American Epic: The First Time American Heard Itself. March 3, 2018 KALW Folk Music & Beyond Sandy MIranda American Epic is a BBC/PBS joint project led by award-winning Director Bernard MacMahon, Producer Allison McGourty, and Musician Duke Erikson about the first recordings of roots music in the United States during the 1920s and 30s–and […]
Wake the Dead was born in 2000 when three veteran Celtic performers who shared a love for the Grateful Dead experienced a joint flash of inspiration and began weaving the two seemingly alien musical genres into something new and immediately appealing. Singer-fiddler-mandolinist Danny Carnahan, singer-mandolinist Paul Kotapish, and Celtic harper Maureen Brennan assembled a septet […]
I have always loved Paul Simon, after he went solo way back when. After Bob Dylan got the Nobel Prize in Literature recently, I began to think about who the great lyricists really are. We just lost Leonard Cohen, and of course he was #2 after Bob. But I really think Paul Simon sits in […]
The first hour of this week’s Folk Music & Beyond, we feature evocative new music from women. First, the new release from Spanish artist Ana Alcaide. Her new album, Legend, is inspired by legends and mythologies of women and feminine beings from Spain, Europe, and diverse places around the world. Ana is the first to […]
We love them so much. Willie Nelson just celebrated his 83rd birthday, and Merle Haggard just left us for the Highway Man Heaven in the Sky. Tune into KALW FM, local public radio in San Francisco, www.kalw.org on June 4, 2016 from 3-5pm for a romp through their song books.
Today we have a real treat–a live performance recorded on March 6 at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Ledward Kaapana, George Kahumoku, Jr., and Jeff Peterson will play the best of the best in traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. They are in the final week of a national tour, as we make this recording. […]
Radio shows Our most recent show can be listened to online for one week after the date of the show, by going to KALW.org and looking under MUSIC in the Folk Music & Beyond archives. We do a new two hour live Saturday afternoon special every month or so. Check the KALW Folk Music & […]
Today we had the grand pleasure of hosting Chris to celebrate his birthday. I asked him to bring in his favorite music, including the songs that set him on a course that brought Arhoolie Records, now 50 years old, into being. We had a great time in the studio, and many fans called in and […]
In the 3-4 pm hour, we’ll feature music from Italy, from whence we just returned. From 4-5 pm, we feature a live recording of the very down home, all woman Cajun band, The Magnolia Sisters, at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley on April 1, 2011. We air a full hour of their performance, and you can […]
Bela Fleck / Spirit Song; Salam Aleikum; Chant / Throw Down Your Heart: Africa Sessions, Part 2. Unreleased tracks / Acoustic Planet Jolly Boys / Never Find a Lover Like Me / Beer Joint & Tailoring / First Warning 1991 Jolly Boys featuring Albert Minott / The Passenger; I Fought the Law; Ring of Fire […]
The first major show on Balinese art, music, culture, and performance is currently on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco until September, 2011. I Made Surya is the son of a Balinese temple priest and an old friend. He is a superb mask carver, dancer, and specialist on all things Balinese. Judy […]
This week, KALW fm in San Francisco turned 70 years old. The first station west of the Mississippi to broadcast National Public Radio and the BBC has much to be proud of. Today, we listen to music from the early 1940s and late 1930s, as well as some great tunes from other eras. Take The […]
Today we air our live recording of this great band. We caught them at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on October 28, 2010. After two weeks of editing, we got their permission to air the first 13 songs from this sold out show…the opening concert of their first tour in fifteen years. These are […]
An update on the state of music and culture in Louisiana from someone who leads world class (and world famous) music tours down there every year…..Thanks to Nancy Covey for bringing the stories and music, JoAnn Mar for engineering, Rob Robinett for keeping track of it all, Vernon for some of the content, and Kevin […]
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Solstice, or another kind of holiday at this time of year, one thing is for sure. This is the time, throughout history, when people have always gathered together to share food, tell stories, and celebrate the shortest day of the year–and the subsequent beginning of the return of the light and […]
Watch a video of Babatunde performing on Sandy’s program Babatunde Olatunji in the KPFA studios, July 9, 1997, hosted and produced by Sandy Miranda. The full video is 90 minutes of interview and performance.