Folk on the Airwaves

Below is a list of radio programmes dedicated to folk, roots, world, and/or Celtic music, both in Vancouver and around the world.

CiTR FM 101.9

Saturdays 8am - noon

Saturday 8am-Noon Pacific Time
[8-10am: African/World/Roots, 10am-noon: Celtic & feature performers]

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REQUEST LINE: 604-822-2487

Now in its 22nd year on the air, Steve Edge's popular radio program, The Edge on Folk airs Saturdays from 8 to noon, on CiTR FM 101.9 and on Cable FM 101.9, plus glorious streaming audio and podcasting too! Playlists are posted on this website. This is Folk and Roots music you won't hear anywhere else. Proud to be a Radio Partner of Sing Out! magazine.

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Code Blue
Blues & Blues Roots

Saturday 3:00 to 5:00pm

Code Blue plays the blues... All the blues, All the time... The blues is changing, like everything else. Three knowledgeable hosts bring you the latest and the greatest, from the classics to the newest bluest notes. With Paul Norton, Jim Burnett and Andy Bonfield.


Blood on the Saddle

Every other Sunday 3-5pm

Real cowshit-caught-in-yer-boots country with host Dan Nemeth.


Pacific Pickin'
Bluegrass & Old-Time

Tuesday 6-8am

Pacific Pickin' brings you the best in bluegrass plus its roots and branches: old time, classic country, rockabilly, western swing and whatever jumps off the shelves at us. Most shows have an artist feature and a gospel set. Hear the historical recordings and the latest releases right here.

Host: Arthur Berman and the Lovely Andrea 



Co-op Radio – CFRO FM 102.7

What the Folk
Folk and World Music

Sunday 4-5:30pm

Scintillating hosts Jim Burnett, Jack Schuller, Paul Norton, Dinny Knowles and Paul Kardolus play whatever in the world they want.

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In The Pines
Bluegrass, Old-time, Western Swing and REAL Country music

Sunday 2:30-4pm

Tune in every Sunday from 2:30 to 4 pm for the finest in traditional and contemporary bluegrass; old time music and REAL country on Coop radio’s ‘In the Pines’. Several programmers each possessing unique tastes and passionate opinions present a compelling mix of vintage and contemporary recordings. From the early Opry days through the ‘dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music’ of Honky Tonk, Outlaw, to alt country, whatever that is; and then we throw in all manner of bluegrass and old time music  and you're right where we want you, IN THE PINES. 

Usually includes a weekly calendar of related LIVE events, local; regional and global, often with musical previews and some very good surprises featuring Canadian and lower mainland musicians. 

There is a weekly rotation that goes something like this: 1st Sunday – Kathleen Nesbit; 2nd Sunday – Paul Norton and Sue Malcolm; 3rd Sunday – Rob McGregor; 4th Sunday – Jim Burnett (AKA The Stern Old Bachelor): 5th Sunday – Gwendolyn Reischman.

Tune in each and every week to see what’s happening. Like us on Facebook. What’s not to like?  And check out our video!

Better Days
Roots music show

Saturday 7:00am to 9:00am

Started in 2001, Better Days is a vibrant mix of authentic folk and roots music, both current and traditional, from around the corner and around the world. Hosted by Doug Lang.

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Vintage Blues

Friday 5:30-6:30pm

In the Claddagh Ring
Celtic music

Friday 6:30-8pm

Co-op's Celtic music show takes you everywhere the Celts left their mark: Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland, Cape Breton and beyond.

Gospel Train
Black gospel music

Friday 8-9:30pm

A musical and spiritual exploration of Black gospel music from the fields to the future, hosted by Marc Lindy and Ray Bolen.

Accordion Noir

Wednesday 10-11pm

Wednesday nights from 10-11 pm, Bruce Triggs and Rowan Lipkovits host what is, as best as they can tell, the world's only radio show with the specialty theme of music containing squeezebox and free-reed instruments of some kind or another. On the air at Vancouver's CFRO Co-op Radio (100.5 fm, Starchoice 845 and Telus TV: Channel 718) since December 2006, their broadcasts are also podcasted to an international audience of hundreds at

Aiming to represent the global diversity of regional musical genres and styles the instrument is used in, the show celebrates and champions the renaissance of the dark, edgy accordion over the Lawrence Welk-ian “champagne music” that stultified the instrument’s public image in North America for decades.

We aim to continue (with the huge assistance of local accordion star Geoff Berner) an annual Fall Accordion Noir festival of accordionic musical performances (and here it is at ) and screenings celebrating squeezeboxes in film, and also host a monthly gathering of local squeezebox users at Spartacus Books the first Thursday of every month -- a gathering with its own Facebook group over at

Shows on other Local Stations

Celt in a Twist
AM 1470 - CJVB

Sunday 4-5pm

Join Patricia Fraser for an hour of outrageous Celtivity every Sunday afternoon on AM 1470. It's Celt in a Twist, the very best in contemporary Celtic music and the latest news from the Gaelic Diaspora and the local scene.

Folk Show
CFUV FM 101.9 Victoria

Mon-Thu 8-10am

Visit the website to listen live or on-demand to any folk programs.

Melodies In Mind
Conscious folk music

Tuesday 8-9pm

Conscious folk music showcasing new, established, and/or under-rated folk artists of the local folk scene. Host Ryan Fletcher is always on the lookout for meaningful music from able and socially inspired musicians to interview. Listen for great singers, lyricists, instrumentalists and interviews. And don't miss the live in-studio song circle performances in the second hour. Also see photos, audio, video and episode archives on the website.

Prairie Home Companion
with Garrison Keillor

Folk Stations

CKUA (Alberta)
Folk music on the web

Village 900am (Victoria)
Celtic, world, and folk

WUMB (Boston)
Folk music 24/7

KBCS FM 91.3 (Bellevue / Seattle)
Folk, world and jazz

Shows with some Folk Content

Canada Live
CBC Radio 2 FM 105.7

Mondays 7-8pm (EST)

Live performance featuring top Canadian roots, rock, indie, jazz and world musicians. Recorded at Canada's preeminent concert halls, music festivals and clubs.

North by Northwest
CBC Radio 1 AM 690 / 88.1 FM

Weekends 6-9am

Join host Sheryl MacKay as you ease into your weekend mornings. You'll meet creative people from all around the province and hear about their passions and inspirations. You'll visit artists and in their studios, musicians and performers backstage, writers at their keyboards and chefs at the cooktop. There's great conversation, fine music, uplifting poetry and a lot of laughs too waiting for you every weekend on North by Northwest.

Saturday Night Blues
CBC Radio 1 AM 690

Saturday 10pm-midnight

Saturday Night Blues offers a broad spectrum of blues-based music - everything from Mississippi Delta blues to roots rock, zydeco and swing.

Call us the Bluesline with your requests and blues stories: (780) 468-2399

CFRO FM 102.7

Sunday 10-11pm

Folk music and farce, show tunes and satire, poetry and parody, odds and ends.

Espace Musique

Monday-Thursday 5-7pm

Internet Radio Friends

What The Folk?
with Susi Lanagan

Wednesday 2-4pm

With former Edge On Folk co-host Susi Lanagan (actually airs at 9am on Thursdays in Melbourne, which is 2pm Wednesday here!) Runs on Windows Media Player, a free download for both Mac and PC.