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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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We explore the great playing and rich repertoire of the English folk singer, on whom the English Folk Dance and Song Society conferred its Golden Badge.
Duration: 00:58:13 | Date: 4 October, 2020
For nearly a century, musicians have been reinventing the folk tradition, or writing songs with one foot firmly planted in that tradition and yet one eye clearly turned towards the future.
Duration: 00:58:19 | Date: 30 August, 2020
Gillian Boucher, fiddler, and Bob McNeill, singer and guitarist, have formed a folk duo well worth listening to, and are touring in anticipation of the release of a new album.
Duration: 00:57:15 | Date: 9 August, 2020
Kiwis are getting out and about, and so are musicians. Going to live music has always been special the world over, with audience rapport inspiring great performances
Duration: 00:57:39 | Date: 2 August, 2020
An Irish singer and songwriter who practised medicine and chased his music in New Plymouth has an album of originals, made in Ireland with some excellent musicians.
Duration: 00:51:44 | Date: 26 July, 2020
Since the virus did for NZMMonth, we’re having another month of NZ folk in July, starting with performances from the vigorous folk club in Western Auckland...
Duration: 00:56:01 | Date: 5 July, 2020
The sister of Pete and Mike is no less renowned for her service to the Anglo-American folk tradition and is a good songwriter, too. She is now an honorary Kiwi, and we wish her a happy birthday with a special programme.
Duration: 00:57:24 | Date: 21 June, 2020
With the world in turmoil because of racism and injustice, we explore the incomparably rich heritage of black folk song and music, without which popular music as we know it would not exist.
Duration: 00:58:13 | Date: 14 June, 2020
We launch into NZ Music Month with a programme of Kiwi singers and songs. Thanks to those who generously shared their music, we have enough for over two months!
Duration: 00:57:18 | Date: 3 May, 2020
As NZ goes into lockdown, musicians everywhere are making music from home, their song titles reflecting, by and large cheerfully, their isolation blues.
Duration: 00:58:07 | Date: 5 April, 2020
We observe Black History Month with folk blues from four artists who have done so much to give acoustic blues a global reach. Indeed, three of them have toured NZ and delighted audiences here.
Duration: 00:58:09 | Date: 16 February, 2020
Our annual tribute to the doyen of folk entertainers is a live concert from his golden age, not unlike his Auckland Town Hall performance in the mid-60s.
Duration: 00:58:52 | Date: 26 January, 2020
Four important women of colour reclaim the banjo for the African American folk tradition, and turn in a powerful set. This episode played earlier in 2019 and is repeated now in observation of Martin Luther King Day.
Duration: 00:58:26 | Date: 5 January, 2020