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WXPN Folk Show

WXPN Folk Show The Folk Show is a weekly radio program in Philadelphia , airing Sunday nights from 8 to 10 on 88.5 WXPN, xpn.org
Hosted by Ian Zolitor.

Tonight on The Folk Show catch a special Interview and performance by Joe Purdy! His new album, "Coyote" cements his pla...
03/06/2022

Tonight on The Folk Show catch a special Interview and performance by Joe Purdy! His new album, "Coyote" cements his place in the lineage of songwriting greats like Townes and Guy and Roger Miller. Check out this track and tell me it doesn't kill-
https://open.spotify.com/track/0MUQ3hfyHpjUkj8QG1j3qv?si=9d95597b7d044c4f
Hear him play that song, and others, tonight on The Folk Show. 8pm ET on WXPN, stream live at wx.pn/listen

Very excited about new music from Jake Blount! Jake is an artist we've been celebrating on The Folk Show for several yea...
02/23/2022
Jake Blount, 'The Man Was Burning'

Very excited about new music from Jake Blount! Jake is an artist we've been celebrating on The Folk Show for several years. Congrats Jake!

On "The Man Was Burning," Blount spans the centuries to create an apocalypse for now.

02/07/2022

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 2/6/22

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone (Folk Show Theme)

Dando Shaft -Till the Morning Comes
Highway 61 Revival -Clocks & Spoons
Punch Brothers -Church Street Blues
Hot Tuna -Hesitation Blues

Talisk -Aura
Elyse Weinberg -Houses
Meskerem Mees -Seasons Shift

Dan Reeder -Fun Campfire Song
Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' -Waiting On The World To Change
Ondara -Pyramid Justice
Uwade -Lodarore

Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird -Poor Lost Souls
Humbird -Kansas City, Missouri
Iris DeMent -Our Town
Mandolin Orange -Wildfire

9pm

*Live Interview with R-Son The Voice of Reason*
Gangstagrass -Freedom (Juneteenth Remix) [feat. Rissi Palmer]
Gangstagrass -Nickel and Dime Blues
*Live freestyling over “Pete’s Jazz” (Pete Rock)*

Reverend Gary Davis -I Am The Light of This World
Jake Blount -Where Did You Sleep Last Night
Silverstein -Don't Give a Dose to the One You Love Most

Leyla McCalla -Fort Dimanche
Jake Xerxes Fussell -Rolling Mills Are Burning Down
Ani Difranco & Utah Phillips -Dump The Bosses

Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone (Folk Show Theme)
10pm

01/31/2022

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 1/30/22

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone? (Folk Show Theme)

Pentangle -Rain and Snow
Nick Drake -At the Chime of the City Clock
Martin O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra -Cold Canary Gaslight

Alison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves -The Banks of the Miramichi
The Ozark Highballers -Get Along Home, Miss Cindy
Our Native Daughters -Music and Joy

Chris Grunwald -The Secret in the Garden
Grateful Dead -Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Grateful Dead -Brokedown Palace

Cabinet -Old Time Songs
Live Wire -Thundersnow / Harpoon / Whiskey Business
Dom Flemons -My Money Never Runs Out
3hattrio -Dust Devil
Susan Pepper -Oh Lord, What a Morning

9pm
Feuerbach Quartett -Hurdy Gurdy Man
Guilhem Desq -Omen
Mark Schultz -Shalom Aleichem

*Live Interview with Author Aaron Leonard, “The Folk Singers and the Bureau”
Woody Guthrie -This Land Is Your Land

Lead Belly -Black Betty
Almanac Singers -C For Conscription

The Kingston Trio -MTA song
The Weavers -If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)

Paul Robeson -John Henry
Phil Ochs -When I'm Gone (Live)

Amber Rubarth -Wildflowers in the Graveyard
Vi Wickam & Justin Branum -Stumbling
Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone? (Folk Show Theme)
10pm

Phil Ochs covering The Beatles?! John Hartford covering Otis Redding?! Tune into The Folk Show tonight at 8pm ET on WXPN...
01/23/2022
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Phil Ochs covering The Beatles?! John Hartford covering Otis Redding?! Tune into The Folk Show tonight at 8pm ET on WXPN for an ALL COVERS SPECIAL!
Listen on your radio or stream live worldwide at wx.pn/listen

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01/17/2022

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 1/16/22

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone? (Folk Show Theme)

Tété -Les blédards célestes (Acoustique)
Grain Thief -Sorry You're Sick
Tyler Childers -Sludge River Stomp

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno -Sanctuary Song
Hezekiah Jones -Kings of People
Joe Purdy -Cairo Walls

Buffalo Nichols -Lost and Lonesome
Kikagaku Moyo -Gypsy Davey
The War and Treaty -Hi Ho

Roger Miller -Little Green Apples
Townes Van Zandt -For the Sake of the Song
Tony Rice -Last Thing on My Mind
Pete Seeger -Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream

9pm
*Commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. through Song*

Pete Seeger, Brother Kirk & The Sesame Street Kids -Ballad of Martin Luther King
The Montgomery Improvement Association -This Little Light
Rhiannon Giddens -Freedom Highway

Gangstagrass -Freedom (Juneteenth Remix) [feat. Rissi Palmer]
De Temps Antan -Réjean Pesant
Staple Singers -Why (Am I Treated So Bad)

Phil Ochs -Too Many Martyrs
Tré Burt -By The Jasmine
Bethany & Rufus, Kim & Reggie Harris & Peter Yarrow -If You Miss Me At the Back of the Bus

Chris Pierce -It's Been Burning for a While
Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick & Jimmy Collier
John Legend -Woke Up This Morning

SNCC Freedom Singers -Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round
Dion -Abraham, Martin And John
Fannie Lou Hamer -Go Tell It on the Mountain

The Southern Sons -Lift Every Voice and Sing
10pm

Getting ready for The Folk Show. Going live at 8pm ET.WXPN on your radio, or stream live at wx.pn/listen David Bromberg ...
01/10/2022

Getting ready for The Folk Show. Going live at 8pm ET.
WXPN on your radio, or stream live at wx.pn/listen

David Bromberg Quintet & Band

12/20/2021

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 12/19/21

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone (Folk Show Theme)

Hinton, Bower, Jones -Look At My Face
Fainschmitz -No
Fraser & DeBolt -Gypsy Solitaire
Sunny War -Lucid Lucy

*Live Performance / Interview with Ilan Isakov*

Tré Burt -Under The Devil's Knee
Dirk Powell -I Ain't Playing Pretty Polly
Allison Russell -Nightflyer

The Black Family -Donkey Riding
A.L. lloyd -Doodle Let Me Go (Yaller Girls)
The X-Seamen's Institute -Pleasant and Delightful

Les Poules à Colin -Chantons Pour Passer Le Temps
De Temps Antan -Réjean Pesant
Lisa LeBlanc -Eh Cher (You've Overstayed Your Welcome)

Leyla McCalla -The Capitalist Blues
Barbara Dane -I Hate The Capitalist System
Pete Seeger & The Song Swappers -Solidarity Forever

Elizabeth Cotten -Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
Jake Blount -Beyond This Wall
Blaze Foley -Moonlight

Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone (Folk Show Theme)
10pm

12/13/2021

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 12/12/21

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone? (Folk Show Theme)

Michael Nesmith -Different Drum
Senora May -All of My Love
Chris Kasper -No Reservations
Sam Steffen -Makin It Up (Right As We Go Along)

Jerron Paxton -Pretty Saro
The Incredible String Band -Ducks on a Pond

Tom Rush -Panama Limited
Shel Silverstein -The Great Conch Train Robbery

Joanna Newsom -Have One On Me
9pm
Meg Baird -Willie O'Winsbury

Fairport Convention -Matty Groves
Söndörgó -Hulusination

Bob Dylan -It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
Richie Havens -Follow

David Grisman & Jerry Garcia -Dark as a Dungeon
The Spinning Leaves -Bridges For Free

Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone? (Folk Show Theme)
10pm

11/29/2021

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 11/28/21

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who's Gonna Love Me When You're Gone (Folk Show Theme)

The Watson Family -I'm Troubled
Norman Blake -Old Joe's March
William Prince -You Got Me
Tré Burt -Sweet Misery

Bill Staines -River
Kate Wolf -Across The Great Divide
Sam Baker -Signs

Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer -Riddles Wisely Expounded
Trian -The Death of Queen Jane
The Early Mays -The Blackest Crow

Moctar -Tala Tannam
The Sun Also Rises -Wizard Shep
Bridget St. John -Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity

9pm
Taj Mahal -Nobody's Business But My Own
Man About a Horse -Lay My Head Down and Cry
Robbie Fulks -Aunt Peg's New Old Man

Woody Guthrie -Hanukkah Dance
The Klezmer Conservatory Band -Oy Chanukah, Oy Chanukah
Alisa Fineman -Ocho Kandelikas

Sabine McCalla -Roads We Wander
Richie Havens -Streets of Philadelphia
Ray LaMontagne -Jolene
Greg Garrison -Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear -Sorrows and Woes
Mae -Tenderness and Alcohol
Nora Brown -Buckcreek Girls

Mississippi John Hurt -Farther Along
Jim Kweskin -Going, Going, Gone
Malvina Reynolds -The Money Crop

Brad Hinton -Who's Gonna Love Me When You're Gone (Folk Show Theme)
10pm

11/22/2021

WXPN Folk Show playlist 11/21/21

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who's Gonna Love Me When You're Gone (Folk Show Theme)

Charlie Parr -Hobo
Zachary Lucky -Hang Me, oh Hang Me
Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra -Cold Canary Gaslight

*Live Interview/Performance with Hinton, Bower, Jones*

Little Lives -The Maze (feat. Birdie Busch, Todd Erk, Jaron Olevsky)
Alela Diane -Lady Divine
John Hartford -Morning Bugle
Emmylou Harris -A Ways to Go

9pm

Chris Kasper -Coffee & Weed
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry -Spread the News Around
Greenbriar Boys -Chicken

Steve Gunn & Cass McCombs -Wild Moutain Thyme
Talisk -Aura
Battlefield Band -After Hours / The Green Gates / The Ship In Full Sail

Chumbawamba -When Alexander Met Emma
Mischief Brew -Gratitude and Thanks

Arlo Gutrhie -Alice's Restaurant Multi-Colored Rainbow Roach Affair

Brad Hinton -Who's Gonna Love Me When You're Gone (Folk Show Theme)
10pm

11/15/2021

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 11/14/21

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who's Gonna Love Me When You're Gone (Folk Show Theme)

Jody Stecher -Turtle Dove
Pentangle -Jump Baby Jump
The McDades -Willie Reilly

Dirty Soap -Tell Me Your Story
Possessed By Paul James -Ferris Wheel
Townes Van Zandt -Cowboy Junkies Lament

Gurf Morlix -Blood On The Page
Richard and Linda Thompson -When I Get to the Border
Bombadil -So Many Ways to Die

Karen Dalton -Something on Your Mind
Karen Dalton -Katie Cruel
Bob Dylan -Tangled Up in Blue (More Blood, More Tracks)

Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth -Someone Singing With Me
9pm
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry -Gentle On My Mind
Shirley Collins -Sweet Greens & Blues

Melanie -Brand New Key
Delaney & Bonnie -Never Ending Song of Love
The New Seekers -I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)
Peter Yarrow -Weave Me the Sunshine

*Jay Ungar’s 75th Birthday!*
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason With Fiddle Fever -Ashokan Farewell
Aly Bain & Jay Ungar -You Low Down Diry Dog
David Bromberg -Yankee's Revenge: Medley

Old Crow Medicine Show -Wagon Wheel
Our Native Daughters -Polly Ann's Hammer
The Monroe Brothers -New River Train

Hubby Jenkins -I Must Be Blind, I Cannot See
Pete Seeger -I’ve Been Working On The Railroad

Brad Hinton -Who's Gonna Love Me When You're Gone (Folk Show Theme)
10pm

11/08/2021

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 11/7/21

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who's Gonna Love Me When You're Gone (Folk Show Theme)

Sam Steffen -Makin It Up (Right As We Go Along)
Eli West -Ginny's Little Longhorn
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band -All The Lilacs in Ohio

David Grisman, John Hartford & Mike Seeger -Uncle Pen
Joseph Spence -Down By the Riverside
Norman Blake -My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains
Frank Evans & Ben Plotnick -Porch City Stomp

Ween -Help Me Scrape The Mucus Off My Brain
Shel Silverstein -You Ain't Here
Dan Hicks -The Laughing Song
Tiny Tim -Tip Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me

Margo Cilker -Flood Plain
Margot Merah -Standing Still
Dan Reeder -When Ditmar Cometh Home
Paul Robeson -The Peat Bog Soldiers

Otis Redding -Tennessee Waltz
Queen Esther -Stand By Your Man
9pm
Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore -We Have Fed You All for a Thousand Years
Barbaro -Dark Turn of Mind (feat. Humbird)

The Stray Birds -Sabrina
Dave Cope and the Sass -Rosalina
Warren Zevon -Carmelita

Joni Mitchell -You Turn Me On (I’m A Radio)
Matt Combs, Mike Compton, Mark Howard, Chris Sharp & Dennis Crouch -Every Hour On The Hour
Matt Nakoa -You Are My Moonshine
Joni Mitchell -The Circle Game

Robin & Linda Williams -A Better Day A-Coming
Tré Burt -By The Jasmine
Rhiannon Giddens -Waterbound (with Francesco Turrisi)

Fairport Convention -Walk Awhile
Michael Hurley & The Unholy Modal Rounders -Slurf Song

Brad Hinton -Who's Gonna Love Me When You're Gone (Folk Show Theme)

10/18/2021

WXPN Folk Show Playlist

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone (Folk Show Theme)

Grain Thief -Sarah Armstrong's Paddy on the Turnpike
The Ebony Hillbillies -Liza Jane
Sturgill Simpson -Paradise
Chumbawamba -Song On The Times
Sunny War -Soul Tramp

*Live Interview and Performance with Chris Pierce*

Miko Marks -Hard Times
Lane Hardin -Hard Time Blues
Robbie Fulks -America is a Hard Religion

9pm
Norman Blake -Time
Margo Cilker -That River (Radio Edit)
Maya de Vitry -Working Man
The Roe Family Singers -Pretty Fair Maid in the Garden

Mike + Ruthy -I'll Be Your Mirror
Solo Sounds -All Tomorrow's Parties (feat. Mike Slo-Mo Brenner)
Ralph Stanley -White Light / White Heat
Jonathan Richman -Velvet Underground

Shane Cook & The Woodchippers -Journey With Me
Bill and the Belles -Taking Back My Yesterday
Juggernaut Jug Band -Foldin' Bed
Asleep at the Wheel -Take Me Back to Tulsa (feat. George Strait & Willie Nelson)
Lew London -Nagasaki

Woody Guthrie -Hard Travelin'
Eli West -Three Links of Chain
Rhiannon Giddens -Waterbound (with Francesco Turrisi)
The New Golden Ring -The Kangaroo Song

Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone (Folk Show Theme)
10pm

This week on The Folk Show we welcome our first live guest after over 19 months, and we couldn't be more thrilled that i...
10/16/2021

This week on The Folk Show we welcome our first live guest after over 19 months, and we couldn't be more thrilled that it's Chris Pierce ! His solo album, American Silence, absolutely floored us at its release in February. His music with War & Pierce and Leon Creek hits very hard.
Tune in to WXPN this Sunday at 8pm ET or stream live at xpn.org

10/11/2021

WXPN Folk Show Playlist 10/10/21

8pm
Brad Hinton -Who’s Gonna Love Me When You’re Gone? (Folk Show Theme)

JP Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain -Closer To The Mill (Going to California)
Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld -Turning the Corner
Zachary Lucky -I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground

The Statler Brothers -Flowers on the Wall
Jim Reeves -Roly Poly
Rylan Brooks -Nobody Loves Me Like Myself
Doc Watson -Deep River Blues

Laurel Premo -Poor Little Mary Sitting in the Corner
The Accidentals -Wildfire
The Lasses & Kathryn Claire -Follow the Heron

Carolina Chocolate Drops -I Truly Understand That You Love Another Man
Béla Fleck -The Old North Woods
De Temps Antan -Au Nord Là-Bas
Moonfruits -Le Maire

Mississippi John Hurt -Avalon Blues
9pm
Danny Kroha -I'll Be Rested
Della Mae -You Don't Have To Do That

Sarah McQuaid -The Sun Goes On Rising
William Prince -Just a Closer Walk with Thee
John Prine -Diamonds in the Rough

Jason Isbell -Souvenirs
Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird -Poor Lost Souls
The Spinning Leaves and Hezekiah Jones

Cedric Burnside -The World Can Be So Cold
Taylor McCall -So Damn Lucky
Senora May -Lookin' for a Fight (feat. Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett)

Summer Dean & Colter Wall -You're Lucky She's Lonely

John Prine -Long Monday
10pm

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Pete Seeger talks about wonderful things in the book, "Pete Seeger; In His Own Words"! The book is a great GEM! Pete says at one point, (I think he was talking about the HUAC committee): "We strongly resent all of the allegations being made, and also all of the alligators who are making them!" LOVE IT!!! Once, I told Pete Seeger that I couldn't sing. He said that I could in Folk Music. Like... I should consider a Maraca - probably only one pea out of a hundred actually kept the correct beat. But the rest were essential as they gave the song its folky sound! https://www.routledge.com/Pete-Seeger-in-His-Own-Words/Seeger-Rosenthal-Rosenthal/p/book/9781612052335?fbclid=IwAR2pJP2PfojB6fUdllLsIZk4XoR4H75aizEGQZE4uYfsRUo0G7SK55b3vm4
Giant thanks to IanZolitor for inviting me to be the first in-studio guest in 19 months last night in Philadelphia at WXPNFolk Show for an in depth discussion and 3 song set, live on air.
There is a rumor that Ian Zolitor of the WXPN Folk Show might be premiering a song of ours tonight, on said show, that we are releasing this Tuesday, the 20th day of July. Might be a thing....
Excellent selection tonight.
It’s been one year since the folk music world lost the late great Gene Shay, and Ian Zolitor is paying tribute to him on the WXPN Folk Show tonight. Read Ian’s tribute to Gene from a year ago and listen at 88.5 FM.
Organized by Jefferson Berry & the Urban Acoustic Coalition, the birthday bash for Gene Shay will be MC-ed by current WXPN Folk Show host Ian Zolitor and will feature stories and performances by artists who knew him well, like Tom Rush, Susan Werner, Ben Arnold and more.
“Trust” is an homage to a landscape and an anthem for our times. It reminds us that everything is alive, everyone is connected, and, despite the chaos of the outside world, a sense of refuge and purpose are always available if we stop, look, and listen. #americana #folkunlocked2021 #folk #rootsrock #guitar #newmusic #CaryMorin
👉 TONIGHT listen in for a chance to win 2 tickets to Cabin Fever Fest 2021 with Ian on the WXPN Folk Show , 8-10pm ET! Ian is going to feature performers, so listen in for your chance to win a ticket to #CFF, presented by Philadelphia Folksong Society and The Bluegrass Situation
“Walls are at the forefront of social and political discourse in our country, for a lot of the same reasons,” Jake Blount said on the WXPN Folk Show. “And it’s important to remember all the walls that have been built before and the fate that befell all of them.”
Happy birthday, Bob Dylan. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, on the WXPN Folk Show. wx.pn/listen
The late Gene Shay was a hero and mentor to many around the world, but in particular to two of our hosts here at XPN. Yesterday, David Dye offered up a moving tribute to Shay on Dave's World, while Ian Zolitor took two hours on the WXPN Folk Show to highlight an array of songs from many of Gene’s favorite artists, from the early days to present day. Listen back to both programs at The Key.
EDIT 10:30 a.m.: Though the Folksong Society shared this morning, and confirmed with us, that Gene Shay had passed away, members of Shay's family have since reached out to say he is actually in hospice care, and has not passed. We will post updates as we receive them. We are devastated to report that Gene Shay - who hosted the WXPN Folk Show for 20 years and MC'd the Philadelphia Folk Festival for over 50 years - *is in hospice care. Gene was a wise and witty voice on the airwaves, a passionate lover of music and live performance, and we were privileged to know him and work with him.