Airs Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. Innovators in acoustic music from America and Sweden come together to explore the commonalities between Swedish polskas and Appalachian fiddle tunes. Recorded live at the Charles H. Morris Center during the Savannah Music Festival. The country of Sweden has a folk music tradition that goes back at least 700 years. Importantly, this tradition still serves as the impetus for songs being created today.
Airs Thursday, August 8 at 8 p.m. On paper, it wouldn't appear that the mixture of a traditional New Orleans jazz group and a classic bluegrass band on the same stage would make for a musical extravaganza. But when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band decided to make a recording and follow it up with a national tour, the result was the essence of the term "Americana". In this episode, we listen to a seamless blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as the high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians comes together with the hot and lively jazz of New Orleans.
Airs Thursday, August 7 at 8 p.m. Nearly a quarter of a century ago, banjo master Bela Fleck formed a band that drew on bluegrass, jazz, blues and rock, combining the talents of four unique musicians that play acoustic and electric instruments. They call themselves the Flecktones, and the dexterity they use to make their instruments roar, and the obvious joy that they share in doing so, explains the group's longevity and their loyal fan base. Tune in for part one of a 2012 SMF performance by the original lineup of the Flecktones, including pianist and harmonica player Howard Levy.
Airs Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. What do you get when you put five of the best mandolinists from the United States together on one stage? We weren't sure until the spring of 2005 when we hired David Grisman, Don Stiernberg, Mike Marshall, Tony Williamson, and Sam Bush for an evening of musical fireworks. In this episode, we listen to more virtuosic mandolin playing in the second installment of Mando Madness.
Airs Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. When pianist Bill Charlap arrived in Savannah with his trio to play three sets of music over the course of one evening, he made it emphatically clear that he had no intention of repeating himself. Possessing a profound knowledge of music and the American songbook, he delivered four hours of ballads, blues and enough good hot swing to satisfy every patron in attendance. Tune in to hear Bill Charlap's Trio with special guests Frank Wess and Slide Hampton, recorded live at the Savannah Music Festival.