Best Folk podcasts we could find (Updated November 2018)
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THE MIKE HARDING FOLK SHOWwww.mikehardingfolkshow.com will take you into the world of folk – links to artists you hear on the show / folk clubs & session near you / other folk radio sites / folk record labels / folk festivals and much more. The very best in folk, roots and acoustic.
 
Hear live shows from Spiritualized, Andrew Bird, Wilco, Bon Iver, Alabama Shakes, Beirut and many more. Recorded by NPR Music at venues and festivals across the country.
 
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Mostly Folk
Weekly
 
New and classic music from artists around the world.
 
Fair Folk is a radio show and podcast exploring folk culture and music from around the world, hosted by Danica Boyce.Faroese dancers image courtesy of the National Museum of the Faroe Islands.
 
Folk Alley Sessions are exclusive in-studio performances and interviews produced by Folk Alley (WKSU in Kent, OH) in collaboration with Beehive Productions and other contributing production partners. Folk Alley Sessions feature exciting, up-and-coming artists and longtime veterans in folk, roots, and Americans music. Hear artists perform and talk about their music in their own words. Watch videos of these exclusive performances via FolkAlley.com, the Folk Alley mobile app, or our Youtube Cha ...
 
The Newport Folk Podcast explores the inner-workings of one of America's most iconic music festivals.
 
In each episode of the Made by Folk podcast we chat to the creatives behind exciting projects, products & ideas. If you have a project you'd like to discuss, email info@madebyfolk.com
 
A monthly-ish podcast featuring folk music old and new for aficionados and the uninitiated alike. From the famous to the obscure, signed or unsigned, live or dead, good or ...erm... whatever. Join Mal and Gramie for an hour of heart-warming songs and tunes and infantile wit. If we like it, we'll play it. Don't say we didn't warn you.
 
Simply Folk has aired over one hundred interviews and studio performances from both long-time and up-and-coming folk musicians. We're happy to create this separate website and podcast of these recordings.
 
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Young Folk Radio
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Join Mhairi and Kim with Young Folk Radio as we discuss Scottish music, culture, interview musicians and artists, feature music from new and emerging artists and dive deep into discussion on much more. Our podcasts can be found here. Connect with us on Social Media to tell us what you think and stay updated! @youngfolkradio
 
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The Owlish Folk
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A podcast that answers questions about the English language. In each episode we talk about - and attempt to answer - a question about a feature or quirk of the English language.
 
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Discover the world with music. Join local experts for a sonic journey around the globe.
 
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Soundcheck
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Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared. Hosted by John Schaefer.
 
Compiled by an American missionary, West African Folk Tales by William H Barker is a delightful collection of folk tales from Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania and other countries along the west coast of Africa. These stories spread in various forms to other countries like the West Indies, Suriname, the Netherland Antilles, etc and can be still heard today among the people of these countries. West African Folk Tales is a wonderful read for both young people and older readers alike. The storie ...
 
Join Chris McFelin for an hour of great local and international classic country and folk tunes.
 
Folk Roots Radio is a syndicated radio show hosted and produced by Jan Hall. Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves.Check out our extensive radio show and interview archives at http://folkrootsradio.com.
 
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Go Folk Yourself
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Go Folk Yourself is a comedic romp exploring strange American folklore state by state. Come join us for a fever dream through American weirdness.
 
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Soundcheck
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Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared. Hosted by John Schaefer.
 
60 minutes of Folk, all commercial free, with no talking DJ between songs. All songs Creative Commons by-nc-sa 1.0 licensed from the record label that isn't evil: magnatune.com
 
An episode-by-episode analysis and critique of the television show Queer as Folk. The show started airing in December 2000, and we discuss how gay life has changed, or stayed the same 15 years later. At the end of each episode we ask the question of whether the episode's content still holds up today.
 
Live from the Grafton showcases musicians who are part of the Chicago folk community, interviewed by Dan Kugler. Often, guests are associated with the Old Town School of Folk Music. The show is an almost-monthly part of Folk Tuesdays at the Grafton, and edited shows are broadcast on WLUW 88.7 FM. All shows have been engineered by Gunnar Jebson.
 
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Drop The Biscuit
Weekly
 
Music, beautiful music!
 
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Storming Mortal
Rare
 
An interview podcast with folk from the techy side of the internet.
 
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WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with artists, politicians, writers and people from various backgrounds to get to the heart of their lives, and contributions to the world.
 
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Surprising Lives
Daily+
 
The Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre's "Surprising Lives" podcast explores the extraordinary stories of the ordinary folk of the Blue Mountains (NSW, Australia). Each episode we chat to a new guest who has created something amazing, experienced something momentous or led a fascinating life to find out who they are, what they have done and what they learned through the process.Music: Peta WilliamsSound production: Andy Busuttil (Podcasting Central)Concept design: Niki Read and Christopher ...
 
Top 100 Folk Songs fiddle songs which Fiddle Hangout members have uploaded to the website.
 
Prior to Hegelian Dialectic and the Comet/Love EP Three acoustic guitar music albums have been released by the artist. This acoustic guitar music has been available as free folk music. The three albums all feature good acousticsongs and can be broadly classified as guitar folk. For more free acoustic guitar songs subscribe to this podcast
 
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NorthwestPrime
Monthly
 
Host Lori Ness introduces you to hot people, places and events around the world. What happens in Seattle happens everywhere. Bringing Seattle to the WORLD AND THE WORLD to Seattle! These are light and conversational human interest interviews. The guests are fully aware of the format going in. This is the biggest show you have never heard of! Playing emerging artists and showcasing nice people doing great things from the Northwest, the USA and across the globe. Former DJ on KHPY, Los Angeles. ...
 
Awesome interviews with fascinating people.
 
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The Folk Show
Monthly+
 
Great folk music, from the classics of days gone by to new artists reinvigorating the genre. Join host Kate McNally for great music, in-studio performances, interviews and your requests.
 
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Own Our Truth!
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Life,Social,& Political Commentary 2 Educate,Empower,& Elevate!
 
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Angels Talking
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How do you create and run an organization that is profitable, fulfilling and genuinely sustainable? Business angels - who invest money and give guidance - have first hand experience on what it takes to thrive. They share their wisdom here.
 
Many of us are familiar with Grimm's Fairy Tales, or children's stories from France, England, China, India and Germany, but are less aware of similar folk tales and children's stories from Japan. Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki captures the exotic flavor, traditions and customs of this ancient land. Published in 1903 entitled the Japanese Fairy Book, the title was changed in the 1908 edition to Japanese Fairy Tales. Theodora Ozaki was the daughter of a wealthy Japanese aristocrat ...
 
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I Heart Guitar
Monthly
 
Discussion with musicians, guitar makers, industry folk and just plain interesting people. By music journalist Peter Hodgson
 
Laura travels around Bellingham and Whatcom County Washington talking to the people in kitchens about their stories and their food.
 
A book of simple receipts for little folk with important cooking rules in rhyme together with handy lists of the materials and utensils needed for the preparation of each dish.
 
Each week WFMT goes live to the Chicago Cultural Center for concerts with emerging artists from around the world, produced by the International Music Foundation. Some shows offer solo recitals while others feature ensembles. The concerts take place beneath the world’s largest Tiffany-domed ceiling, part of a landmark building that originally housed the Chicago Public Library. The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are named for British pianist Myra Hess who organized some 1,700 free lunchtime ...
 
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Medicine Stories
Monthly+
 
Exploring the mythic journeys we undertake when coming to know ourselves through interviews with herbalists, story keepers, ancestral listeners, consciousness explorers, earth dreamers, and other wise folk. Story is medicine, magic is real, healing is open-ended & endless.
 
The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast explores the mountain dulcimer's past, present, and future. If you’re interested in mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.
 
The very best in folk, roots and acoustic music
 
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Strange Fire
Weekly
 
A queer country music podcast featuring LGBTQ voices in americana, folk and roots music. Hosted by Kevin James Thornton.
 
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Front Row Center
Monthly
 
Montana Public Radio's on-air arts and culture magazine brings you news of upcoming performing arts and music events around western Montana.
 
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Acting Inspired
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Dedicated to keeping you inspired. Chatting with folks creating their own work and thoughts on my acting journey in the form of an honest diary.
 
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The Essay
Weekly+
 
Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise
 
Things to do when you Visit Finland! Nature, culture, sport and more...
 
With composers from nearly every country in the world creating music in diverse styles, there has simply never been a more exciting time for classical music. Relevant Tones creator and host Seth Boustead dives into this treasure trove of music accompanied by first-person interview, In the Field segments that him to festivals and concert halls around the world, with stellar performances by talented ensembles and soloists.
 
Filled with descriptions of the magnificent Swiss Alps, the lives of the simple country folk who live in their picturesque peaks and valleys and the gentle and innocent days of childhood, Heidi by Johanna Spyri is a book that no child should miss reading. Since it first came out, it has captured the hearts of children (and adults) all over the world, been extensively filmed, televised and staged and translated from the original German into more than 60 languages. Heidiland, a theme park, is ...
 
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We're in the swing of season two, and we're settling down for a nice hot dish of tater tot casserole. So pull up a chair, dig in, and watch out for the wendigo out back, because today, the boys are heading over to Minnesota for some comfort folklore. Don't forget to follow us for free on Apple podcasts and leave a review. As always, you can sup ...…
 
The cinematic Minnesota band Cloud Cult is a creative collective who continually celebrates life and love, and catharsis through music and multimedia performances, usually involving painting from stage, and lately, film. Cloud Cult’s emotive, melodic, orchestral indie rock is perfectly suited to the movies. Singer/instrumentalist Craig Minowa a ...…
 
The cinematic Minnesota band Cloud Cult is a creative collective who continually celebrates life and love, and catharsis through music and multimedia performances, usually involving painting from stage, and lately, film. Cloud Cult’s emotive, melodic, orchestral indie rock is perfectly suited to the movies. Singer/instrumentalist Craig Minowa a ...…
 
'Dear Albrecht, Everyone had hair like that - did they? I'll take your word for it. You were very good at hair, can I just say?'In a series of imaginary correspondences, Ian Sansom is writing letters to five of history's most celebrated artists and interrogating them about, well, just about everything.'Dear Caravaggio, you're the sort of man wh ...…
 
Guelph based singer-songwriter Annie Sumi‘s 2017 album “In The Unknown” has been nominated for New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2015 debut “Reflections”, In The Unknown is a fabulous release, filled with gorgeous songs that have a real connection to the world aroun ...…
 
Justin wiggles his way back into Brian's work and personal life with unsurprising results. Michael and Ben deal with a gang of hustlers that have set up shop outside their apartment. Emmett saves the day after Lindsay fires the gallery party planner.
 
'Dear Albrecht, Everyone had hair like that - did they? I'll take your word for it. You were very good at hair, can I just say?'In a series of imaginary correspondences, Ian Sansom is writing letters to five of history's most celebrated artists and interrogating them about, well, just about everything.'Dear Caravaggio, you're the sort of man wh ...…
 
Choosing an unconventional treatment route for a disease that scares us all, what it looks like when you really face your grief, and a beautiful story of ancestral echoes, connections, and healing. In the Intro: Only you know the healing path that's right for you Defining "alternative medicine" & (yet another) plea for nuanced thinking The meta ...…
 
'Dear Albrecht, Everyone had hair like that - did they? I'll take your word for it. You were very good at hair, can I just say?'In a series of imaginary correspondences, Ian Sansom is writing letters to five of history's most celebrated artists and interrogating them about, well, just about everything.'Dear Caravaggio, you're the sort of man wh ...…
 
Guelph alt-folk singer-songwriter Innes Wilson landed on our radar earlier this year with his very well-received long player "Northumberland Slums". A stripped down affair featuring just Innes Wilson's voice, tenor guitar, tenor banjo and harmonica - that was actually his second new album after a six year break, the indie-pop "Bedford Hills EP" ...…
 
Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch creates playful and carefully balanced works containing both space and riffs. There might be as much listening going on as there is playing, which points to a spiritual focus, trust, and discipline that comes from Bärtsch's avid practice of the Japanese martial art Aikido. In his electric group, Nik Bärtsc ...…
 
Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch creates playful and carefully balanced works containing both space and riffs. There might be as much listening going on as there is playing, which points to a spiritual focus, trust, and discipline that comes from Bärtsch's avid practice of the Japanese martial art Aikido. In his electric group, Nik Bärtsc ...…
 
Jory Nash released his ninth album “Wilderness Years” earlier this year. It maybe his best yet, which is saying a lot for an artist who consistently produces great albums. It may also be his last – or at least for a while. As Jory explains during an in depth interview with Jan Hall at the 2018 Folk Music Ontario conference, it's getting harder ...…
 
By kmcnally@nhpr.org (Kate McNally).
 
Laura Gibson/ The Newpart/Goners Roy Zimmerman/Joel Osteen/Rize Up Beth Snapp/Don't Apologize /Don't Apologize Jerry David DeCicca/Jamila Rose/Burning Daylight Chip Taylor/Bracelet/Time Waits For No Little Girls Murder By Death/Alas/The Other Shore Will Courtney/Drunk On Your Songs Again/Crazy Love David Graaf/Supposed To Fly/Supposed To Fly Ti ...…
 
http://dropthebiscuit.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ALL-THAT-JAZZ-3.mp3 ALL THAT JAZZ #3 HE CAME IN FROM THE NORTH/SAID/MAN THAT BIRD COULD SING/SAID HE LISTENED TO ‘DROP THE BISCUIT’ AT LEAST TWICE A DAY, LIKE IT WAS PART OF HIS BEING. YOU TALK WID FORK TONGUE PEDRO! TINKLED THE KEYS ON ‘COMIN’ HOME BABY’-THAT CAT WAS AN OPTIMISTIC INDIVIDUAL ...…
 
There’s a subsection of contemporary music call ‘Musical Historicism,’ a genre of music that uses historical elements and revives them in modern works. From Minimalism to Totalism, Modernism to Post-Modernism to Neomodernism; we’re taking a look at pieces that influence contemporary compositions, either to mimic the past or to be the antithesis ...…
 
Broadcaster Betto Arcos reports from Lima, including music from inside a traditional Peña bar, the amazing sounds of Afro-Peruvian music 'Música Criolla', Cumbia music and beyond.
 
Jory Nash joins us on Episode 405 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his latest album “Wilderness Years”, and the challenges of making a living as a singer-songwriter in a world where online streaming is rapidly becoming the primary way people listen to music. It’s a great interview and definitely worth sticking around for. We also hear from Gue ...…
 
Guelph singer-songwriter Doris Folkens has released a new song for Remembrance Day. The new song, “All Our Roses”, is about her mother’s experience as a young child living in Hamburg, Germany during World War 2. Doris Folkens family history has provided rich material for a young singer-songwriter who is already developing a reputation as a stor ...…
 
There was never a definitive moment when Lilly Winwood decided to become a musician, rather, she says, it was something that was always a part of her - part of the person she knew she always wanted to be. It probably helped that she grew up surrounded by music - her mother is from Nashville and her father, Steve Winwood, is known for his work w ...…
 
Hot on the heels of The CW's Riverdale, Netflix brings us a totally different version of Sabrina than we're used to on television. Based on the 2014 Archie Comics storyline The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, this new show is a much darker take on the teenage witch than her Melissa Joan Hart counterpart, and boy do we dig it! In this episode of ...…
 
The final run of Essays in the long-running series which explores the impact of the First World War on individual artists through the prism of a single great work of art.4.Alex Walton recalls the Australian artist, Isobel - "Iso" - Rae, who spent the war in the Etaples art colony in the South of France, but whose work, as a female artist, has l ...…
 
WAMC’s Alan Chartock in an encore In Conversation with Williams College Professor, Scholar and Author Susan Dunn about her new book A Blueprint For War: FDR and the Hundred Days That Mobilized America (Yale University Press). (more…)
 
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