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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: 12pm Sunday, Replays 7:30pm Thursday

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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Mixtape 7

A pot pourri of songs of all shapes and sizes heard during the big Rahui and shared with the world

Duration: 00:56:50 | Date: 26 June, 2020

Peggy Seeger

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

Black Lives Matter

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

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: 31 May, 2020

NZ Women Folk

A programme of songs by Kiwi women artists, part of our NZ Music Month series.

Duration: 00:57:41 | Date: 24 May, 2020

Young NZ Folk

A revisit of this popular NZ Music Month episode, first played May 2018: The Frank Winter Award has brought forward some very talented young folk artists at the Auckland Folk Festival

Duration: 00:53:57 | Date: 17 May, 2020

NZMM Waiata Tangata

Davey searches for the folk roots of the brilliant repertoire of Māori music in te reo and in English.

Duration: 00:57:05 | Date: 10 May, 2020

NZMM - Come All Ye

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

Quarantine Mixtape 2

Duration: 00:53:03 | Date: 26 April, 2020

Quarantine Mixtape1

Still working from home, Davey comes up with a varied programme of songs to enjoy during these unusual times.

Duration: 00:00:00 | Date: 12 April, 2020

Isolation Blues

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