The Folk Tree

Arts and Culture
3:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Begonias & Dead Horses: The Best Folk & Classical Music of 2014

Cover art for Runa's Current Affairs album. Karen Impola ranks it number two on her list of the best releases of 2014

It was a good year for chamber music, orchestras, fusion and harmonies. That's according to two of IPR's music hosts who shared their favorite recordings of 2014.

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Studio One
4:14 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Langer's Ball visits Studio One's Folk Tree

The Langers Ball at IPR studios in Cedar Falls. Back row, l to r: Lance Gams, Drew Miller, Michael Sturm, Phil Maass (IPR engineer), Danny McDermott. Front row: Hannah Rediske, Karen Impola (host).
Credit Photo by Tony Dehner / Iowa Public Radio

Twin Cities Celtic-rock band The Langers Ball visited IPR's Studio One last week, while they were in the area for the Iowa Irish Festival.  The group originally started as an acoustic duo of accordionist and pennywhistler Hannah Rediske and guitarist and mandolinist Michael Sturm. They recruited some other musicians to play with them in the studio, and decided that it was so much fun, they wanted to be a full band all the time.

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Studio One
4:55 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

CD Review: Scythian's "Jump at the Sun"

The band Scythian (pronounced SITH-ee-unn - they’re named after a nomadic Eurasian tribe) has an unlikely combination of influences.  Three of the members are siblings: fiddler Alexander, guitarist Danylo and cellist Larissa Fedoryka are from a family of Ukrainian immigrant, and were classically trained.  Bassist Josef Crosby, who also doubles on fiddle, was classically trained as well. Drummer Tim Hepburn started out in jazz, and banjo player Ben-David Warner grew up on a diet of Celtic music via NPR’s Thistle and Shamrock.

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Best Music Of 2013
4:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Top Folk and Classical Music of 2013

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer were one of Karen Impola's top picks for 2013
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Host Charity Nebbe is joined by IPR music host Barney Sherman to talk about the top classical music of 2013, and Karen Impola talks about some of the best folk music of the year.  Listen to some excerpts and a little info about the artist and performances. Scroll down for the full list of selections.

Barney Sherman's top classical music: [NOTE: Barney's complete list of 28 CDs can be found at this link]:

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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
4:01 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
4:50 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

This week on The Folk Tree

Photo courtesy of Finnders and Youngberg

This week's edition of The Folk Tree includes a very recent live recording and interview with the group Finnders and Youngberg, a Colorado-based group which includes Iowa native and award-winning songwriter Mike Finnders; a live recording of Iowa's own Jordan Sellergren; and music in honor of the summer solstice.  You'll also hear from Norman Blake, Patti Casey, and Greg Brown, among others.  Tune in between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23 for some great music!

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The Folk Tree
4:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Howlin' Brothers play live on The Folk Tree

Photo courtesy of The Howlin' Brothers

The Howlin’ Brothers are a three-piece string band that brings heart and passion into every performance. Their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle.

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The Folk Tree
11:53 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Live Recordings, Live Guests on The Folk Tree this week

Photo courtesy of Red Horse

On Sunday, April 14, The Folk Tree takes you to one of the hippest venues in Iowa, CSPS in Cedar Rapids.  In the 2:00 hour, we'll hear upstate New York singer-songwriter and percussionist Karen Savoca, accompanied by guitarist Pete Heitzman, from a concert recorded in October 2011.  Then in the 3:00 hour, we offer the first taste of a recording made just this past January: seasoned folksinger Tom Paxton.

We'll also have some live guests stopping by for an interview.  Red Horse is a trio consisting of three great singer-songwriters: Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky

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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.

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.

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
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.

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