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Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour on HPPR
A celebration of grassroots Americana music. Hear folk, bluegrass and acoustic singer-songwriter music.
Hosted by folk singer Michael Jonathon, Woodsongs is a multi-media celebration of grass roots music run entirely by volunteers! Featuring live performances from bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists performed at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 1:01pmCRYSTAL BOWERSOX catapulted from the coffeehouses and subway tunnels of Chi-cago to millions of homes across America when she placed second in Season 9 of American Idol by her emotive folk-rock-country style. Old soul voice, care-free style and "don't mess with me" attitude set her apart from the other contestants and landed the self-taught songstress performances with the like Joe Cocker, Harry Connick, Jr., and Alanis Morrissette. Her latest is 'All That For This' .
MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY gained international acclaim for her roles on esteemed films and television series like Dexter, Downtown Abbey, and The Tudors. From Ireland, her fifth solo release 'Sing', is a 10-song collection co-written with husband Kieran Kennedy, featuring duets with Damien Rice, Paul Brady and, on 'Yes We Will', the legendary John Prine. Richly imagined, 'Sing' marries folk forms with torch-song melodies, flamenco rhythms, avant-rock, Celtic, Mediterranean and Appalachian airs.
Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:18pmOVER THE RHINE is the southern Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karin Bergquist. The acclaimed folk/Americana duo return to the WoodSongs with a brand new double album titled 'Meet Me At The Edge Of The World'. The songs were all recorded live and were inspired by the couple’s move to a pre-Civil War farm in southern Ohio eight years ago. The album was produced by Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry.
COURTNEY JAYE is a Nashville based singer/songwriter whose angelic, high plains vocal and its steady reverb wash fits in well with other female alt-country artists like Neko Case and Jenny Lewis. Her latest LP, 'Love and Forgiveness' is an organic and rootsy album that recalls the classic 70s-inspired pop of her heroes Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, The Band and Fleetwood Mac.
Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:46amMary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, TV shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience.
Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular artists. Born and raised in Strabane, Northern Ireland, on the border with the Irish Republic, he was into a wide variety of music from an early age. Paul continues to push out the boundaries not only of his own talent but of Irish contemporary music in the new millennium.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 2:48pmWS722: Bluegrass from Ireland featuring: We Banjo 3, Niall Toner, Lands End, Tom Hanway, Cup O'Joe, Dermot & Flo and Evan LyonsBroadcast from the Convention Center in Dublin, Ireland, this show spotlights the connection between Irish traditional music and American bluegrass. WE BANJO 3 is an award-winning quartet from Galway, Ireland. The band combines Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. Made up of two sets of brothers, they are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. NIALL TONER is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading experts on Bluegrass and American Country Music. Hailing from the Blackstairs mountains, he brings this knowledge of Music to a wide audience, both through his recordings, his live performances with his Niall Toner Band and various workshops, as well as through his award winning Radio Show, Roots Freeway, which is broadcast on Ireland's National Radio Station, RTE Radio One. LANDS END are a diverse group of young musicians who crossed paths at the UK’s premier bluegrass workshop, Sore Fingers, which is held annually in Oxfordshire. The members hail from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool, and Gloucestershire and their name, ‘Lands End’, pays tribute to the fact that each member comes from a differ-ent geographical location. Playing a mix of original material alongside bluegrass standards and the odd hint of Celtic and Baltic tastes, Lands End have been gathering huge momentum since they formed in April 2012. TOM HANWAY began playing the 5-string banjo in 1985, studying with banjo greats Tony Trischka and Bill Keith and established himself as one of New York City’s most solid and creative players and composers. Now living in Ireland, Tom is a leading proponent of the "Celtic fingerstyle" banjo and has written several books published by Mel Bay on the topic. CUP O'JOE is made up of the multi-talented Agnew family from Mowhan in County Armagh, in Northern Ireland. This trio of teenagers grew up attending festivals and concerts, and watching the bluegrass greats like Michael Cleveland, Ross Nickerson and many other great musicians. Now, they are taking center stage playing a wide range of traditional bluegrass and Old Time Appalachian standards as well as some of their original material. DERMOT & FLO. Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians having been awarded the Irish Television station, TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013. He hails from Buncrana in the Inishowen peninsula, the most northerly part of Donegal, and has played accordion since a very young age. He guested on two Altan recordings "The Red Crow" and "Island Angel" before joining the band in 1994. Floriane Blancke was born in Paris, France. She is a talented harpist, fiddler, pianist and vocalist who has been embraced into Irish Traditional music circles over the past numbers of years. The grand-daughter of Jazz musician Stanislas Suranyi, her music has been greatly influenced by this native Hungarian Gypsy style, and of her grandmother Marthe Blancke, who was a classical French violinist. After moving to Ireland from France in 2006, she has pursued a full-time career in Traditional Music. EVAN LYONS is a 13 year old banjo picker from Ireland. He began playing banjo only 10 months ago. He will be performing a banjo duet with Tabitha from Cup O'Joe.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 2:02pmAMY GRANT has sold more than 30 million albums, including one Five Time Platinum album, 1 Triple Platinum and 1 Double Platinum album, as well as additional Six Platinum and 4 Gold albums. She has won six GRAMMY Awards in multiple categories. Her career spans over 25 years and stretches from her roots into her experience as an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. It's been ten years since she has released a full-length studio album and her new album, 'How Mercy Looks From Here', delivers one of her most powerful albums. It's a soundtrack that em-braces both the triumphs and challenges of life and was inspired by talks with her ailing mother (to whom the record is dedicated).