Folk

Pennsylvanian-based musician Charlie Zahm began playing banjo as a teenager and soon switched to guitar.  He became serious about folk music as he got older and began to find his singing voice.  Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk spoke with Zahm ahead of an upcoming visit to Ohio.  The two discussed Zahm's musical roots including his maritime inspiration, finding a balance between musical and family life and much more.

Charlie Zahm will perform next weekend at the Ohio Scottish Games at Lorain Fairgrounds.  

Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk speaks to singer and musician John Molineux from Brittany in France.  They talk about his stint in The John Renbourn group, the state of folk music and much more.

Dayton Sacred Harp Singers

Jul 17, 2012
Photo by Alan Staiger

It’s the human voice that’s the sacred harp.  When a group of voices get together and turn up the volume, it can rattle the walls and make you feel like you’re on the inside of a musical instrument.

 

David Wax and Suz Slezak, together known as David Wax Museum, stop by Excursions to share their bizarrely brilliant “Mexo-Americana” music.

 

Folk trio Brother Sun brings a gospel and country tinged performance to Excursions.

Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway comprise Brother Sun, a folk trio boasting rich instrumentation and jarring three-part harmonies. Each a touring solo artist in his own right, the members of the group joined together in 2010 after a mutual festival performance. The group took off, spending much of 2011 touring heavily in support of their self-titled debut album.

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Norm Whitman of Detours.  They talk about how fellow host Cindy Funk introduced him to the station as a listener and his early days as a host.

Detours airs Saturday afternoons 1-3pm.

 

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason stop by Excursions to chat with Niki Dakota and to demonstrate their wonderful brand of American Folk music.

Jay and Molly first met during the 1970s and were eventually wed in 1991 and have been playing together since. The duo (utilizing folk standard of fiddle, guitar and piano) play a wide variety of folk music ranging from Appalachian, Cajun, and Celtic. The duo even branches into golden age swing and country occasionally. The duo plays with an expertise and cohesiveness that is almost unparalleled in the folk music world.

Susan Frikken

 

Who makes a perfect “road trip record?” According to Niki Dakota, it’s Peter Mulvey.

Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has been recording and touring as a solo artist since the early 1990’s. Originally from Wisconsin, Mulvey’s music has taken him everywhere from Dublin, Ireland to the streets of Boston, where he performed early on in his career. Over the last 15 years, he has steadily developed a following through critically acclaimed folk records like 2006’s “The Knuckleball Suite.”