Archive for August 2008

Banjo Songs of the Southern Mountains LP

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Banjo Songs of the Southern Mountains front by you.
On today’s show I continue Down Home Radio’s “Awesome Out of Print Records” series with and old Riverside LP, “Banjo Songs of the Southern Mountains.” These recordings were made at the 1955 Mountain Dance & Folk Festival held in Asheville, NC – directed by Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The record features Obray Ramsey, George Pegram & Walter “Red” Parham, Harry and Jeanie West and “Aunt” Samantha Bumgarner.  Pegram and Parham are an excellent example of an old-time banjo/harmonica duet.  They’re great!

CLICK HERE to download the album Mp3s, divided up into tracks.

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Interview with Alaska’s Fiddling Poet – Ken Waldman

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Ken Waldman - Alaska's Fiddling Poet

On this week’s show I talk with Ken Waldman – Alaska’s Fiddling Poet. I interviewed him last Friday while sitting on stage at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn, just prior to his show there that night. Ken is an ex-college English professor who taught via telephone to Inuit villagers on the Aleutian Islands that stretch between mainland Alaska and Russia in the Bering Sea. He now tours the country constantly, reciting his poetry and playing his fiddle. Ken has played everywhere from the Kennedy Center to nightclubs to small independent bookstores. He is celebrating the release of a new prose book, a memoir called “Are You Famous?” and a new double CD of his own fiddle tune compositions called “55 Tunes, 5 Poems.” Great stuff!

Martin Carthy Radio Programs

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Picture of: Martin Carthy

Back in 1994 British folk musician and scholar Martin Carthy hosted a series of 6 radio broadcasts on the BBC 2 station. I recently got my hands on cassette tapes of these broadcasts, and they’re awesome! He did a really good job- plays some amazing music. I digitized the tapes, and here they are. The first tape is programs 1-3, Jan-Feb 1994 and the second is programs 3-6, Feb-March. You will notice in the middle of each tape it cuts off and then cuts back in, that’s where the tape side switches. I really recommend these shows, fun to listen to.


Interview with Hubby Jenkins

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

On today’s show I speak with Hubby Jenkins, a great young blues musician and songwriter from New York. Hubby (short for Hubert) is 22 and has been playing old blues and folk music for about 5 years. He’s doing great stuff with the old material and writing great new songs as well! He plays live in the studio, talks about his background, the current state of affairs for folk musicians in NYC, and plays a bunch of his favorite records.

Hubby plays as part of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus music collective down at the Jalopy Theater every Wednesday, and also plays many other gigs through out the city, the North East, and everywhere in his ramblings throughout the country.

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