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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 Tue July 30, 2013 10:38 am

  • Kingsley Flood At Newport

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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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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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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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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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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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Grayson Hugh, Caroline Doctorow, And Friends

Chion Wolf

One of the many nice things about working here at WNPR is that our chief engineer Gene Amatruda actually seems to like setting up our studio for concerts. And every time Gene does it, the studio sounds a little better. I caught some of String Theorie on Where We Live last week, and I was knocked out by the sound.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:38 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Our Favorite Songs Of 2011

Flickr Creative Commons, cogdogblog

We're bringing our music experts in today to give you their picks, especially those of you who have to buy stuff for other people during the holiday giving season. I decided to get out of their way and not bring in any picks of my own, but I'll use this little unencumbered moment to mention a few things.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:28 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Mike Doughty and Carolyn Kuan

Chion Wolf

There are parallels -- and I don't think I'm forcing them -- between indie rock musician Mike Doughty -- whom you'll hear on the show today, and Mahler's first symphony, which Hartford Symphony conductor Caroyln Kuan will discuss in advance of performing it for the next four nights.

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Music
8:18 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Harp Guitar Gathering In Connecticut

Musicians from Europe, Canada and across the U.S. will meet in Connecticut on October 8th & 9th for the 9th annual Harp Guitar Gathering. What’s a harp guitar?   

Think of an acoustic guitar – either nylon or steel string - sitting on your lap. Between your chin and the guitar, half of a harp springs out from the top shoulder of the instrument. It's a sight to behold!  There are no frets on the additional strings. They’re either plucked or resonate as you play, but they expand the instrument’s range down as low as a grand piano.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:08 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Classical Music & Beatboxing

gothick_matt, Flickr Creative Commons

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:24 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The McLovins Perform Live

Chion Wolf

**Hear the interview in its entirety by clicking on the player to the right. You can also stream individual songs by clicking on the track title**

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Where We Live
10:11 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Sounds Around Us

ky olsen, creative commons

If you stop and really listen, there’s a world of sound all around you.

For many people, this ambience of life is drowned out by the constant soundtrack of music...in our cars...on our headphones as we walk a city block or hop a subway.  

But today we’ll explore a different soundtrack, that of our actual surroundings.  

The idea came to us from two recent shows we did...one about how new technology is allowing us to map our worlds in all kinds of new ways...and another about field recordings as a type of cultural anthropology.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Exploring Jazz at Firehouse 12

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Firehouse 12 in New Haven  is an innovative space that is part of a neighborhood resurgence in downtown New Haven. In fact, the jazz trumpeter and composer Taylor Ho Bynum says that there are only a few places like it in the world. It's a high-tech recording studio that presents avant garde jazz, while attracting a crowd to its downstairs cocktail bar.  The setting is a renovated firehouse in the up-and-coming Ninth Square neighborhood, newly filled with restaurants and galleries.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Exploring Jazz at Firehouse 12

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Firehouse 12 in New Haven  is an innovative space that is part of a neighborhood resurgence in downtown New Haven .

In fact, the jazz trumpeter and composer Taylor Ho Bynum says that there are only a few places like it in the world.

It's a high-tech recording studio that presents avant garde jazz, while attracting a crowd to its downstairs cocktail bar.  The setting is a renovated firehouse in the up-and-coming Ninth Square neighborhood, newly filled with restaurants and galleries.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
7:37 pm
Sat March 5, 2011

Wolfie's Songs!

Where We Live
11:08 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Awesome African Music Show

Spike & Jones

Recently a compilation came out covering 50 years of African music, an 18 CD compilation of 185 songs.  Many of these tracks crossed borders and helped build a new global awareness of Africa.  

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