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The Folk Music Hour: Past Episodes 2018

David Calder presents the music he loves in The Folk Music Hour, with the aim of rekindling listeners' interest in acoustic music in the Anglo-American tradition, including NZ folk song, and world folk music such as that heard at WOMAD in New Plymouth's beautiful Brookland's Park.

Airing time: Your choice; on-demand

Almost all music has a folk origin: blues, jazz, rock and even so-called classical. As Big Bill Broonzy famously said - "all songs are folk songs; ain't never heard a horse sing!"

Arguably the first Kiwi to make a living with a mandolin, David spent some of his musical life playing bluegrass, but was performing in the folk boom as early as 1964.

He was playing in Europe and the UK in the 70s, dabbling in folk rock and pop in California in the 80s, and creating a country garden in the 90s and teaching children to read.

These days, kind of retired, he is free to pursue any of the musical paths he loves: song-writing, tuition, and performance with guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, even bass; playing jazz, folk, blues and originals. Or to just kick back and listen to Bach or Grappelli ...

A long-standing performer of NZ folk, Davey also maintains a love affair with US old-time music nurtured since Doc Watson's LPs first made it to these shores. A natural entertainer since his debut on radio aged six, David thinks radio is the perfect performance medium.



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Acoustic Confusion To Toru

Davey plays the music of some important Kiwi folk artists from the 80s to the present day.

Duration: 00:57:38 | Date: 6 May, 2018

NZ Music Month 2018

In the first of five programmes for NZ Music Month, the Folk Music Hour is amazed at the variety of artists playing and touring.

Duration: 00:58:03 | Date: 29 April, 2018

Judy Collins

Duration: 00:58:31 | Date: 22 April, 2018

Jackson C Frank

Duration: 00:57:03 | Date: 15 April, 2018


Duration: 00:58:41 | Date: 8 April, 2018


Duration: 00:57:22 | Date: 1 April, 2018


Duration: 00:52:00 | Date: 25 March, 2018


Duration: 00:58:02 | Date: 18 March, 2018

The Transports

Duration: 01:15:54 | Date: 11 March, 2018

Woverview 4

Duration: 00:49:17 | Date: 4 March, 2018

Woverview 3

Duration: 00:55:59 | Date: 25 February, 2018

Woverview 2

Duration: 01:00:04 | Date: 18 February, 2018

Women and the Blues

Duration: 00:54:14 | Date: 11 February, 2018

Delta Blues

Duration: 00:57:49 | Date: 4 February, 2018

Pete Seeger

Duration: 00:56:10 | Date: 28 January, 2018

Doc Watson

Duration: 01:01:46 | Date: 14 January, 2018

Sandy Denny

Duration: 01:00:23 | Date: 7 January, 2018