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Spring It On! Promotion Show, April 16, 2009, Part 1 of 2: Paddy Reagan of Paper Castles
May 29, 2009 01:36 AM PDT
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Paddy Reagan is singer-songwriter from Burlington, VT in the style of Townes Van-Zandt, John Prine, and the like. He normally plays with the group Paper Castles, which merges traditional folk and country music with noisy yet beautiful free-form jazz. On the program he shares with us some of his influences, and follows it up with an excellent solo-acoustic live set. This was the first segment of our four-hour program on April 16, 2009, which promoted the outdoor concert, "Spring It On!" that we put on in association with WKNH and The Starving Artist at 10 West Street, Keene on Keene State College campus the following evening featuring Jerry Fels and the Jerry Fels, Mark Mandeville (with Raianne Richards and Jerry Fels), Christopher Bell, Paper Castles, and Rusty Belle.

Redwing Blackbird, April 2nd, 2009
April 13, 2009 06:59 PM PDT
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In this edition, we hear an excellent live set by Peterborough, NH based Redwing Blackbird (Eric Gagne and Austin Wright). The podcast opens with their final guest DJ pick, "Echoes" by Pink Floyd. Apologies for the almost-unbearable echo, though perhaps it is appropriate considering the song we open with. Check Redwing Blackbird out at www.myspace.com/redwingblackbirdnh.

Likewise (George Barber), March 26th, 2009
April 13, 2009 05:41 PM PDT
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On this edition, we are joined by our good friend George Barber, who was the first performer to ever play on the program back in November, and to whom we owe A LOT of thanks. George performs under the name Likewise, amongst a casual Q&A session and a brief discussion of Keene, NH's local music scene. The show opens with a section of the Builders and the Butchers' track "At the Bottom of the Lake", chosen by George himself. This edition was originally the promotion show for the Grassroots Benefit Show, which was held in the Mabel Brown Room of the Keene State College Young Student Center on Friday, March 27th, and featured the following bands: Informnation, Lonesome Lake, The 123s, George Barber, Tell Stories, Affirmative Jackson, and Amargosa. The show was presented by WKNH and the Genocide Awareness Club, and raised around $225 in soley donations, all of which went to Global Grassroots (www.globalgrassroots.org).

Cowboy New England, March 19, 2009
April 06, 2009 04:02 PM PDT
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In this edition, we hear a guest DJ set from Durham, NH based singer-songwriter Jacob Nevrla who goes by the moniker of Cowboy New England. Throughout this, we discuss his musical background, and his primary project as a drummer in the Manchester, NH based punk rock band The Asthmatics. As always, we finish things off by hearing a live set by Cowboy New England.

Check him out at myspace.com/cowboynewengland and check out The Asthmatics at myspace.com/asthmatics.

Also, you can download his entire album for free here: http://pubpages.unh.edu/~jar78/music/CowboyNewEngland-SomewhereBetweenFuturesPast.zip

GirlandPiano, March 12, 2009
April 05, 2009 10:19 PM PDT
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In this edition, we hear a live set by Keene, NH based singer-songwriter Laina Barakat, who goes by the moniker GirlandPiano. Preceding this, we hear her guest DJ set amongst discussion about her musical background and The Starving Artist, the not-for-profit creative collective in Keene that she co-founded.

Check her out at www.myspace.com/girlnpiano and check out The Starving Artist at www.thestarvingartistcollective.com.

The Accident That Led Me to the World, March 5th, 2009
March 24, 2009 02:59 AM PDT

From their website:

"The Accident That Led Me To The World is an all-acoustic, non-percussive chamber folk trio from Massachusetts. The name was derived from a song that band member Mark Mandeville (guitar, banjo, vocals) wrote called "The Accident That Led Me To The World," which he then elaborated into the concept of an allegorical narrative involving a boy who sails away to an island to be alone. From this concept sprung an entire album’s worth of songs, and Mandeville incorporated Raianne Richards (guitar, clarinet, vocals) and Zack Ciras (upright bass) to flesh out the material. The result was the eponymous 2006 debut released on Nobody’s Favorite Records, an angular, concise mixture of bluegrass picking, sea chantey sing-a-longs, and folk singer-songwriting. This release was followed by 2008’s The Island Gospel, more expansive, more focused, and more lyrical than its predecessor, and which also travels a more country-driven direction. The Island Gospel also continues the allegorical narrative concept that was begun on the first album, and both albums feature artwork which illustrates the narrative."

In this episode, I engage in a discussion with Mark, Raianne, and Zack about the evolution and current state of American Folk Music, which is illustrated by classic folk and contemporary independent folk tracks chosen by Mark, and followed by a beautiful in-studio performance.

For more information on The Accident, please visit them at www.theaccidentthatledmetotheworld.com.