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WTJU - 2001 : A Folk Odyssey


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Introduction

Well, it's here, the event we've been waiting for. It truly has been a Folk Odyssey for me this year, learning more about Folk Music than I thought I possibly could, and most importantly, knowing how much more there is to learn.

At least one "Big City" newspaper has recognized Charlottesville as a hotbed of Folk music. Anyone spending time here will easily recognize that, with so many artists and venues to hear great live Folk, World and Roots music. To illustrate those comments, we are bringing you ten live broadcasts: five from the Prism Coffeehouse and five from the amazing new performance studio at WTJU. The artists who will perform are a slice of the best in national and local talent with some true stars in folk, world and roots music. The live performances and guest announcers are one of the many things that make WTJU stand out and we hope that you can acknowledge that with pledges of financial support.

We truly need your support to allow us to bring you the depth and breadth of programming that ONLY WTJU can offer. We have a great deal of debt that needs to be eliminated, and your support will help to accomplish that and ensure that we are able to continue this odyssey.

In addition to the Prism and in-studio events broadcast live, there are other great things happening this week that sustain Folk music: Downtown Foundation Events (5/4 & 5/11 @ Downtown Mall); an Acoustic Muse event (5/4 @ Starr Hill); and an Acoustic Charlottesville performance (5/5@ New Dance Space) all in this one week! You should be able to pay pledges, get information and pick up t-shirts at some of those locations (TBA). C'Ville is blessed with such great talent and support for folk music.

As a unique community service WTJU has allocated three early morning time slots (1:00 AM to 6:00 AM) to the Literacy Volunteers of America for their annual 100 Hours of Reading event to promote literacy (yes, they requested those times!). For more information and your support, see http:

Special thanks go to Blue O'Connell, Pete Marshall, David Eisenman, and of course Chuck Taylor and the rest of the WTJU staff who've all helped me understand the marathon process; Grady Lewis who made the premium list a reality; Fred Boyce for bringing five incredible performances to us via the Prism and to Guy Dineen and Amy Hill for this year's great T-shirt design! But most of all, thanks go to you, the listeners, who will support WTJU and make sure we get to do this again next year. Now let's get busy, there's a lot of listenin' and pledgin' to do!

Matt Combs
Folk and Roots Music Director


Marathon Schedule




Friday May 4

Noon

Lift Off

Take off on a journey through the week's Odyssey with Fred Boyce as he provides an overview of the week's shows and events. Here's your chance to pledge early, pledge often.


2PM

How the West Was Won

The indelible stamp of Western Cinema gave rise to Josey Wales and the Black Cowboy. Join Goldfinger as Reggae Vibes reveals True Tales of the West, inna OneDrop style.


4PM

BBC News hour

Support the BBC News hour, a unique and refreshing alternative to stateside newscasts.


5PM

Declaration of Independents

For whatever reason, many artists choose to "cut out the middleman" and Self-release their own recordings. Pete Marshall brings a small sampling of the huge number of "own label" releases in the WTJU library. Requests, accompanying a pledge to WTJU, most welcome.


8PM

Toshi Reagon Live

Catch the vivacious and entertaining Toshi Reagon, live from the Prism coffeehouse, only on WTJU.


9PM

Sweet Honey in the Rock

The perfect after-Toshi treat as Sandy Adams brings you two hours of mama Bernice Reagon 's musical honey to your living room.


11PM

Jesse Winchester

For 30 years, Jesse Winchester has created wonderful songs about life, love, and memories of his childhood in Mississippi. As an expatriate during the Vietnam War, Winchester provided a bittersweet reminder of the sacrifice one makes when cutting himself off from his roots. He also speaks to us about the joys of everyday life. Professor Bebop hosts.



Saturday, May 5


6AM

Hungover Biscuits

Subtitled "Drunk and Disorderly". Nothing but songs about drinking, fighting,

gambling and sex by well qualified artists played by Emmett Boaz, a DJ with a few credentials along those lines hisself.


8AM

Natural History Note

Bess brings you a special marathon edition of her delightful program.


8:05AM

Nanci and Friends

Join Sumner Brown as her pal Nanci Griffith brings you a light beyond the woods. She may also bring along some friends.


10AM

Irish Music In America

Explore the past century of both American-born and expatriate Irish musicians with Cleek Schrey. We'll listen to the classic 78rpm recordings of the 1920's, the so-called "Golden Age of Irish music" (which veritably took place in New York), as well as contemporary musicians establishing their place in this vibrant and living tradition.


High Noon

Sunshine Daydream: Shot from the Saddle

Ever want to hear a cowboy version of Dark Star? Saddle up with the Dead they head up a cosmic acoustic posse, deputizing David Grisman, Old & In The Way, New Riders and many more along the trail. Join Bill Tetzeli and Tom Lawless at high noon and be ready to slap leather -- wallets, that is.


2PM

The Best of Broadside 1962-1988
Charles W. Taylor, III brings you recordings from the recent 5-CD Folkways collection of the same name subtitled: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine. In 1962 a mimeographed publication was started that tracked the "underground" folk music of the time including the earliest known recordings of everyone from Bob Dylan, Malvina Reynolds, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Buffy Saint Marie and many others.


4PM

John Prine

Gary Funston, host of Living Time, takes his annual Folk Marathon break from jazz and Blues to revel in the profound songs of this favorite acoustic troubadour.


6PM

Rebel Records

Join Old Home Place Host Ray Spears as he tours the world of local bluegrass label Rebel Records.


8PM

Eddie and Martha Adcock Live

One of bluegrass music's most popular and critically acclaimed performing acts, live from the Prism. Eddie and Martha provide an exceptional blend of progressive bluegrass they call "twograss".


9PM

Poozies Forever

Four voices, two harps, one fiddle, and a piano accordion add up to Britain's amazing all-woman supergroup, the Poozies, who start but don't stop at the boundaries of traditional British and Irish music.  Hear a mix of their work plus solo and other ventures of Poozies past and present: Sileas, Kate Rusby, Eilidh Shaw, Karen Tweed, and Swap.


11PM

Rock? Latino Style.

Join Miz Vega of "Danza Latina" fame to peruse the many levels of Latin Rock & Pop. From indie sounds of Le Mans and Los Planetas to feel good pop by Rosana in Spain to Tejano, Neoyorquino, Los Angeles Ska all the way to Shakira, Fiel a la Vega and Maná in Latin America. We've got it all. Why? Because we're WJTU for chrissakes! And we know how to Rock bilingually.



Sunday, May 6


6AM

Native American Sunrise

Have breakfast with Blue O'Connell as she brings the best and newest Native American music. And for the third year in a row, there'll be a very special "drum" premium!


8AM

Robyn's Field Guide to Bird Songs

Everything from "Lark in the Morning" to "Little Sparrow" 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!



10AM

Islands and Highlands

Colin Ramirez will host special guest, musician and craftsman Craig Dubose, who will share his unique and diverse collection of recordings from his numerous trips to the Scottish island of Mull and the Highlands. Country Dance, Gaelic songs, and contemporary stylings will be mixed and matched?and with a little luck we'll coax a live tune from Craig's guitar."


Noon

Tell Us A Tale, and Give Us A Call...

Join Peter Jones and his regular cast of characters for a special three-hour "Tell Us A Tale", Central Virginia's only children's radio program. Listen to stories and music from around the world, and discover why radio was once called the "theater of the mind".


3PM

The Carter Family

Ann Shaffer brings two hours of favorites from Virginia's own Original Carter Family. From those earliest Bristol sessions in 1927 to the final ones in NY fourteen years later, here's a sampler of the very best of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle.


5PM

Van's the Man

A joyous request show reviving the special blend of blues, pop, jazz and Celtic folk that is the music of Van Morrison.


8PM

Walker's Run

A live performance from the local bluegrass phenomenon, broadcast live from the studios of WTJU.


9PM

Jugbands for Jugheads

Jugheads Bill Adams and Peter Welch bring you two hours of that unique style that will certainly get you pullin' and stompin'. Bring your scrip.


11PM

John Fahey

John Fahey was never New Age, he was never folk and he was never rock and

roll. John Fahey was just John Fahey, the most difficult guitarist ever, and he never gave a good goddamn what we thought of him... which makes him a number one Radio Wowsville idol. Don, Tyler and the rest of the folks from

The Sligo River Nuclear Plant pay tribute to Blind Joe Death.




Monday, May 7


6AM

The Flatlanders

The 'Cuda stays in the garage for this one. Matt & Mike, more DJs than legends, settle on a '53 Chevy stakebody as they pick up Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Terry Allen. Maybe they'll even pick up a hitchhiker or two. They've got room for you're if you're willing to spring for gas and/or breakfast.


9AM

Natural History Note

Bess brings you a special marathon edition of her delightful program.


9:05AM

Marathona Americana

Terri Allard and Terry Carpenter bring you tunes ranging from Emmylou Harris to Kasey Chambers, Johnny Cash to Dave Alvin so prepare for a morning of alternate country, new grass, folk, roots rock and any other music waving the Americana flag.


Noon

In Griot Time

Bruce Penner delves into the world of Djelimadi Tounkara, the leading guitarist of Mali. Joining Bruce will be Cheick Hamala Diabate, one of Djelimadi's many talented nephews.


2PM

Homeward Bound

John Hill brings a refreshing blend of current and classic acoustic-based

tunes to get you through the afternoon and on your way home. Expect to hear

anything from Shawn Colvin, Dougie MacLean, and Joni Mitchell, to Russian

Bluegrass. If it's acoustic, and good, it might be in the mix for this show. You'll definitely be in the mood for Pierre Bensusan and Michael Hedges by 5 PM!


4PM BBC News


5PM

Bensusan & Hedges

The surgeon general says this brand of acoustic smoke is safe for human consumption. Technical brilliance and soaring emotion from two incredible guitarists named Pierre and Michael, brought to you by Larry Minnick.





8PM

Mando Mafia Live

The live studio can barely contain this highly acclaimed and always entertaining group. You'll be caught up in this live broadcast, so we're reminding you to pledge your support for live music!


9PM

Squeak, Rattle & Drone

With Scott Clark. Like your music sweet smooth, easy on the ears? This will be your worst nightmare: ancient and modern acoustic instruments squawking, scraping and shrilling. Hurdy-gurdies, medieval bagpipes, bark flutes, nyckelharps, jaw harps, bombards - you name it - request it, but with a pledge.


11PM

The Great Northwest

Steve Kindig brings you select cuts from the timber land including Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Kelly Joe Phelps, Casey Neill, Kevin Burke to name a few species.



Tuesday, May 8


6AM

Howaya, Hawaii

Rebecca Foster brings you Hawaiian guitars. Slack key and steel, old and new. From the time that the Spanish guitar arrived on the shores of what was to become the fiftieth state, Hawaiian musicians have created and shared with the mainland some of the most distinctive American sounds.


9AM

I Ain't Marchin' Anymore

Phil Ochs was the definitive 60's radical intellectual Greenwich Village topical songwriter. Valerie L'Herrou will explore all the news that was fit to sing back in the 60's, but which no one now remembers outside of a small circle of friends. Featuring old favorites and rare recordings.


10:30AM

Doug Sahm: Rosetta Stone of Southern Music

A lone star original, Doug Sahm created some of the most brilliant, varicolored, highly exuberant music to come out of Texas, or anywhere. Country rock, psychedelic blues, Tex-Mex polkas, Cajun freeform jazz, and wonderfully ragged, salty roots rock.  The Sir Douglas Quintet produced some incredibly loose, garage band, cheesy Vox organ fueled records that comprise a musical history of the Gulf Coast and The West Coast in the 60's. Join your host, Charles Peale for two hours of a frolicking, down-home musical groovers paradise.



Noon

Gram Parsons

Born Cecil Ingram Connors, III, Gram's exit from this planet was 47 days short of becoming a member of the 27 Club. Aer Stephen and Jim Morgan indulge (as Gram would), and bring back the spirit in this special edition of Dead City Radio.


2PM

The South Will Rise Again

The South may have lost the war (Only a Yankee would need to ask which war.), but they got all the best songs. Music from and about the War of Northern Aggression. Brought to you by Emmett Boaz.


4PM BBC News


5PM

Blues & the Abstract Roots: Corey Harris and Olu Dara Live

Jeffery Lindholm brings you a special show featuring acoustic blues and roots music. A live performance from the WTJU studios by renowned blues/world artists Corey Harris and special guest Olu Dara is featured. Tune in, get turned on, and pledge, pledge, pledge.


8PM

King of My Radio Room

Local performers Nickletown, Jan Smith, Danny Schmidt and guests bring you a radio version of their King of My Living Room show from the live radio space at TJU.


9PM

Harmonic Voices

Focusing on the harmonica stylings of World Class harmonica icons such as Norton Buffalo, Brendan Powers, Howard Levy, and Mike Turk, to name a few, this show will highlight harmonica voices, which are quite different from that of Bob Dylan, and the traditional blues harp player. As soloists and accompanist, these harmonicists have pushed the envelope with their exceptional technical ability on this tiny, yet powerful instrument.  Hosted by Harmonica player Gary Green.


11PM

Things Behind the Sun--The Music of Nick Drake

While exploring the mystique and haunting beauty of his music, we'll raise questions of why the music world has ignored one of this century's greatest songwriters for so long.  Join Cameron in a much-deserved celebration of the deeply touching sounds created by Nick Drake.





Wednesday, May 9


6AM

Porch & Pub

From the porches of Appalachia to the pubs of western Ireland, traditional music is most often played for the enjoyment of musicians and dancers, and seldom for non-participating spectators. Join Tes Slominsky as she plays tunes and songs suited for the front porch on a summer day, or for the pub on a rainy evening.


9AM

The Telluride Sessions

In 1989 Strength in Numbers released this landmark recording that influenced new acoustic music for the next decade. This legendary group of musicians featured Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor. Tune in as Larry Minnick and Lara Eilhart explore the music of five acoustic masters.


Noon

Juan Valdez Faves

Dave Grant brings you the stuff that gets you rockin (decaffeinated and legal too!): Vallenato, the king of wild Latin grooves; Cumbia, the mantra force; Porro & Gaita, the roots of the whole thing. Accordion-driven music that makes Zydeco sound sleepy. Hear the freshest roasted tunes right off the boat from Cartegena, home of the nutzoid bass line


2PM

Blood Shot & High Tone

The past few years have seen the rise of Americana music into the ranks of

many record companies followed swiftly by their steady retreat. Two companies have remained Americana stalwarts through it all, Bloodshot and Hightone. Pinetops Stephen and Steve Kindig bring music from these labels that has fueled, influenced and continues to define the genre, Americana. You'll be sure to hear Neko Case, Old 97s, Dave Alvin, Hot Club of Cowtown and their labelmates.


4PM

BBC News


5PM

Front Porches, Dance halls and Honky Tonks

Frank Grizzard brings you Americana from the Carter Family, Roy Rogers, Ernest Tubb, and Bill Monroe to Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash to Waylon & Willie, John Prine, and Lyle Lovett to Bob Dylan, Justin Trevino, and the Marshall Tucker Band -- and all points in between.



8PM


Guano Boys Live


The boys raid the live space at WTJU for an hour of hoochie-coochie. I am not sure of exactly who will be in this slot. I want to add this sentence to the description to be changed later.


9PM

Journey of a Virginian: The Music of Ralph Stanley and the Stanley Brothers

Former Old Home Place host Jeff Vogelgesang hosts a two-hour tour of the music of one of Virginia's most renowned musical exports.


11PM

Garmarna

Ancient Scandinavian songs of love, murder, and amorous sea-creatures, played with the traditional sounds of fiddles, hurdy-gurdies, lutes, and drums-turned up to 11. Five young Swedes go beyond hybrid "folk-rock" into something entirely unique. With Robyn and Scott



Thursday, May 10

1AM

Literacy Volunteers of America/100 Hours of Reading

The literacy Volunteers of America grab the airwaves to promote literacy with readings all night. To support this group go to http:

6AM

Farenheit 91.1 (in the shade)

(...Including Key West.)  Mare sends you off to work with dancers and crooners.  Some of these countries are not fortunate enough to have public radio stations like WTJU.  Support your tropical outposts, independent musicians and independent radio by calling 924-3418.


9AM

The Duo

This Thursday, two giants in acoustic string music come to the Prism for the first time. Join Pete as he explores the careers of Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, from their work with the David Grisman Quintet, the Montreux Band, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Psychograss and more. Also featured will be current projects, Newgrange, Commotion and the Anger-Marshall Band. Then tune in Thursday at 8pm for a live broadcast of their Duo concert at the Prism.





Noon

The Eclectic Country Woman

Where would Country or Americana music be without the likes of Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Rose Maddox or even Lucinda Williams? Join Pinetops Stephen and Matt Combs in a salute of all that women have contributed to the Country and Americana musical landscape.


2PM

Acoustic Dave

Phyllis White, possibly the 1st D.J. in the world to air Dave Matthews material, will feature excerpts from the 1993 WTJU Folk Marathon interview, performances at the Prism Coffeehouse, Jefferson Theater, The Birchmere, Trax, and The Floodzone. Burned to CD for your listening pleasure.


4PM

BBC News


5PM

The Eclectic Women

Three-fourths of the EW DJs bring you up to date on what it's all about: Wendy tours through a short history of lesbian music, Robyn travels the world looking for the best female musicians, and Blue gets the Blues, with a bit of jazz mixed in.


8PM

Darol Anger & Mike Marshall Live from the Prism

The duo comes to C'Ville for the first time (see "the Duo" description), and we get to bring the first hour of it to you Live from the Prism. Call in and pledge your support to keep this link alive.


9PM

Mountain Women, Songs and Stories

The remaining fourth of the eclectic women, Sandy Adams, goes up the holler and comes back with Kathy Coleman to help her bring entertaining tunes and stories from their mountain heritage.


11PM

Coffeehouse Massacre Revisited

A light-hearted spoof, that takes you through the old songs that once defined "folk" music. The rest of the marathon is a demonstration of how far we've come since the days of "Kumbaya", "Michael Row Your Boat Ashore", "Puff the Magic Dragon", and "Gauantanamera". Hosted by the daughter of Coffeehouse Massacre, Blue O'Connell.








Friday, May 11


1AM

Literacy Volunteers of America/100 Hours of Reading

The literacy Volunteers of America grab the airwaves to promote literacy with readings all night. To support this group go to http:

6AM

All Over the Map

From the cross-pollinations that inspire such world music artists as Zap Mama and Sheila Chandra to music that is deeply rooted in the traditions of countries far and wide, there is great stuff out there! All Over The Map takes a musical journey to all continents and celebrates the sounds of diverse cultures. Tune in for rhythms from Africa, India and South America, for mind-bending vocals from Asia, virtuoso didgeridu from Australia, and whatever else might turn up on our travels.  Jean Pierre DeVilliers will start your day slowly with your coffee, then get your blood pumpin' as you head out for the day.

9AM

Both Sides of the Border

That's the Tex-Mex Border.  Join Rebecca Foster's dance party, and celebrate the multitude of musical styles that migrated there and got all mixed up.  You'll hear polkas, jigs, waltzes, rancheros, boleros, reels, some vintage Texas Swing and maybe the Mexican Hat Dance.


Noon

Women of the World

Tes focuses on women of the world, with emphasis on international artists, including instrumentalists as well as vocalists. Indulge your Fairuz fetish or your Natalie MacMaster mania--all in one show!


2PM

Vibraciones del Reggae:

The long arm of Jamaica goes Latin, with contributions from South America, the Caribbean and Europe. Join the most dread duo, Goldfinger and Dr. Mo, for two hours of what's happening in el Ska y rubbadub style.


4PM

BBC News


5PM

Richard Thompson

From his professional beginning as a founding member of Fairport Convention to his solo career, Richard Thompson has offered a special brand of music that honors the folk heritage through a thoroughly modern perspective.  Piercing and poignant lyrics accompanied by exciting and impeccable musicianship are his hallmark.  Celebrate his amazing artistry with Professor Bebop.


8PM

Solazo Live from the Prism

Catch the South American beats of Solazo, one of the hottest Latin groups to be found. Pledge your support for these live Prism broadcasts.


9PM

This IS World!

Did you think globalization was all about NASDAQ and the Internet? Honey, get your groove thang on because World Music ain't only about Andean flutes anymore. Miz Vega brings you some of the hottest, cutting edge and smooth sounds ever to wash up on our eastern shores. Imported.


11PM

Female Folk Rockers

Lara Eilhart brings you the best in female folk-rockers with some help from Wendy Repass. Not just Ani Difranco, but Rose Polenzani, Michelle Malone, Indigo Girls, Melissa Ferrick and others - you help choose 'em with your pledge.



Saturday, May 12


1AM

Literacy Volunteers of America/100 Hours of Reading

The literacy Volunteers of America grab the airwaves to promote literacy with readings all night. To support this group go to http:

6AM

Flaky Biscuits

Bill Adams brings you a special marathon version of this fantastic show. You bring the meat; we supply the biscuits and gravy.


8AM

Bess does an encore and brings yet another special marathon edition of her program.


8:05AM

Atlantic Weekly Part I

For more than a decade Saturday mornings on WTJU have been synonymous with folk music from both sides of the Atlantic.  Bringing you a broad range of music from old time to contemporary singer songwriters, Atlantic Weekly is the way many Charlottesvillians start their day. Join us for a special folk marathon edition of Atlantic Weekly, Part I, with host Mark Haskins. 



10AM

Atlantic Weekly Part II

Join host Cinder Stanton as she cruises the isles, bringing you a special folk marathon edition of the Celtic side of the ocean.


Noon

The Dead Show

Here it is, C'Ville, the Sunshine boys Chris Munson and Mr. Jones bring you two hours of the Dead, nuttin' but da Dead.


2PM

Voices of Brazil

Bruce Penner brings a bit of the Brazilian carnival to you by way of cohost and recent Carnival attendee Madeline Holly as they play the music from Bahia.


4PM

New West: Delbert & Shaver

Make sure you're givin' it up for the station you love as Matt and David E bring you grooves from two New West Artists, Delbert McClinton & Shaver. Listen for Delbert "sitting in" as a special host. This one will give you dreams to remember.


6PM

Virginia Bluegrass Showcase

Old Home Place host Ray Spears brings the best in bluegrass from Virginia artists.


8PM

Kevin Burke Live from the Prism

The curtain is drawn on the 2001 Folk marathon with the world's premier Irish fiddler. Thanks for listening and pledging!

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