Folk Alley Radio Show #240307

This week on Folk Alley, in honor of Women’s History Month and with St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, join Elena See to celebrate some of our favorite Irish women musicians. Hear songs from Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan, Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill, Cathy Jordan, Karan Casey, Niamh Parsons, The Henry Girls, Sinead O’Connor, and more.

In hour two, we remember the late, great Townes Van Zandt on the occasion of what would’ve been his 80th birthday (March 7); new music from Chris Smither, Bonny Liight Horseman, Anna Tivel, and Rhiannon Giddens, from the ‘My Black Country: The Songs of Alice Randall’ compilation; plus an excerpt from the most recent Basic Folk interview with Hannah Connolly, favorites from Amos Lee, Adia Victoria, Andrew Bird, and more.


Hour One

Mary Black – Song for Ireland – Collected – Dara

Dolores Keane & John Faulkner – Galway Bay – Sail Og Rua – Gael Linn

Altan – Liostail me le Sairsint – Donegal – Compass Records

Altan – Port Arainn Mhor/Port Kitty Rua Mooney – Donegal – Compass Records

Cathy Jordan & Seamie O’Dowd (compilation) – I Am of Ireland – I Am of Ireland – Merrow

Sharon Shannon (feat. John Prine & Mary Staunton) – Love, Love, Love – The Diamond Mountain Sessions – Compass Records

Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill – Spanish Lady – Idir an Da Sholas – Green Linnet

Niamh Parsons – Alexander – Blackbirds & Thrushes – Green Linnet

Karan Casey – Return to the Wild – Nine Apples of Gold – Vertical Records

Solas – Bonnie Mae – The Hour Before Dawn – Shanachie

Muireann Bradley – Frankie – I Kept These Old Blues – Tompkins Square

The Henry Girls – Not Your Fight – A Time To Grow – PL-Music

Lisa Hannigan – Undertow – At Swim – ATO

Sinead O’Connor – Something Beautiful – Theology – Koch

Hour Two

Townes Van Zandt – Pancho & Lefty – The Late Great Townes Van Zandt – Capitol

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – Lungs – Not Dark Yet – Silver Cross Records/Thirty Tigers

Guy Clark (live) – If I Needed You – Songs and Stories – Dualtone

Chris Smither – Down in Thibodaux – All of the Bones – Signature Sound

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet – Two-Step de Port Arthur – From Bamako to Carencro – Compass Records

Hannah Connolly – Basic Folk Interview excerpt Cindy Howes and Hannah Connolly – Basic Folk interview clip

Hannah Connolly – Bags are Packed – Shadowboxing – Hannah Connolly

Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down – Mission Bell – Blue Note

Rhiannon Giddens – The Ballad of Sally Anne – My Black Country: The Songs of Alice Randall – Oh Boy Records

Adia Victoria – Magnolia Blues – A Southern Gothic – Canvasback

Bonny Light Horseman – When I Was Younger – [single] – Jagjaguwar

Steve Dawson – Flophouse Oratory – Rattlesnake Cage – Black Hen Music

Elephant Revival – What Is Time? – Break In The Clouds – Ruff Shod

Anna Tivel – Disposable Camera – Living Thing – Fluff & Gravy

Andrew Bird – Danse Caribe – Break It Yourself – Mom + Pop


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