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Jim Moran's Folk Music Podcast
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Location: Los Angeles
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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
August 14, 2015 02:02 PM PDT

The second hour of the show originally broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles on July 18th. Both hours are subtitled "Songs of Strong Drink & Hard Drinkers."  The playlist:

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

That Real Old Mountain Dew
White Lightning - George Jones
Real Old Montain Dew - The Montana Shamrockers
Darlin' Corey - Red Molly
The Moonshiner - Schooner Fare
Tear My Stillhouse Down - Gillian Welch
Copper Kettle - Bob Gibson

The Drunkard's Doom
No More Alcohol - Jimmy Liggins
Away, Away With Rum - The Shenandoah Trio
There Once Was a Young Man - The Weavers
The Drunkard's Doom - The Louvin Brothers
Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’  - Loretta Lynn

Drink & Be Merry
The Jug Of Punch - Altan
The Wild Rover - The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

July 23, 2015 02:57 PM PDT

The Tippler's Way

KPFK Roots Music & Beyond

The first  hour of the show originally broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles on July 18th. Both hours are subtitled "Songs of Strong Drink & Hard Drinkers."  The playlist:


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


Opening Track: Finnegan's Wake - The Clancy Brothers & Lou Killen


Bottled Poetry (Songs About Wine)

Bottle of Wine - Tom Paxton

Raspberries, Strawberries - Bud & Travis

Wines of Madeira - The Kingston Trio

Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Jerry Lee Lewis

Candlelight and Wine - Barleycorn

Strawberry Wine - The Wreckers/ Deanna Carter

Two More Bottles Of Wine - Emmylou Harris


Whiskey You're Me Darling (Songs About Whiskey)

Nancy Whiskey - The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

The Juice of the Barley - Jack Makem

Whiskey - Trampled By Turtles

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker

Whiskey Ain't Workin' - Marty Stuart

Scotch&Soda - Bob Shane

Whiskey You're The Devil - Riverclad

July 11, 2015 12:47 PM PDT

An hour's survey of songs about people whom we love to hate - murderers, thieves, and all kinds of violent and unsavory characters. The tunes range from the tragic to the hilarious - and taken as a group may provide some insight into the endless fascination people seem to have with the criminal element in societies past and present.

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

Opening Track: Four Rode By - Ian & Sylvia

Cowboy Era Killers

Sam Hall - Johnny Cash
Jesse James - Pete Seeger
Billy The Kid - Marty Robbins
John Hardy - Cisco Houston

North Carolina Criminals

Omie Wise - Pentangle
Tom Dooley - Doc Watson
Poor Ellen Smith - The Kossoy Sisters

Public Enemies

Stagger Lee - Taj Mahal
Pretty Boy Floyd - The Byrds
The Legend of Bonnie And Clyde - Merle Haggard

Outro: A Big Hand For The Little Lady

Lizzie Borden - The Chad Mitchell Trio

June 24, 2015 03:11 AM PDT

Long before trains, planes, and automobiles, rivers were America's highways - for commerce, for exploration, for the fulfillment of dreams of a better life in a better place. No wonder then that there are so many songs in American folk music about rivers, and about all that they meant to the people who traveled them. Herewith a selection of songs about some of those rivers - and some of those dreams.


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

Opening: "That Song About The River" - The Kingston Trio

The Great Waters
"The Lovely Ohio" - Matthew Sabatella & The Rambling String Band
"Mississippi River Blues" - Jimmie Rodgers
"Across The Wide Missouri" - The Kingston Trio

Deep Streams
"Rivers Of Texas" - Mason Williams
"Deep River Blues" - Doc Watson
"Roll On, Columbia" - Hank Cramer
"Oh Cumberland" - Matraca Berg, Emmylou Harris, & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Rivers Of Light
"Shall We Gather By The River" - Uncle Dave Macon
"River Of Death" - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
"Down To The River To Pray" - Alison Krauss

Closing: For Charleston, SC - June 2015
"O Healing River" - Pete Seeger

June 10, 2015 04:20 PM PDT

"Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road," wrote Walt Whitman more than a century ago, and as summer comes hard upon us, the yearning for new sights and new experiences - "to see the elephant" as they used to say in the old American West - will entice many of us to leave the comfortable security of hearth and home for adventures of delight and discovery. An hour of thoughtful folk music about journeys and their significance awaits a simple click of the mouse, as we head out to where highways never end...

Notes on artists and songs appear on the podcast post on the Comparative Video 101 website HERE.

Show Theme: From "Forever and a Day" - The Kingston Trio

Mountains & MaryAnne - Gordon Lightfoot

Love, Lost And Found

Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Judy Collins
I Dream Of Highways - Hoyt Axton
Chilly Winds - John Stewart

Looking Back

Me And You And A Dog Named Boo - Stonewall Jackson
Freeborn Man - Liam Clancy
On The Road - John Denver
Country Road - Keith Urban

Looking Ahead

Settle Down - Peter, Paul and Mary
Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers
One More Town - Hank Cramer
Gotta Travel On - Paul Clayton

For Ronnie Gilbert, 1926 - 2015

On My Journey - The Weavers

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