It’s a beautiful sunny day here on the North Coast – things are pretty quiet. The birds are singing in my backyard, leaves gently falling. A great day to listen to Folk Alley, Listener Supported Radio. I found Folk Alley a few years ago when I was working in a building that blocked radio signals and started looking for on-line listening opportunities.
FolkAlley.com went online in September 2003, offering live-streaming music over the Internet 24 hours a day. The hosted stream is produced by WKSU-FM in Kent, OH, which also built and maintains the web site. The Folk Alley playlist is created by senior host, Jim Blum, and Folk Alley Music Director Linda Fahey and features a distinctive blend of the best of singer/songwriter, Celtic, acoustic, Americana, traditional, and world sounds.
I grew up listening to folk music – Peter, Paul and Mary, The Weavers, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Donovan, Joan Baez. This was in the 50’s and 60’s when folk music was really big – often these artists appeared on TV variety shows. I remember we were so excited when any of these artists appeared on shows like The Ed Sullivan Show. This music was seen as “wholesome” – as we know it grew into the protest songs of the late 60’s, 70’s, and my generation followed along.
Current artists I like are Ani Difranco, Gillian Welch, Nanci Griffith, and Dar Williams, to name a few. Today on Folk Alley I’ve heard If I Had a Hammer by Peter, Paul and Mary, songs such as The Water is Wide and Jennifer Juniper. I’m always finding new favorites, but the old songs and singers take me back, and on a day like today, with the sun shining on the lake, the blue sky above, it’s pleasant to reflect on old singers and old songs. It’s like old friends come to visit for a spell. Sing me a story ….
Do you have a favorite folk singer/song, old or new?