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Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Family Tradition on Leftover Biscuits

 Tune in Saturday morning at 6:30, December 18th, for a special Leftover Biscuits.
Family will be the name of the game, with names like Carter, Stoneman, Watson and Poplin, not to mention the Brothers Monroe, Stanley, Louvin, Delmore and more!


Family will also play an important role in a long standing Leftover Biscuits Christmas tradition.

Have a request?  Send us an e-mail, or leave it at our Facebook page.

Loss of a folk friend

  Yesterday the local community - folk community included - saw a friend laid to rest.  
Pi-Hsiah Chiang Tyler was interned outside Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Dec 15 in the afternoon. 

  Many of you may know that quite a few Prism Coffeehouse artists benefited from Pi-Hsiah's [PEE-shah] support through the offer of rooms - at cost - at the motels that Pi-Hsiah and her husband Chris Tyler ran over the years.  This was done w/ little fanfare, and the Tylers have 
continued this support for visitors to the local music scene, such as my teacher Cheick Hamala Diabate, when asked, even now that the Prism is closed.  

  The crowd at Emmanuel Episcopal was one of the most diverse I've seen herebouts.  There were plenty of Chinese-Americans, blacks and whites, too.  Pi-Hsiah had lots of 
friends, from all walks of life.  
  Pete and Ellen Vigour supplied most of the music for the service.  
  Pi-Hsiah's children spoke, though their remarks were just forming and incomplete. 
  She was killed suddenly in a traffic accident that has left her family shaken.  I spoke briefly to Chris yesterday after the internment, and I think he would appreciate any gesture the folk dept at WTJU could make; a word before a tune on your show this week or at year's end, a story of a favorite Prism concert.  

  The Tylers currently own and operate the Red Carpet Inn on US 29N. 

Bruce Penner 
Radio Tropicale

Sunset Road playlist 12/17/10

2010 wrap up
  1. "Pete's tune" - Extended Play boys - Extended Play boys [Beet]
    theme tune
  2. "Dry & Dusty/Duck River Suite" - Darol Anger's Republic Of Strings - String Nation: An International String Music Event
    2010 release, from a 2007 event
  3. "Isn't Everything Enough" - Leslie Tucker - In This Room [Compass]
    Bush's tax cuts get renewed, for even the top 2%
  4. "Rich Mans War" - Steve Earle
  5. "Lives In The Balance" - Jackson Browne,David Crosby, Graham Nash & David Lindley - Live Recording
    Thanks to David Swanson for the link.
  6. "You Got The Silver" - Crooked Still - Some Strange Country [Signature sounds]
  7. "Blue Light" - Aoife O'Donovan - Blue Light [Self]
    self released limited release 45rpm
  8. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Featuring Bill Frisell)" - Carrie Rodriguez - Love and Circumstance
  9. "Willow Creek" - Darrell Scott - A Crooked Road [Full Light]
    nominated for best country instrumental grammy
  10. "Oh Sweet Longing" - Darrell Scott - A Crooked Road [Full Light]
  11. "Half Past Four" - The John Hartford Stringband - Memories of John [Compass]
  12. "Say Old Man, Can I Have Your Daughter?" - Hammer And String - The Girl Who Broke My Heart [Self]
    Included in this set are artists who have appeared here on Sunset road in the past year, including Hammer & String
  13. "Pretty Polly" - Old Sledge - EP [Self]
    Click on "old Sledge" to see a video of them playing here in the studio
  14. "Yew Piney Mountain, My Mama Always Talked To Me" - Albemarle Ramblers - Gentlemen From Virginia [Self]
  15. "There Will Never Be Another You/Not You Again" - Alex Hargreaves - Prelude [Adventure]
    Hard for me to get enough of this amazing young fiddle phenomenon!
  16. "Summer Soft" - Alex Hargreaves - Prelude [Adventure]
  17. "Atlantic Drive" - John McSherry - Soma [Compass]
  18. "Snowball" - Lúnasa - Lá Nua [Self]
    This set of tunes debuted on the radio live on sunset road! great new cd from Lúnasa.
  19. "Freefalling Reels: If You Go First/Frankie's/Freefalling" - Michael McGoldrick - Aurora [Compass]
    Michael McGoldrick, always pushing the boundaries of Irish flute music. Check him out on youtube, click on the link on his name
    ..he plays flute left handed.
  20. "Doïna/Parov's Daichevo" - Tony McManus - The Maker's Mark [The Dream Guitar Sessions] [Greentrax]
    Tony McManus playing a guitar/sitar hybrid made by Canadian luthier Linda Manzer
  21. "Gator Strut" - Mike Marshall, Hamilton DeHolanda And Darol Anger - String Nation: An International String Music Event [Disc 2]

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Darrell Scott's "A Crooked Road"

Darrell Scott has a new double cd out entitled "A Crooked Road". One of the cuts, 'Willow Road' has just been nominated for a Grammy for best country instrumental, and he's also nominated via Robert Plant's Band of Joy, of which he is a member, for best Americana album.

Hear an interview with Darrell Scott here:

Here's Darrell at WTJU on Sunset Road back in 2006, with engineer extraordinaire Morgan McLeod looking on:
Darrell Scott & Morgan, WTJU, PS

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunset Road playlist 12/03/10

    1. "Pete's Tune" - Extended play boys - Extended Play Boys [Beet]
      Theme tune
    2. "Lonesome Clapper" - Alex Hargreaves - Prelude [Adventure]
      This has got to be in my top 10cds fror 2010
    3. "If We Make It Through December" - Merle Haggard - Moneyland [McCoury]
      For all those listeners whose unemployment compensation is about to run out
    4. "Breadline Blues 2008" - Bernard 'Slim' Smith - Moneyland [McCoury]
    5. "What Happened?" - Merle Haggard - Moneyland [McCoury]
    6. "Goodle, U.S.A." - Darrell Scott - The Invisible Man [Full Light]
    7. "In The Gutter" - Karan Casey & Aoife O'Donovan - Via Youtube
      Exciting new collaboration fostered by Solas' Seamus Egan. He plays on this recording.
    8. "In The Gutter" - Mick Flannery - Evening Train [EMI Ireland]
      The original version. This song won the 'International Songwriting Competition'. Tom Waits was one of the judges.
    9. "Let's Go To The Fair" - Larry Keel & Natural Bridge - Hand Picked: The Best Of Watermelon Hand Picked: The Best Of Wat [Shepherd's Ford Productions]
      Th 12/09 Larry Keel & Natural Bridge 8:00 pm, Mockingbird/Staunton 540/213-8777
    10. "Stoney Lonesome" - Larry Keel & Natural Bridge with Fiddlin' Dave VanDeventer - Hand Picked: The Best Of Watermelon Hand Picked: The Best Of Wat [Shepherd's Ford Productions]
    11. "Matt & Nat's" - Natalie MacMaster - Yours Truly [Rounder]
      Sat 12/11 Natalie MacMaster 8:00 pm, Paramount Theater/C-ville 434/979-1333
    12. "Volcanic Jig" - Natalie MacMaster - Yours Truly [Rounder]
    13. "Candles in the Rain(Childless Mothers)" - Darrell Scott - A Crooked Road [Full Light]
    14. "Snow Queen and Drama llama" - Darrell Scott - A Crooked Road [Full Light]
      new cd from Mr Scott. Yay!
    15. "Sleeping Giant" - Mike Marshall, Alex Hargreaves, Paul Kowert - Mike Marshall's Big Trio [Adventure]
    16. "Honey Bee's Secret" - Mike Marshall, Alex Hargreaves, Paul Kowert - Mike Marshall's Big Trio [Adventure]
    17. "Ploska" - The Bee Eaters - The Bee Eaters [Self]
    18. "Loke's Troubles" - Mike Marshall & Darol Anger With Vasen - Mike Marshall & Darol Anger with V^e4sen [Adventure]
    19. "Fruitmarket Reels" - Lúnasa - Lá Nua [Self]
    20. "Freefalling Reels: If You Go First/Frankie's/Freefalling" - Michael McGoldrick - Aurora [Compass]
    21. "Five Mile Town" - Nuala Kennedy - Tune In [Compass]

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Karan Casey & Aoife O'Donovan

At the suggestion of Solas founder Seamus Egan, Karan Casey & Aoife O'Donovan have started a collaborative effort.

Expect a cd and gigs to support it at some time in the future.

Here's a taste:

You heard it here first folks!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Irish Flute player Laura Byrne on Atlantic Weekly pt 2 sat 11/27

Laura Byrne will be making a guest appearance on Atlantic Weekly pt 2, saturday November 27th at 11:00 am, before her appearance at C'ville Coffee that evening together with Pat Egan on guitar and vocals, Myron Bretholz on bodhran (Irish frame drum) and Rhys Jones on fiddle. The concert is being presented by the Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) and C-Ville Coffee Stage Café.

Laura's flute playing has been described as "effortless, powerful and engaging." Highly regarded on both sides of the Atlantic, Laura is based in Baltimore, Maryland and recently won a Maryland State Arts Council award for solo performance. She has performed throughout North America and in Ireland and just released her second solo recording, Lucky Day, in July 2010. 

In addition to being fabulous musicians, Laura, Pat, Rhys and Myron are experienced and sought after teachers who have taught at Irish and old time workshops, festivals and music programs all over the US and Canada.They will be offering workshops throughout the day of the concert.  These workshops will include Irish guitar accompaniment, singing (songs taught will be in English, not in Irish Gaelic), Irish flute, Irish tin whistle, old time fiddle and bodhran (Irish frame drum).  The workshops will take place in the C-Tunes studio at 1108 W. Main St. (above Studio Art Shop) in Charlottesville.

For more information, or to register for workshops,  call 434-409-9631 or email Lori Madden at brimstunes@yahoo.com

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Honoring Emmett Boaz On The Next Leftover Biscuits

Emmett Boaz, a long-time fixture on the WTJU airwaves, passed away Saturday, November 6th, doing one of the things he loved best - hosting Leftover Biscuits.

Tune in this Saturday morning, November 13th, from 6:30-8:00 as Peter Jones re-airs Emmett's own version of his final show, originally heard this past June.

If you would like to share a memory or thought, please leave us a note at the Leftover Biscuits Facebook page.  You can also send an e-mail.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Music to Vote By

Tuesday Nov. 2, noon to 2, check out a wild assortment of music to vote by on Walk Right In, brought to you by me, Rebecca.

here's the playlist...

  1. "Walk Right In Belmont" - Watts And Wilson - Times Ain't Like They Used To Be Vol. 4 [Yazoo]
  2. "Washington Blues" - Elizabeth Cotton - Live!
  3. "In The Jailhouse Now" - Memphis Sheiks - Good For What Ails You [Old Hat Records]
  4. "Had, Took, Misled" - Bernice Johnson Reagon - Give Your Hands To Struggle
  5. "Election Day" - Lyle Lovett - My Baby Don't Tolerate
  6. "Hard Times" - Nathan Moore - Folk Singer
  7. "Talkin John Birch Paranoid Blues" - Bob Dylan - The Whitmark Demos 1962-1964
  8. "How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live" - Blind Alfred Reed - Hard Times In The Country [County Records]
  9. "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?" - Tim O'Brien - Long Live Bluegrass!
  10. "The World Is Going Wrong" - Geoff Muldaur And The Texas Sheiks - Things About Comin' My Way: Music Of The Mississippi Sheiks
  11. "One Cat, One Vote, One Beer" - Ry Cooder - My Name Is Buddy
  12. "Corrido De Pennsylvania" - Pedro Rocha Y Lupe Martinez - Mexican-American Border Music Vol. 1 [Arhoolie]
  13. "Poor But Honest" - Wilmouth Houdini - 15 World Music Classics [Arhoolie]
  14. "Talking Kkk Blues" - Townes Van Zandt - A Gentle Evening With
  15. "Paradise" - John Prine - Great Days Anthology
  16. "Talkin'about That Panama Canal" - Butch Hancock - Own The Way Ove Here
  17. "Which Side Are You On?" - Natalie Merchant - The House Carpenter's Daughter
  18. "What's Goin' On" - Los Lobos - Just Another Band From East L.A.
  19. "Christmas In Washington" - Steve Earle - Concerts For A Landmine Free World
  20. "Draftboard Blues" - Cliff Bruner & His Boys - Doughboys, Playboys And Cowboys
  21. "I Ain't Marching Anymore" - Phil Ochs - Journey To Love, Rare And Early Elektra Classics [Mojo]
  22. "Masters Of War" - Judy Collins - Journey To Love, Rare And Early Elektra Classics
  23. "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" - Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave
  24. "What's So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding" - Keb' Mo' - Peace...Back By Popular Demand
  25. "Seattle" - Bobby St. Ours - Holy Bear Crossing
  26. "Imagine" - Eva Cassiday - Imagine
  27. "Give Peace A Chance" - John Lennon - Lennon Legend
  28. "Up To The Mountain (Mlk Song0" - Patty Griffin - Children Running Through

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunset Road playlist 10/29/10

The Don't Tell Darlings Live on Sunset Road
The Don't Tell Darlings will be appearing at Rapunzle's in Lovingston VA this evening
1. "Pete's tune" - Extended Play Boys - Extended Play Boys [Beet]
theme tune
2. "Big Hook" - Alex Hargreaves - Prelude [Adventure Music]
New cd from 17 yr old(!) fiddle player
3. "Interview" The don't Tell darlings Live!
The Don't Tell Darlings will be appearing at Rapunzle's in Lovingston VA this evening. Click on "Interview" for videos of their performance on the show
4. "Green green rocky road/ducks on the millpond" - String theory - Trimmed in red
5. "I know whose tears" - String Theory - Trimmed in red [String Theory]
6. "Police" - Deadly Gentlemen - Carry me to home [Self]
click on 'Carry Me to home' for free download of this cd!
7. "Interview with Aoife & Greg from Crooked Still"
8. "Last fair deal gone down" - Crooked Still - live at Floydfest 7/26/2008 [Live Recording]
thanks to Bill Tetzelli for the live recording
9. "Blue Light" - Aoife O'Donovan - Blue Light [Self]
10. "Crying In The Rain" - The Bee Eaters - The Bee Eaters [Self]
11. "Polska" - the Bee Eaters the Bee Eaters [Self]
12. "Road Song" - Alex Hargreaves - Prelude [Adventure Music]
13. "Big Money" - Dan Sheridan - Small Town Love [Self]
14. "Moneyland" - Del McCoury Band - Moneyland [McCoury Music]
15. "Can I have my money Back?" - Gerry O'Rafferty - Can I Have my money Back? [Transatlantic]

      The Don't Tell Darlings on Sunset Road 10/29/10

      The Don't Tell Darlings (or, in their 4 piece band version, The Pitch A Biscuit Stringband) appeared on Sunset Road on friday 10/29/10. Here are some of the highlights:

      Thanks to Reggae Vibrations' Goldfinger for the camera work.

      Sunday, October 24, 2010

      Pirate radio

      It was pirate radio in the UK that first got me interested in broadcasting. Here's a movie about pirate radio in the USA:

      HERE is a link to the website about that movie.

      HERE is the official website for the commercial movie release by Richard Curtis
      Pirate Radio Poster

      And HERE is the website for

      Caroline Logo, the legendary offshore radio station, (and still broadcasting via the internet,) which sparked my interest in the first place back in 1963.


      Sunday, October 17, 2010

      Tommy Emmanuel on WTJU

      Better late than never (part 1 of 5..the rest are on youtube HERE):

      Poisoned Dwarf play on Atlantic Weekly Pt2

      Williamsburg celtic band Poisoned Dwarf  paid a visit to Atlantic Weekly Pt2  back in february 2010. Here's a video from their performance:

      Videos from the WTJU Jazz Marathon

      For more videos of live performances during the jazz marathon click HERE

      Bluegrass Intelligencer

      Domestic bluegrass sidemen replaced with more economical Chinese imports
      Citing the “financial realities of a globalized economy," mandolinist John Reischman defended his decision to use less expensive Chinese substitutes for his usual American sidemen. Said Reischman, “The consumer really can’t tell the difference, and the savings are huge.”

      New Deadly Gentlemen cd free download

      Carry Me To Home Cover Art
       advance pre-release of the new Deadly Gentlemen album  HERE  featuring Charlottesville native & Crooked Still banjoist Greg Liszt. String band/rap music for the 21st century....

      Saturday, October 16, 2010

      String Jazz Playlist

      ...we made our goal of $2000 for the show!

      Sunset Road goes all jazzy for the Jazz fundraiser.
      There are plenty of artists who find a home on the 'folk' show Sunset Road who either sometimes play jazz or are out and out jazzers. This show paid tribute to some of them & was part of the folk department's contribution to the WTJU jazz marathon. After all, it's all music innit? Reggae Vibes' Goldfinger and Leftover Biscuits' Emmet were in it for the whole station too, and were on hand to take pledges of support.  A very big THANK YOU to Adventure Music for providing us with cd gifts for our supporters!

      1. "Pete's tune" - Extended Play Boys - Extended Play Boys [Beet]
        theme tune
      2. "Donna Lee" {Charlie Parker} - Mike Marshall & Darol Anger - The Duo [Rounder]
      3. "Man Of Constant Sorrow" - Wayfaring Strangers - Shifting Sands Of Time [Rounder]
        Didn't think ol' Ralph Stanley was into jazz didja?
      4. "High On A Mountain" {Olabelle reed} - Wayfaring Strangers - Shifting Sands Of Time [Rounder]
        Olabelle Reed goes to NYC
      5. "Stroll Of The Mud Bug" {Darol Anger} - Mike Marshall - An Adventure [Adventure Music]
        Originally on the Adventure cd by Psychograss. Mike's compilation cd 'An Adventure' is available as a gift for your pledge of support. Call us at 434 924 3959 to reserve a copy!
      6. "Egypt" {Mike Marshall} - Mike Marshall - An Adventure [Adventure Music]
        Originally on Mike's collaboration with Darol Anger and the amazing Swedish Band Vasen. Now out on Mike's new compilation album available for your pledge of support. Call us!
      7. "Assanhado" {Jacob Do Bandolim} - Caterina Lichtenberg And Mike Marshall - Caterina Lichtenberg And Mike Marshall [Adventure Music]
        from a new duet cd on Adventure Music. This one is also available as a gift for your pledge of support. And a big THANK YOU to Adventure for providing us with these amazing premiums!
      8. "Foggy Mountain Special" {Flatt & Scruggs, arr John McGann} - Matt Glaser - Play Fiddle Play [Flying Fish]
        Flatt & Scruggs go all big band on us!
      9. "The Ramblin' Barber" {Ornette Coleman/trad} - Darol Anger's Republic Of Strings - Generation Nation [Compass]
        Ornette Coleman meets old time fiddle
      10. "The Tilt" {Paul Glasse} - Paul Glasse - One More Night - Volume 1
        Austin TX mando monster Paul Glasse rips it up
      11. "For Vic" {John Reischmann} - John Reischman - North of the Border [Rounder]
        Another mando whizz from Vancouver, BC
      12. "Mr. Goodbar" - Rob Ickes - What It Is [Rounder]
        Bluegrass band Blue Highway's dobroist can't stay inside the lines
      13. "Union Pacific" - Rob Ickes - What It Is [Rounder]
        another one from Mr Ickes(pronounced 'Ikes' NOT Ickies!)
      14. "There Will Never Be Another You/Not You Again" {Harry Warren/Mack Gordon/John Schofield} - Alex Hargreaves - Prelude [Adventure Music]
        17 year old Alex Hargreaves has been called 'the best jazz violin player in America' by none other than Matt Glaser. No kidding!
      15. "Road Song" {Wes Montgomery} - Alex Hargreaves - Prelude [Adventure Music]
        more from the young fiddle phenom.
      16. "Swing '39" {Reinhardt/Grappelli} - David Grisman Quintet - Dgq-20 [Acoustic Disc]
        with Stephane Grappelli on violin. This is a live recording from Johnny Carson's TV show. As Johnny says (with a french accent) at the end ...' Formidable "
      17. "1000 Vallees" - Pierre Bensusan & Didier Malherbe - Live in Paris
        by request

      Thursday, October 14, 2010

      Visitors to the blog

      This blog has been up & running just over a month now, & in that time so far we've had 735 visits from folks in 9 different countries..mostly the USA, but also Canada, Indonesia, the UK, Australia, Denmark, Finland, South Korea & Russia. If you've stopped by the blog, say hello & tell us where you're from and what brought you here, in the comments box below. 

      This blog is designed to be an extension of the folk department at radio station WTJU in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. If you didn't get here from the radio station's website, we encourage you to listen in to our station HERE. We stream shows live from our studios, and also have an archive of the past two weeks worth of shows HERE

      Jump on in..we have a whole lot of music to share!

      Tuesday, October 12, 2010

      Free music archive

      Free form radio station WFMU started the Free Music Archive back in 2007 as a curated library of freely downloadable audio & musicIt has just received a major grant from the John D & Catherine T MacArthur foundation. I especially liked the Old-time/historic section. Well worth checking out, as there's probably something for everyone.