the Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire, a group seeking to preserve and promote Scottish culture through the playing of traditional Scottish music.

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Folk Show Performance
11:20 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Folk Show Interview: Cosy Sheridan

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Cosy Sheridan joins Kate McNally live in the NHPR studio.

Folk Show
2:00 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

In-Studio Performance: Bob McCarthy

Folk Performer Bob McCarthy strums his guitar during a performance.

Bob McCarthy joins Kate McNally at NHPR for an in-studio performance. More about Bob McCarthy.

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