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Jim Moran's Folk Music Podcast
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April 22, 2017 12:49 AM PDT

Parts of the second half of the "O Canada!" radio show broadcast in Los Angeles on March 18th, 2017. One segment includes several classic Canadian roots songs, and the other consists of reflections on the lives and careers of two folk icons of the country who passed away in the latter half of 2016, Oscar Brand and Leonard Cohen, with representative musical selections from each.

Show Theme: From "Forever And A Day" By The Kingston Trio

Gordon Lightfoot - Bitter Green
Joni Mitchell - Morning, Morgantown
Neil Young - Long May You Run
Ian&Sylvia - Four Rode By

Oscar Brand -  The Bootlegger's Song
Oscar Brand - Roll Your Leg Over
Oscar Brand - When I First Came To This Land
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Leonard Cohen - A Woman Waiting 
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker


April 01, 2017 02:35 AM PDT

Songs old and new, traditional and modern, in French and English from the large and friendly country to our immediate north - a country with its own vibrant folk traditions and active folk music culture to this very day. This is the first hour of a March 18th radio broadcast, one that features among other music some of the roots music winners from 2016 for both the Juno Awards (Canada's Grammys) and the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Show Theme: From "Forever And A Day" - The Kingston Trio

Opening: Farewell To Nova Scotia - Stompin' Tom Connors

Bruce Cockburn - Ribbon of Darkness 3:35
k.d. laing - After The Gold Rush 4:00
Neil Young - Four Strong Winds 4:03
Ian and Sylvia - Early Mornin' Rain 3:56
Cowboy Junkies - Tired Eyes 4:05
David Francey - Holy Ground - Empty Train 2:57
Chaim Tannenbaum - The Moonshiner  2:15
Les Souers Boulay - Maison  3:23
Pharis&Jason Romero - The Dying Soldier  4:34
Buffy Ste. Marie - Farm In The Middle Of  Nowhere 2:41
Alexandre Belliard - Un Canadien Errant 2:59
West My Friend - Home By The Sea 4:09

August 01, 2016 06:12 PM PDT

This is the second half of a radio show originally broadcast on 6/18/16 in Los Angeles presenting folk, country, and blues tunes that reflect on how the sweat of people's brows have helped them earn their daily bread - with many of the songs finding an implicit nobility in both the sufferings and the endurance of common working people. This program focuses on tunes from the lives of miners and farmers.

Show Theme: From "Forever And A Day" - The Kingston Trio

Down At The Coal Face (Mines)
Shut Up in the Mines of Coal Creek - The Old Time String Band
Coal Tattoo - Hank Cramer
Springhill Mine Disaster -  Luke Kelly
New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Martin Carthy
Blackleg Miner - The Kingston Trio

Another Season's Promise (Farms)
The Farmer Is The Man - Otis Gibbs
The Field Behind The Plow - Stan Rogers
Where Corn Don't Grow - Waylon Jennings
Pastures Of Plenty - Eliza Gilkyson
Deportee - Martyn Joseph

July 01, 2016 09:04 AM PDT

An hour of folk songs and blues songs and country songs and roots songs about people at work, about how what we do to earn a living can frustrate us, satisfy us, ennoble us, or crush us - sometimes all of them simultaneously.

Show Theme: From "Forever & A Day" By The Kingston Trio


Opening: "John Henry" - John Cephas & Phil Wiggins

The Rush Of The Mighty Engine (Trains)
Old John Henry Died On The Mountain - Henry Grady Terrell
Jerry, Go Oil That Car - Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock
Linin' Track - Lead Belly
Casey Jones - Johnny Cash
Drill Ye Tarriers - The Chad Mitchell Trio
Pat Works On The Railway - The Cottars
The Erie-Lackawanna Line - Hank Cramer

Working The Mill (Factories)
Ten And Nine - Liam Clancy
The Work Of The Weavers - Alex Sutherland & His Cronies
The Four Loom Weaver - Karan Casey
Aragon Mill - Karen Matheson, Mary Chapin Carpenter
Babies In The Mill - Larry Penn

May 22, 2016 06:56 PM PDT
The second half of the show presenting music from the fifty years 
between Easter 1916 through 1956, as Ireland gained its freedom
but suffered through partition and civil conflict. The Program Show Theme: From "Forever And A Day" - The Kingston Trio

A Terrible Beauty, Part 2b
Freedom's Sons - The Barleycorn The Dying Rebel - The Davitts Johnson's Motor Car - Celtic Rant The Row In The Town - Frank Harte Grace - The Dubliners

Four Green Fields
Come Out Ye Black and Tans - Paddy Reilly Kevin Barry - Ann & Francis Brolly Only Our Rivers Run Free - The Wolfe Tones Michael Collins - Brendan O'Reilly Sean South of Garryowen - Peader Kearney The Patriot Game - Dominic Behan
April 21, 2016 12:48 AM PDT

This show is a first half of a two hour program originally broadcast on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles. Featured are songs from different eras of Irish rebellion against the yokes of occupation and colonialism, with an emphasis on music that emanated from the Easter Rising of a century ago and its aftermath. The playlist includes some of the leading performers of Irish folk music over the last half century.

Show Opener: From "Forever And A Day" - The Kingston Trio

Opening: O'Donnel Abu - The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem/Yeats - Easter 1916 - Ernest Lyons 3:34

Part 1: To Tread The Upward Way
Follow Me Up To Carlow - Planxty 2:21
Young Ned of the Hill - The Pogues 2:42
The Rising of the Moon - Patsy Watchorn 2:48
The Wind That Shakes The Barley - Dolores Keane 4:18
Kelly, The Boy From Killane - The Fighting Men Of Crossmaglen 2.34
The West's Awake - United Irishmen 3:26
Roddy McCorley - The Clancy Brothers/Tommy Makem 2:35

Part 2a: A Terrible Beauty
The Foggy Dew - Sinéad O'Connor & The Chieftains 5:20
Legion of the Rear Guard - The Flying Column/Margo Largery 2:50
James Connolly - Dublin City Ramblers 3:22


January 26, 2016 10:38 PM PST

This is the second hour of the show "Sunset And Evening Star: Songs For The Last Of Life, For Which The First Was Made," originally broadcast on the Roots Music & Beyond program on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles on January 16, 2016. This half of the show presents folk and country songs that look at love lost and love preserved in the later years of life, as well as tunes that reflect on the changes wrought by time on us all as the decades pass. The program concludes with a two part tribute to the late folk and roots guitarist Pete Huttlinger, who died on January 15th of this year.  First, we hear Pete's instrumental version of the old American folk spiritual "Poor Wayfaring Stranger," whose lyric speaks of crossing over Jordan River and into eternity, and New England bluegrass band Salamander Crossing with their lovely musical setting for "Crossing The Bar," the widely-known poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in which the poet contemplates the approaching end of his life and from which this show derives its title -

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea...

Show Theme: From "Forever And A Day" by The Kingston Trio

Love Among The Ruins

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - The Weavers 3:44
When I Was Young - The Kingston Trio  2:23
La Chanson Des Vieux Amants - Judy Collins  4:38
The Dutchman - Steve Goodman  4:19
A Woman Half My Age - Kitty Wells 2:41
Angel From Montgomery - Bonnie Raitt  3:56
When You Are Old - Martina McBride  2:54

Time And The River

We'll Meet Again - Johnny Cash 2:58
Last Leaf On The Tree - Tom Waits  2:54
Age - Jim Croce  3:44
It Was A Very Good Year - Bob Shane  3:21
Poor Wayfaring Stranger - Pete Huttlinger 2:30
Crossing The Bar - Salamander Crossing 3:35

January 18, 2016 01:35 AM PST

This is the first hour of the show "Sunset And Evening Star: Songs For The Last Of Life, For Which The First Was Made," originally broadcast on the Roots Music & Beyond Program on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles on January 16, 2016. The show includes a wide variety of folk, country, and blues songs about aging - some tender, some scathing, some funny, and some tragic. The first two segments are part of this podcast; the last two segments will be included in the next one.


Show Theme: From "Forever And A Day" - The Kingston Trio

Opening: Old Friends/Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel 3:55

Looking Askance

The Remember Song - Tom Rush 3:14

Oh No - Christine Lavin 2:36

When You Are Old and Gray - Tom Lehrer 1:50

The Two Hundred Year Old Alcoholic - Liam Clancy 5:45

Maids, When You're Young Never Wed An Old Man - The Dubliners 3:28


Old Folks At Home

Silver Threads Among the Gold - Jerry Douglas and Mike Auldrid - 4:19

That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine - Gene Autry 2:46

That Ain't The Grandpa That I Know - Joe Diffie 5:26

Grandma's Hands - Bill Withers 2:00

My Grandpa's Hands - Chuck Pyle 6:06

Old Grandad - Fats Waller 2:46

October 14, 2015 09:59 PM PDT

The second hour of the show "Emigrant Songs: Music Of The Huddled Masses" originally broadcast on September 19, 2015 on the Roots Music & Beyond show on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. The theme for this hour is "What They Found" with a selection of songs reflecting on the reality of arriving in a new land after "Leaving Home" presented in the first hour of the program and the last podcast episode.

Show Theme: From "Forever And A Day" - The Kingston Trio

What They Found

When I First Came To This Land - Oscar Brand - 2:59
Pat Works On The Railway - The Cottars - 4:24
No Irish Need Apply - The Wolfe Tones -  3:34
The Argentines, the Portuguese, and the Greeks - Ed Meeker - 4:03
I Pity The Poor Immigrant - Bob Dylan - 4:11
The Immigrant - Neil Sedaka - 3:40
The Song of the Red Man - Cincinnati's University Singers - 2:54
Now That The Buffalo's Gone - Buffy Ste. Marie - 2:47
La Migra - The Kingston Trio (2012) - 3:39
Yes I Am American - Malini D. Sur - 6:11
American Tune - Paul Simon -  3:45

September 21, 2015 02:08 PM PDT

Inspired in part by the refugee crisis in Europe, this show looks back at the great migration to America in the 19th and 20th centuries, as emigrants from the world over left home and language and family for what they dreamed would be a better life in a new land. "Leaving Home" is the first hour of the Roots Music and Beyond show on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles broadcast on September 19, 2015.

Show Theme: From "Forever And A Day" - The Kingston Trio

Intro: Bound For The Promised Land - Bill Staines - 3:06

Leaving Home - Willy Schwarz - 6:08
Goodbye, Mick - The Wolfe Tones - 3:57 Oleanna - Lillebjørn Nilsen&Pete Seeger - 3:57 Jetzt ist die Zeit und Stunde - Reinig, Braun+Bohm - 3:43 Por Si Acaso No Regreso - Celia Cruz - 5:47 American Land - Patrick Feeney - 3:59 The Emigrant's Farewell - La Lugh - 5:24 Emmigrant Eyes - Ed Callahan - 5:25
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