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The Folk Music Hour 11-04-2021 Martin Carthy( 0:57:48)       
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The veteran performer of English folk song turns 80 this year, and at the Folk Music Hour we raise our glasses and toast his good health.
Published: 4/12/2021 11:00:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour 04-04-2021 Pop Grass( 0:56:8)       
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What happens when bluegrass bands let their hair down and play pop songs? Some pickin’ and a-grinnin’ and a lot of fun.
Published: 4/6/2021 11:45:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour 28-03-2021 Kitty Macfarlane( 0:57:24)       
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The young Somerset folk artist is making waves with some original songs and striking arrangements of traditional ones
Published: 3/29/2021 10:00:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour 21-03-2021 Luckily Stranded( 0:54:48)       
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NZ is not a bad place to be marooned these days. We feature English new-folk duo Good Habits.
Published: 3/22/2021 11:30:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour-14-03-2021 Irish Folk( 0:58:16)       
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St Patrick’s Day on March 17 became the Irish National Day in 1903. An all-Irish programme to play on the day - sláinte!
Published: 3/15/2021 10:45:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour-06-03-2021 Phil Ochs( 0:58:0)       
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An investigation of, and tribute to, the contemporary folk writer and singer who was the conscience of America in the 60s and 70s, and played in NZ, too.
Published: 3/10/2021 9:45:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour-28-02-2021 Virtual WOMAD( 0:56:0)       
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In the absence of Womad 21, a feast of acoustic music from Africa gives us a stay-at-home Womad for these anxious times
Published: 3/2/2021 4:45:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour 21-02-2021 Lightfoot( 0:56:3)       
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A new biography reveals a good deal about how Canada’s troubadour got his start.
Published: 2/22/2021 12:30:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-14-02-2021 Mixtape 7( 0:58:5)       
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Davey’s holiday listening makes for an exciting collection
Published: 2/15/2021 11:30:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour-07-02-2021 Double Bill: Reid and Ruins( 0:57:24)       
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We look forward to a national tour featuring NZ songwriters Nadia Reid and Tiny Ruins
Published: 2/7/2021 2:00:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour 31-01-2021 Colleen Trenwith ( 0:40:13)       
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Colleen Trenwith 1946-2021 A NZ folk and bluegrass legend has died peacefully, surrounded by her family.
Published: 2/1/2021 11:30:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour-24-01-2021 Pete Seeger( 0:58:46)       
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Our year always gets underway with a salute to the singer who kickstarted the post-war folk revival
Published: 1/25/2021 11:45:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour 10-01-2021 MLK Jnr( 0:57:13)       
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Each year we observe the US national holiday by playing some great African American folk songs
Published: 1/10/2021 8:00:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour 03-01-2021 Sandy Denny( 0:57:33)       
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Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny was an English singer-songwriter who was lead singer of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as "the pre-eminent British folk rock singer".
Published: 1/3/2021 8:00:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour 20-12-2020 Shona Laing( 0:58:23)       
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Our greatest female pop rock hitmaker has a strong voice, good fingerpicking and some genuine folk roots
Published: 12/21/2020 11:30:00 AM
The Folk Music Hour 13-12-2020 Seasons Greetings( 0:50:34)       
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Our end-of-year show features Yuletide, Christmas and New Year’s Eve music, traditional and contemporary. We wish our listeners the happiest of holidays.
Published: 12/14/2020 12:00:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-06-12-2020 Aoife O'Donovan( 0:57:54)       
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The Irish-American songwriter and folk artist has an impressive catalogue, with lots of collaborations.
Published: 12/7/2020 2:15:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-29-11-2020 Sam Amidon( 0:55:50)       
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A folk artist with NuFolk arrangements, Sam hails from Vermont, and he’s breathing new life into the old songs.
Published: 11/30/2020 1:45:00 PM
The Folk Music Hour-15-11-2020 Blind Folk( 0:57:19)       
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We listen to some influential musicians who have amazed us with their playing and singing despite their visual impairment.
Published: 11/16/2020 12:45:00 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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