Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 9:00am
Bluegrass, like so many genres of music, is a mix of styles: old-timey string band music, with a little bit of blues and jazz from down South, some English and Scottish influences from the Appalachian Mountains, and a pinch of gospel music as well. The members of Nashville quartet the Barefoot Movement share how they came upon their version of bluegrass music.
Friday, February 15, 2019, 4:10pm
This past Monday, Feb. 11, marked 29 years since Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in South Africa. Apartheid had been the law of the land in South Africa for over 40 years, but change was in the air and music played an important role in that change.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:00pm
Love, gained and lost, is one of the most common themes in all music. In honor of Valentine’s Day, WPR's Music Staff shares some wide-ranging personal favorites, from the familiar to the unexpected.
Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:00pm
Norman talks to pianist Andrew Armstrong and cellist Alex Wu about this summer's Green Lake Chamber Music Camp from June 30 to July 13, 2019.
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 12:00pm
Norman talks to Kathryn Smith, General Director of the Madison Opera , about their upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" on February 8 and 10 in the Capitol Theater in Madison. They play and discuss several excerpts from the opera.
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:35am
Martha Redbone shares her varied experiences and family background through her music, including a song from an onstage interview for "Simply Folk."
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:25am
“Where would we be without music?!” That was a question that musician Johnsmith recently pondered during an interview for WPR’s Simply Folk. “Sometimes you’re driving down the road and Simply Folk comes on or some song comes on and you didn’t even think that some issue was up in your heart or like...
Thursday, January 3, 2019, 11:45am
WPR’s Lori Skelton hosts this national series of broadcast concerts by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The 13-part series will air Sundays starting Jan. 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. on the NPR News and Classical Music Network, and on the Classical HD Network.
Thursday, January 3, 2019, 10:25am
Lil Rev and Larry Penn talked with "Simply Folk" host Stephanie Elkins back in September 2013 when they shared a performance of their classic, "I'm a Little Cookie."
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 1:30pm
The WPR music hosts love sharing holiday music with listeners each season. They also have their own favorites — including recordings with meaningful associations.
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 9:55am
We Banjo 3 is a four-piece string band from Galway, Ireland, that plays a blend of music they call "Celtgrass." This recording is from an in-studio interview the group did on "Simply Folk" on May 5, 2016.
Monday, November 26, 2018, 3:50pm
The new season of Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts begins Dec. 1 on Wisconsin Public Radio, and continues through May 11.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 10:40am
Rivka Maizlish is a doctoral student in the history department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on folklore, particularly folk music. She stopped by WPR to talk with Dan Robinson, the host of "Simply Folk," about folk music and her work as a folk historian.
Sunday, August 26, 2018, 7:00pm
WPR's Sheila Shigley had the good fortune to interview Wisconsin-born artist Jeffrey Foucault this summer, and to capture some great tunes in Buck Studio -- take a listen!
Friday, August 24, 2018, 3:25pm
Author Mary Sharratt has written an engrossing account of Alma Mahler's life. "Ecstasy" has been meticulously researched, capturing rich facets and details of this compelling story over a long arc of time.
Sunday, August 19, 2018, 2:45pm
Leonard Bernstein burst into the musical scene at a young age and spent much of the mid-to-late 20th century as a major musical force.
Friday, August 17, 2018, 9:15am
Art Stevenson and High Water brought their brand of traditional bluegrass, sterling instrumental work, and wonderful harmony singing to the Simply Folk Shindig this past June. They’ve been at the heart of the Wisconsin string band community for years, and the crowd loved their performance this...
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 2:10pm
Joseph Huber and his band brought their high-energy show to Rothschild and the 2018 Simply Folk Shindig in June. Joseph had the crowd up and dancing for most of his performance!
Friday, August 3, 2018, 10:10am
The Simply Folk Shindig returned to the Rothschild Pavilion in June 2018, including a fantastic performance by Milwaukee duo, Nickel&Rose – Carl Nichols and Johanna Rose. Here’s their set that opened the evening... enjoy!
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 11:20am
Joseph Huber and his band burned up the stage at the 2018 Shindig in June! Before the concert, the Milwaukee-based musician was kind enough to do an interview and performance with Simply Folk host Dan Robinson, sharing music and stories from his life and career.