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.
The Edge on Folk
CiTR FM 101.9
Saturday 8am - noon
Saturday 8am-Noon Pacific Time [8-10am: African/World/Roots, 10am-noon: Celtic & feature performers]
REQUEST LINE: 604-822-2487
Started on June 1st 1985 and now in its 35th 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, 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.
Other CiTR Shows – CiTR FM 101.9 (www.citr.ca)
Saturday 3:00 - 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
Roots / Country
Every other Sunday 3:00 - 5:00pm
Real cowshit-caught-in-yer-boots country with host Jeff Gray.
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. Hosts: Arthur and Andrea Berman
Co-op Radio – CFRO FM 102.7
What the Folk
Folk & World
In The Pines
Bluegrass, Old-Time, Western Swing & Country
Sunday 2:30 - 4pm
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 all manner of bluegrass and old time music. The show 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 are several programmers each possessing unique tastes and passionate opinions present a compelling mix of vintage and contemporary recordings. 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.
Singer / Songwriter
Friday 5:30 - 6:30pm
Vintage Blues - from the Mississippi Delta to the South Side of Chicago and all stops in between. Host: Blues Boy Bill.
In the Claddagh Ring
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.
Friday 8 - 9:30pm
A musical and spiritual exploration of Black gospel music from the fields to the future, hosted by Marc Lindy, Ray Bolen and Rick Pollay.
World / Alt / Accordion
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 since December 2006, their broadcasts are also podcasted to an international audience of hundreds at accordionnoir.org
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 www.facebook.com/AccordionNoirFestival ) 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 www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2315256047
Shows on other Local Stations
Celt in a Twist
CJVB AM 1470
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 / Roots / Country / Jazz etc.
Folk music 24/7
KBCS FM 91.3
Folk / World / Jazz
Bellevue / Seattle
Shows with some Folk Content
CBC Radio One 88.1 - Friday 2 - 3pm on CBC Radio One
Also Monday 7 – 8pm on CBC Radio Two
Hear great performances of top Canadian roots, rock, indie, jazz and world musicians, recorded live exclusively for CBC Music. Hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe.
North by Northwest
CBC Radio 1 AM 690 / 88.1 FM
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 Two 105.7 Saturdays 6-8pm
Also CBC Radio One 88.1 - 10pm - midnight
Saturday Night Blues offers a broad spectrum of blues-based music. Host Holger Petersen brings listeners everything from Mississippi Delta blues to roots rock, zydeco and swing. Call the Bluesline with your requests and blues stories: (780) 468-2399
CBC CBUFT FM 90.9
Monday-Thursday 5 - 7pm
Internet Radio Friends
Prairie Home Companion
with Garrison Keillor
What The Folk?
with Susi Lanagan
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.