Folk Music

Man standing in a train yard holding a resonator guitar
Wolfskull Creative

This young Duluth musician is known for his unvarnished solo folk performances, his fiddle playing at traditional dances, his occasional collaborations with Charlie Parr, and his work with local band Yester. He'll release his first full-length solo album of American folk songs at Amazing Grace on Saturday, June 23. We'll get a preview on Tuesday, June 19 at 2pm when he joins us in the studio.

Kyle Ollah
Amazing Grace

Man standing on stage with hands raised in front of a row of guitars
used with permission

KUMD's Christine Dean had a chance to chat with this renowned folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller in this interview that aired June 9, 2018 on Folk Migrations. They talked about his most recent album, Ghost Light, which is McCutcheon's 39th release, as well as about his next project in honor of what would have been his friend and mentor Pete Seeger's 100th birthday. McCutcheon performs at Sound in Duluth on June 16 at 8pm.

1/24 Live from Studio A: Charlie Parr

Jan 18, 2018
Charlie Parr
Christine Dean for KUMD

This local favorite joined us in the studio on January 24. He released his album Dog, back in September and gave candid interviews about how his struggle with depression influenced the making of the record. He's currently doing a January residency Wednesdays at the Cedar Lounge in Superior and will take the stage the same night at 8.

Charlie Parr

Cedar Lounge

Four women standing with instruments in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

Laura Sellner debuted Superior Siren as a solo project in Duluth in 2012 expanding her atmospheric, eerie folk sound by adding cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner in 2015. The quartet released its first, much-anticipated self-titled debut on January 12, 2018. They joined us that afternoon to share songs from the album and talk about how the project has grown and changed.

Superior Siren

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 12/1

Nov 30, 2017
https://tophatlounge.com

Àlamode and Prone*
Electro-Dance Pop and Electro Funk bands rip up the dance floor this Thursday. Get up to throw down
Red Herring
Thursday, November 30 | 8 PM | $5 | 18+

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 11/10

Nov 9, 2017
Lesser Planets
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Charlie Parr, Anima, and Jacob Mahon
Good ol' fashioned folk with the kind himself, Charlie Parr
Red Herring
Thursday, November 9 | 9 PM | $5 | 18+ 

8/31 Live from Studio A: Robinson and Rohe

Aug 25, 2017
Man on left playing banjo, woman on right playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Brooklyn-based duo features Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson, who co-write original songs influenced by folk traditions. They accompany their female/male harmonies with guitar, banjo, and accordion. The duo joined us in the studio on August 31, 2017. We found out a bit about their musical backgrounds and about writing and recording their debut album as a duo.

Robinson & Rohe

Winnipeg Folk Festival is a relaxed and happy three-day music and camping festival featuring quiet a diverse lineup. A few artists to mention include City and Colour, Feist, Brandie Carlile, who are playing alongside many noteworthy artists spanning across genres and experience.
Date: July 6-9
Place: Birds Hill Provincial Park, St. Clements, MB R0E 0K0, Canada

Tickets

Sign up to win tickets from KUMD to see Ann Reed, Claudia Schmidt, and Sara Thomsen at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth this Sunday July 25.  Three Minnesota folk icons will be sharing the stage for one delightful evening.Winners will be drawn Friday, July 22 at noon. The show happens Sunday evening at 6pm at Sacred Heart Music Center located at 201 W 4th St, Duluth, Minnesota 55806

Concert Information

Peter Yarrow is performing with New First Night and the Blue Canvas Orchestra on Friday, June 19th at Big Top Chautauqua.  Here is an interview that KUMD's Chris Harwood had with Peter in May of 2014 prior to his concert at Sacred Heart Music Center.  He talks about the vibrant folk scene in New York City in the early 1960s, his days as a member of Peter, Paul and Mary, and a life of social activism including his ongoing work with

Listen to our session with this Boise, Idaho band on from June 9, 2015. Their music blends folk, bluegrass, punk, and  string-band blues. They played the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.