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Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 10/03/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning on 08/15/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning on 08/01/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 08/01/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning on 07/18/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning on 07/04/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 07/04/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning on 06/20/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 06/20/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning on 06/06/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Lark In The Morning playlist for 10/29/2010

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Dean GitterAnne BoleynGhost BalladsRiverside
Janet SmithMolly BonThe UnicornTakoma
Hermes NyeThomas RhymerEarly English BalladsFolkways
Irene SaletanLady MargaretTony & Irene SaletanFolk-Legacy
Cyril TawneyThe NightingaleFarewell NancyTopic
Shirley CollinsDeath & The LadyDeath & The LadyBGO
Dave Goulder & Liz DyerA Most Unpleasant Way, SirThe Raven And The CrowArgo
Peter BellamyThe Ghost SongThe Fox Jumps Over the Parson's GateTopic
John Roberts & Tony BarrandThe Maid on the ShoreDark Ships in the ForestFolk-Legacy
The Oldham TinkersThe Lancashire WitchesFor Old Time's SakeTopic
Gary & Vera AspeyAuntie KetyllFrom the NorthTopic
Archie FisherThe Witch of the West-Mer-LandsArchie FisherTopic
Hedy WestThe Wife of Usher's WellOld Times & Hard TimesFolk-Legacy
Bill JonesThe Tale of Tam LinPanchpuranCompass
Martin CarthyThe Bloody GardenerByker HillTopic
Michael CooneyLady Isabel & the Elf KnightThe Philadelphia Folk FestivalFlying Fish
Peggy SeegerThe False Knight Upon the RoadBlood & Roses, Volume 1Blackthorne Records
Cheap Suit SerenadersMysterious MoseCheap Suit Serenaders #2Blue Goose

Some notes on the songs from this year's Spooky show...

Anne Boleyn was unfortunate in being one of King Henry VIII's wives; this song was written in 1934 by R.P. Weston and Bert Lee.

Molly Bon appears in many collections under slightly different names like Lucy Wan, Molly Wan, etc.  In each, the poor dead girl returns to defend her lover in court.

Thomas Rhymer appears in Sir Francis Child's collection of ballads as #37, and tells the tale of an unfortunate encounter with the Fairy Queen.  She gives an apple that causes his tongue to never lie, and spirits him away for seven years.

This long version of Lady Margaret from Irene Saletan is a true classic night visiting song.  The dead lover comes back to his maid, and takes her through the churchyard to his grave.

The Nightingale is a sea version of a night visiting song; the parents don't approve of the match, and have the press gang take the young man off to sea.  He dies and his ghost comes back to tell the woman how her parents betrayed him.

Death & the Lady is a little morality tale about how beauty and riches cannot forestall an appointment with the Grim Reaper.

A Most Unpleasant Way, Sir tells the tale of someone who meets a young man with a gruesome bird on his arm.  By the end of the conversation the bird has transferred to the visitor's arm, and now he must find a new host... is it you?

Peter Bellamy sings a version of The Cruel Ships Carpenter, in which a young man lures a woman to her death and then thinks to escape by going to sea.  However, the ghost pursues him, and eventually shreds him before his shipmates.

Another tale in which the young woman wins out in the end is The Maid on the Shore.  She is a lovely creature, but beware taking her on board, for she will sing you to sleep and steal your wealth.

The Lancashire Witches is an affectionate song about the feminimity of witches in Lancashire.

Auntie Ketyll tells of the lengths a woman will go, to the extent of making a pact with the Devil, to protect her man in battle.  Alas, it is all in vain, for she makes a mistake in the charm.

Archie Fisher wrote the Witch of the West-Mer-Land using traditional themes.

The Wife of Usher's Well tells the tale of three young sons sent off to learn magic ("grammaree").  They fall victim to some disease, and come home to say good-bye.  Hedy West's banjo accompaniment is outstanding on this cut.

A. L. Lloyd discovered The Bloody Gardener in a Vauxhall Gardens songbook from the 1770's.

Michael Cooney's version of Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight sticks very close to the traditional story line, and his banjo work is also very fine.

The False Knight on the Road tells the story of a small innocent child standing up to the Devil; she counters every one of his proclamations with poise and grace.

We finish up with Mysterious Mose, covered here by the Cheap Suit Serenaders.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 10/01/2010

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Tom PaleyLittle Rabbit Where's Your MammyBanjo StylesElektra
Tom PaleyPretty PollyBanjo StylesElektra
Rick AbramsCarolina Mountain Fox ChaseWild GooseHeritage
George WilsonSwing AwayNew England Contra Dance MusicKicking Mule
StrathspeyMy Home WaltzNew England Contra DanceKicking Mule
General HumbertMrs Kelly, et alGeneral HumbertShanachie
Ad Vielle Que PourraAndromadereAd Vielle Que PourraXenophile
MistralA Lorient Sont
La Bottine SourianteChristopheLa MistrineMille Pattes
SolasThe Sunday Waltz / Solo Double OhFor Love and LaughterCompass
County VaudevilleFour and Twenty BlackbirdsCounty VaudevilleCounty
Eddie UptonThe Excise BalladThe Tale of Ale
Peter SutherlandThe Apple Picker's WaltzPoor Man's Dream
Janet Rothfield & Alan CarrRockingham Cindy/Waiting For NancyThere & BackTemple
McArthur FamilyBill Hopkins ColtMake the Wildwood RingFront Hall
Sandy Bradley & the Small Wonder String BandNone Of Your BusinessFoolish QuestionsRooster
Sandy Bradley & the Small Wonder String BandLet's Go DancingFoolish QuestionsRooster
Arm & Hammer String BandBig Bend GalStay on the Farm
Dan MaherOor HamletWinter WhiskeyDan Maher

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Lark In The Morning playlist for 09/17/2010

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Pete SeegerMaple Syrup TimeSeedsAppleseed
Uncle Dave MaconCome On Buddy, Don't You Want to GoLaugh Your Blues AwayRounder
Riley PuckettDon't Try It, For It Can't Be DoneOld Time Greats, Vol. 1Old Homestead
Harry McClintockAin't We CrazyHallelujah, I'm A BumRounder
Plank RoadKiss Me QuickVocal And Instrumental BlendJune Appal
Tom MacKenzieIn the Hall of the Mountain KingFinally TunedRooster
Joel MabusHewlettSettin' The Woods On FireFlying Fish
Putnam String County BandPerilous JourneyHome GrownRounder
The Rambling Boys of PleasureEverything's Fine Right NowGlad To Be HereRichmond Records
Jim PostHandsome MollyJim Post & FriendsFlying Fish
John PrineCommon SenseCommon SenseAtlantic
Peter, Paul, & MaryLemon TreePeter Paul & MaryWarner Brothers
Sam LittleMontanaFruit TrampRoad Runner
Charlie MaguireThe Strike Is OnLong Way To Another FriendTrain On The Island
Kathy & CarolCarter's BluesKathy & CarolElektra
Jon WilcoxHot Dog StandClose To HomeBriar Records
Mary McCaslin & Jim RingerGeronimo's CadillacBramble & The RosePhilo
Annie LoreThe Roving Repairman-OThe Grey Cocked HatImminent Records
Tom MacKenzieLittle Dutch GirlFinally TunedRooster
Kate WolfHere In CaliforniaClose To YouKaleidoscope
Debbie McClatchyDixie DarlingRadiolandPlant Life

A program of nearly all LP's... a focus on California performers at the end of the set.  Enjoy!


Lark In The Morning playlist for 09/03/2010

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Bascom Lamar LunsfordZolgotzSongs & Ballads of American HistoryLibrary of Congress
Bascom Lamar LunsfordCharles GuiteauSongs & Ballads of American HistoryLibrary of Congress
Hamper McBeeHenry MartynCumberland MoonshinerPrestige Folklore
Blue Ridge Mountain SingersChristine LeRoyBanjo Pickin' GirlRounder
Ernest V. StonemanUnlucky Road to WashingtonErnest V. StonemanHistorical Records
Harmony SistersMedleySecond HelpingFlying Fish
Holy Modal RoundersAcross the Alley from the AlamoAlleged in Their Own TimeRounder
Holy Modal RoundersVoodoo Queen MarieAlleged in Their Own TimeRounder
Any Old Time String BandLock and KeyLadies ChoiceBay
TrapezoidCountry HomeCool of the DaySugar Hill
Jody StecherWild Bill JonesGoing Up On The MountainBay
Dwayne ThorpeWillie MooreCome and Keep Me CompanyMinstrel
Mary McCaslinBallad of a Wanted ManWay Out WestPhilo
Sandy & Jeanie DarlingtonMcFee's ConfessionSongs and BalladsFolk-Legacy
Tall TimberJealous Hearted MeEncoreVoyager
Tall TimberMedleyEncoreVoyager
Tony & Irene SaletanRake and Rambling BoyTony & Irene SaletanFolk-Legacy
Paul ClaytonStackoleeMurder BalladsWashington
Ed McCurdyBilly the KidBadmen & HeroesElektra
Ewan MacCollTurpin HeroBad Lads & Hard CasesRiverside

Songs of Bad Men!

Lark In The Morning playlist for 08/20/2010

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The Oldham TinkersDown At Our SchoolOwdham EdgeTopic
Mary KershawYou're Allus Welcome HereLancashire Sings AgainTopic
Bob HartCod-BangingSongs From SuffolkTopic
Bob HartAustraliaSongs From SuffolkTopic
The Garret SingersStingoThe Garret SingersArgo
Barry & Robin DransfieldGood Ale For My MoneyThe Tale Of Ale
Bob BlakePoison In A Glass of WineSussex HarvestTopic
Eddie Upton & Musica InebriataThe Excise BalladThe Tale Of Ale
Shirley & Dolly CollinsRichie StoryThe Power Of The True Love KnotHannibal
Frankie ArmstrongThe Tarry TrousersLovely On The WaterTopic
Peter BellamyAdieu Sweet Lovely NancyThe Fox Jumped Over The Parson's GateTopic
The WatersonsAdieu, AdieuFor Pence & Spicy AleShanachie
Bob CopperDick TurpinRose In JuneTopic
June Tabor & Martin SimpsonJoe PeelA Cut AboveTopic
Nick DowBold CarterA Mark Upon The EarthOld House Music
Alison McMorland & Peta WebbSailing's A Weary LifeAlison McMorland & Peta WebbTopic
Nic JonesThe Wanton SeedThe Noah's Ark TrapShanachie
Tim Hart & Maddy PriorEarl RichardThe Folksongs of Old England
John KirkpatrickLumps of Plum PuddingPlain CapersTopic
Telemann SocietySix Playford DancesThe Country Dancing MasterTelemann
John Kirkpatrick & Sue HarrisOld Sir Simon The KingA Really High Class BandTopic
KempionThe Birmingham OmnibusBrummagen BalladsBroadside Ballads
High Level RantersStanley MarketRanting LadsTopic
Tom GilfellonThe Celebrated Working ManIn The Middle of the TuneTopic
John KirkpatrickWheatley ProcessionalPlain CapersTopic

A whole show of Brit folk!

Lark In The Morning playlist for 07/16/2010

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Al HopkinsWest Virginia GalsAnthology of Folk MusicRevenant
Blind Alfred ReedHow Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and LiveAnthology of Folk MUsicRevenant
The Carter FamilyBlack Jack DavidAnthology of Folk MusicRevenant
Blue Sky BoysBanks of the OhioAnthology of Folk MusicRevenant
Lily May LedfordJim Along JosieBanjo Pickin' GirlGreenhays
Lily May LedfordWake Up SusanBanjo Pickin' GirlGreenhays
Lily May LedfordCharmin' BetsyBanjo Pickin' GirlGreenhays
Cathy Fink & Duck DonaldHop On The TrainCathy Fink & Duck DonaldFlying Fish
Tommy ScottCampingDoc Scott's Old Time Medicin ShowFolkways
Mike SeegerThe Mayor Is A Good Old BoyThird Annual Farewell Reunion
Fennig's All Star String BandDixie Bee LineFennigmaniaFront Hall
Art ThiemeTennessee StudThe Older I Get The Better I WasWaterbug
Critton Hollow String BandPaydayGreat Dreams of HeavenFlying Fish
Fuzzy Mountain String BandBarlow KnifeSummer Oaks & PorchRounder 0035
Fuzzy Mountain String BandFisher's HornpipeSummer Oaks & PorchRounder 0035
Janet Rothfield & Allan CarrRockingham Cindy / Waiting For NancyThere & BackTemple
Dave StameyOpalThe Cambria Hoot
Kendal MorseGoin' Back To Where I Come FromLights Along The ShoreFolk Legacy
Norman BlakeColumbus Stockade BluesThe Nashville BluesRounder 0188
Duck BakerDrunken WagonerWhen You Wore A TulipKicking Mule 135
Duck BakerWhen You Wore A TulipWhen You Wore A TulipKicking Mule 135
Duck BakerThou SwellWhen You Wore A TulipKicking Mule 135
Kathy KallickDid You See Jackie RobinsonDiamond CutsHungry For Music
Chuck BrodskyBallad of Eddie KleppDiamond CuttsHungry For Music
SF SealsJoltin' Joe DiMaggioDiamond CuttsHungry For Music
Wally PleasantThe Ballad of Ty CobbDiamond CuttsHungry For Music
Steve KeyShoeless Joe JacksonDiamond Cutts Turning TwoHungry For Music

Check out the baseball songs at the end of the set...

Lark In The Morning playlist for 07/02/2010

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Uncle Dave MaconRock About My Saro JaneEarly RecordingsCounty 521
Morrison Twin Brothers String BandDry & DustyEchoes of the OzarksCounty 518
Ashley's Melody MenBath House BluesEchoes of the OzarksCounty 518
A.E. Ward & HIs PlowboysI'm Going To Leave Old ArkansasEchoes of the OzarksCounty 519
Bascom Lamar LunsfordLittle Turtle DoveMountain BanjoCounty 515
Frank JenkinsHome Sweet HomeMountain BanjoCounty 515
Stoneman's Blue Ridge Corn ShuckersSerenade In the MountainsA Day In The MountainsCounty 512
Grayson & WhitterI've Always Been A RamblerRecordings of Grayson & WhitterCounty 513
Dempson & Denmon LewisBull At The WagonTexas FarewellCounty 517
Ola Belle ReedOver Yonder In The GraveyardOla Belle Reed & FamilyRounder 0077
Stefan GrossmanLouis CollinsFinger-Pickinng GuitarKicking Mule 112
National Fraternity ChorusThe Whiffenpoof SongRequired SingingEpic
The QuartonesThe Rhyme of the Chivalrous SharkRequired SingingEpic
Oscar BrandGood Peanuts / I Don't Want No More Of Army LifeEverybody Sing!Riverside
Michael CooneyBe Kind To Your ParentsA Place To BeBiograph
Dave Bromberg & John HartfordThe HoldupA Place To BeBiograph
Bruce PhillipsChildren's Liberation SongYou Got MagicBiograph
Bill ThomasThe Longest TrainFolk & MusicChanning Murray
Jocelyn PettitNiel Gow's Lament
Dave Van RonkGreen Rocky RoadPhiladelphia Folk FestivalFlying Fish
Steve GoodmanChicago Bust RagGathering At Earl of Old TownMountain Railroad

Some odd stuff today, enjoy!

Lark In The Morning playlist for 05/21/2010

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The Brothers FourTomorrow Is A Long Time
Carolyn HesterThis Life I'm
The HighwaymenFare Thee O Babe
Woody GuthrieBury Me Beneath The Willow
Ramblin Jack ElliottThe Roving Gambler
Hoosier Hot ShotsDown By The Riverside
Oscar BrandA Dollar Ain't A Dollar Any More
Dian & The Greenbriar BoysGiving Everything Away
Johnny CashHank and Joe and Me
Betsy RutherfordWill The Circle Be Unbroken
Hoyt AxtonWalkin' Down To Georgia
Hoyt AxtonVandy, Vandy
Ian and SylviaChanges
Joan BaezPal of Mine
Judy MayhanOne Morning In May
Nashville Jug BandWomen Make A Fool Of Me
Michael HurleyYou Got To Find Me
Gamble RogersThe Sky Lake Campfire Girls
Gamble RogersKissing Is A Crime
Low Tide DriftersMe & John Barleycorn
Steve NoonanIt's No Big Deal
Hoyt AxtonGreenback Dollar
Don McLeanRespectable

Started off as a bit of a 60's hootenanny...

Lark In The Morning playlist for 05/07/2010

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A fun time with Henry and Moggy this morning... here's the music list:

Woodstock Mountain Revue / Pretty Boy Floyd

Jim Kweskin / Okie From Muskogie

Joan Baez / Long Black Veil

Joan Baez / I Still Miss Someone

Rich Kirby and Tom Bledsoe / Willie Moore

Norman Blake / Everybody Works But Father

Debby McClatchy / Sparkling Blue Eyes

Red Clay Ramblers / Play Rocky Top

Baby Gramps / Shake It Or Break It

Lou and Peter Berryman / Classified Rag

Utah Phillips / Milwaukee Blues

Bob Coltman / Jack's Red Cheetah

Anne Hills / Mr. McKinley

Ewan MacColl / Ballad of Accounting

John Roberts and Tony Barrand / Three Drunken Maidens

Martin Carthy / The Deserter

Jim Page / Whidbey Island Overwater Transfer Ferry Line

David Francey / February Morning Drive

Clyde Curley and the Oxymorons / Run, Nygaard, Run

Phil Ochs / Outside of a Small Circle of Friends

Kat Eggleston / Trouble

Bob Coltman / Meet Her When the Sun Goes Down

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Lark In The Morning playlist for 04/16/2010

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British folk songs today!

  1. Gamesters, Pickpockets, and Harlots: The Fire Brigade/The Vine Tree
  2. Bob Davenport & The Marsden Rattlers: The 1930's/Trimdon Grange
  3. Tom Gilfellon: The Worker's Song
  4. Johnny Handle & Friends: I Can Hew
  5. Tom Gilfellon: The Celebrated Working Man
  6. Cilla Fisher & Artie Tresize: The Beggar Man
  7. The High Level Ranters: Elsie Marley/Hoop And Gird Her
  8. Alison McMorland & Peta Webb: The Factory Girl
  9. Dave Goulder & Liz Dyer: The Raven and the Crow
  10. Liz Dyer: The Blacksmith
  11. Nick Dow: Sweet William's Ghost
  12. John Kirkpatrick & Sue Harris: The Tailor and the Louse
  13. Tommy Dempsey & John Swift: Follow Me Down to Carlow
  14. Lou & Sally Killen: Pleasant and Delightful
  15. June Tabor & Martin Simpson: Flash Company
  16. Tim Hart & Maddy Prior: Adieu Sweet Nancy
  17. Nic Jones: William and Nancy's Parting
  18. The Cheviot Ranters: Northumbrian Waltz Tunes/Morpeth Rant Tunes
  19. Martin Carthy: Three Jolly Sneaksman
  20. The Oldham Tinkers: The Lancashire Toreador
  21. Sue Harris: Put On Your Ta-Ta, Little Girl


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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