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Tommy Castro and Tee Dee Young (Episode #1505)

KQED Life: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 -- 7:00 PM

Tommy Castro is considered one of the greatest live performers on the blues and roots touring circuit, renowned for high energy sets that feature his groove-laden guitar playing and soulfully-searing vocals. Castro is a multi-year winner of the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award (the highest honor in the blues community) along with multiple Blues Music Awards to his credit. Tommy and his band The Painkillers make their debut on the WoodSongs Stage with songs from his new album 'The Devil You Know'.
Tee Dee Young is a central Kentucky, award winning blues legend. Young's playing and singing are authentic to the genre but oblivious to current industry trends. His guitar is a weapon, wielded with total authority, assailing the listener with his sheer virtuosity.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Feb 15, 2015 -- 1:00 AM

Judy Collins and Ari Hest (Episode #1504)

KQED Life: Sat, Feb 7, 2015 -- 7:00 PM

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. This folk icon's will be performing material from her latest release 'Live in Ireland' including a breathtaking version of "Danny Boy" to close the WoodSongs broadcast.
Ari Hest is an American singer-songwriter and a native of Riverdale in the Bronx borough of New York. His music has been featured on numerous television shows and NPR's "All Things Considered." Ari's latest is his eight studio release titled 'Shouts and Whispers'. It's a non-typical collection of tracks that ultimately form a cohesive narrative. With songs of sadness and resignation giving way to lucidity and catharsis, Hest's introspection and intelligence are on display, creating moments of magic within his poetic, spare lyrics and backing them up with his ear for haunting melodies.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Feb 8, 2015 -- 1:00 AM

Celebration of the Music and Life of Pete Seeger (Episode #1503)

KQED Life: Sun, Feb 1, 2015 -- 1:00 AM

Pete Seeger was a folk icon and musical hero to many including Michael Johnathon. Pete was Michael's neighbor and later would inspire him to become a folksinger. Pete's public Television show Rainbow Quest were the seeds on what would become WoodSongs. For this special broadcast of WoodSongs, Michael will be celebrating the life and music of Pete with a few close friends and artists.
Rik Palieri is a folksinger from Vermont. When he was fifteen, he taught himself the 5-string banjo from Pete Seeger's book. In the mid 70's he joined up with Pete and The Hudson River Sloop Singers and became a regular performer at Clearwater events. Back then, The Sloop Singers were a small rag tag army of singing environmentalists that often shared the stage with Pete. Rik's latest project is following the footsteps of the legendary "The Almanac Singers" made up of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays & Mill Lampell. Rik and George Mann traveled down the same roads as the legendary "The Almanac Singers" did in the summer of 1941. Rik will be performing with Rick Nestler who is a musician, ships captain, songwriter, and actor.
Frank Hamilton toured with the Pete in the Weavers in the early 1960s. He is co-founder of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL. < br>Mark Dvorak is a folk singer, songwriter, teacher and touring musician. His roots are in Chicago, but for more than 25 years he has been traveling the country and Europe. Since 1998, Mark has toured and performed with WeaverMania! playing the role of Pete Seeger. WeaverMania! celebrates the sounds and songs of Pete's legendary folk group, The Weavers. Starting in March, he is conducting a new class "Pete Seeger & The Power of Song" at the Old Town School of Folk Music where Mark has taught since 1986.
Chris Walz spent 3.5 years touring the world with the bluegrass band The Special Consensus. He has been at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 1996 and divides his time between performing and teaching. Chris performs with Mark in WeanerMania!

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