Arts & Culture

Robert de Gast / courtesy of Antiochiana (Antioch College)

Many families have Christmas traditions that are passed from one generation to the next. From deep within the WYSO vault comes one family’s holiday ritual to share with our listeners once again: a reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”

Dylan Thomas was a colorful and influential writer of the mid 20th century, and 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Welsh poet’s birth. Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson brings us a look at one of his most famous literary works.

Rita Coleman reads her poem, "The Way The Light Slants."

Roderick Kiracofe fell in love with quilts forty years ago. At the time he was living in SW Ohio. In his new book "Unconventional & Unexpected : American Quilts Below the Radar-1950-2000" he describes how he first became aware of quilts and how he then developed a passion for this under appreciated art form. Today he is one of our leading authorities on quilts.

Conrad Balliet reads David Petreman's poem, "Winter's Heart."

Indiana band and Dayton-based artist Ridge Clint Higgins are among the over 30 participants in this year's Songwriters Solstice fundraiser at Ghostlight Coffee to benefit the Dayton Foodbank.  They visited the WYSO studios ahead of the event to perform live on Excursions and spoke with Niki Dakota about their musical roots and more.

Songwriters Solstice is December 19th and 20th at Ghostlight Coffee. 

The members of Gran Bel Fisher returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their performance in Yellow Springs for a live in-studio performance on Excursions.  They spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their upcoming record and the Kickstarter campaign to support it.

Gran Bel Fisher will perform at Peaches in Yellow Springs on December 20th.

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's poem, "A Christmas Carryall."

In its second year, Songwriters' Solstice is two evenings of music to benefit the Dayton foodbank.  The event is the brainchild of songwriter Kevin Milner, and he and two of the performers, Reyna Spears and Ramblin' Mac Williams, visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the upcoming weekend of music.

Songwriters' Solstice is December 19th and 20th at Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton's South Park Neighborhood.

Willy Clark's musical career began with busking, which is how WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota first experienced his music.  Clark visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions and talked with Dakota about songwriting and his musical journey.

Willy Clark will perform at One Eyed Jackson on Saturday, December 20th.

On a previous visit to the WYSO studios, Tony Herdman and Charlie Tipton talked about traveling to Nashville to record an EP.  90 Miles to Nashville is now ready for release, and Herdman, Tipton and Alyssa Hanson visited the WYSO studios to talk about the recording process and perform songs both from the release and Tipton and Hanson's band, Blackbirds.

The release party for 90 Miles to Nashville is December 26th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton and will feature performances from the Tony Red Band, Blackbirds and Old Stage Renegades.

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