Woodsongs (Old Time Radio Hour) is the TV broadcast of an internationally syndicated radio program hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathon and recorded before a live audience each week at the historic Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The mission of the program is to inspire the audience to make music part of their lives by introducing them to a contrast of styles such as blues and bluegrass, country and Celtic, folk and rock, modern and classical. Interviews with the artists allow the audience to explore the artist's background and discover what inspires them to sing and play. The TV program allows the viewers to watch the radio show production and experience the event in much the same way as the live theatre audience.
The Kruger Brothers (#1502) Duration: 56:30 STEREO TVG
The Kruger Brothers are three soulful world-class virtuosos originally from Europe and now living in North Carolina. They were first introduced to American audiences in 1997, quickly gaining the attention of fans and the music industry alike. In an ever expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. In fact, Jens Kruger was recently named the fourth recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. Kruger is known for his innovative banjo composition and performance that integrates folk music with European classical music. This is personified in the band's latest work 'The Spirit of the Rockies'. A poetic, spiraling tale about ghosts, relationships and guides - both seen and unseen that was written by Jens for a small orchestral ensemble.
Celebration of the Music and Life of Pete Seeger (#1503) Duration: 56:31 STEREO TVG
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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