“in the groove” for Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Gráinne Duffy / MerleFest Radio Hour / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Song and Artist: “In My Arms” by Gráinne Duffy of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

Grainne Duffy, singer-songwriter of Ireland
Grainne Duffy, singer-songwriter of Ireland

image courtesy Grainne Duffy and photographer Terry Hanna


Duffy’s “In My Arms”

Gráinne Duffy’s website:


Radio Show: MerleFest Radio Hour on WNCW 88.7 FM

Mark Bumgarner and Steve Johnson, hosts of the Merlefest Radio Hour, WNCE
Steve Johnson and Mark Bumgarner, hosts of the Merlefest Radio Hour, WNCE

images courtesy MerleFest Radio Hour website and WNCW

Merlefest Radio Hour is a new offshoot from the Merlefest Music Festival, having premiered on WNCW 88.7 FM (Spindale, North Carolina) back on July 5, 2015.

Steve Johnson and Mark Bumgarner host the radio show, which focuses on the music and background of folk and bluegrass artists who performed at Merlefest in the past. Show content includes artist tracks with live interviews and performances, including a segment that focuses on the music of the late father and son musicians Doc Watson and Eddie Merle Watson, for whom Merlefest was dedicated.

Doc and Eddie Merle Watson
Doc and Eddie Merle Watson

images courtesy Merlefest Music Festival, Blues All Kinds blog and photographer Brad Barrett

Merlefest Radio Hour airs on Sundays from 6-7pm EST

Listen Live on WNCW: http://wncw.org/listen-live

MerleFest Radio Hour website: http://wncw.org/programs/merlefest-radio-hour

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Supporter of Americana: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

images courtesy Smithsonian Folkways Recordings website

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is owned by the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D.C., and maintains a large collection of music, spoken word, and other recordings that reflect cultural diversity around the world.

Excerpt from the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings website:

Our mission is the legacy of Moses Asche, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document “people’s music,” spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.

Original Folkways Records label founder Moses Asche
Original Folkways Recordings label founder Moses Asche

image courtesy Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

The original Folkways Records label was founded by Moses Asche back in 1948, whose original mission that is now perpetuated by the Smithsonian, which acquired Asche’s label in 1987. Over time, other music labels were bought and merged with Folkways Recordings to become the large collection that it is today.

Because Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is nonprofit, and because it agreed upon acquisition of Asche’s label that all recordings would be preserved and available for reproduction and sale for all time, the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has become of vital importance in the preservation of folk music, especially due to inclusion of the early folk music cornerstones such as “…Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Lead Belly…”

Affiliated archives, in addition to recordings of Smithsonian Folkways, are accessible online; these archives include “…the U.S. national museum’s Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections (which includes Smithsonian Folkways),”…”the International Library of African Music at Willard Rhodes University (South Africa), the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute for Indian Studies (India), the Aga Khan Music Initiative for Central Asia of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (Central Asia), …(etc…)” comprising the 2005 Smithsonian Global Sound® educational initiative.

For more information, visit the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings website:


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