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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

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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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The Boundary Riders

We play Rachel Dawick’s extraordinary folk drama which dips into 19th century NZ with a new take on the stories of our past.

Duration: 00:59:08 | Date: 20 September, 2020

Te Wiki O Te Reo Maaori

Every year we play a selection of folk and acoustic music by artists performed for the most part in te reo

Duration: 00:56:45 | Date: 13 September, 2020

Modern Folk - Part 2

Duration: 56:19 | Date: 6 September, 2020

Modern Folk Part 1

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

Shirley Collins MBE

In her 80s, the First Lady of Anglo-American folk has surprised us all after a long silence with two new albums.

Duration: 56:40 | Date: 28 August, 2020

The Modern Griot

The bardic tradition of the griots of West Africa has entered a new phase, captivating lovers of world folk music, young and old.

Duration: 00:59:41 | Date: 16 August, 2020

Boucher & McNeill

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

Live Folk

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: 00:58:01 | Date: 2 August, 2020

Diarmuid Cahill

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

Kiwi Bluesmen

We continue our Made In NZ theme with trad and original performances from eight blues exponents, from the 70s to modern times

Duration: 00:56:00 | Date: 19 July, 2020

Antipodean Serenaders

Continuing an all NZ artists’ July, we delight in the nearly century-old music played by three NZers who love old-timey and ragtime...

Duration: 00:58:57 | Date: 12 July, 2020

Titirangi Folk Club

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

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