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No matter what time you tune in, there is a great folk song coming up! All around the clock, our curated playlist features classics from the folk revival as well as the finest contemporary folk artists who carry on the tradition!
In addition, we feature outstanding shows from a diverse group of hosts, all carrying out the tradition of great folk music!
Weekday mornings from 7am to noon ET (4am to 9am PT), tune into FOLK MUSIC NOTEBOOK for THE MORNING SHOW, hosted by Ron Olesko. THE MORNING SHOW is sponsored by Al Hemberger and The Loft Recording Studio in Bronxville, New York.
Join us Monday through Friday to get your day off to a good start! In addition to the best in folk music, we will share the latest news of the folk community and keep you up to date on upcoming festivals, tours, new releases and much more.
THE MORNING SHOW sponsor, THE LOFT RECORDING STUDIOS are located in the beautiful, quiet little town of Bronxville, New York. They are only 30 minutes from mid-town Manhattan. Director AL HEMBERGER is a multi platinum engineer and has recorded artists from Rihanna to Rod Stewart to Richard Shindell to Christina Aguilera to the Jonas Brothers to Britney Spears. The Loft has hosted hundreds of artists including Pete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Dar Williams, Cherish the Ladies, Lucy Kaplansky, Procol Harum, Donny Osmond, and the Average White Band just to name a few. Loft Recording Studios is located at 84 Kraft Avenue in Bronxville, NY. Phone (914) 793-8206 for more information.
Monday - Friday 7am - noon ET / 4am-9am PT
During this Covid-19 pandemic, Folk Music Notebook is bringing the artists to you - and practicing safe social distancing!
Each week we will bring you a great artist performing for you from their homes! We've invited a number of our folk artists to create "mini-showcases" in their homes, exclusive performances that will be heard at noon ET / 9am PT with additional encore broadcasts at various times during the day.
Check our schedule below. Artists interested in participating can contact Ron@FolkMusicNotebook.com for details.
At this difficult time, we hope that you will also consider supporting these independent artists who are sheltering in place with the rest of us as their concerts and tours have been cancelled. With venues and festivals shuttered, their source of income has stopped, as it has for many of us. Consider buying a CD, a t-shirt or donating to their Patreon pages. Below is information on how to contact each artist on our homepage as well as on the player as their set plays.
Stay safe, and enjoy the music and virtual companionship!
The folk music scene's "Man About Town", Gordon Nash, shares his picks for artists we should be listening to. Gordon is the music director of the BudgieDome at the annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and is a fixture on the NYC contemporary folk music scene.
Stay tuned to Folk Music Notebook - you never know when Gordon will pop up!
Occasional column with music that looks at current events and particularly relevant bits of history featuring the views of David Rovics - Singer/songwriter/rabble-rouser. Member, IWW, AFM Local 1000, and Portland Tenants United member.
The Sing Out! Radio Magazine is a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, hosted by Tom Druckenmiller, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded music.
Mondays at 8pm ET / 5p PT with an encore broadcast at 1am ET / 10pm PT
Folk music impresario Sonny Ochs curates a vast collection of songs that say something, tell a story, or question authority - including rarities from her brother Phil. This week's show was recored on May 31 and features songs for Memorial Day. Program courtesy of Catskill's Public Radio station WIOX in Roxbury, New York..
Alternate Mondays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with an encore broadcast at 2am ET/ 11pm PT
Jug band music in all its combinations, permutations and iterations, presented on this bi-weekly program hosted by Jack Pignatello, founding member of the the Dirdy Birdies Jug Band - the world's most dangerous jug band! Join Jack and discover the unique sounds of jug band music from it's early roots to evolving contemporary stylings.
Alternate Mondays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with an encore broadcast at 2am ET/ 11pm PT
Matt Watroba is the voice of folk music in Michigan for his work with WDET–Detroit Public Radio. As a producer/host and folksinger himself, Matt has come in contact with many aspects of folk music and culture. This has helped shape a repertoire and presentation that is unique on stages across the state and country. He is committed to inspiring the world to sing-- one town at a time.
Tuesdays at 8pm ET / 5pm PT with an encore broadcast at 1am ET/ 10pm PT
Acclaimed singer-songwriter James Lee Stanley brings his wit, observations and a tune or two to this weekly program that features outstanding singer-songwriters James Lee has admired. James Lee is an American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, producer whose six-decade career spans numerous artistic mediums. He is the true renaissance man, born in Philadelphia, PA, and has been recording and performing since the age of fourteen, with 34 album releases and television and film credits to his name. He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as Bonnie Raitt, Robin Williams, Nicolette Larson and even Stephen Stills. Steven Wright chose James Lee as his opening act for three years in a row; a testament to his professionalism and talent.
Tuesdays at 10pm ET / 7m PT with an encore broadcast at 3am ET/ midnight PT
Folk Plus is a blend of music from the contemporary folk scene. Angela Page draws from her experience of music gathered from over 20 years running college folk venues in the late 70's, the Speak Easy in Greenwich Village through the early 80's, her involvement with the production of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine and her ongoing radio work.
Wednesdays at 8pm ET / 5pm PT with an encore broadcast at 1 am ET/ 10pm PT
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Joe Jencks takes us along on his trips across the country, sharing music and stories from the folks he encounters along the way.
First Wednesday of the month at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with encore broadcasts at 2am ET / 11pm PT and the following Sunday at 1pm ET / 10am PT
Your ticket to some of the finest performances on the stage of one of the iconic music venues in the country - Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania!
Host Dave Fry ( also the founder of Godfrey Daniels) shares rare archival recordings made during the 40 + year history of Godfrey's. Program courtesy of Leigh Valley Public radio station WDIY (www.wdiy.org)
Thursdays at 8pm ET / 5pm PT with an encore broadcast at 1am ET / 10pm PT
Art of the Song - A Virtual Coffeehouse for Singers, Songwriters, Creative Explorers and Fans. We all have a song to sing. Whether it be music, writing, painting, entrepreneurship or simply living life as a work of art, the world needs YOUR creativity. Please join hosts John Dillon and Vivian Nesbitt as they offer music and conversation to caffeinate your creative process. We invite you to listen with an open heart and let creative inspiration pour over you.
Thursdays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with an encore broadcast at 2am ET / 11pm PT
Offbeat, fun, and thought provoking The Midnight Special is Chicago's, and through Internet streaming, the world's weekly aberration of folk music and farce, show tunes and satire, madness and escape. Host: Rich Warren
Fridays at 8pm ET / 5pm PT with an encore broadcast Saturday at noon ET/ 9am PT
Left Coast eclectic mix of music from the personal library of acclaimed singer-songerwriter Joel Rafael.
Friday at 10pm ET / 7pm PT with an encore broadcast at 2am ET / 11pm PT
During this Covid19 pandemic, host Joltin' Joe Pszonek brings his live show The Train Wreck to Folk Music Notebook. Normally heard on WNTI in New Jersey, but during this time of self-quarantine, Joe will present this eclectic show live on Saturday mornings for the duration.
Saturdays at 9am ET / 6AM PT
River City Folk is an engaging mix of live performance, interview, and recordings. Hosted by veteran singer-songwriter Tom May, each program features a folk artist or group from across North America who performs live in the studio. Through Tom's interviews with the artists, and recordings that have influenced them, the listener is entertained by a unique perspective on the living tradition that is folk music.
Saturdays at 7pm ET / 4pm PT with an encore broadcast at 1am ET/ 10pm PT.
A live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. Recorded in Lexington, Kentucky and hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathon.
Saturdays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with an encore broadcast Sunday at noon ET / 9am PT
Since 1970, Folkscene has been one of the most influential and respected folk radio shows in the nation. Created by the late Howard and Roz Larman, Folkscene features the highest quality music and in-studio performances and interviews from some of the most important folk and acoustic artists of the last 5 decades. Following the passing of Howard in 2007 and Roz in 2016, the show continues on with their son Allen and his wife Kat Griffin hosting and Peter Cutler producing. Folk Music Notebook is proud to present a special edition of this iconic series, featuring archival interviews and concert performances from this iconic series hosted by Howard, Roz, and Allen and his wife Kat as well as Peter and his wife Deborah.
Saturdays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with an encore broadcast 2am ET / 11pm PT
From Israel! A radio host for Radio Upper Galilee in Israel, Menachem Vinegard is bringing his show to Folk Music Notebook for the duration of the Covid19 crisis. Menachem, also the director of the Jacob's Ladder Festival, is unable to broadcast from his regular station during the lockdown and we are honored to bring this special show to the Folk Music Notebook audience.
Sunday 9am ET / 6a PT
(LIVE) Created by Ron Olesko in 1980, WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS is the station's longest running show, presenting the diverse world of folk music to the NYC metro area. Ron's guest list includes the cream of the contemporary folk music community, many performing live in the studio. Simulcast with thanks to WFDU-FM, the non-commercial radio station owned by Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.
Sundays 3pm ET / 12 noon PT
Joltin Joe (Pszonek) has made Nowheresville his radio home for 10 years. Broadcasting from his Dungeon Studio in the heart of downtown, underground, Nowheresville, his musical mission is to present new and independent artists from the world of folk, especially the edges of the genre. His show, Radio Nowhere is now heard exclusively on Folk Music Notebook and broadcasts throughout the world.
Sundays 6pm ET / 3pm PT
with an encore broadcast Fridays at 11pm ET / 7pm PT
A weekly 1 hour folk music & talk radio show hosted by Rik Palieri with co-host Jason Baker. Each week Rik explores a topic and share songs old and new to illustrate the theme.
Sundays at 8pm ET / 5pm PT with an encore broadcast at 1am ET / 10pm PT
Womenfolk is a weekly radio program highlighting the best in women’s folk/acoustic music. Host Ellen Stanley brings the listeners a tasty mix of new music, live music, artist interviews, themed shows –served up fresh for a diverse audience of music fans from around the world. The show is heard on Folk Music Notebook courtesy of KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul.
Sundays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT with an encore broadcast at 2am ET / 11pm PT
The Folk Music Notebook is an Internet radio station showcasing Folk Music 24/7 – grassroots music presented by veteran broadcaster Ron Olesko
The channel has become a hub for the contemporary folk music community – blending the familiar with the yet to be discovered.
Ron Olesko was presented with the Creator of the Year Award at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) in recognition for the creation of Folk Music Notebook
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Folk music is a living tradition, obliterating the myth that folk songs only encompass dusty centuries old tunes that have been played the same way forever. Folk music is constantly growing – embracing old traditions and creating new ones.
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