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O'connor Band with Mark O'connor (Episode #1905H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

The O'Connor Band with Mark O'Conner isn't your typical family band. The Band features one of the most iconic fiddlers in American history, Mark O'Connor. His collaborations with James Taylor, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and many others have led to performances on the most visible concert stages worldwide. In the O'Connor Band, Mark is joined by his wife Maggie (fiddle, vocals), son Forrest (mandolin, vocals), and Forrest's partner Kate Lee (fiddle, vocals). Their repertoire is centered around some of Mark's greatest instrumentals as well as songs written by Forrest and Kate, the band's lead singers, whose tight harmonies and lyrical honesty have earned praise from the likes of Krauss, Rosanne Cash, and Mary Gauthier.
Along with national flatpick guitar champion Joe Smart and Eastman School of Music graduate and current University of Miami DMA candidate Geoff Saunders, the O'Connor Band will be performing selections from their Grammy nominated debut album. WoodSongs Kid: Allie Hagan is a 17-year-old fiddle champion from Nicholasville, Kentucky. She recently taught 75 students in Kenya to play the violin using the O'Connor Fiddle Method.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 23, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Celebration of Barbershop Harmony with The Ringmasters, Vintage Mix, The Wildcat Harmonizers & The Time Bandits (Episode #1904H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

Barbershop Singing is a passionate, joyful celebration of the human voice. It originated in the late 1800s and early 1900s of America, a hybrid of both black and white expressive cultural forms at the time. The African American influence is sometimes overlooked although these quartets had a very formative role in the development of this style of singing. Popularity of the style faded in the 1920s and was revived in the mid-20th century with help by the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, founded in 1938 is now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Performing on this broadcast: The Ringmasters are from Sweden and an official World Champion barbershop ensemble. Their vibrant shows take you from barbershop classics, through Simon and Garfunkel to the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Vintage Mix is a group of 15-year-old quadruplets from the Milwaukee Area that sing in the Barbershop legacy but fuel it with a cutting edge approach. The Wildcat Harmonizers is a group of boys ranging from grades 3-8 who sing four-part barbershop arrangements and do choreography. The Time Bandits are the 2016 Bronze Medalist winners from Kentucky.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 -- 1:00 AM

Earls of Leicester (Episode #1903H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 7:00 PM

The Earls of Leicester is a bluegrass group assembled by master musician and multi-Grammy winner Jerry Douglas to present the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and their band the Foggy Mountain Boys. Their self-titled debut album on Rounder Records earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The band had a big 2016. They released their second album 'Rattle and Roar' and won the 2016 IBMA award for Entertainers of the Year. The band's music focuses on the music of Flatt and Scruggs during the period when the band consisted of Lester Flatt on guitar and lead vocals, Earl Scruggs on banjo and guitar, 'Uncle' Josh Graves on dobro, Paul Warren on fiddle, Curly Seckler on mandolin, and 'Cousin' Jake Tullock on bass. The band's name is a play on the names of "Earl" Scruggs and "Lester" Flatt. Onstage for tonight's special event WoodSongs broadcast taping is Jerry Douglas (dobro) Shawn Camp (lead vocals and guitar) Charlie Cushman (banjo) Jeff White (mandolin) Johnny Warren (fiddle) and Barry Bales (upright bass). WoodSongs Kids: Presley Barker and Clay Russell are two young bluegrass musicians from the Western North Carolina area. They been honored with many awards in the bluegrass competitions within their regions.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 2, 2017 -- 1:00 AM
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