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written by members of WTJU Charlottesville's folk department with stuff maybe of interest to listeners to the station. This blog is not an official WTJU or UVA website. Want to leave a message about any of our programs (or us in general) that we can broadcast over the air? Call 434-218-3655, and leave a voice mail.

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.

      Sunday, October 10, 2010

      Festy Experience Day 2 - Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun Quartet

       Morwenna Lasko, Fiddle
      Jay Pun, Guitar
      Pete Spaar, Upright Bass
      Devonne Harris, Drums

      Festy Experience Day 2 - Josh Ritter & The Love Canon String Band

      Festy Experience Day 2 - Larry Keel & Natural Bridge

      Festy Experience Day 1 - The Tony Rice Unit

      The Festy Experience

      I attended a great new festival in Nelson County, The Festy Experience, on sat oct 9th & got to interview Greg Liszt & Aoife O'Donovan from Crooked Still. Listen for an airing of that interview sometime soon on Sunset Road (fridays 5-7pm EST on WTJU).


      In the meantime, check out more of these photos HERE
      Aoife O'Donovan from Crooked StillGreg Liszt from Crooked Still

      WTJU Listener plays with his bluegrass band in Finland

      Listener Timo Jaatinen on the banjo with 'Backwoods Junction' in Finland:

      Sunday, October 3, 2010

      WTJU Jazz marathon October 11th-17th

      Bitches Brew

      This past summer there was a tremendous effort put out to save WTJU in all its diversity from the threat of a wholesale change in the format of the station, with huge and vocal community support for free form, DJ driven programming. The result was a reprieve and a chance for the station to make a go of it in its current form, but the reality is it is only a reprieve. The university *requires* that the station increase student participation, listenership and revenue. Now is the time to work on #3 on that list...the upcoming jazz marathon gives you, dear reader, your first opportunity to 'put your money where your mouth is'. It doesn't matter if jazz isn't your first listening priority (however, look at the diversity of 'jazz' on WTJU!), but consider this: a strong showing in the station's first fundraiser following the summer brouhaha will go a long way in helping keep the wolf from the door. The goal for the fundraiser is $40,000.....go here to find out all about the fundraiser, go here to donate (and tell them the folk blog sent you...), go here to volunteer to help out with the fundraiser. Above all, please do something to help!

      Pete M
      Cohost of Sunset Road, fridays 5-7pm on WTJU

      "We all do better, when we all do better"....Paul Wellstone

      Friday, October 1, 2010

      Old Sledge on Sunset Road 10/01/10

      Chance McCoy on fiddle, guitar & vocals, Sabra Guzman on guitar & vocals, & Jake Hopping on banjos

      Sunset Road Playlist 10/01/10

      Old Sledge live, plus festivals, festivals
      Hopefully, there will be videos up soon on youtube of Old Sledge appearing here on Sunset Road. Check the WTJU Folk Blog for updates
      1. "Pete's tune" - Extended Play Boys - Extended Play Boys [Beet]
        Theme tune
      2. "Half Past Four" - The John Hartford Stringband - Memories of John [Compass]
      3. "" - Old Sledge playing live in the studio
        Catch Old Sledge live this evening at the Southern in downtown Charlottesville together with Sarah White & the Pearls and PieMan
      4. "The Golden Vanity" - Crooked Still - Some Strange Country [Signature Sounds]
        Also at the Festy Experience
      5. "Fruitmarket Reels" - Lúnasa - Lá Nua [Self]
        New cd from L^fanasa. They will be appearing at The Richmond Folk Festivalfri 10/8 & sat 10/9.
      6. "All The Same" - The Infamous Stringdusters - Things That Fly [Sugar hill]
        Appearing at the Festy Experience, in Nellysford VA next weekend, 10/9 & 10
      7. "Unapproved Road" - Lúnasa - Lá Nua [Self]
        Lunasa at the Richmond folk festival 10/8 & 10/9
      8. "Let me go" - Old School Freight Train - Six Years
        Also at the Festy Experience
      9. "Southern Pacifica" - Josh Ritter & Love Canon String Band - Live at Whelan's, Dublin, Ireland [Live Recording]
        Also at the Festy Experience
      10. "Bitten By A Snake" - Larry Keel & Natural Bridge - Backwoods [Self]
        Also at the Festy Experience
      11. "Hard Livin'" - Railroad Earth - Amen Corner
        Also at the Festy Experience
      12. "On Green Dolphin Street" - The Tony Rice Unit - Backwaters [Rounder]
        Tony Rice will be at The festy Experience and also at the Richmond Folk Festival, probably playing bluegrass, not music like this!
      13. "Nardis" - Tony Rice & John Carlini - River Suite for Two Guitars [Sugar Hill]
      14. "Father, Mother" - Peter Rowan - Legacy [Compass]
        Also at the Richmond Folk Festival next weekend
      15. "Hold that Train" - Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials - 2010 Richmond folk festival sampler
        Also at the Richmond Folk festival
      16. "A mover el bote" - Los texmaniacs - 2010 Richmond Folk Festival Sampler
        Also at the Richmond Folk Festival
      17. "I Know Whose Tears" - Sidetrack - Rowdy to Reverent
        Writing & performing credits here to Joe Newberry who was on Atlantic Weekly last saturday with old time band Red Hen.

      Festivals, festivals....

      There's a wealth of music festivals for folks to go to in central Virginia coming up real soon.

      First up this weekend Oct 1,2 & 3:
      The Crozet Music Festival of which WTJU is a media sponsor. Lots of local & regional talent & all proceeds go to good local causes...plus they have live streaming video from the festival here

      Next weekend, choices choices:
      The Richmond Folk Festival runs fri-sunday 10/8-10. Clicking on that link takes you to a page with music samples of most of the acts playing there. The festival is free......

      The Festy Experience is being held at the Devil's Backbone Brewery site in Nellysford, Nelson County VA sat 10/9 & sun 10/10. Clicking on the link goes to tracks by most of the bands playing there.

      Woody Guthrie in NYC 1943

      There's a nice photo essay on Woody Guthrie in New York City in the 1940s on the Life magazine website by photographer Eric Schaal.

      Go here to see it.