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WOODSONGS OLD-TIME RADIO HOUR

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WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an ALL VOLUNTEER live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 537 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland, on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world, coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public TV series. Now Friday and Wednesday’s on RFD-TV and every Sunday 7 and 8PM on 650 AM WSM, broadcast home of the Grand Ole Opry. WoodSongs is produced 44 Mondays a year. If you don’t see a schedule for the day you are looking for it simply means we haven’t confirmed the artist … yet.  You can still make reservations even if the artists have not been announced.

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Concerts at the Castle

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MONDAY – APRIL 22

FREE GIFT ALBUM – THIS SHOW ONLY

As we near WoodSongs 1000th broadcast we will be giving gifts to the attending audience from time to time. This week: the WOODSONGS CD ALBUM:

This is the SONG that begat the ALBUM that begat the BOOKS that inspired the IDEA that became the national RADIO broadcast that turned itself into a public TELEVISION series and found a proactive audience that started WoodSongs COFFEEHOUSES around the world that brought the KIDS onto the stage and formed the classroom program that showed how important the “FRONT PORCH” is and became the national association of SONGFARMERS and inspired the concept of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and performing with symphony orchestras. The CD features NEW WOOD (Gone Gonna Rise Again by Si Kahn) with Odetta, plus JD Crowe, Homer Ledford and Jean Ritchie. One per family the night of the broadcast while supplies last.

WATCH the NEW WOOD VIDEO with MJ and ODETTA filmed in Kentucky in 2008:

https://youtu.be/B9IdmbtQDUU

General Public: $10 Call 859-280-2218

WS Partners: FREE call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888.
Become a WS Partner call 859-255-5700 CLICK HERE
LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM.

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SI KAHNis a folk, bluegrass and roots music legend, once described as “a rumor in his own time.” At almost 75 years old, he is at the peak of his powers as performer, songwriter, recording artist and playwright. His songs of family, community, love, work and freedom have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists in North America and Europe. For 52 years, he’s worked professionally as a civil rights, labor and community organizer. He has toured with Pete Seeger and John McCutcheon, and has shared concert and festival stages with such artists as Buffy St. Marie, Peggy Seeger, The Kruger Brothers, TheFairfield Four, Hazel Dickens, Ani DiFranco, and more.  On this Special Event Broadcast of WoodSongs, we are celebrating Si’s career with 3 new projects honoring this American Folk legend
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THE LOOPING BROTHERSis a German bluegrass trio that have recorded a new album of Si’s songs called ‘It’s Dog’s Life.’ to honor his 75th.
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MATT WATROBA Special guest
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VIVIAN NESBITT and JOHN DILLON portraying a scene from MOTHER JONES IN HEAVEN a musical one-woman show by Si Kahn about the legendary labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones.
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WATCH A VIDEO CLIP: https://vimeo.com/294946290
Si’s most recent work ‘Mother Jones in Heaven’ is a musical about the legendary Irish immigrant social justice agitator termed “the most dangerous woman in America” by a U.S. district attorney in 1902. Vivian Nesbitt (Breaking Bad, The Night Shift, Longmire and more) portrays Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, with musical accompaniment by John Dillon about the infamous labor organizer famed for her tireless efforts on behalf of the rights of the working class. Vivian and John will perform a special selection from the performance on the WoodSongs Stage. https://motherjonesinheaven.com/
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MONDAY – APRIL 29

General Public: $10 Call 859-280-2218

WS Partners: FREE call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888.
Become a WS Partner call 859-255-5700 CLICK HERE
LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM.

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OVER THE RHINE are the critically acclaimed husband and wife duo celebrating 30 years of making understated yet emotionally-charged music. Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist (aka Over the Rhine) have established a reputation for delivering genuine, heartfelt stories of the human condition that are both empathetic and provocative. The pair’s expansive, incisive lyrics and earthy sound are often inspired by time and place. Each album represents a certain chapter in their lives – what they have experienced, and the resulting emotional landscape. ‘Love & Revelation’ the first new music in four years finds the beloved duo in a deeply reflective place, contemplating both personal loss and the wavering of America’s collective compass. https://overtherhine.com/
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OVER THE RHINE will perform a full concert at the historic Castle on Thursday October 17. Get tickets early by clicking the CASTLE logo on top of this page!

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SHANE HENNESSY is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, and songwriter from Ireland. Known for his unique virtuosic approach to the acoustic guitar, his musical style has won praise from musical giants Nile Rodgers of CHIC and guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, with whom Shane has shared the stage. At the young age of twenty-five, Shane has sold out a solo concert in the National Concert Hall, released two highly praised albums, has worked with Bill Whelan (composer of Riverdance) and has done extensive international touring across Europe, the United States, and Russia. Shane will be premiering material from new album set for release in June. https://www.shanehennessy.ie/
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_DID YOU KNOW

So far, over 52,000 folks have come through the doors of the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington KY to see a live taping of the WOODSONGS OLD-TIME RADIO HOUR. Thanks to the volunteer crew, artists, local hotels and restaurants,  Mayor Gorton and VisitLEX, MartinGuitars, Deering Banjos. KET, WEKU, WUKY, RFDTV and our hundreds of radio and public television affiliates.
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Welcome To The All-Volunteer Run WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
We believe that love is the greatest transaction of the arts, that the heart is more important than some chart, and that passion transcends payment every time. Our show airs on over 500 radio stations, American Forces Radio network worldwide and in millions of homes on PBS stations across America.

 

 

“You don’t have to be famous … you just have to be good!”

folksinger Michael Johnathon – michael@woodsongs.com