Local musicians Pam Baugham and Mike McDermott, who make up the Folk duo Sweet Betsy, visit WYSO for this installment of Excursions with Niki Dakota. The duo draws inspiration from classic folk music and largely sticks with the timeless style. However, the excellent musicianship of Pam and Mike in their songwriting and playing make Sweet Betsy simply wonderful to listen to. Performances include “Two for One” and “Last Thing”.
Local group Sawgrass stops by WYSO to showcase their classic Bluegrass sound on Excursions with Niki Dakota.
Sawgrass formed in 2005 in the Dayton and has been performing all over the country since. In addition to touring, Sawgrass has been featured in the PBS documentary Music Farmers which was nationally broadcast. The group uses traditional instruments and vocal stylings, in addition to their excellent musicianship, to create high- energy Bluegrass that is fresh, yet classic.
The Los Angeles based a capella group known as Sonos stops by WYSO to chat with Niki Dakota and perform live on Excursions.
Sonos consists of 6 well trained vocalists who met while attending school in Southern California (each of them studying Music). Sonos combines a classical background with contemporary vocal stylings including beat-boxing and electronic modification to create an exciting modern sound that has its roots in the fundamentals of vocal choir.
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.
Greg Howard, John Bayer, and Sean Fenton of the Dayton Sacred Harp Singers come to WYSO to demonstrate the classic branch of folk music known as Sacred Harp. Based in a rich Gospel and Hymn context, Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of singing religious music arranged for the rural Americans of 18th and 19th centuries.
The Dayton Sacred Harp Singers work to recapture this classic folk sound by creating a welcoming community that will accept any who wish to learn more about this incredible musical culture. Songs performed include “What Wondrous Love” and “Strepfield”.