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Moxie
12:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Daytrotter Session From New London's Daphne Lee Martin

Listen to Daphne Lee Martin's Daytrotter session over at Daytrotter.com.
Credit Illustration by Johnnie Cluney / Daytrotter

New London's Daphne Lee Martin is making a national name for herself. Earlier this year, she released a new album called Moxie and went on to tour throughout the country. 

Most recently, she stopped off in Chicago during a tour in the Midwest, which is where Daytrotter is located. Daytrotter records sessions with a range of musicians like The Civil Wars, Iron & Wine, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Deer Tick.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

An Ode to Opera

Willie Waters is the former director of Connecticut Opera.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Last month, the New York City Opera-- what Mayor LaGuardia called "the People's Opera" -- declared bankruptcy. This is/was the opera that introduced Americans to Placido Domingo and Beverly Sills.  Make what you will of the fact that the bankruptcy announcement coincided with the presentation of a new opera about Anna Nicole Smith.

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Live Music
2:06 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Neko Case: Live Tiny Desk Concert

Neko Case.

It's Halloween! Watch a live Tiny Desk Concert featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, as well as Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf. Case is keeping her outfit under wraps for now, but promises a reveal worthy of the occasion.

Where We Live
11:44 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Little Ugly: LIVE on WNPR

Little Ugly performing on WNPR's Where We Live.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Little Ugly has become a staple of the Hartford music scene. They were named the "Best Indie Rock" band at the 2013 Connecticut Music Awards and were referred to as "one of the hardest working bands you'll ever encounter." Their latest release is called Where the River's Born and we'll talk with Little Ugly and hear some music.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Hop on the Troubadour Train!

Kristen Graves
Chion Wolf

Today you're going to meet the new State Troubadour, Kristen Graves, and renew your acquaintance with three former troubadours.

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Where We Live
11:25 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Sean Spellman of Quiet Life

Sean Spellman
Chion Wolf

If Sean Spellman’s life was captured in a TV show, it’d be Portlandia. He’s a bearded guy - whose rootsy, folky rock band Quiet Life tours the country in a van powered by used vegetable oil.  And yeah, they’re based in Portland.

But get beneath the surface a bit, and Spellman’s an east coast guy - raised in New London CT and the Jersey shore, he wears his complicated love for New England on his sleeve, and has a spot in is heart for Springsteen, like any good Jersey guy would.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Hurray For The Riff Raff, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Hurray For The Riff Raff performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Meagan Beauchemin NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:10 pm

The New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff exists as a vehicle for the powerhouse songs of singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, whose gigantic voice conveys the grit of bluesy soul while still fitting within the realms of rootsy folk and country. The group just followed its dynamite 2012 album Look Out Mama with a Kickstarter-funded collection of covers (and two originals) called My Dearest Darkest Neighbor.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Phosphorescent, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Phosphorescent performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:04 am

  • Hear The Full Set: Phosphorescent At Newport

Raised in Alabama and based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck makes moody, searching, raggedly pretty music that reflects the sounds of both his respective homes. But there's also a wise, homesick weariness to Houck's voice that transcends time and place: Listen at just the right time, and a Phosphorescent record feels like a warm conversation with a friend who understands loneliness.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Hey Marseilles, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:36 pm

The Seattle septet Hey Marseilles makes some of the most good-natured chamber-pop music around, led by the unmistakably kind voice of Matt Bishop. Naturally, given the band's size, Hey Marseilles gets to make the most of a wide array of warm sounds, from cello and viola to horns and accordions, but those ingredients are all wisely wrapped around songwriting that exudes sweet, hooky sunshine.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:30 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

JD McPherson, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:35 pm

JD McPherson provides a refreshing reminder that retro roots music isn't timid: His debut album, Signs & Signifiers, synthesizes blues and rockabilly and old-school rock 'n' roll with an unmistakable punk spirit. Throughout the record, he finds the delicate balance between a classic, traditionalist sound and the understanding that the styles he's emulating are rooted in rebellion, menace and even danger.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:30 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Kingsley Flood, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:34 pm

The Boston band Kingsley Flood has spent the last few years polishing, refining and expanding its folk-rock sound, in the process incorporating horns, more strings and ever-brighter production. The sextet sounds more confident than ever on its new album, Battles, which continues to explore some of Kingsley Flood's favorite subject matter: the balance of hopes and dreams, expectations and the everyday.

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Where We Live
9:45 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Hop On Board The Caravan of Thieves

Chion Wolf

The music of Caravan of Thieves is just about what you'd expect from a band with that name.

Their gypsy-rock hybrid has won them legions of fans around the country - a community they lovingly call "Freaks." And they’re back home, playing in Stafford Springs tomorrow night at the Palace Theater.

Today, we'll talk to this Connecticut-based band that's fronted by husband and wife duo Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:33 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Saturday Night Live's Christine Ohlman On Blues Music & Slow Dancing With Chris Farley

Chion Wolf

What can you say about the Blues? Maybe more than any other musical form, it exists to explore the ineffable -- and to guide us almost wordlessly along that corridor connecting sorrow to joy.

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Summer Concerts
4:44 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

City Wants To Prevent Underage "Vodka Guzzling Fest" At Comcast Theatre

Hartford's outdoor concert season is about to start. And while that's fun for a lot of people, some call it a scheduled mass casualty event. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, binge drinking is a serious concern for law enforcement and public health officials.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Poor Old Shine: Celebrating The Roots Of Americana Music

PoorOldShine.com

It's possible to oversell the idea of a modern revival of so-called American roots music. Maybe that revival is always happening.

Nick Spitzer's terrific public radio show "American Routes" has been around since 1998, when it was featuring people like Steve Earle. So, you know ... the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons didn't exactly invent anything.

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Where We Live
10:48 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Hartford Gets Folksy This Weekend

Kate Callahan is one of our favorite local folk artists. Now she’s a music festival organizer as well. This weekend, the Hartfolk Festival is taking place at the University of Saint Joseph. Musicians from throughout the area will take the stage and show us what modern folk music sounds and looks like. Performers include past Where We Live guests like Kate Callahan and String Theorie.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Exploring The Vastness Of Folk Music

Chion Wolf

What is folk music? Phillip Phillips sounds like a folk singer, but he won American Idol. Does that disqualify him? Charles Bradley is the living embodiment of the sound of James Brown, but he played the main stage at the Newport Folk Festival last year. A few years ago, Richard Thompson started covering Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again," as a folk tune, even playing part of it "in the manner of the 16th century."

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Epicenter of the Music World
8:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Needle Drops on SXSW

Chion Wolf

Austin, Texas is the epicenter of the music world, at least for the next few days. The South By Southwest Music Festival got underway Tuesday. Every year, well known acts and up-and-comers from all genres of popular music make the trip to Austin. The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano, the internet's busiest music nerd is in Austin for the festival.

We caught up with Anthony to see what's catching his eye (and ear) and some of the quirks of this festival.

TRACK LISTING:

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Where We Live
3:20 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Daphne Lee Martin's Moxie

Lila Call

It's our yearly trip to our favorite little seaport town. Home to a DIY art and music scene that seems to grow every year.  And today, we're coming to you live from The Telegraph. It’s a record shop, used bookstore and performance space owned by Daphne Lee Martin and her husband, Rich Martin.

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Sweet Valentine
3:32 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hilton Valentine Keeps Skiffle Going Strong

Guitarist Hilton Valentine became famous as a member of the British invasion group The Animals. Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Valentine now lives in Connecticut, and performs this Saturday night at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.

WNPR's Ray Hardman caught up recently with Hilton Valentine, and Jeff Walls, guitarist and producer of Valentine's latest album, a collection of originals, early rock and roll, and British skiffle music. 

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Where We Live
12:34 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Remembering A Tragedy With Music

Chion Wolf

Church bells across the state and the nation tolled 26 times to honor those killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

So much has changed about where we live in this last week. And we've spent this time trying to grapple with the emotions - and the possible solutions. But after so much talk - and so much more to come - we thought we'd take today to listen.

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A Revolutionist
10:10 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Steven Sussman, Litchfield Jazz Festival

This week, we lost Dave Brubeck.

You’ve been hearing about his music and its impact on generations.

You might know that he made his home in Connecticut and influenced many artists here.

You might not know about his work in fighting the spread of communism during the cold war. Or his work for civil rights, by leading integrated bands at a time when that was not the norm.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:34 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele

Chion Wolf WNPR

The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres. 

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The Female Led Zepplin
11:13 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Lez Zeppelin's Hartford Homecoming

j_palmucci (Flickr Creative Commons)

Lez Zeppelin has toured the world, and has been lauded by critics for their faithful interpretation of Led Zeppelin, and their energetic live shows. Lez Zeppelin plays tonight at Up or on the Rocks in Downtown Hartford. The founder and guitarist for Lez Zepplin, Steph Paynes says playing in Hartford is a homecoming of sorts.

"Hartford was our honing ground," said Paynes. "We played Sully's and we played the Hungry Tiger."

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Culture
9:25 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Ethiopian Music And Dance Ensemble "Fendika" To Perform In Connecticut

Chion Wolf

In the past decade, West African sounds and rhythm have become part of America’s musical mainstream.  Less well-known is music from East Africa  which blends African drumming with Middle Eastern melodic inflections.  

A music and dance ensemble will bring the sounds of Ethiopia to Connecticut this weekend. 

Endris Hassan is practicing his single stringed fiddle called the masenqo.  He's part of Fendika, a collective of musicians and dancers.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:58 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Punch Brothers Break Through

Chion Wolf

Today, hear a live, in-studio performance by and conversation with the Punch Brothers, before their performance at Jorgensen Theater at UConn, Storrs. They are a five-piece band enjoying an explosion of critical esteem and new popularity over the past few years. Its leader, Chris Thile, just won a MacArthur Genius Grant, and has been working with giants from other genres, including cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and jazz great Brad Mehldau.

See all the photos by Chion Wolf here.

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Where We Live
9:35 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Revisiting The Station Nightclub Fire

Joe Webster (www.joewebster.net)

It’s been nearly 10 years since the deadliest rock concert disaster in US history. The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island went up in flames only minutes after a pyrotechnic display by the heavy-metal band Great White.

The final death toll from the fire was 100 and looking back, one of the big tragedies is that it all could have been avoided. A tangled web of bad decisions and shortcuts along the way led to the tragedy.

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Where We Live
12:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Say Hello to "Goodnight Blue Moon"

Chion Wolf

Today, we’re in our studio 3 for some live music with the New Haven indie-folk band “Goodnight Blue Moon.”

They’ve been playing as a band in the area since 2008...but many of them have been playing songs together for much, much longer.

Erik Elligers is the lead singer and plays guitar. His wife Nancy plays cello and his brother Sean plays trumpet. Along with Mathew Crowley and Henry Lugo, they’ll be playing songs from the band’s new record, “How Long.”

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Jill Sobule Live!

Chion Wolf

[Featured on the Audio to the left: A one-hour conversation and performance with and by Sobule in which she sings "Jetpack" and "Heroes" and some rarities.]

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:11 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

What Is Jazz - Two Musicians Make Jazz Easy

Chion Wolf

I once heard a story about Liza Minelli talking to a fellow singer about her approach to a song called "Bobo's Bar and Grille." It's a Kander and Ebb song and not one of their really memorable ones. Anyway, it turned out that Minelli had an explanation, a motivation, a strategy for how to sing every word of the song. And when she got to the end of all that she said: "Or" --dramatic exhalation of cigarette smoke -- "you could just sing the damn thing." Actually, she said something a little more colorful than "damn thing."

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