By Folk Director Peter Jones
We thought September and October would let the folk department catch its breath, but perhaps November will be our salvation. The festivals continued, and musical guests just kept visiting the WTJU studios. One of the highlights was after their performance on the annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, the Frank Vignola Trio stopped by Folk & Beyond for an unbelievable live performance.
The folk staff also got heavily involved with this fall's jazz marathon, actually kicking off the whole fund drive with an acoustic jazz show hosted by Lonesome George of the Cosmic American Jamboree. We also did shows on piano stomp, West African blues, swing, David “Dawg” Grisman style jazz, and more.
Speaking of “Dawg”, we were proud to be part of the second annual Festy Experience festival this past Columbus Day weekend, where the David Grisman Sextet helped the festival hosts, the Infamous Stringdusters close out the fun.
Several of the main stage performers stopped by WTJU on their way to the Festy, including an interview with Railroad Earth's Todd Sheaffer, and a wonderful live performance from Lake Street Dive.
Our Atlantic Weekly staff returned to the Charlottesville City Market, where they did a series of “on the street” interviews with both the vendors and market customers. They will head back to the market again next season.
Finally, we were delighted to broadcast the first set of legendary Irish musician Andy Irvine's concert from C'ville Coffee on October 20th. We especially want to thank Blue Ridge Irish Music School, which sponsored the concert, and Sunset Road's Pete Marshall for putting together this opportunity. Andy Irvine's music of course is regularly aired on many of our programs, and Andy himself was often heard live on our airwaves when WTJU carried the Prism Coffeehouse broadcasts each Saturday night.
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