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Folk Festival

Tuesday, 8 to 11 p.m.

Program Host(s): Lilli Kuzma

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.

Folk Festival is proudly sponsored by:

Upcoming Programs

Jul 25th: David Hawkins live in studio

Aug 1st: 'Dog Days' annual theme show!

Aug 8th: Songs for International Cat Day featured

Aug 15th: Otter Creek performs an event night: pre-radio show concert 7-8 p.m., then visit the studio when Otter Creek plays live in studio 8:30-9 p.m. Limited seating is available. For information and reservations, email host at LKupbeat@aol.com

Aug 22nd: Festival Mixer Edition

Aug 29th: 'Games' theme featured

Folk Festival "Faves of 2015"
Note: these lists are primarily for new release material that the show received in 2015 (with some exceptions as noted by an asterisk). Unnumbered lists are in no particular order. Further, some fine albums released/received in 2015 will be on next year's list after more airplay occurs.

Folk Festival's Fabulous Fifteen Fave Albums:
1. Katie Dahl, Ordinary Band
2. Hungrytown, Further West
3. Corinne West, Starlight Highway
4. Emily Hurd, Landmark
5. Dan Schatz, The Promise of the Sowing
6. Joanne Lurgio, Rise From the Storm
7. Harpeth Rising, Shifted
8. Patty Stevenson & Craig Siemsen, Paint Me A Picture
9. Annie & Rod Capps, Searching for Neverland
10.Bob Dylan, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12
11.Rita Hosking, Frankie and the No-Go Road
12.Angela Easterling, Common Law Wife
13.Chad Elliott, Wreck and Ruin
14.Small Forest, Dream
15.Avery Hill, Dreams and Ghosts

More Fave Albums of 2015:
--Olivia Chaney, The Longest River
--Ryanhood, Start Somewhere
--Danny Schmidt, Owls
--Jon Brooks, The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside
--Steep Ravine, The Pedestrian
--Peter Mayer, Third Street
--Cindy Kallett & Grey Larsen, Welcome Day
--The Honey Dewdrops, Tangled Country
--The New Zeitgeist, self-titled
--Roy Schneider, Ten from the Pen
--Humphrey-McKeown, All I Wanted to Hear
--The Milk Carton Kids, Monterey
--Sarah McQuaid, Walking into White
--John Roberts & Debra Cowan, Ballads Long & Short
--Laura Joy, Between Our Words
--Dan Weber, What I'm Lookin' For
--April Verch, The Newpart
--Graydon James & The Young Novelists, Made Us Strangers
--Jamie Stone's Lomax Project, various
--Mark Dvorak, Back Home
--Trillium, The Rattlin' Bog
--Bucky Halker, Joe Hill
--Lambert & Walz EP
--The Swamp Brothers, The Tennessee Sessions
--John McCutcheon, Joe Hill's Will
--Mipso, Old Time Reverie
--Archie Fisher, A Silent Song
--Dan Zahn & Kate Moretti, East Dakota Waltzv
--Spuyten Duyvil, The Social Music Hour Vol. 1
--Tret Fure, Rembrandt Afternoons
--Tom Paxton, Redemption Road
--David Roth, So Far So Good
--Harley String Band, Earthly Pursuits
--John Lilly, Thinking About the Weather
--Eric Noden & Joe Filisko, On The Move
--Kristin Lems, You, Me, and All of the Above
--Eleni Mandell, Dark Lights Up
--Moors and McCumber, Pandemonium
--Kristin Andreassen, Gondolier
--Pharis & Jason Romero, A Wanderer I'll Stay
--Trout Steak Revival, Brighter Every Day
--James O'Malley, The Writer Remains
--The Levins, Trust
--David Tamulevich, A Gathering of Moments II
--Rachel Garlin, Wink at July
--The Stray Birds, Best Medicine
--Charlie Mosbrook, A Time Long Gone
--Chris Darby, Instructional Songs for Quality Living
--Amy Kucharik, Cunning Folk
--Jim Green, True North
--Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line, Wake
--The Sweet Lowdown, Chasing the Sun
--Patti Shaffner, A Dervish Heart
--Karrnnel Sawitsky & Daniel Koulack - Fiddle & Banjo: Tunes from the North, Songs from the South
--Kevin Dooley, Treehouse
--Dale Anderson, True Stories
--Tom Chapin, 70
--Bumper Jacksons, Too Big World
--Various, Through the Streets of the City - New Orleans Brass Bands
--The Nields, XVII
--Hardin Burns, Down the Deep Well*
--Chuck Brodsky, Tell Tale Heart
--Fred Gillen, Jr., Wage Love
--Amy Soucy, The River
--Clint Alphin, Post Modern Man
--The Eric Noden Band, Solid Ground
--Various (The Yellow Room Gang), Decade
--Socks in the Frying Pan, Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space
--Rob Lytle, A Hypocrite of Heart and Hope
--The Steel Wheels, Leave Some Things Behind
--Richard Berman, You're Home Now
--Sandy Ross, Grandma's Got A Boombox
--Amy Speace, That Kind of Girl
--Aaron Howard, Heart on Fire
--Dave Boutette, First Rate Companion
--Whitehorse, Leave No Bridge Unburned
--Underhill Rose, The Great Tomorrow
--Bobtown, A History of Ghosts*
--Wes Collins, One Layer Down*
--The Joedai Warriors, Big Fat Liar
--Dave Rudolf, Dave Rudolf's Acoustic Live
--Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Dancin' in the Kitchen
--Norman Blake, Wood, Wire & Words
--Heather Pierson, Still She Will Fly
--Woody Pines, Country Blues-Rag Time-Viper Jazz
--Ana Egge, Bright Shadow
--Shawnee Kilgore, A Long and Precious Road
--Crow and the Canyon, Leaving Soon
--Old Man Luedecke, Domestic Eccentric
--Freebo, If Not Now When
--Scott Cook and The Long Weekend, Go Long
--Susie Blue and The Lonesome Fellas
--Calexico, Edge of the Sun

Many other excellent albums received airplay in 2015. This list is partially influenced by listener feedback, comments, and requests. Some albums received in 2015 will be on the next year's Faves list. *the asterick indicates albums released before 2015.

Fave Bluegrass Albums:
The Gibson Brothers, Brotherhood
Yonder Mountain String Band, Black Sheep
The Slocan Ramblers, Coffee Creek
Trout Steak Revival, Brighter Every Day
The Railsplitters, The Faster It Goes
The Steel Wheels, Leave Some Things Behind

Fave Americana Albums:
Lambert & Walz EP
Chad Elliott, Wreck and Ruin

Fabulous Fave Originals:
1. Laura Joy - Takes A While (also best lyric in a song with: "dreams like little ducklings follow me around")
2. The Swamp Brothers, Food on the Table
3. Hungrytown, Hard Way to Learn
4. Kevin Dooley, Feel the Wheel
5. Annie & Rod Capps, We're Still Here / Pocketful of Words
6. Katie Dahl, Crowns / Ordinary Band / Diamonds
7. Chad Elliott, Homefire Blues
8. Danny Schmidt, Faith Will Always Rise / Guns &The Crazy Ones
9. Sue Fink, Indigo Blue (single)
10. The New Zeitgeist, Shipwreck of Dreams
11. Dale Anderson, Woody's Song
12. Patti Shaffner, Blessings (single)
13. Emily Hurd, Play Me The River / Landmark
14. Small Forest, She Fell Asleep / Give It Time
15. Kristin Lems, The Heart of A Woman
16. Harpeth Rising, Well Hell / 7 Thunders
17. Peter Mayer, Human You / When You Dream
18. Archie Fisher, Waltz into Winter / River Like You
16. Olivia Chaney, Swimming in the Longest River / The King's Horses
19. Chris Darby, When the Dark Finds the Dawn
20. Joanne Lurgio, Rise from the Storm
21. Cindy Kallett & Grey Larsen, Trying Times
22. Kristin Andreassan, Lookout
23. Urban Monroes, On My Way (single)
24. Lynn McCracken, I Wrote You A Letter (title track)
25. Sarah McQuaid, Walking Into White

Fave Covers:
Mark Dvorak, It's A Sin to Tell a Lie (Billy Mayhew)
Harpeth Rising, Dance Me to the End of Love (Leonard Cohen)
The Gibson Brothers, Crying in the Rain (Howard Greenfield and Carole King)
Amy Soucy, Comes a Time (Neil Young)
Dan Schatz, Now is the Cool of the Day (Jean Ritchie)
Crow and the Canyon, Gentle on My Mind (John Hartford)
Trillium, Puttin' on the Ritz (Irving Berlin)
Lowell Levinger, Get Together (Chet Powers aka Dino Valenti)
Patty Stevenson & Craig Simpson, Across the Great Divide (Kate Wolf)
David Tamulevich with Claudia Schmidt, If I Had A Hammer (Pete Seeger)

Fave Traditional or Public Domain material:
Jon Brooks, The TWA Sisters
Olivia Chaney, The False Bride
Archie Fisher, The Parting Glass / Bonnie Annie Laurie
Bucky Halker, Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay (the Joe Hill version)
The Stray Birds, Pallet
Trillium, The Rattlin' Bog
Bucky Halker, Casey Jones
Bumper Jacksons, Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down

Fave Funny Songs:
David Roth, Does Joni Mitchell Ever Mow the Lawn
Tom Paxton with John Prine, Skeeters'll Gitcha
The Nields, Dave Hayes The Weather Guy
Amy Kucharik, He Doesn't Need to Know
Katie Dahl, The Ballad of the Lazy Susan and the Dumbwaiter

Fave Instrumentals:
Trillium, Spring Rain on a Tin Roof (M. Eichmann on dulcimer)
The Slocan Ramblers, Coffee Creek / Galilee
Cindy Kallett and Grey Larsen, Opus 53: Thing 1 and Thing 2
The Sweet Lowdon, Hell Flu Jig
April Verch, The Newpart
Jim Green, Aurora / Weathered
Socks in the Frying Pan, Up, Down, and Around
Dan Fogelberg, Feast of Fools*

Fave Holiday Albums:
Bettman & Halpin, Christmas
David Myles, It's Christmas
Sons of the Never Wrong, We Three Sons of the Never Wrong
Wailin' Mahalias, Angel Voices
Ruth & Max Bloomquist
Hudson Harding Happy Holidays Vol. 12
revisiting old favorites:
Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, American Noel*
Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Jingle All the Way*
Dave Rudolf, Completely Cracked Christmas*
Andina & Rich, Merry Humbug*
Dan Fogelberg, The First Christmas Morning*
Christine Lavin, The Runaway Christmas Tree*
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

Jul 18th: Event Night with Donna Adler, pre-radio show concert 7-8, a limited audience can attend, contact host at LKupbeat@aol.com for a seating reservation and info

Jul 11th: Festival Mixer, with Small Potatoes live in studio as part of a Woodstock Folk Festival preview

Jul 4th: 'Red, White & Blue' Special

Jun 27th: Event Night with Michigan-based Americana duo, "Escaping Pavement", email host at LKupbeat@aol.com for information and seating reservations.