Lark In The Morning

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Lark In The Morning on 06/07/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 06/07/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 05/17/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 05/17/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 05/03/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 05/03/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 04/19/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 04/19/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 04/05/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 04/05/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 03/15/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 03/15/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 03/01/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 03/01/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 02/15/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 02/01/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 02/01/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Bigger Than Life: Colorful Characters in Folk Music

Listen in this Friday morning on the Lark in the Morning while we explore the colorful characters of folk music: frozen loggers, cowboy killers turned macabre cooks, dueling suffragettes, midway barkers, and more! Some are true stories, most are not, but they're all entertaining.

Lark In The Morning on 01/18/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 01/18/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music


Lark In The Morning playlist for 02/27/2015

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Lark In The Morning
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Children of East York SchoolSatisfiedMusic Down HomeFolkways
Sonny TerryCareless LoveMusic Down HomeFolkways
Blind Boy FullerBus Rider's BluesBlind Boy FullerArhoolie
Clifford GibsonKeep Your Windows PinnedThe Blues of Alabama 1927-1931Yazoo
Blind Willie JohnsonJohn the RevelatorAnthology of American Folk MusicSmithsonian-Folkways
John HurtFrankieAnthology of American Folk MusicSmithsonian-Folkways
Blind Lemon JeffersonSee That My Grave Is Kept CleanAnthology of American Folk MusicSmithsonian-Folkways
Henry ThomasTexas Easy StreetTexas Worried BluesYazoo
VariousListen Here Cap'nCap'n You're So MeanRounder
VariousThis Old HammerCap'n You're So MeanRounder
Mississippi State PenitentiaryRosieNegro Prison SongsTradition
VariousCap'n Cap'nCap'n You're So MeanRounder
Sleepy John EstesCorrinaThe Newport Folk Festival 1964Vanguard
John Lee HookerSometimes You Make Me Feel So BadBlues at NewportVanguard
Rev. Gary DavisCocaine BluesPure Religion and Bad CompanySmithsonian-Folkways
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGheeKeys to the HighwayBlues at NewportVanguard
Big Bill BroonzyTell Me What Kind of Man Jesus IsBig Bill Broonzy Sings Folk SongsSmithsonian-Folkways
Jess FullerMotherless ChildrenFrisco BoundArhoolie
LeadbellyNobody Knows You When You're Down and OutFrom Last SessionsVerve Folkways
LeadbellyHesitation BluesFrom Last SessionsVerve Folkways
Ella JenkinsCaney Mi MacaroAdventures in RhythmSmithsonian-Folkways
Bessie JonesOld Lady from BrewsterStep It DownRounder
Ella JenkinsLong JohnAdventures in RhythmSmithsonian-Folkways
OdettaCotton Fields at HomeFolk Festival at Newport Vol. 2Vanguard
Sweet Honey in the RockAzanian Freedom SongWe All... Everyone of UsFlying Fish
Sparky RuckerSilas McGeeCold and Lonesome on a TrainJune Appal
As an outsider to black culture, I have to tread carefully.  The historical record of black contributors to the musical history is incomplete; the dominant white culture selected and recorded black performers based on what would generate profits, not completeness or quality.  Still, I enjoy the recordings that I have in this genre, and I'm happy to share them with you here at the end of Black History Month in 2015.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 01/16/2015

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Kelly HarrellFor Seven Long Years I've Been MarriedKelly Harrell & the Virginia String BandCounty 408
Bradley KincaidLong, Long AgoFavorite Old Time SongsOld Homestead
Uncle Dave MaconGive Me Back My Five DollarsKeep My Skillet Good and GreasyOld Homestead
The Dixon BrothersDown with the Old CanoeSmoky Mountain BallladsRCA
Fred FordThe Big Bend TragedyHistorical Ballads of the Tennessee ValleyTennessee Folklore Society
Cordell KempThe Schoolhouse SongTennessee: The Folk Heritage Vol. 2Tennessee Folklore Society
Lewis BrothersNashville BluesTennessee: The Folk Heritage Vol. 2Tennessee Folklore Society
Etta BakerDon't Let Your Deal Go DownMusic from the Hills of Caldwell CountyPhysical Records
Kyle CreedRoustaboutVirginia ReelLeader
Peggy SeegerOld Joe ClarkePeggy AloneArgo
Old Reliable String BandSparkling Blue EyesThe Old Reliable String BandFolkways
Perry County Music MakersIt Might Have Been WorseSunset MemoriesDavis Unlimited
Singin' SamGoin' BackSingin' Sam & FriendsHaywire
Last Straw String BandYou Ain't Talkin' to MeThe Last Straw String BandJack Rabbit Records
Last Straw String BandPaddy on the HandcarThe Last Straw String BandJack Rabbit Records
Juggernaut String BandEverybody's Doing ItGreasy CoatWildebeest
Possum HuntersThe Maggie Walker BluesIn the PinesTakoma
The Bluestein FamilySing AlongSowiin' on the MountainFretless
Missouri Corn DodgersColored Aristocracy & Cherokee ShuffleOld Time String Band MusicDavis Unlimited
Missouri Corn DodgersLiverpool Hornpipe & Missouri QuickstepOld Time String Band MusicDavis Unlimited
Iron Mountain String BandPoor Ellen SmithSomeday We'll Meet AgainFolkways
Mike SeegerIt'll Aggravate Your SoulMike SeegerVanguard
Hazel Dickens and Alice FostrI Just Got WiseWon't You Come and Sing for Me?Folkways
Critton Hollow String BandPoor BoyPoor BoyYodel-Ay-Hee
Debby McClatchyLondonderry on the Banks of the BoyleOff to CaliforniaWildebeest
This morning I'm serving up music on LP's that I acquired from my friend Al Christians, when he decided to downsize some of his immense and interesting music collection.  Thanks, Al!

Lark In The Morning playlist for 01/02/2015

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Lark In The Morning
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Cisco HoustonThe Girl in the WoodThe Folkways YearsSmithsonian Folkways
Rick PikrenRose ConnallyTraditional American Folk MusicBig Strike Music
Tom RushBarbry AllenBlues, Songs, and BalladsFantasy
Harry TaussigBaby, Let Me Lay It on YouFate is Only OnceTompkins Square
John PrineSouvenirsDiamonds in the RoughAtlantic
Red Heart the TickerMother's in the GraveyardYour Name in Secret I Would WriteAuger Down
Daithi SprouleLoney WaterlooA Heart Made of GlassGreen Linnet
Patrick StreetHer Mantle So GreenMade in CorkGreen Linnet
GenticorumJ'y Vas Mon TrainLa BibournoiseMad River Records
La Part du QueteuxLes Deux Bons GarsPaye La TraiteRues et
Katie McNallyJarvis WaltzFlourish(self)
Critton Hollow String BandBrian Boru / KorobushkaBy and ByFlying Fish
Christine ParkerClose to YouLooking Glass(self)
Glen HansardWhen Your Mind's Made UpOnceSony
Kate McDonnellCar Broke Down on Memory LaneBroken BonesWaterbug
Cliff EberhardtLife Is HardFollow That RoadPhilo
Julie GoldGreedLove is Love is Love(self)
Christine LavinRemembering My PasswordsIf You're Drunk You Cannot Buy a Puppy(self)
Patrick StreetMcKenna's JigsLive from Patrick StreetGreen Linnet
A program of new (to me) music!

Lark In The Morning playlist for 12/19/2014

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Mike, Peggy, and Penny SeegerLook Away to BethlehemAmerican Folk Songs for ChristmasRounder
Mike, Peggy, and Penny SeegerAin't That a-Rockin' All NightAmerican Folk Songs for ChristmasRounder
The Trail BandOh HanukkahAn Old-Fashioned Christmas(self)
The Kingston TrioFollow Now, Oh ShepherdsThe Last Month of the YearCapitol
Misty RiverIn the Bleak MidwinterMidwinter * Songs of Christmas(self)
Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, and Martin SimpsonKolyada / Old OneBeautiful DarknessHigh Bohemia
Dave Para & Cathy BartonEvery Star a Carol'Twas On a Night Like ThisFolk-Legacy
Tom PaxtonIt Was a Night Like ThisA Beachwood Christmas(self)
Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerAmerican NoelAmerican Noel(self)
WinterbloomThanks for the RosesTraditions Rearranged(self)
Mary Chapin CarpenterChristmas in the CityTwelve Songs of ChristmasZoe
Brandi CarlileThe Heartache Can WaitThe Hotel Cafe Presents Winter
Jeannie KendallSmokey Mountain ChristmasO Christmas
Laurie Lewis & Tom RozumThe GiftWinter's GraceSignature
Robin & Linda WilliamsShotgun Shells On a Christmas TreeThe First Christmas GiftRed House
Tom Prosada-RaoChristmas in the AshramA Very Blue Rock ChristmasBlue
Stan & DougThe Christmas PartyYust Go Nuts at Christmas
Boris KarloffYou're a Mean One, Mr. GrinchCelebrate the SeasonT.J. Martell Foundation / Polgram
David WilcoxThe Rudy RapA Very Blue Rock ChristmasBlue
Big bad Voodoo DaddyIs Zat You, Santa Claus?A Family
The Christmas Jug BandPlant a SantaUncrkedGlobe
Debbie DavisMele KalikimakaA Family
Mark O'ConnorO Christmas TreeAn Appalachian
Bob BennettHand of KindnessA Very Blue Rock ChristmasBlue
This morning's very special show is courtesy of my friend Harry, who lives in Milwaukie and has the largest collection of Christmas music I've ever seen, in or out of a radio station.  Thanks, Harry!

Lark In The Morning playlist for 12/05/2014

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East Texas SerenadersDeacon JonesEast Texas Serenaders 1927-36County
The Leake County RevelersSaturday Night BreakdownThe Leake County Revelers 1927-1930County
Scottdale String BandWaiting for the Robert E. LeeRidin' in an Old Model TCounty
McLaughlin Melody MakersDill Pickle RagRidin' in an Old Model TCounty
Jesse FullerFingerbusterJazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, and BluesGood Time Jazz
Ukelele IkeHard-hearted HannahI'm a Bear in a Ladies BoudoirYazoo
The SkifflersJenny JenkinsGoin' Down to TownEpic
Cathy Fink & Duck DonaldGlow WormCathy Fink & Duck DonaldFlying Fish
Red Clay RamblersStolen LoveStolen LoveFlying Fish
Brad Leftwich & Linda HigginbothamI Want More out of Life than a Broken HeartNo One to Bring Home Tonight
Plank Road String BandTempieVocal & Instrumental BlendJune Appal
North Fork RoundersWalk Along JohnGee, Ain't It GrandFretless
Critton Hollow String BandRagged But RightBy and ByFlying Fish
The Hotmud FamilyLindy, LindyStone Mountain WobbleVetco
Cranberry Lake Jug BandGypsy SwingLowdown SymphonySwallowtail
Delaware Water GapI'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a LetterFrom the Rivers of Babylon to the Land of JazzKicking Mule
The Laketown BuskersGrizzly BearRolling AlongVetco
The WarblersAll Alone and Having a Real Good TimeMama's Waltz(self)
Michael CooneyCeciliaSinger of Old SongsFront Hall
The Arm & Hammer String BandI'm Certainly Living a Ragtime LifeStay on the FarmFretless
CosmothekaThe Kangaroo HopWines and SpiritsHighway Records (UK)
The inspiration for this program came from listening to the Hotmud Family's album, "Stone Mountain Wobble;" I loved that jazzy, raggy sound, and remembered that a number of string bands have skated along that edge through the years.  This was my attempt to dig it out and present it in a single show.  Thanks for listening.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 11/28/2014

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Patrick SkyToo Many TimesSinger Songwriter ProjectElektra
Loudon Wainwright IIIThe DealHigh Wide and Handsome2nd Story Records
Tracy & Eloise SchwarzBarefoot Boy with Boots OnDown Home with Tracy & Eloise SchwarzFolkways
Bob & Louise DeCormierThe Knickerbocker LineFolk Songs of the CatskillsCob's Cobble Music
Mitch LuckettI Am Not a BeeTall Tales & Bluegrass(self)
Dave CohenI Like to Sleep Late in the MorningSinger Songwriter ProjectElektra
The Woods Tea Co.The FolkerLive!Lightening Ridge
Reilly & MaloneyPortrait of the Artist as a Space CadetBackstageFreckle
John GorkaEdgar the Party ManBetween Five and SevenHigh Street
Chuck Pyle97 Hillside RoadAffected by the MoonBee 'n' Flower
Carla SciakyAdjustmentTo Meet YouPropinquity
Richey BellingerLast Night as I Lay on My BedPortland Folk
Vin GarbutPhotographic MemoryThe Good Old WayTopic
Vera & Gary AspeyKing CottonThe Good Old WayTopic
Tom PaxtonWell, Well, WellAmerican SkiesAppleseed
Eric TingstadDestination: OlgaUrban GuitarCheshire
Eric TingstadTouringUrban GuitarCheshire
Doug SmithNight of the RaccoonsGuitar PartsSolid Air
Mark RossLook for Me in ButteSinging Through the Hard TimesRighteous Babe
Lui Collins/Dana RobinsonRarest RosePaired Down(self)
Audra ConnollyLittle BreezesSlowly(self)
Utah PhillipsNevada JaneThe Long Memory

Lark In The Morning playlist for 11/07/2014

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W.E. ClaunchGrub SpringsAnglo-American Shanties, Dance Tunes, and SpiritualsLibrary of Congress
Fields WardHobo JohnFields and Wade WardBiograph
Oscar WrightLet Old Drunkards BeClawhammer Banjo Vol. 3County Records
Virgil AndersonStation House BluesOn the Tennessee LineCounty Records
Wade WardJohnson BoysClawhammer Banjo, V.3.County Records
Lee SextonThe Old Spinning WheelWhoa MuleJune Appal
Clyde DavenportJohnny BoogerGettin' Up the Stairs, Vol. 1County Records
Louie JonesThe Corn SongGettin' Up the Stairs, Vol. 1County Records
Dee HicksYoung RapoleonGettin' Up the Stairs, Vol. 2County Records
Southern Harmony SingersHappy LandHoly Manna(self)
Ray & Ina PattersonA Distant Land to RoamSongs of Home and ChildhoodCounty Records
Jean & Lee SchillingPretty PollyPorches of the PoorTraditional Records
Harry and Jeanie WestRambling BoyHarry and Jeanie WestArchive of Folk Music
Tommy ThompsonDixie DarlingMeeting in the AirFlying Fish
Reel World String BandI've Got the Mourning BluesThe Reel World String BandVetco
Dave Van RonkEverybody Loves My BabyRagtime Jug StompersMercury
The Watermelon Mountain String BandTurquoise TickleTickle TunesCowboy Kazoo Music
Happy TraumRelax Your MindBucket of SongsShanachie
Jody StecherTurtle DoveGoing Up on the MountainBay Records
Mike SeegerBilly in WaynesboroFresh Oldtime String Band MusicRounder
Brad Leftwich & Linda HigginbothamOzark Mountain HomeNo One to Bring Home TonightCounty Records
Maria FairchildHigh on a MountainCelebration(self)
EbenezerLouis' First TuneTell It to MeBiograph
Bascom Lamar LunsfordRye StrawBallads, Banjo Tunes, and Sacred Songs of Western North CarolinaSmithsonian
Mostly music from the Appalachians today...

Lark In The Morning playlist for 10/31/2014

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Dave Goulder & Liz DyerA Most Unpleasant Way, SirThe Raven and the CrowArgo
Harvey KershawThe Boggart of BirchenbowerLancashire Sings Again!Topic
The FolkTellersMary Culhane and the Dead ManChillers!
Dean GitterThe Suffolk MiracleGhost BalladsRiverside
Nick DowSweet William's GhostA Mark upon the EarthOld House Music
Bill JonesTam LinPanchpuranCompass
SolasThe Unquiet GraveSunny Spells and Scattered ShowersShanachie
Peggy SeegerThe False Knight on the RoadBlood & Roses, Vol. 1Blackthorne Records
John Roberts & Tony BarrandReynardineDark Ships in the ForestFolk-Legacy
Bob FrankeThe Carter, or Faerie PieIn This NightFlying Fish
Archie FisherThe Witch of the West-Mer-LandsThe Man with a RhymeFolk-Legacy
Hedy WestThe Wife of Usher's WellOld Times & Hard TimesFolk-Legacy
Roadside TheaterFat or LeanMountain TalesJune Appal
David HoltThe Hairy ManThe Hairy Man & Other Wild TalesHigh Windy Records
Mary McCaslinGhost Riders in the SkyPrairie in the SkyPhilo
Martin Carthy & Dave SwarbrickBroomfield HillMartin Carthy with Dave SwarbrickTopic
Bob BrozmanMysterious MoseHello Central, Give Me Dr. Jazz
Probably my favorite show of the year... all the great themes of folk music come out on Hallowe'en: love beyond the grave, scary tales, humor, bad decisions that come back to haunt you.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 10/17/2014

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Anglin BrothersUncle Eeph's Got the CoonThe South's Favorite TrioOld Homestead
The Carter FamilyHello, StrangerHarry Smith's Anthology of Folk Music, Volume 4Revenant
John Cayce JonesCasey JonesHarry Smith's Anthology of Folk Music, Volume 4Revenant
Al HopkinsWest Virginia GalsHarry Smith's Anthology of Folk Music, Volume 4Revenant
Cousin EmmyI Wish I Was Single AgainSongcatcherVanguard
Fiddlin' Arthur SmithLeather BritchesSongcatcherVanguard
Doc WatsonSpikedriver BluesDoc and the BoysUnited Artists
Tom McKenzieI'm Gettin' Ready to GoSome Folks DoRooster
Doc WatsonSouthbound Passenger TrainDoc and the Boysunited Artists
Hotmud FamilyLindy LindyStone Mountain WobbleVetco
Hotmud FamilyBlack Bottom StrutStone Mountain WobbleVetco
Joanna Cazden & FriendsPuttin' on the StyleFolk Songs of the CatskillsCob's Cobble Music
David HoltToo Late to PrayIt Just Suits MeJune Appal
Eric & Martha NaglerA Fiddle MedleyThe Gentleness in LivingPhilo
Raphael BoguslavBowling GreenSongs from a Village GarretRiverside
Oscar IsaacThe Death of Queen JaneInside Llewyn DavisNonesuch
Joan BaezThe SilkieJoan Baez, Vol. 2Vanguard
Last ForeverWhen I Was Most BeautifulSeeds: the Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3Appleseed
Priscilla HerdmanLonesome RoadDarkness into LightFlying Fish
Bill StainesOctober WindsWild, Wild HeartPhilo
Norman Blake & the Rising Fawn String EnsembleNancy's HornpipeFull Moon on the FarmRounder
Wood's Tea Co.There Were RosesLive!Lightening Ridge
MagpieMichaelSinging Through the Hard TimesRighteous Babe
Kate Power & Steve EinhornAnnabelleWinterfolk XVSisters of the

Lark In The Morning playlist for 10/03/2014

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Patrick SkyMany a MileBleecker & MacDougalElektra
The FolksingersPeter GrayBleecker & MacDougalElektra
Judy CollinsFannerioBleecker & MacDougalElektra
Pete SeegerThe QuizmasterPete Seeger at the Village GateFolkways
The Flagpole SingersShaving CreamFolksongs of Madison AvenueMGM
Timberbound ProjectLittle BirdieTimberbound(self)
David JohnsonMountain DewClawhammer BanjoFolkways
Peter Stampfel & Steve WeberThe CuckooThe Holy Modal RoundersPrestige
Jody StecherAmandaGoing Up on the MountainBay
Alice GerrardBelle of the BallPieces of My HeartCopper Creek
TrapezoidBack in Your Own BackyardAnother CountryFlying Fish
Fly By Night String BandWaldorf ReelThe Fly By Night String BandFretless
The Freight HoppersNobody's BusinessWaiting on the Gravy TrainRounder
Misty RiverThe High RoadLive at the Backgate StageMisty River
Greg BrownIn the Dark with YouIn the Dark with YouRed House
Gordon LightfootAlberta BoundGord's Gold Vol. 2Warner Bros.
Smith SistersThe Bramble & the RoseRoadrunnerFlying Fish
Tom PaxtonThank You, Republic AirlinesOne Million LawyersFlying Fish
Simple strategy for membership drive: PLAY GREAT MUSIC! Uh, wait, that's what we always try to do... nevermind.


Great program this morning

We really enjoyed this mornings program.  Great music and starts the day well.  Thanks.

4th of July

Thanks for the Gina Forsyth tune. Hadn't heard it before; it's great!

Fri 9-17-10 show

Hi Kurt,


Heard some very nice classical sounding guitar this morning around 6am.  I think you said it was Joe Vega or Mabus?  Unsure.  It was a live performance from 1980? at a place called the 10 pound fiddle?

Hope that is enough information to find out who that was and what song they played. 



Hi, maybe you'd like our music...


I really like you show.  I wish there were a whole station devoted to this kind of music.  2 things you might be interested in:

First, my band, Mistral ( just finished a CD of Breton and French folk music, adding a couple English folk ballads.  I'd like to send you a demo if you're interested. 

I'm part of the Bridgetown Morris Men.  We perform traditional English Morris dancing.  After practice, we go out and do a weekly pub sing, currently located at the Green Dragon on 9th and Belmont, Wednesday at about 9:15pm.  The Brit Folk show was right up our alley!

-Ian Clemons

What was the last song played

What was the last song played Friday morning, February 5, 2010?  It was a song with a line repeating (I think), "I'll go to sea no more", sung by a very familiar voice.  It was such a beautiful arrangement, but when I do a search on those words, I get a song quite different from what I heard this a.m.  Thanks so much.  Carol

playlist question


     Who performed the song "Let's have Christmas in January" which you played around 6:58 AM on Friday 12/18? They Might be Giants? Anyway, my sentiments exactly. Thanks for the music.


Playlist question

Would love to know the name of the song played at approx 6:45 this morning. Woman was wrapping about bomb shelters and marijuana in tupperware(!). Thanks.

Loved today's program

Fundamental cracks in the foundations of our world and society are rarely brought up in conversation, let alone in the media -- and to hear problems of class divisions and despair talked about in such an unscripted and heartfelt way made today's Lark in the Morning broadcast a particular treat.

Keep up the good work!


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