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Almost all music has a folk origin: blues, jazz, rock and even some classical. As Big Bill Broonzy famously said: all songs are folk songs - 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 performed in Europe and the UK in the 70s, and recorded original music for NZ film and television. He dabbled in folk rock and pop in California in the 80s while teaching kids to sing. In London in the 90s he learned to help special needs children to read.
Now retired and no longer performing, he is free to pursue any of the musical paths he loves: song-writing, tuition - guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, even bass - and he works to record his original songs, such as https://youtu.be/P2iClmUZAZk
A long-standing enthusiast for NZ’s own folk music, David also still loves US old-time music, nurtured since Doc Watson LPs first made it to these shores, and explores the folk tradition of the British and Irish isles. He is a fan of World Music and fiercely proud of WOMAD Taranaki. A natural entertainer since his debut on radio aged six, David thinks radio is the perfect performance medium and now has an extensive archive of programmes.
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All Kiwi Folk Too
We wrap up another NZ Music Month with a selection of Kiwi folk performers, showing the extraordinary variety of our own musicians.
Duration: 00:58:14 | Date: 28 May, 2023
Our third all-Kiwi show for NZ Music Month, with some exciting news for lovers of our own folk songs
Duration: 00:56:13 | Date: 21 May, 2023
North Island Folk
Our second collection of all-Kiwi folk for 2023, with a North Island focus.
Duration: 58:6 | Date: 14 May, 2023
South Island Folk
We launch our NZ Music Month programmes with folk artists from the South Island.
Duration: 00:58:15 | Date: 7 May, 2023
Folk and All That Jazz
We put the case that folk blues and ballads are the origins of the music we call jazz, which in essence is “folk by other means”.
Duration: 00:57:19 | Date: 30 April, 2023
The war against Napoleon in the late 18th & early 19th century caused untold misery but left us with some extraordinary folk songs.
Duration: 00:58:22 | Date: 23 April, 2023
The American Civil War
162 years after the April start of the American Civil War, the enmity remains, but so does a body of poignant folk songs.
Duration: 00:58:14 | Date: 16 April, 2023
The master of the acoustic guitar will delight generations to come with his interpretations of American folk music.
Duration: 00:58:14 | Date: 9 April, 2023
The exciting return of Womad to New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park led to some great musical encounters.
Duration: 00:58:17 | Date: 2 April, 2023
The influential singer has roots in the folk revival and has taken songwriting to new heights.
Duration: 00:57:38 | Date: 26 March, 2023
Country Folk Too
Another look at the place where folk and country meet.
Duration: 00:58:24 | Date: 19 March, 2023
Folk and Feminism Part 2
We continue the theme of women’s rights traced through folk and contemporary songs, marking Int’l Women’s Day
Duration: 00:58:13 | Date: 12 March, 2023
Folk and Feminism Part 1
Throughout the struggle for the rights of women, folk songs have been telling the truth. A programme for International Women’s Day
Duration: 00:58:18 | Date: 5 March, 2023
The Emerald Isle
Another programme of musical riches from Ireland. Simply grand!
Duration: 00:58:17 | Date: 26 February, 2023
The Londoner has excelled for years in singing gutsy folk material with an electric edge.
Duration: 00:58:17 | Date: 19 February, 2023
Woverview 2023 Part 2
A further look at the delights in store for Womadders coming to New Plymouth, March 17-19th.
Duration: 00:58:30 | Date: 12 February, 2023
Woverview 2023 Part 1
WOMAD is back, and we’re playing some of the music, hoping you’ll come to sunny New Plymouth in March.
Duration: 00:58:10 | Date: 5 February, 2023
Pete Seeger 2023
Our annual Pete Seeger special looks at the songs he sang promoting freedom & civil rights.
Duration: 00:58:14 | Date: 29 January, 2023
Every January 25th, the world celebrates the birthday of the Scottish poet and songwriter Robert Burns, born in 1759.
Duration: 00:58:16 | Date: 22 January, 2023
Folk and Racism
Society honours its living conformists and its dead trouble-makers. A special programme of African American folk for Martin Luther King Day.
Duration: 00:58:16 | Date: 15 January, 2023
Harps Down Under
A double bill of Australian Harpers introduces a Harp Festival in Auckland on Waitangi Weekend.
Duration: 00:57:37 | Date: 8 January, 2023
Our year always begins with Sandy, whose birthdate is January 6th. This year, some of the many covers of her songs by other artists.
Duration: 00:58:14 | Date: 1 January, 2023
The Festive Season 2022
You can listen on 104.4FM, stream, or podcast our Christmas/New Year programme throughout the season. Thank you for following the Folk Music Hour. Happy Holidays!
Duration: 00:58:11 | Date: 18 December, 2022
A terrific folk festival in South australia is a colourful and laid back glimpse into the broad range of Aussie folk talent.
Duration: 00:58:22 | Date: 11 December, 2022
Sometimes Folk Music Hour stumbles on new songs or a new take on an old song to share with you.
Duration: 00:58:18 | Date: 4 December, 2022
Bonny Light Horseman
A Trio recording new folk has its roots planted in traditional soil.
Duration: 00:57:30 | Date: 27 November, 2022