Welcome to the web page and archive of Stephen Carrigan's Local Folk radio show. The show has been going great and I've met and interviewed some really superb people. The goal of chatting with folk musicians in a public talk radio format is twofold. First, we have the time and attention to do more than talk about what song we just played. Sure, we share music, but we share story as well. Second, I hope to inspire listeners to take some sort of action. Listening to our live local folk radio program is a good start, but I encourage all my listeners to find a scene where they are and do some listening. If you are enjoying these programs or other programs on Portsmouth Community Radio, consider donating or becoming a member of WSCA where it all happens.
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Farm hand Max Godfrey teaches about food and tradition with his series of "Soup and Song" presentations
Danny Spooner takes time from his tour in America to talk about music, WWII, Barging, and the future of the tradition.
Jason suffered a stroke while perfoming on stage many years ago. The prognosis was bleak. Now, with the help of his family and friends, he continues to make constant improvements and is doing things most people don't even dream of - truly an inspiration
Musician and friend Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is the pretege of former guests "Two Fiddles" He has a great take on the future of great fiddle music
Jeff Warner joins me again, and this time with a specific topic- logging
Newmarket native who completed the RPM challenge
Irish musician full of great stories
Ryan's a fountain of music. His latest musical project included 365 songs in a year. He's also about to embark on a cross country bike trip. What's your goal?
Portsmouth's ubiquitous artist and performer takes a different approach to the music and follows his passions
Member of Dover based band Bradigan, Tyler shares some great insights about music, community, and family
My first author, David talks about his involvement in the music.
One of the finest concertina players I've ever heard, Christian Stevens is certainly talented. He's also a great embassador of the folk tradition, and a great guy.
One of the remaining core members of the Press Room session, Dave has eluded my program by always playing a gig on Monday nights. I finally got out the recorder, and I'm glad I did.
One of the hubs of the Portland folk music scene, Tom shares great story and song
Musicians bring instruments. What does a booking agent bring? Bands!
At long last, the godfather of the Press Room session shares stories, and history with me.
A fun time with this incredibly talented local couple
Two great sounds that sound great together
Don't be fooled by imitations. This is the Jon Ross that has performed with James Cotton, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and too many other famous bands to list. Like many great musicians, he's living locally and playing live. Listen in and find out more about this great contributor to the Portsmouth area music scene. Then, get out there and listen to some live music!
Alan Reid, accompanied by Rob Van Sante dropped in to visit me while on tour here in the U.S. Alan is a founding member of The Battlefield Band, and is now on tour with Rob promoting their new CD "The Adventures of John Pul Jones". He shares some great stories about how he got going in music, and where he's going from here.
Ellen is an eclectic singer and fiddle player who I knew as a member of the bluegrass band High Range. I found out she's a lot more than just a bluegrass fiddler. Her new CD "People I Play With" contains a great diversity of styles and genres, as well as original tunes and songs.
Frank Lanford hosts a traditional Irish Session at Mel Flannagan's in Rochester, NH and is also a member of the folk community. He shares with us stories, songs, and resources.
Elizabeth Carrigan is a singer and artist. Her take on folk music led her to start recording an album in her own modern style. Unfortunately, a stroke several years back put these plans on hold. Listen to what she's put down so far, where it came from, and where she's going with it.
Voice coach Terrie Ilaria has somw great insight into what it takes to sing.
"Hotshot" photographer Joe Stevens talks about how he became a rock & roll photographer. Guess what, it all started with folk music. Learn more here
Button accordion player with a great ear
Father and son musical pair...not just fiddles! Learn more here.
Regulars at the Press Room session, these chicks join forces for a unique new sound in Maritime music. Find out more on their Facebook page
Entymologist, former chorus singer and present session regular and member of Maritime band Mudhook.
Excellent Irish fiddler from a family of great musicians. His website can be found here.
Session stalwart and banjo player shares some great songs from the past
Guitarist, songwriter and owner of Exeter Music
Great bluegrass musician. Also known as MisterSippy. Find out more here
I've sang within reach of Peter Souza for many years at both the Press Room, and the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, and boy was it fun. His commitment to the community at large is a huge asset to the maritime music world as is his knowledge of the music.
Rahel was born into the folk movement of the sixties, but was never really more than a closet performer until her move to Israel. Now she has an understanding of music that allows her to really help those in need, and those that just want to hear some great songs! More at her website.
Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess (aka Jerron, Mario, & Satoru) join me in studio B for a chat about traditional Jazz music, it's adaptations, and sources. They also talk about life as working musicians and how they get it all done. They are a great group and we had a fun time. More info at their website or facebook page.WSCA 106.1 pledge drive (Please donate), I do something different and talk about how I came to the music. Enjoy! here. collected folk music was enough to inspire Jeff to make music his life's work as well. He's thoughtful, insightful, and seems to have encyclopedic knowledge of American folk music. Jeff shares with us his musical influences and stories, as well as perspectives on how folk music became popularized, what's going on with it now, and commentary on it's many facets. We also chat about the future of traditional folk music. Learn more about him here. Regina Delaney did it, and talks about this experience with me. She's involved in Celtic dance, her own band Reaganta, and her New England Irish Harp Orchestra. How did this begin? Basically, someone lent her an old harp. Listen in for details. "Polka Party", Shared with us some really great info and insight on being a professional musician, following your passions, being an asset to the community, and all around how to be a great guy. More information here.
Having developed a love for Contra Dance, Dudley Laufman brought the music to a whole new generation. He continues to do so with his musical and behind the scenes partner Jaqueline. More information at the "Two Fiddles" website.
- Dublin born Tom Lanigan talks about life on the road, what it takes to be a working musician, and what rebel songs mean to him. More info at Tomlanigan.com
-Where did "West Indies Blues" really come from? Who is C. Fox Smith? Answers to this and more with Maritime singer and writer Charlie Ipcar. More information at charlieipcar.com
-What does it take to be considered one of the best Uilleann pipers in the world? Joey Abarta knows and shares with us his insights on music and more. Visit Joeyabarta.com
-Special 1.5 hour program about a bastion of traditional arts, the "New England Folk Festival". More info on NEFFA's website.
Both Meditative and Jazzy, the music of Cynthia Chatis is just as at home in a Yoga class as it is at a poetry slam. Listen in to learn more.
Paul talks about his experiences performing Irish music around the world. Ever heard an Irish tune with didgeridoo? Liten in. More info about this Irish Balladeer at pjcarroll.com
Ever thought about sitting down in your kitchen one night after dinner and recording a brilliant guitar album? That's the way Dave Surette does it. Acclaimed guitarist and teacher talks about how he got involved in not just playing the music, but teaching it as well. More info at Susie and Dave's website
Multi-talented musician Emery Hutchins has played the big stages before. In fact, he toured with the Clancey Brothers. Find out why he now prefers to perform at more intimate venues. More info at Two Old Friends
Special 2 hour tribute to folk singer Dick Lewis of the Shenanigans
Greek and Celtic whirlwind fusion player and host of the folk radio program Aegean Connection, Carol Coronis shares with us what is great about both traditions.
Barbara learned the music, then started a "slow session" to help others do the same. Learn how to get started by listening in.
Hammered Dulcimer player Bob Paul shares with us a more elegant side to traditional music
One of the most psyched people I've met. Not just about the music, but about life.
Mark "Rocky" Rockwood runs the Sunday night traditional Celtic session at Ri Ra. On this episode he shares with us another side to himself all together.
- More info at millpondmusicstudio.com
The "Portsmouth Scot" shares his story and musical memories. Find out why he's "Proud to be a Scot"
- relatively new to the music, Jeff shares his passion for music along with a few tips for beginners
- Premier Episode. Nicknamed "Pavorotti of the Press Room", Bruce shares his influences and story on my very first Local Folk radio show