The Folk Tree

Sundays at 1 p.m. on IPR News/Studio One
 

Host Karen Impola features music that is rooted in tradition, but spreads out in a variety of modern directions, including blues and bluegrass; singer-songwriters new and old; rockers getting back to their acoustic roots; plus excursions into Celtic and world music. The show also features exclusive recordings made at venues throughout the IPR listening area, and occasionally, live musical guests in IPR's very own studios.

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Studio One
2:29 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Listen to Jon Hogan and Maria Moss on IPR's The Folk Tree

Jon Hogan and Maria Moss perform in Studio One during IPR's The Folk Tree on Easter Sunday.
Credit IPR/Phil Maass

Jon Hogan and Maria Moss were not on my radar until about a week before the show. A friend of a friend was organizing their concert in southern Minnesota, and knew they'd be passing through Iowa on Easter Sunday, on their way back home to Texas. A few Facebook messages and e-mails and it was a done deal.  Looking like they'd be right at home in a Bonnie and Clyde movie, Jon and Maria gave us some high-energy renditions of early country music and shared their historical knowledge of the genre.

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Live Music Events
10:21 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Jon Hogan and Maria Moss Live on The Folk Tree

Credit jonhoganmusic.com/

This Sunday, April 20, during the 3:00 hour, The Folk Tree presents live music from Jon Hogan and Maria Moss.   Based in Austin, Texas, Hogan and Moss are purveyors of rollicking roots music and trad-inspired originals, which they describe as “primitive-modernist music that will break your heart and blow the doors off your Ford.”

Join us in IPR’s Cedar Falls studios, on the third floor of UNI’s Communication Arts Center (map here), or tune in and listen for some high-energy music.

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The Folk Tree
1:51 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

This week on The Folk Tree

A live recording of Iowa native William Elliott Whitmore is on tap this Sunday.
Credit Photo courtesy of William Elliott Whitmore

Every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., The Folk Tree examines the various roots and branches of traditional and acoustic music.  Join us this Sunday, October 13, when the show includes exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of earthy singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore and bluegrass from Mr. Baber's Neighbors.  You'll also hear from new releases by the Vinegar Creek Constituency and Robin and Linda Williams, and old favorites Dave Van Ronk and the Bothy Band.

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The Folk Tree
4:49 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Pieta Brown and Lucie Thorne live on The Folk Tree - join us!

Pieta Brown is a familiar voice for Iowa Public Radio listeners.  Her latest project is a duo with Australian singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne, performing under the name Love Over Gold.  Love Over Gold will play live in Iowa Public Radio's Studio One in Cedar Falls on Sunday, Sept.

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The Folk Tree
4:11 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

This week on The Folk Tree

Photo by Sandra Dyas

Join us this Sunday between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. for The Folk Tree, a blend of roots-based music both traditional and modern, acoustic and electric.  Each week, we share some of Iowa Public Radio's  exclusive live recordings made at various venues around the state.  This week, we'll hear the Irish band Danu, recording live in Ames, and Radoslav Lorkovic from the 2010 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City.  We've also got music on tap from Brooks Williams, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, the Deadly Gentlemen, and Altan.

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The Folk Tree
4:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

This week on The Folk Tree

Photo courtesy of Susan Werner

This week on The Folk Tree, join us for exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of Iowa native Susan Werner (now based in Chicago, and known around the world), from the Oster Regent Theater in Cedar Falls; and jazzy blues, or perhaps bluesy jazz, from The Hot Club of Davenport, recorded live at Muddy Waters in Bettendorf.

We'll also hear music from Peter Mayer, Claudia Schmidt, Jean Ritchie, and the Old Crow Medicine Show, among others.

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The Folk Tree
12:23 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

This week on The Folk Tree

Photo courtesy of Mary McAdams

This week on The Folk Tree, join us for exclusive Iowa Public Radio recordings of award-winning Des Moines-based singer-songwriter Mary McAdams, from the 2010 Iowa Women's Music Festival, and Iowa City acoustic roots band Red Rock Hill, recorded live last August in our own Studio One in Cedar Falls.

We'll also hear music from new releases by Tom Paxton, the Wild Ponies, and the Barn Birds, and old favorites from the Battlefied Band and Mary Flower.

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The Folk Tree
1:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Peter Mayer, Iowa Opera House Project spotlighted on The Folk Tree

Photo by Lisa Harrison

Iowa Public Radio's Cedar Falls facilities are the home of Studio-One-the-room (as opposed to Studio-One-the-programming-stream), an excellent venue for live music.  As I write this, Studio-One-the-room is undergoing renovation and not available for use, but on April 28, The Folk Tree brings you some music that was recorded live there.

In the 2:00 hour, it's our favorite metaphysical Minnesotan singer-songwriter, Peter Mayer.  Then in the 3:00 hour, Sam Knutson, Jordan Sellegren,  and John Waite play music from their Iowa Opera House project.

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The Folk Tree
10:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey, Crooked Still featured on The Folk Tree this Sunday

Photo by Jim Herrington

Live music is important to us here at IPR.  Because of that, we regularly travel to festivals and music venues to record musicians in live performance.  Then we bring the recordings back and share them with you on the radio.

On Sunday, April 21, The Folk Tree presents a live recording of Iowa legends Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey, from the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines, in the 2:00 hour.  Then listen during the 3:00 hour for neo-traditionalist string band Crooked Still, recorded at the 2011 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City.

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The Folk Tree
11:24 am
Fri April 5, 2013

The Pines, Sarah Jarosz featured on this week's edition of The Folk Tree

Photo courtesy of sarahjarosz.com

Live music is important to us here at IPR.  Because of that, we regularly travel to festivals and music venues to record musicians in live performance.  Then we bring the recordings back and share them with you on the radio.  On Sunday, April 7, The Folk Tree presents two live recordings from the 2010 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City. 

During the 2:00 hour, it's indie-roots duo The Pines.  David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey are both Iowa natives, but they first met and began playing together in Arizona, and they're now based out of the Twin Cities.

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The Folk Tree
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, March 17, 2013

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, our show includes two segments from a 2012 concert by the Irish group Danu, in the 2:00 and 3:00 hours, plus lots of other great folk music, both Irish and non-Irish.

Java Blend
12:00 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, March 10, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of John McCutcheon and Beppe Gambetta, plus music by Brother Sun, Hey Mavis, Jane Voss, and The Chieftains.

The Folk Tree
12:00 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, February 24, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of Ruth King and the Boone County Snake Chasers, plus music by Peter Mayer, Pharis and Jason Romero, Annalivia, and Seamus Egan.

The Folk Tree
12:00 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, March 3, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of Mr. Baber's Neighbors and Darrell Scott, plus music by Kathy Kallick, Nickel Creek, Lucy Kaplansky, and the Tannahill Weavers.

The Folk Tree
9:39 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, February 17, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of Gabriel Kahane and the Blackberry Bushes Stringband, plus music by Andrew Calhoun, Heidi Talbot, the Yonder Mountain String Band, and Doc Watson.

The Folk Tree
9:38 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, February 10, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of Mary McAdams and Crooked Still, plus music by James McCandless, Taj Mahal, and Sara Watkins.

The Folk Tree
9:37 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, February 3, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of singer-songwriter and keyboard whiz Radoslav Lorkovic and Texas band Milkdrive, plus music by Bonnie Koloc, Leftover Salmon, and Old Blind Dogs.

The Folk Tree
9:37 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, January 27, 2012

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and of Latin American rhythms from Los Llaneros, plus music by Talitha MacKenzie, Paul Geremia, the Greencards, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The Folk Tree
9:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, January 13, 2013

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes exclusive IPR live recordings of fiddler April Verch and of Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, plus music by Carrie Elkin, Notorious, Bob Black, and Sarah McQuaid.

The Folk Tree
9:35 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, December 30, 2012

Between 1:00 and 3:00 today, Karen Impola presents an exclusive IPR live recording of Irish Christmas in America, recorded last year at CSPS in Cedar Rapids, with musicians from the top-notch Irish band Teada plus one of the most talked-about vocal acts to emerge from Ireland in recent times—Lumiere, comprising the talents of Eilís Kennedy & Pauline Scanlon.

The Folk Tree
9:34 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, December 23, 2012

From 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., The Folk Tree will be pre-empted by a holiday special, "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn" (details here)

From 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., it's our usual mix of folk music old and new, with a particular emphasis on holiday favorites.  Here music from Monroe Crossing, Catie Curtis, Gina Forsyth and more, plus a live recording of Beppe Gambetta.

The Folk Tree
9:33 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, December 9, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Jim Lauderdale and Mr. Baber's Neighbors.  plus music by Debra Cowan, The Red Clay Ramblers, Bela Fleck, and The Early Mays, among others.

The Folk Tree
9:33 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, December 2, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of The Mike and Amy Finders Band and The Refugees.  plus music by Peter Mayer, The Red Clay Ramblers, Peter Ostroushko and Anna Livia among others.

The Folk Tree
9:32 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, November 25, 2012

Join us for our annual post-Thanksgiving show, featuring songs of food and gratitude.  Hear live recordings of Crooked Still and John McCutcheon, plus songs by Robin and Linda Williams, Roy Book Binder, Tim Grimm and more.

The Folk Tree
9:31 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, November 11, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Lou and Peter Berryman and The Iowa Opera House Project. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month,  Sing the Delta by Iris Dement, plus music by Dave Moore, The Pentangle, Mississippi John Hurt and Todd Burge, among others.

The Folk Tree
9:31 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, November 4, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Chris Pureka and Finnders and Youngberg, plus music by The Stray Birds, Gina Forsyth, The Old Crow Medicine Show, and Heidi Talbot.

The Folk Tree
9:30 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, October 28, 2012

It's our annual pre-Halloween show, full of songs about witches, ghosts, goblins, and the supernatural!  We'll hear from Tim O'Brien, Susan McKeown, and Sarah Jarosz, among others, plus exclusive IPR live recordings of The Chapin Sisters and Calle Sur.

The Folk Tree
9:29 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, October 21, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Iowa-based singer-songwriters Ben Schmidt and Mary McAdams. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month,  Sheinn by Nova Scotia musicians Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, plus music by Hat Check Girl, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, Doug & Telisha Williams, and Old Blind Dogs.

The Folk Tree
9:28 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, October 14, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of Genticorum and The Pines. We'll also hear from our  CD of the month,  Sheinn by Nova Scotia musicians Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, plus music by John Hartford, Annalivia, David Wilcox, Kathy Mattea, and more.

The Folk Tree
9:28 am
Mon February 18, 2013

The Folk Tree Sunday, October 7, 2012

This week's show features exclusive Iowa Public Radio live recordings of The Blackberry Bushes Stringband and The Nadas. We'll also hear music by Altan, Carol Montag, The New Lost City Ramblers, The Sons of the Never Wrong, and more.

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