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

  • January 7: A NEW YEAR FOLK SAMPLER.
    Features songs appropriate for a new year, including: “To Drive Cold Winter Away,” “The January Man,” and “Song for a Winter Night.”
  • January 14: CONTEMPORARY FOLK, Part LXI
    Stephen Stills and Judy Collins open this edition with music from their 2017 CD Everybody Knows.
  • January 21: COUNTRY COOKIN’, Part C
    The 100th edition of musical country stew adds more ingredients from the Appalachians and elsewhere.
  • January 28: PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM, Part 10
    Two or more versions of the same song or ballad, including: “Sally Goodin,” “The Queen of Argyll,” “Police Dog Blues,” “Barbara Allen,” and “The Bonnie Ship the Diamond.”
  • February 4: TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC
    Warning! This program features strictly traditional music mainly from the 1/ Marjorie L. Porter Collection, 2/ Sandy Paton Beech Mountain field trips, 3/ Paul Clayton compilation.
  • February 11: BALLADS FROM CHILD, LAWS, SANDBURG, AND LOMAX
    Music from the “Big Four” of the folk world.
  • February 18: EXTENDED SETS, Part LXIV
    Warner Williams, blues; Uncle Dave Macon, country; and Richard Dyer-Bennett, folk; are the stars.
  • February 25: MARTIN CARTHY
    The music of English folk musician Martin Carthy.
  • March 4: FOLK SAMPLER, Part CXXVIII
    Another mix of folk music – both traditional and contemporary.
  • March 11: FOLK GROUPS, THREE
    Mixes different generations and genres: Colcannon, Peter Paul and Mary, Brigids Cross, New Christy Minstrels, et al.
  • March 18: SALUTING ST. PATRICK’S DAY
    Even one day late is OK to salute the Irish flair for music!
  • March 25: THE 1920s AND 1930s
    Country and blues legends from pre-World War II are featured, including Gid Tanner, Charlie Poole, John Hurt, and the Mississippi Sheiks.

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