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WTJU - 2002 Folk and Roots Music Marathon
It seems like yesterday that we were putting together the 2001 Folk Marathon. The first order of business is to thank you, the listeners, and all the announcers and other volunteers who made last year's marathon the most successful ever. We hope that the "most successful" designation lasts for only a few more days as we begin the 2002 Folk and Roots Marathon. Our needs are similar to last year's: We still need to raise funds to pay off our construction loan and to finance our operating budget. And? we still count on you to help us out. In return, we promise to work hard to bring you the most interesting, invigorating and refreshing Traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Newgrass, International, and Country music available.
"Looking Forward, Looking Back" is our annual theme, inspired by the fact that 2002 is a numerical palindrome (it reads the same in either direction). Some of our announcers cleverly executed this palindrome theme in their program names and descriptions. Special thanks go to Bruce Penner for the theme, to Robyn Kells for the concept, and to our longtime reggae host and selector, Goldfinger, for the artwork that captures our theme.
Looking back, we must pay special homage to several Folk Roots icons who recently left us: John Hartford, Waylon Jennings, Dave Van Ronk, and from right here at home, John Jackson and Gary Hawk, each of whom will be highlighted this year. And we dedicate this marathon to Dave Grant, our own WTJU family member, bass player and co-host of Radio Tropicale and Danza Latina, who was lost in a tragic accident in March. We miss him terribly. Those unable to catch the tributes and benefits in his memory may still contribute to the memorial educational fund for his son. Address contributions to: Ryan Grant c/o Darlene Crawford, 3550 Echo Valley Road, Barboursville VA 22923.
This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of broadcasting live shows from the Prism nearly every Saturday night. This community is blessed to have such a unique partnership. Fred Boyce and Larry Minnick will serve up the retrospective featuring some of the greatest artists in the field broadcast live from the Prism on WTJU over the past ten years. In fact, the 2002 marathon will feature 8 live performances, from both the Prism and the studios of WTJU, by some of the best in local and worldwide talent.
Although not in the marathon, there are many other non-profit folk events to celebrate in Charlottesville during that time, such as a trio of traditional Turkish music on May 12th at the Prism; an Acoustic Charlottesville show on May 4th; Downtown Foundation events on May 3rd and 10th; and a benefit for Planned Parenthood on May 10th. See our Folk and Roots Music Calendar at http://wtju.radio.virginia.edu for more information.
Thanks go to all the volunteer announcers and the staff of WTJU for bringing this together. Thanks to Amy Hill for her graphic designs, to Goldfinger for the t-shirt design and very special thanks to Grady Lewis for procuring all the wonderful "thank you" gifts offered to our supporters. Without the dedication of all these folks, we would not be able to put a marathon together for you. Finally, an early word of thanks to you, our listeners and contributors. Without you there would not be a WTJU! Well, enough chitchat. We're looking forward with great anticipation. We have a lot of listening and pledging to do, so let's get to it!
Matthew Combs, Folk Music Director
Friday, May 3
O Brother, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Two acclaimed albums, three decades apart, ask two great questions: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, and O Brother Where Art Thou? In 1972 and again in 2000, collaboration across generations brought heartfelt acoustic music from the roots of bluegrass and country to a whole new audience. Join Rebecca as the likes of Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Emmylou Harris, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Stanley Brothers, John Hartford, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, his sons, Randy and Gary, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Norman Blake and Mother Maybelle Carter sing and play their hearts out for you.
Eclectic Reggae Sistren. Sister Carol. Single and collective I-Threes. Sandra Cross. Kofi. A warble or two from J. C. Lodge. Soul-stirring Phyllis Dillon and piercing Millie Small. Goldfinger is host and selector.
Mandos, Mandos, Mandos
Pete Marshall and Jeff Vogelgesang go nuts with more mandolin music than you can shake a stick at. Call them up with a pledge (434 924 3418/3959) & request YOUR favorite mandolin piece.
Solo Salsa Movida
Elizabeth Jones brings you Salsa from all ages that leaves you breathless!
Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich & Alice Gerrard Live from the Prism
Tom, Brad & Alice bring their wonderful traditional sound to our airwaves via the Prism.
Co-founder of the Blasters, songwriter extraordinaire, and intensely wonderful performer, Dave Alvin has provided us with wonderful music that celebrates the power and depth of American roots music. Join Prof. Bebop and prepare to be schooled and cooled by one of America's best.
Saturday, May 4
Dave Van Ronk Tribute -
The music of the master guitarist and the greatest of the folk revivalists. Emmet Boaz hosts.
Natural History Note
Bess brings you a special Marathon edition of the show that truly tells us what's going on around us.
Atlantic Weekly I
Atlantic Weekly is WTJU's longest-running folk program. This first half presents 2 hours of the best in acoustic music from North America: Singer-songwriters, string bands, bluegrass, country, Americana, and more. This special Marathon version will cover more ground than usual, reflecting the wide-ranging interests of the team of seasoned AW announcers.
Atlantic Weekly II
Join the regulars from Atlantic Weekly part II as they bring you fine music from the other side of the Atlantic in this special Marathon edition show.
Sound Dog, Bill Tetzeli, Tom Lawless and Mr. Jones
Anachronistic troubadours of the cosmos, the Grateful Dead led folk and bluegrass out of what one musician dubbed "the Hee-Haw era" and into the light of mainstream acceptance. Join Sunshine Daydream as we trace the rough path hewn by the Dead's acoustic sets, as well as Old and in the Way, New Riders, Garcia & Grisman and many others.
From A Whisper to A Scream: A Sense of Place & Time
Charles W. Taylor, III
Folk and Country recordings used to plot a trip across time and place.
Jerry Jeff Walker
Matt Combs and David Glover bring the beloved Gypsy Songman to you radio with the new, the old, the unique.
Old Home Place
Join host Ray Spears for a special marathon edition of the popular traditional bluegrass show.
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Gillian Welch is quite possibly the finest new song writer to emerge in the last 10 years. Her husband and musical partner David Rawlings fleshes out her songs with his exquisite acoustic guitar stylings. Travel with the Orphan Girl down that red dirt road as Gary Funston plays Gillian's great original tunes along with many of the imaginative covers the duo performs in concert.
Down to Bleeker Street
Ride along with Alex as he takes you on a trip downtown to the streets and clubs of Greenwich Village in the '60s, where music was made that would revive folk and forever change rock and roll. You'll hear songs that reject materialism and conformity, condemn racism, blast the politics of war, and dream of people living in harmony. Be on the lookout for traditional Bob Dylan, Tom Rush, Ritchie Havens, and oh so many more.
Sunday May 5
Early American Hymn Sing
The Protestant settlers of the New World brought their religious music with them from Europe, but soon they developed their own styles of singing, many of which threw off Classical constraints. Join Winston Barham for a look at William Billings and his contemporaries, New England Harmony, Sacred Harp, and other singing styles from America's first century.
Robyn's Field Guide to Bird Songs
Everything from "Lark in the Morning" to "Little Sparrow"...and more. With their beautiful voices, colors, flight, and sheer avian mystique, birds of all types have inspired musicians and songwriters for centuries. Celebrate the peak of Virginia's spring migration with two hours of traditional and contemporary bird-inspired music, spanning most of the globe and as many different bird families as we can squeeze in. Served with a liberal sprinkling of tidbits about birds and birding, and a possible surprise guest!
Robin Plays Gospel
Robin Tomlin brings you two hours of soulful gospel to get you inspired and set for the day.
Tell Us A Tale, and Give Us A Call
Peter Jones, Jen Hoffman, Misty Vredenburg and Special Guests
Tune in for a special marathon edition of Central Virginia's favorite children's radio program, filled with stories and music from around the world. In addition to the usual cast, there will also be several special appearances, all to help raise money for our favorite radio station, WTJU.
Sandy Adams and special guests Jan Smith and Kathy Coleman as they bring you live and recorded songs and stories about the women of Appalachia.
Townes van Zandt
His music is honest and straight from the heart with hauntingly beautiful melodies and lyrics so good he can make you laugh and cry- all in the same song. Take a trip with Eric Angevine and Alex Wimbush back to Townes' home in Texas and revisit the country, folk, and blues of one of most respected and admired singers of his generation.
Squeeze Box Hoedown
Party time from the Louisiana bayou featuring the accordion and the infectious dance music known as zydeco?including Queen Ida, Rosie Ledet, Boozoo Chavis, Beau Jocque, and others. David Eisenman will serve it up hot & spicy.
Hogwaller Ramblers Live from WTJU
Join the Hogwaller Ramblers as they mix up their fusion of country, rock, bluegrass and all kinda good stuff. All from our studio in Lambeth Commons. Call 924-3418 and pledge your support!
Red Light, Blue Light
Memorializing John Jackson and Gary Hawk. Explore the roots and music of these two late old time rural musicians and listen forward to artists young and old who carry on the Piedmont music traditions.
Scruggs on Druggs
Fred Boyce retraces the twisted path of bluegrass/newgrass in the '70's.
Monday, May 6
Dreaming of Hawaii
Let the sunshine of
Hawaiian slack key guitar playing warm your soul. This clever and
complicated style of playing will fool you with its seeming
simplicity. As the listener all you get is the warmth and humor of
the Islands, while the players perform magic tricks on their
instruments. Your host, Rebecca, will sample several
generations of Slack Key guitar including the father, Gabby Pahinui,
who brought the style to the public in the '50's, the Sons of Hawaii,
who kept the style alive in the '70's, and the current generation of
guitar wizards recording for Dancing Cat Records.
Whistle of a Train
Trains have been a part of our music since Jimmy Rodgers came yodeling out of Texas. Emmett brings two hours of hobos, railroad bulls, wrecks, and sad departures.
Natural History Note
Bess brings you a special Marathon edition of the show that truly tells us what's going on around us.
Lust, loss, and all the rest. Join the Monster of Happiness for a musical tribute to sex & exes, songs of amorous anticipation and wistful reminisce, through the rythym and muse of such red hot and broken hearted Americana legends as John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Terry Allen, John Prine, Gillian Welch and Lyle Lovett. Whether you're looking forward to a tryst or tying
to forget with a twist, Sex & Exes is one show you won't want to miss!
Ann Porotti brings Arab-influenced music from the Mediterranean world of Mondo Melodia - and the Greek, Middle Eastern and Corsican artists they record.
He's a Dangerous Man who
seemingly disappeared from the stage... but we've found him fiddling
around. A musician's musician who has brought us "everything you
ever knew, loved, touched, stood next to, heard of, smelt, felt,
dreamed about, thought of or imagined" - he's back with more
reckless abandon. Join Aer Stephen as we spin the tunes
and talk with David Bromberg.
Bayou Faux Pas Live
Bayou Faux Pas bring their Cajun sound from the WTJU studios. Aer Stephen hosts.
The Sea is My Brother
Cap'n Rob Nowicki
The name of this show is taken from the legendary, never-published first novel of Jack Kerouac. The novel told the story of his days as a merchant seaman during the early days of WWII. The show will feature songs o' the sea of every stripe: from Van Morrison, the Waterstons, the Waterboys, sea shanties, the Pentangle, the Chieftains and others of their ilk. Come aboard for a nautically good time!
A constantly renewing source of Brazilian culture is the African ideas that flow from coastal Bahia and Pernambuco, embodied in the Afro-blocos and that underlie Carnival. Former DJ Dave Berzonsky, who spent last year's Carnival in Pernambuco, will join Bruce of Radio Tropicale for a wild trip through this culture.
Tuesday, May 7
Travels with Karagiozi: Traditional Greek Music
Michaux Lowry and Paddy League
The traditional music of modern Greece is amazingly rich and varied, a reflection of the many-faced people who have created and continue to sustain it. Hit the road with Karagiozi, the traveling trickster of Greek Shadow-puppet Theater, and explore a musical universe filled with passion, life, and lots of dancing! An astonishing array of styles and instruments (lyres, lutes, oud, bouzouki, bagpipes, shawms, fiddles, clarinet, dulcimer, flutes, accordion, percussion, and more) bears vivid testimony to the Hellenic bridging of East and West.
From his early days at Club 47 to his most recent releases, Tom Rush is one of the foundations of the folk revival. Traditional folk, blues, and rock and roll, songs about Texas, trains and outlaws... be sure to join George and Alex for the show, and pledge your support for WTJU. No Regrets on this one!
Acoustic Windows: The Bothy Band
The shantytowns that
housed Scottish migrant workers in Northern Ireland were called
"bothies," and the musicians who provided music for nightly
dances there were known as "bothy bands." Although they
only played together for 3 years and 4 albums, this landmark ensemble
forever changed the face and scope of traditional Irish music, and
set a standard that has never been surpassed.
Dan Hicks With &
Without The Hot Licks
The swinging folk jazz icon is venerable and road tested, back on the scene, and hotter than ever. Aer Stephen focuses on another veteran that the masses may not be aware of, but the musicians are. And if we're lucky, we will catch him at the right time and chat a bit.
Robyn, Scott & Pete explore the wonderful world of Northside Records, North American home of the best in Scandinavian music.
Colonel Catastrophe Live
Taking their influence from the likes of Bill Monroe and Del McCoury, Colonel Catastrophe is truly one of the young groups that will maintain the true wonder of bluegrass. LIVE from the WTJU studios.
Swing, jazz, folk, whatever it was - it was pure magic and a sound all unto its own. Sandra Adams brings two hours of Django that will be a good finish to your day.
World Music 101
The near-infinite sounds, textures and rhythms of world music beckon. But where to begin? The goal of this show is to introduce music from other cultures that also appeals to western ears. A single song can open your ears to the music of a country, or even an entire continent. Maybe it's your turn tonight. The tour stops in Africa, India, South America, the South Pacific, and many other places. Hosted by Steve Kindig
Wednesday, May 8
Mark Haskins brings you folk and new acoustic music to wake up to. A great way to start your
10 years from the Prism
Larry Minnick and Fred Boyce bring selected live recordings to celebrate the 10th anniversary of WTJU's live broadcasts from the Prism Coffeehouse.
Welcome to lands without air conditioning, where the music is pounded out on dirt floors, in ancient crumbling buildings or under the trees. Put on your straw hat, fill that glass with something sweet, and saunter out and join us. Music for the people -- join Mare in support of OUR community radio.
Wendy Repass presents music from the Trio: Emmy Lou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, together and separate.
The Man in Black
Frank Grizzard explores the musical legacy of Johnny Cash in this, the 70th year of his birth.
Os Ciganos do Mar Live from the WTJU Studios
These gypsies of the sea will be playing a selection of roots music styles from throughout the Americas, including Appalachian, Mariachi, Norteno, Son Jarocho, Afro-Peruano, Cumbia, Texas swing and forro, as well as original pieces inspired by these forms.
The DJs from University of Richmond's WDCE Sunday night radio event move on down I-64 to bring WTJU listeners two hours of the very best of African dance music! Bruce of Radio Tropicale will tag along to take notes.
George Dayton serves up two hours of nonstop outlaw from Willie, Kris, Billy Joe Shaver and more. Expect a special tribute to the late Waylon Jennings.
Thursday, May 9
The Song in English
The British Isles have
been the source of some of the most-loved songs in the world,
inspiring such composers as Beethoven and Haydn. Hear a generous
sampling of these wonderful songs, sung by traditional artists like
Jean Redpath and classical artists like John McCormack and Bryn
Terfel. It's a marathon event presented for your listening pleasure
by classical DJ Tim Snider.
Scots Wa Hae
Cinder Stanton will take you on a historical tour of Scotland, with songs and tunes evoking clan feuds, border raids, and Jacobite rebellions. Beautiful music, and plenty of Burns, battles, and bagpipes.
Pinetops and Matt will shake, rattle and roll your lunchtime hours with old rockabilly, new rockabilly and country roots on this marathon edition of the Cosmic American Jamboree. Expect to hear music from Ronnie Dawson, Johnny Horton, Carl Perkins, Rose Maddox, Wanda Jackson, Kim Lenz, Big Sandy and many more.
In Search of Americana
Good Americana music is just over the horizon, waiting to be discovered. Your intrepid explorers Terri Allard and Terry Carpenter have been searching from Austin to Australia to find the undiscovered, the under appreciated, and the everyday Americana music that cannot seem to find its way on today's commercial radio. Join us for great tunes from the likes of Florence Dore, Steve Earle, Catherine Britt, Dale Watson, Judith Edelman, and James Keelaghan. And remember Hank Williams is watching you.
Folk Ecology II
Patti Larkin, Leslie Tucker, Bruce Cockburn, John McCutcheon, Dick Gaughan, Pete Seeger, and others sing about nature and ecology. You can help keep our musical environment healthy and diverse with your pledges of support.
Whipper-Snappers: Women of Folk
Wendy Repass features Up and coming women of folk featuring Kasey Chambers, Melissa Ferrick, ani difranco. Plus Lucy Kaplansky, Kris Delmhorst, Jen Chapin, Catie Curtis, Edith Frost and more.
David Parmley & Continental Divide Live from the Prism
One of America's premiere vocal/instrumental bluegrass groups plays the Prism for the first time.
Join Max as he brings you the second set from the Prism coffeehouse along with other selections of traditional bluegrass.
Dedicated to the musician, singer, and writer who has been credited with preserving American deep south-eastern ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and country blues styles from the turn of the century through the 1940's. This show highlights his early recordings as well as his latest release. Dusty Garwood hosts
Friday, May 10
Soak Your Head
Mare brings you a program of tropical voices, especially those from Africa. It's a tour of a continent unknown to most of us; the music, however, is in the language of human experience. Feel the heat and the colors, taste the fruit, smell the rain: Baaba Maal, Geoffrey Oreyma, Cesaria Evora and other names you need to know.
War and Peace
From "Blowing in the Wind" to "I ain't Marchin' Anymore" to "The Universal Soldier" -- some of the last century's finest songs were written in response to the Vietnam War. Since our current conflict doesn't seem to be as inspirational, Valerie L'Herrou will trot out these old "warhorses" and see how relevant they are to the 21st century.
Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves
Kiss stealin', wheelin-dealin'. Overloaded with jukeboxes on the Phantom 309, heading for a brake-blistering plummet to the Big Rig lowdown, looking for the girl in the little Pink Mack. Fill up the twin tanks with pledges... We Go.
Blue O'Connell, Robyn Kells, and Scott Clark
Everybody knows rock music has been digging around in folk music for inspiration for years. It's time to turn the tables. WTJU stages a raid on the vaults to find folk and acoustic covers of rock songs, the stranger the better. Requests are welcome.
John Hartford, John Hartford: Where Does an Old Time River Man Go?
John Hartford's innovative mind brought about a new sound in folk music: newgrass. With memories of his days as riverboat captain on the Mississippi always present in his music, Hartford's unique songwriting and fiddle/banjo/guitar playing pushed the limits of traditional bluegrass. Folk music lost one of its most important artists this year with the passing of John Hartford. Listen as we honor this man and his music.
Live from the WTJU studios with Blue O'Connell
Blue O'Connell presents a singer-songwriter showcase from the Live Studio of WTJU
Bentley will spotlight the music of Mercedes Sosa, Silvio Rodriguez, and other Latin American folksingers who strive to express the struggles and triumphs of the human experience through song.
Traditional Blues For Today
Younger acoustic and country blues artists steeped in the tradition but also with a modern sensibility. Featuring Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Chris Thomas King, Keb' Mo' and others.
Saturday, May 11
Where did the Weavers learn Goodnight Irene? Where did Creedence get Midnight Special? Where did Johnny Cash get Rock Island Line? Where would folk music be without Leadbelly? He was the real thing.
Natural History Note
Another special slice of nature from Bess
Buddy and Julie Miller
If they weren't so down-to-earth, the husband-and-wife team of Buddy and Julie Miller could easily claim the title of king and queen of Americana. Whether solo or together, both write rootsy, country-flavored songs that grab and don't let go. Their voices -- Julie's soft, Buddy's soulful - bend and blend to form gorgeous harmonies. And Buddy drives it all home with smokin' slabs of Telecaster twang! Hosted by Steve Kindig
Irish Traditional music show featuring Niamh Parsons
Cleek Schrey, Michaux Lowry and Kevin Donleavy
Come explore the waters of time as we feature contemporary performers of Irish traditional music, presenting traditional songs and tunes from a modern perspective and/or modern songs and tunes from a traditional perspective. Special guest Niamh Parsons will share her thoughts as a performer of contemporary and traditional Irish song as a preview to her live broadcast performance (also with contemporary performer Andy Irvine) later in the evening at the Prism Coffeehouse.
Beginning with their interpretations of Bob Dylan, the Byrds explored many facets of traditional American folk and pop music and created a genre and style which was one of the most powerful voices in the 60's and 70's and was unmistakably their own. Two hours of their performances hosted by Dave Rogers and George Dayton.
Joni Mitchell: A Retrospective
Called the International Musician of the 20th century, this consummate poet, artist, musician and performer is still unknown to many. From early acoustic Joni - soaring voice, poetic songs, dulcimer and piano - through her rock and jazz stylings. Hosted by Phyllis White
Baseball: The Greatest Show on Dirt
It's time to dust off the old mitt, put on your spikes and get ready to Play Ball! Jeffrey Lindholm and Matt Combs will bring you two hours of songs about all the joys and heartaches of America's other favorite pastime, baseball. Songs that will make you laugh, reminisce and always tap your feet. Don't be a lollygagger! Tune in and pledge your support for WTJU.
In this special edition of the Old Home Place, host Frank Grizzard features the music of the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, and many of the artists who played with Monroe over the years.
Live from the Prism: Andy Irvine and Niamh Parsons
Two of Ireland's great traditional singers share a night. Also performing will be Andy's colleague from the East Wind ensemble, Rens van der Zalm, and Niamh will be accompanied on guitar by Graham Dunne.