The Folk Tree

Harmonious Wail

Harmonious Wail paid a visit to The Folk Tree on Sunday, December 4th. This Madison, Wisconsin-based trio has traveled the world sharing their gypsy/jazz/acoustic/swing sounds. Graced by the exquisite vocals of Maggie Delaney-Pothoff and the sparkling mandolin of Sims Delaney-Pothoff, and anchored by the virtuoso bass playing of Jeff Weiss, their music brightened the winter afternoon for us. Learn more about them at wail.com .

Photo courtesy of Iris DeMent

During the 4:00 hour of The Folk Tree on Sunday, April 17, Iris DeMent talks with IPR's Karen Impola about her roots in the Arkansas Delta, her emergence as a songwriter, and her most recent album, The Trackless Woods , on which she put music to the poems of Russian writer Anna Akhmatova. Iris will be performing on Thursday, April 21 at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines; opening the show will be her daughter-in-law, Pieta Brown. Click here to hear a song from The Trackless Woods .

IPR/Andrew Arganbright

The Folk Tree got into the Christmas spirit on Dec. 20 with a live music extravaganza featuring three different acts. Cedar Valley band The Enablers sang about having a dysfunctional Christmas and added some jingle bells to their twin-fiddle excitement. Curtis and Loretta, a duo from the Twin Cities, played Victorian carols and got us all singing along. Singer-songwriter Raldo Schneider drew from his decades of writing for some songs about winter and its discontents. A good time was had by...

IPR/Tony Dehner

Finnders and Youngberg is a great Colorado-based bluegrass band with an Iowa connection. Guitarist and principal songwriter Mike Finnders hails from our state, and so does bassist Erin Youngberg . The band typically does a swing through Iowa each summer, and they stopped by Iowa Public Radio’s studios during their visit to play some music and chat with The Folk Tree host Karen Impola . They’ve got gigs in Des Moines on July 1, Dubuque on July 2, and Iowa City on July 3, and you can find out...