The Folk Music Notebook
The Folk Music Notebook

A VIRTUAL FOLK FESTIVAL - 24 HOURS A DAY!

A VIRTUAL FOLK FESTIVAL - 24 HOURS A DAY!

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"Shelter in place showcases"

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During this Covid-19 pandemic, Folk Music Notebook is bringing the artists to you - and practicing safe social distancing! 


Each weekday 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 daily 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!

SCHEDULE*

Times listed Eastern DaylightTime:


MONDAY MAY 25- Janie Barnett

  •  Noon ET & encores at 4pm, 11pm & Tuesday 4am ET

TUESDAY MAY 26 - Ruth & Max Bloomquist

  •  Noon ET & encores at 4pm, 11pm & Wednesday 4am ET

WEDNESDAY MAY 27 - Nick Juno

  • Noon ET & encores at 4pm, 11pm & Thursday 4am 

THURSDAY MAY 28 - Michael R.J. Roth

  • Noon ET & encores at 4pm, 11pm & Friday 4am ET

FRIDAY MAY 29 - Judy Kass

  • Noon ET & encores at 4pm, 1am & Saturday 4am ET


& more to come!!


DID YOU MISS A SHOWCASE?  Click on the archive links below to listen:


TUESDAY MARCH 24 - Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes

WEDNESDAY MARCH 25 - Carla Ulbrich

THURSDAY MARCH 26 - James Lee Stanley

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FRIDAY MARCH 27 - Genevieve

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MONDAY MARCH 30 - Jeff Hyman

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TUESDAY MARCH 31 - Ordinary Elephant

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 - Neale Eckstein

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THURSDAY APRIL 2 - Kim Moberg

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FRIDAY APRIL 3 - Fred Gillen Jr..

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MONDAY APRIL 6 - Jane Fallon

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TUESDAY APRIL 7 - Joe Jencks

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 - Gerry Segal

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THURSDAY APRIL 9 - Eric Lambert

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FRIDAY APRIL 10 - Carolann Solebello

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MONDAY APRIL 13 - The Levins

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TUESDAY APRIL 14 - Debra Cowan

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 15 -Joe Iadanaza


THURSDAY APRIL 16 - Jason Baker


FRIDAY APRIL 17 - Jeremiah Tall


MONDAY APRIL 20 - JANTURAN


TUESDAY APRIL 21 - Jesse James DeConto of The Pinkerton Raid

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 22 -Ian Foster


THURSDAY APRIL 23 - Friction Farm


FRIDAY APRIL 24 - Alice Howe


MONDAY APRIL 27 - Nico Padden

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TUESDAY APRIL 28 - Sandy Cash

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 29 - The Promise is Hope


THURSDAY APRIL 30 - Marion Halliday


FRIDAY MAY 1 - David Roth


MONDAY MAY 4 - Meghan Cary


TUESDAY MAY 5 - Randie O'Neil


WEDNESDAY MAY 6 -Tom Chapin


THURSDAY MAY 7 - Stuart Markus


FRIDAY MAY 8 - Jud Caswell


MONDAY MAY 11 - Jeff Brown

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TUESDAY MAY 12 - Susan Kane

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WEDNESDAY MAY 13 -Dave Gross


THURSDAY MAY 14 - Peter Lehndorf


FRIDAY MAY 15 - Licity Collins


MONDAY MAY 18 - Mike Ward

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TUESDAY MAY 19 - Robin Greenstein

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WEDNESDAY MAY 20 - Andy & Judy

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THURSDAY MAY 21 - Cary Morin


FRIDAY MAY 22 - Gawain and the Green Knight


* - due to the pandemic situation, the broadcast schedule is subject to change.  We will update this page should there be any changes.

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TUESDAY'S ARTIST - RUTH & MAX BLOOMQUIST

Ruth and Max Bloomquist celebrate 40 years of performing their style of Acoustic Americana, with roots in Folk, Bluegrass, and traditional Country music. 


Ruth is well known for her songwriting as well as her striking alto voice. She was a winner of Merlefest’s Chris Austin Song Writing competition in 2003 with her gospel number, By The River. The pair's 2010 CD release, Turn Back a Page reached No. 5 on the Folk DJ Airplay Chart with 4 songs in the top 100 for that year. A Youtube video featuring Michigan Girl, a track from that CD, has been viewed over 360,000 times. 


The pair has toured in southern France nearly every year since 2008. A live CD was released in 2012 and a Christmas EP in 2015. The couple released their sixth full length CD, On A Canvas Painted Blue, in October 2017.  

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Shows and Features

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FOLK MUSIC 24 HOURS A DAY!!

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!

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The morning show - sponsored by al hemberger and the loft recording studio, bronxville, ny

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

MONDAY

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SING OUT! RADIO MAGAZINE

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


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FOLK MUSIC AND OTHER STUFF

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

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SOUNDS SO SWEET

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

TUESDAY

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THE MATT WATROBA SHOW

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

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Another Radio Show

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

WEDNESDAY

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folk plus with angela page

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


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My Highway Home With Joe Jencks

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 

THURSDAY

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LIVE FROM GODFREY DANIELS

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

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art of the song

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

FRIDAY

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THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

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

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Rockin' the Rez

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

Saturday

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THE TRAIN WRECK

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

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RIVER CITY FOLK

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.

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Michael Johnathon's Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

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



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FOLKSCENE

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

SUNDAY

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RADIO CORONA

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

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TRADITIONS with RON OLESKO

(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


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RADIO NOWHERE

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

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FOLK TALK with Rik Palieri

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

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Womenfolk

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 / midnight PT

Features

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FOLK ON THE WATER

Folk Music Notebook is following folksinger Dave Rowe as he embarks on a year long journey - Dave is traveling the eastern continental US by boat, following the Great Loop, and singing songs along the way. The Great Loop is a 6,000-mile string of navigable waters from the east coast to the Great Lakes via the Hudson River and Erie Canal, down the inland rivers and canals of the heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, and around the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway up the East Coast. 


From the bridge of his vessel, he will see America like very few others have. As he voyages, Dave will of course be playing to new audiences—some perhaps in unconventional or idyllic places—from yacht clubs to canal-side coffee houses and taverns, from small concert halls to historic, little opera houses on the islands of the Great Lakes—this will be the musical journey of a lifetime. 

STAY TUNED FOR NEXT CHAPTER

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Gord's Gold

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!

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THIS WEEK WITH DAVID ROVICS

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.  


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ONE ON ONE + 1

Folk music icon Christine Lavin hosts a series of chats with fellow songwriters and performers.  Each episode features a discussion about one of the guest artist's songs, plus a recommendation about another artist for us to discover.  

STAY TUNED FOR OUT NEXT EPISODE

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NEWS: FOLK MUSIC NOTEBOOK HONORED FOR "CREATOR OF THE YEAR"

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

Click HERE to read more.

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CELEBRATING OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY!

We celebrated our 1 year anniversary on May 9!  Folk Music Notebook is proud of what we have accomplished together during our first year.  Our listeners have made it possible for us to broadcast live from the Old Songs and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals, from the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and from various venues.  


We have great plans for the future once we get through this Covid19 pandemic.  Folk Music Notebook will continue to bring you the finest in folk as we face this crisis "alone together".  Stay safe and stay well and stay in touch with your friends in the folk community.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


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The Folk Music Notebook is an Internet radio station showcasing Folk Music 24/7 – grassroots music presented by veteran broadcaster Ron Olesko

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The channel  has become a hub for the contemporary folk music community – blending the familiar with the yet to be discovered.

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2019 "Creator of the Year" award for Folk Music Notebook

2019 "Creator of the Year" award for Folk Music Notebook

2019 "Creator of the Year" award for Folk Music Notebook

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

Click HERE to read more.

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2019 "Creator of the Year" award for Folk Music Notebook

2019 "Creator of the Year" award for Folk Music Notebook

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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