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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 515 radio stations from Australia to Boston to Dublin, Ireland. It also airs on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 173 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world. The shows airs coast-to-coast in millions of TV homes as a public TV series. Now Friday and Wednesday’s on RFD-TV.

WANT TO COME TO THE SHOW? CLICK HERE

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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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Thursday Oct 18th

Concert at the Castle with

Dan Tyminski

Alison Kruass & Union Station/ Oh Brother! Motion Picture

Tickets call 859-256-0322

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MONDAY OCT 22 2018

General Public: $10 Students: $5 WS Partners: Free CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888 LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE
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TLEN HUICANI (pronounced wee-KAH-nee) takes you on a journey of Mexico’s music, time and place with their traditional costumes and native instruments. Meaning “the singers” in their indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl, the band makes the beautiful “harpa jarocha” or folk harp, the centerpiece of their music. Since 1973, their music and international achievements have earned the honor of ‘Best Folk Group in Mexico’ by the Union of Music and Theater Critics. http://www.tlenhuicani.com/
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VANESSA COLLIER is a master musician and multi-instrumentalist whose head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances recently got the attention of Buddy Guy. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Collier is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honors, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch. She was recently nominated for TWO 2018 Blues Music Awards and released her new album ‘Honey Up’ this summer. https://www.vanessacollier.com/
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MONDAY OCT 29 2018

General Public: $10 Students: $5 WS Partners: Free CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888 LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE

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On this Special Event Broadcast of WoodSongs, we’ll be honoring one of the most important legacy’s in all of recorded music… Smithsonian Folkways in celebration of their 70th anniversary.
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As Michael Johnathon notes, “Smithsonian Folkways is the musical treasure box of America’s roots music. It is Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and Big Bill Broonzy. It’s what WoodSongs aspires to be. Our show was even based on Pete’s old TV series Rainbow Quest. It’s like WoodSongs is coming full circle as we present the great work of Smithsonian Folkways to a world wide audience.”
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Appearing on the broadcast will be three incredible Folkways artists that continue the tradition that Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document the “people’s music”, carry forward. Artists appearing on the broadcast include: Dom Flemons co-founding member of the GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Grenadian-Canadian songwriter and tradition bearer Kaia Kater and Iraqi-American oud player Rahim AlHaj. Folkways’ Huib Schippers, (Curator and Director) and Jeff Place (Curator and Senior Archivist) will join Michael to share the label’s mission, story and cultural heritage with WoodSongs’ global audience.  https://folkways.si.edu/
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More on Kaia Kater: https://kaiakater.com/
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More on Rahim AlHaj: https://www.rahimalhaj.com/
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MONDAY NOV 5 2018

General Public: $10 Students: $5 WS Partners: Free CALL 859-280-2218 for tickets / WS Partners: Free call the WS Reservation Hotline 859-252-8888 LYRIC THEATRE, 300 E Third St Lexington KY. Audience please be seated by 6:45PM. Become a WoodSongs Partner call 859-255-5700 or CLICK HERE

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GAELYNN LEA has never let a wheelchair stop her from bewitching fans with her haunting original songs and traditional fiddle music. She began playing violin 20 years ago after a creative music teacher helped her to adapt a playing style that suits her frame. Lea holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies “to create a symphonic cacophony that is both glorious in its reach and profoundly introspective”. (Collins de la Cour, Ear to the Ground) Her original songs explore the contrasting nature of existence – dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy. She recently won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. In addition to performing and recording, Lea also loves to do speaking engagements about disability awareness, the power music, and leading an enriching life. Her new album is ‘Learning How To Stay’. https://violinscratches.com/
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AUBREY LOGAN is known as “The Queen of Sass.” Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, expert trombone-playing, a breathtaking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well…fun! Her heart wrenching musical stories has audiences in tears just before her comedic relief has them in stitches. Her appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and The Grammy Awards and a PBS special and London Live have kept her in the public eye and millions of fans have watched her head-spinning videos on YouTube and Facebook. https://www.aubreylogan.com/
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_DID YOU KNOW

So far, over 40,000 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 Jim Gray and VisitLEX, #KentuckyTourism, #BigAssFans, #MartinGuitars, #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