Sign up for WDCB's eNewsletter    Like WDCB on Facebook    Follow WDCB on Twitter    Subscribe to WDCB on YouTube    WDCB on SoundCloud    WDCB on Instagram    WDCB Store

Folk Festival

Tuesday, 8 to 11 p.m.

Folk Festival  Program Host(s):
Lilli Kuzma

Folk Festival is proudly sponsored by:


Join host Lilli Kuzma for a great mix of folk artists and styles, from traditional and contemporary folk, to doses of related and influenced styles, like folk-rock, bluegrass, country, blues, Celtic, world, Americana, and more. Folk Festival presents entertaining themed shows plus topical and historical segments, and regularly hosts outstanding live studio guests, both Chicago-based and national touring acts. There are frequent ticket and CD giveaways, and on each show listeners are informed about area/regional concerts, workshops, and events, with the Chicagoland Folk Calendar. Lilli presents the show live, affording a fresh and direct presence with the listeners.



Upcoming Programs

Dec 1st, 2015: 'Gifted Folk' show with Heather Styka, Small Potatoes live in studio

Dec 8th, 2015: Preview of Folk Festival's 'Holiday Hoot' event December 13th

Dec 15th, 2015: Highlights from the 'Holiday Hoot' event Part One

Dec 22nd, 2015: Highlights from the 'Holiday Hoot' event Part Two

Dec 29th, 2015: '2015' - revisiting a spectacular year of music as part of a New Year's special edition

Interview Podcasts

Lilli Kuzma met with folk legend, Peggy Seeger, for a special taped session aired on the Folk Festival show March 25, 2014. Listen to this podcast to hear the interview and Peggy's live studio performance at WDCB. She talks about the passing of her half-brother, Pete Seeger, and also about her brother, the late Mike Seeger (of New Lost City Ramblers fame).

Lilli Kuzma met with outstanding Chicago-based folk artist, Mark Dvorak, at the WDCB production room on Monday, December 16, 2013, for a special recorded session highlighting Mark's new book, "Bowling for Christmas and Other Stories from the Road."

Previous Programs

displays the previous month of programming
Nov 24th, 2015: Muriel Anderson live in studio, songs for Thanksgiving

Nov 17th, 2015: Festival Mixer! The show's most eclectic blend

Nov 10th, 2015: Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin live in studio, plus a surprise themed segment with trivia and prizes

Nov 3rd, 2015: 'November Folk'

Folk Festival "Faves of 2014"

Note: these lists are for new release material that the show received in 2014 (with some exceptions as noted by an asterisk). Unnumbered lists are in no particular order.

Folk Festival's Fabulous Fifteen Fave Albums:
1. Tim Grimm, The Turning Point
2. Roseanne Cash, The River and The Thread
3. Dear Jean - Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie
4. Kate MacLeod, At Ken Sander's Rare Books
5. John Gorka, Bright Side of Down
6. Amy Dixon-Kolar, Dancing Through the Storm
7. Jonathan Byrd, You Can't Outrun the Radio
8. Emily White, Staking Flags in the Valley
9. Heather Styka, While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet
10.David Hawkins, Everything That Brought You Here
11.Louise Mosrie, Lay It Down
12.Lee Murdock, What About the Water
13.Eric Lambert, Maiden Voyage
14.Anne Hills, Tracks
15.Ernest Troost, O Love

More Fave Albums of 2014:
Adler & Hearne, Second Nature
Tricia Alexander, We Are The People
Robin and Jenny Bienemann, Live at Folkstage
Billie Joe & Norah, Foreverly
Lucy Billings, Carry the Water
Amy Black, This Is Home
Cheryl Branz, Letting Go
Jon Brooks, The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside
Jackson Browne, Standing in the Breach
Jeni & Billy, Picnic in the Sky
Kyle Carey, North Star
Carlene Carter, Carter Girl
Johnny Cash, Out Among the Stars
Charming Axe, Gathering Days
Mickey Clarke, Reasons & Rhymes
Johnny Clegg, Best, Live & Unplugged
Special Consensus, Country Boy
James Curley, There Used To Be A Train
Katie Dahl, Leaky Boats and Paper Birds*
Kris Delmhorst, Blood Test
Bob Dylan and The Band, The Basement Tapes
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt, For Keeps
The Early Mays, The Early Mays
Neale Eckstein & Friends, Click
Marc Erelli, Milltowns
February Sky, Goldenrod
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (self-titled)
John Flynn, Poor Man's Diamonds
Jim Gary, Big Door. . .Little Wonder
Phillip Gibbs, Box Canyon Blues
Eliza Gilkyson, The Nocturne Diaries
Harpeth Rising, Live at The Dreaming Tree
The Henry Girls, Louder Than Words
Coty Hogue, When We Get to Shore
Lynn Hollyfield, In the Balance
Humphrey-McKeown, Winter's Hill EP
Neil Jacobs, The Peasant Sabbatical
Michael Jerling, Halfway Home
Michael Johnathan, Looking Glass
Johnsmith, The Longing Road
Kathy Kallick, Cut to the Chase
Jeff Karoub, Find A Shore
Marienne Kreitlow, Like Noah's Dove
Jeanne Kuhns, Ghost Ranch*
Ray Lambiase, Twenty Lies
Robyn Landis, Waterproof
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick, Sing the Songs of Vern and Ray
Bernice Lewis, Checks & Love Letters
Locust Honey String Band, Never Let Me Cross Your Mind
Annie Lou, Tried and True
Jim Malcolm, Still
Natalie Merchant (self-titled)
Paddy Mills, Race to the Bottom
Jackie Morris, Can't Fix Crazy
Lori Gray Muligano, No More Waiting For Me
Carrie Newcomer, A Permeable Life
The New Line, Can't Hold the Wheel
Grace Pettis, Two Birds
Jim Photoglo, Halls of My Heart
Wild Ponies, Things That Used To Be Shiny
Mike Quick, House of Dreams
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
Playing on the Planet, Bangor Bound
Poor Angus, Gathering
Paul Sachs, Survival is the New Success
Claudia Schmidt, New Whirled Order
Cosy Sheridan, Pretty Bird
Paul Simon, Rarities
Linda Marie Smith, Mearra Selkie from the Sea
Chris Smither, Still on the Levee
Lenny Solomon, Under My Hat
Rod MacDonald, Later That Night
Matatu, The Devil & The Diamond
Molasses Creek, Something Worth Having
Red Molly, The Red Album
Heather Pierson, The Hard Work of Living
Nell Robinson, Nell Robinson & The Rose of No Man's Land
Roosevelt Dime, Full Head of Steam
RUNA, Current Affairs
Tom Russell, Aztec Jazz
Peggy Seeger, Everything Changes
Patti Shaffner, A Dervish Heart
Lenny Solomon, Under My Hat
Special Consensus, Country Boy (also Fave Bluegrass Album, see below)
The Sweet Potatoes, Faith, Good Neighbors, and a Telephone
The Stray Birds, Best Medicine
Billy Strings & Don Julin, Fiddle Tune X
T Sisters, Kindred Lines
Still on the Hill, Once A River
Tattletale Saints, How Red is the Blood
The Tillers, Hand on the Plough
Tumbling Bones, Loving a Fool
Molly Tuttle & John Mailander (self-titled)
Urban Monroes, Appaloosa Daydream
Various, Inside Llewyn Davis film soundtrack
The Wailin' Mahalias, How Sweet the Sound
Mare Wakefield & Nomad, Poet on the Moon
Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, We Made It Home
Willie Watson, Folk Singer Vol. 1
The Waymores, The Waymores
Corinne West Band, The Promise
West My Friend, When the Ink Dries
Whitehorse, The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss
Jack Williams, Four Good Days
Neil Young, Live at The Cellar Door
Dan Zahn & Kate Moretti, Spice of Life

Many other excellent albums received airplay in 2014. This list is partially influenced by listener feedback, comments, and requests. Albums received late in the year may be on the next year's Faves list. *the asterick indicates albums released before 2014

Fave Bluegrass Albums:
Special Consensus, Country Boy
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Cold Spell

Fave Americana Album:
Eric Lambert, Maiden Voyage

Fabulous Fave Originals:
1. Amy Dixon-Kolar, "Tell Me Now" (also the most requested song of 2014)
2. Tim Grimm, "King of the Folksingers"
3. Emily White, "Arkansas" and "Send Me A Dove"
4. David Hawkins, "Driving to the End of the World" and "Winter's Come"
5. Mare Wakefield & Nomad, "Clementine"
6. Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt, "Sky Picked Blue"
7. Heather Styka, "Caspian Sea"
8. Roseanne Cash, "Money Road" and "The Sunken Lands"
9. Lee Murdock, "Diana of the Dunelands"
10.Louise Mosrie, "Singing My Heart Out"

Fave Covers:
David Hawkins, "Crescent City" (L. Williams), "Moondance" (V. Morrison)
"Heart of Gold" (N. Young), and "All Along the Watchtower" (Dylan)
The Sweet Potatoes, "Sweet Dreams" (A. Lennox and David A. Stewart)
Special Consensus, "Back Home Again" (J. Denver)
Corinne West Band, "Everybody's Talkin" (Fred Neil)
Anne Hills, "City of New Orleans" (S. Goodman)
Amy Dixon-Kolar, "Wash My Eyes" (G. Brown)
Heather Maloney & Darlingside, "Woodstock" (J. Mitchell)
Harpeth Rising, "Norwegian Wood" (Lennon-McCartney)
Stark Sands with Punch Brothers, "Last Thing On My Mind" (T. Paxton)
Jack Williams, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (R. Robertson)
Dan Zahn & Kate Moretti, "Love at the Five and Dime" (N. Griffith)
Brad Colerick, "Red Rooster in the Mash Pile" (J. Crookston)
Cheryl Branz, "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Coty Hogue, "I'm On Fire" (B. Springsteen)
Tricia Alexander, "Angel From Montgomery" (J. Prine)
Marc Erelli, "Birches" (B. Morrissey)

Fave Arrangements of Traditional Material:
1.Jon Brooks, "The Twa Sisters"
2.The Stray Birds, "Pallet"
3.Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, "Railroad" and "Pretty Polly"
4.The DePue Brothers Band, "Good King Wenceslas"
5.Amy Dixon-Kolar with Joe Jencks, "Auld Lang Syne" (single)

Fave Funny Songs:
February Sky, "Beer Is Good For You"
Tim Grimm, "Blame It On the Dog"
Jim Malcom, "The Scot's Lament"
Andina & Rich, "It Sucks Being Sick at Christmas"
Dave Rudolf, "O Come, O Come, I Read the Manual"*

Fave Spoken Word:
Tricia Alexander, "Sonnet: When"

Fave Instrumentals:
1. Eric Lambert, "Senorita"
2. Billy Strings & Don Julin, "Beaumont Rag"
3. Nickel Creek, "Elephant in the Corn"
Don Stiernberg, "Donnybrook"
RUNA, "Land of Sunshine Set"
Terra Guitarra, "Firelight"
Hanneke Cassel, "Dot the Dragon's Eyes"
Lori Gray Muligano, "Kylee"

Fave New Holiday Albums:
1. The DePue Brothers Band, When It's Christmas Time
2. Andina & Rich, Merry Humbug

Fave pre-2014 holiday albums:
Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, American Noel*
Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Jingle All the Way*
Dave Rudolf, Completely Cracked Christmas*
Jeanne Kuhns, My Christmas Day*
The Early Mays, Out Under the Sky*
Herdman, Hills, and Mangsen, "Voices of Winter"*
Piano Jazz