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The Folk Music Hour

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The Folk Music Hour-02-08-2020 Live Folk( 0:58:1)       
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Kiwis are getting out and about, and so are musicians. Going to live music has always been special the world over, with audience rapport inspiring great performances
Published: 8/3/2020 4:30:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-26-07-2020 Diarmuid Cahill( 0:51:44)       
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An Irish singer and songwriter who practised medicine and chased his music in New Plymouth has an album of originals, made in Ireland with some excellent musicians.
Published: 7/27/2020 12:00:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-19-07-2020 Kiwi Bluesmen( 0:56:1)       
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We continue our Made In NZ theme with trad and original performances from eight blues exponents, from the 70s to modern times
Published: 7/20/2020 1:30:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-12-07-2020 Antipodean Serenaders( 0:58:58)       
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Continuing an all NZ artists’ July, we delight in the nearly century-old music played by three NZers who love old-timey and ragtime...
Published: 7/13/2020 11:30:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour-05-07-2020 Titirangi Folk Club( 0:56:1)       
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Since the virus did for NZMMonth, we’re having another month of NZ folk in July, starting with performances from the vigorous folk club in Western Auckland...
Published: 7/6/2020 1:45:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-28-06-2020 Mixtape 7( 0:56:51)       
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A pot pourri of songs of all shapes and sizes heard during the big Rahui and shared with the world
Published: 6/30/2020 12:45:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-21-06-2020 Peggy Seeger( 0:57:25)       
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The sister of Pete and Mike is no less renowned for her service to the Anglo-American folk tradition and is a good songwriter, too. She is now an honorary Kiwi, and we wish her a happy birthday with a special programme.
Published: 6/22/2020 1:00:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-14-06-2020 Black Lives Matter( 0:58:13)       
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With the world in turmoil because of racism and injustice, we explore the incomparably rich heritage of black folk song and music, without which popular music as we know it would not exist.
Published: 6/15/2020 4:15:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-31-05-2020 AcousticConfusionToToru( 0:57:38)       
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Davey plays the music of some important Kiwi folk artists from the 80s to the present day.
Published: 6/2/2020 3:30:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-24-05-2020 NZ Women Folk( 0:57:41)       
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A programme of songs by Kiwi women artists, part of our NZ Music Month series.
Published: 5/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-17-05-2020 Young NZ Folk( 0:53:58)       
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A revisit of this popular NZ Music Month episode, first played May 2018: The Frank Winter Award has brought forward some very talented young folk artists at the Auckland Folk Festival
Published: 5/19/2020 5:00:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-11-05-2020 NZMM Waiata Tangata( 0:57:6)       
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Davey searches for the folk roots of the brilliant repertoire of Māori music in te reo and in English.
Published: 5/11/2020 2:45:00 PM

David Calder presents the music he loves in The Folk Music Hour, with the aim of rekindling listeners' interest in acoustic music in the Anglo-American tradition, including NZ folk song, and world folk music such as that heard at WOMAD in New Plymouth's beautiful Brookland's Park. Almost all music has a folk origin: blues, jazz, rock and even so-called classical. As Big Bill Broonzy famously said - "all songs are folk songs; ain't never heard a horse sing!" Arguably the first Kiwi to make a living with a mandolin, David spent some of his musical life playing bluegrass, but was performing in the folk boom as early as 1964. He was playing in Europe and the UK in the 70's, dabbling in folk rock and pop in California in the 80's, and creating a country garden in the 90's and teaching children to read. These days, kind of retired, he is free to pursue any of the musical paths he loves: song-writing, tuition, and performance with guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, even bass; playing jazz, folk, blues and originals. Or to just kick back and listen to Bach or Grappelli ... He is a long-standing performer of NZ folk, and maintains a love affair with US old-time music nurtured since Doc Watson's LPs first made it to these shores. A natural entertainer since his debut on radio aged six, David thinks radio is the perfect performance medium.

Host: David Calder
Produced By: Access Radio Taranaki
Language: English
Category: Community
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