Folk Festival

Explore the diversity and depth of American folk music with long-time host, Charles Darling. Airing since the station's birth in October of 1969, Folk Festival is one of WYSU's longest running programs, and for good reason. Darling explores the very best of folk music, from the classics of Woody Guthrie to modern-day folk hits of Mumford and Sons. Relax and enjoy the vert best that folk music has to offer during Folk Festival!

Folk Festival Program Guide

  • September 4: Contemporary Folk, Part LXII
    Ohio and Pennsylvania talent includes: Brian Henke, Gail Finnie, Dennis Cheplick & Ray Young, Walt Campbell, and Brady’s Leap.
  • September 11: PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM, Part V
    Contrasts two or more version of the same song. Includes “Casey Jones,” “St. James Infirmary,” and “Stagolee.”
  • September 18: THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVALS, ONE
    Music from the Rhode Island festival of 1959, with Pete Seeger, Odetta, Joan Baez, Jean Ritchie, and the New Lost City Ramblers.
  • September 25: THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVALS, TWO
    More from 1959 and 60 at Newport, with Cynthia Gooding, Alan Mills, O. J. Abbott, Jimmy Driftwood, and Tom Clancy.
  • October 2: FOLK SAMPLER, Part CXXIV
    Another mix from traditional and contemporary, including Irishman John MacNally.
  • October 9: FOLK 90 — ODETTA
    The folk and blues singer who electrified the folk world with her dazzling vocal dexterity.
  • October 16: FUND DRIVE HOOTNENANNY
    Since 1969 Charles Darling has hosted Folk Festival on WYSU-FM. Help WYSU continue to provide quality programming. Give generously at wysu.org, call during office hours, or mail in a check. Thanks!
  • October 23: FOLK GROUPS, Part IV
    Both old time and recent duos, trios, and more in an eclectic mix of music.
  • October 30: FOLK 90 — MARTIN CARTHY
    Ever since the mid-1960s Carthy was one of the most influential musicians in the British folk revival scene. Hear why!
  • November 6: THE GREAT ELECTION DAY SONGFEST
    Every four year I pay homage to past presidential campaigns. Oscar Brand both praises and ridicules.
  • November 13: THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVALS, THREE
    More music from 1960 and 1964 festivals, featuring John Lee Hooker, Bob Gibson, Cisco Houston, Theodore Bikel, and Clayton McMichen.
  • November 20: THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVALS, FOUR
    Traditionalists and contemporaries sing. Includes Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Frank Proffitt and Almeda Riddle.
  • November 27: PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, Part VI
    Contrasts two or more versions of the same song. Includes “The Two Sisters,” “Rolling Home,” and “Old Joe Clark.”
  • December 4: FOLK SAMPLER, Part CXXV
    A blend of various folk sounds, including examples of popular music from the 1920s.
  • December 11: EXTENDED SETS, Part LII
    Three diverse groups share 30 minute segments: Cannon’s Jug Stompers, North Carolina Ramblers, and contemporary duo Magpie.
  • December 18: FOLK 90 — THE NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS
    From over 15 LPs released on Folkways Records the trio play some of their best old-time string band music.
  • December 25: CHRISTMAS WITH THE FOLKS
    Celebrate with contrasting styles by Magpie, Emmy Lou Harris, Carter & Grammar, Dan Fogelberg, Joan Baez, and many more.

Please note that, due to DMCA Copyright Law, Folk Festival is only available on the WYSU terrestrial broadcast; this program is not streamed online.