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Folklives: The Podcast of Northwest Folklife
Northwest Folklife presents Folklives, a podcast series featuring music and interviews recorded live at the annual Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, WA. Folklives offers just a small sample of the rich variety of traditional and emerging arts of the Pacific Northwest. Each podcast offers something new: a rare performance from our archive, a preview of the upcoming Festival, Folklife news, or regional artists demonstrating their craft.

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Folklives #22: Live at the Northwest Folklife Festival CD Release
Monday, April 21, 2008

Today we announce the release of our new Northwest Folklife compilation album: Live from the 2007 Northwest Folklife Festival. This episode features a preview what you'll hear. Read more...

Length: 09:25
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Live from the 2007 Northwest Folklife Festival will be available for $10 at the 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival, May 23-26th (Memorial Weekend).



Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître, Ged Foley,and
André Brunet


Folklives #21: Celtic Fiddle Festival
Monday, March 3, 2008

Today on Folklives, Devon Léger interviews legendary Irish fiddler and Portland-transplant Kevin Burke. Read more...

Length: 14:40
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Audio for this podcast is from the following albums:
Equinox, Celtic Fiddle Festival (2008)
French-Canadian, Irish and Scottish Fiddle Music, Jean Carignan (195)




Folklives #20: 95 Days
Monday, Feb 18, 2008

This week, an update on what you can expect from Folklives in the next three months. Only 95 days until Friday, May 23: the first day of the 2008 Northwest Folklife Festival! Read more...

Length: 5:45
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Audio for this podcast was drawn from the Northwest Folklife Audio Archives.



Folklives #19: Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
Monday,Feb 4, 2008

This week we sample some choice Northwest bluegrass cuts from past Festivals. Read more...

Length: 17:04
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Audio for this podcast was drawn from the Northwest Folklife Audio Archives.


Folklives #18: Haiku Northwest
Monday, Jan 28, 2008

This episode features the work of Northwest haiku poets, performed live at the 2005 Northwest Folklife Festival. Read more...

Length: 16:46
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Audio for this podcast was drawn from the Northwest Folklife Audio Archives.




Folklives #17: Last Thoughts
Monday, Jan 21, 2008

In 2005 a group of musicians played a Bob Dylan tribute show at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Among the memorable performances that day, Jeremy Wagner recited Dylan's own epic tribute to Woody Guthrie, the man who inspired him to make folk music in the first place. Read more...

Length: 16:46
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Audio for this podcast was drawn from the Northwest Folklife Audio Archives.




Folklives #16: Tough Jobs
Monday, Jan 14, 2008

Today, Part II of our series exploring occupational poetry. This time, two poets describe jobs that on the surface, couldn't be more different. Read more...

 

Length: 12:19
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Audio for this podcast was drawn from the Northwest Folklife Audio Archives.


John Doran                                    Geno Leech


Folklives #15: Risky Business
Monday, Jan 7, 2008

If you've ever asked a cowboy if he's fallen off his horse, or wondered if fishermen get seasick in the swells, this episode has the answer. Read more...

Length: 9:48
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Audio for this podcast was drawn from the Northwest Folklife Audio Archives.



André Marchand and Lisa Ornstein


Folklives #14: New Year's Eve
Monday, Dec 31, 2007

Our last podcast of 2007 is a trip to the snowy province of Québec, where fiddler Lisa Ornstein takes us to a French-Canadian veillée, a kitchen party celebrating Jour de l'An, the new year. Read more...

Length: 18:00
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Folklives #13: If You Love Somebody...
Monday, Dec 24, 2007

This week, our choices for songs that bring purpose to all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Read more...

Length: 11:52
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The music in this podcast was drawn from Northwest Folklife's archival audio recordings.
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Photo by Sarah Lee


Folklives #12: Calvin Johnson
Monday, Dec 10, 2007

Success in music can be judged in a few different ways: records sold, videos played on MTV, money made. It could be argued, however, that the artists who have made the biggest impact are those who have opened up new ground and created space for musicians who do not fit into these standard models of success. Read more...

Length: 12:42
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Jean recording at WNYC for Oscar Brand's Folk
Song Festival,1950 ( © George Pickow)


Folklives #11: Jean Ritchie
Monday, Dec 3, 2007

This week, Folklives spends some time with an icon of the Folk Revival, ballad singer Jean Ritchie. Growing up in Kentucky in the 1920s and 30s, Jean learned the old ballads and tunes that, in the 1950s and 60s, fueled a growing interest in American folk music. Read more...

Length: 8:04
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The music in this podcast was drawn from Northwest Folklife's archival audio recordings.
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Folklives #10: Folklife Families
Monday, Nov 26, 2007

Celebrating Thanksgiving last Thursday got us thinking about the ways the Northwest Folklife Festival brings families together - to make music, dance, and play - and in the process, how the culture of Folklife is passed on to another generation. Read more...

Length: 12:24
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Folklives #9: Los Mex Pistols del Norte
Monday, Nov 19, 2007

This week on Folklives, we interview Bruce Hartnell, the man behind Eugene, Oregon's Los Mex Pistols del Norte. Read more...

Length: 14:20
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The music in this podcast was drawn from Northwest Folklife's archival audio recordings.
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José Gutiérrez and Los Hermanos Ochoa. Photo by Daniel Sheehy. Photo courtesy of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution.

Folklives #8: José Gutiérrez
Monday, Nov 12, 2007

Graceful, rhythmic, and celebratory, the music of Mexico's gulf coast is the focus of this week's podcast. Pregonero (vocalist) and arpa player José Gutiérrez, a native of Veracruz, presents a traditional son jarocho. Read more...

Length: 6:25
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Photo: Barbara Pedrick

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Folklives #7: Outlaw Social
Monday, Nov 5, 2007

Outlaw Social play music that sounds at once traditional and thoroughly modern. On the surface, they are a five-piece old-time string band who can rock fiddle tunes with the best of them, anchored by a thumping upright bass. Read more...

Length: 6:30
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Visit Baby Gramps on the Web

Folklives #6: Baby Gramps
Monday, Oct 29, 2007

His sound is unmistakable - clusters of pitches escape from his National steel guitar like drunk bees from a hive, drawn out by an irresistable voice, one part Popeye, one part Tuvan throat singer. Read more...

Length: 6:12
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Folklives #5: Squirrel Butter
Monday, Oct 22, 2007

This time of year, farmer's markets across the Pacific Northwest are shutting down, as weekends become chilly and the fall harvest comes to a close. For Squirrel Butter, the indominable Seattle-based duo of buckdancer/guitarist Charmaine Slaven and banjo picker Charlie Beck, it's the end of a long season of outdoor street performing at these markets. Read more...

Length: 6:48
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Photo: Mike Bauer

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Folklives #4: Rachel Harrington
Monday, Oct 15, 2007

We all need a little sunshine these days, as an autumnal drizzle has returned to the Pacific Northwest. Singer Rachel Harrington is here to provide it. A third-generation Oregonian, Rachel was raised on a steady diet of Stax soul and hard country. Read more...

Length: 6:12
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The music in this podcast was drawn from Northwest Folklife's archival audio recordings.
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Pacific Razor Clam (Siliqua patula)

Folklives #3: Hobe Kytr from the Folklife Archives
Monday, Oct 8, 2007

This edition of Folklives reaches into the past and comes up with a real treasure: Columbia River historian, fisher-poet, and folk-singer Hobe Kytr. Read more...

Length: 8:43
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Folklives #2: Brother Willie & The Market Crew
Monday, Oct 1, 2007

Infectious joy is what Brother Willie & The Market Crew brought to the 2007 Northwest Folklife Festival. Dished out in heaping amounts, their raw and soulful music is the kind of doo-wop gospel that leaves a listener with a permanent smile stretched across a gleeful face. Read more...

Length: 5:53
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Folklives #1: Two Songs from Jim Page
Monday, Sept 24, 2007

We kick off our podcast series with excerpts from a 2007 Northwest Folklife Festival performance by the unimpeachable forerunner, forefather, and forward thinker of Seattle's independent folk music scene, Jim Page. Read more...

Length: 9:38
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The music in this podcast was drawn from Northwest Folklife's archival audio recordings.
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