Simply Folk

Host Síle Shigley plays a wide selection of traditional and new folk music, including Americana, bluegrass, acoustic blues, Celtic, Nordic and frequent highlights from Wisconsin artists. You’ll also hear the voices of Jeff Durkee and Steve Gotcher, who share their folk music talents as rotating hosts.


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Sile Shigley

Music archives are limited by law to a two week life and must include a synchronized playlist. Archived shows are usually available by noon of the Monday following the Sunday broadcast.

Latest Episodes

  • April Flowers & an Interview with the Krause Family Band

    This week we share songs and tunes in honor of the first flowers of April and, in the 7 o’clock hour, an interview with Wisconsin’s own Krause Family Band.

    April Flowers & an Interview with the Krause Family Band
  • Birds, Bees & Baskets

    The birds are returning, a few bees have appeared and Easter baskets are being filled! Join us for a musical celebration of early spring!

    Birds, Bees & Baskets
  • Fresh Releases & Glimpses of Spring

    The spring mailbag is bursting at the seams! Tune in this week for fresh folk acquisitions along with some songs for (almost) spring.

    Fresh Releases & Glimpses of Spring
  • St. Patrick’s Day & Rainy Blues

    Join Steve Gotcher this week for Irish gems from Karan Casey and Oisín Leech, some rainy blues, inspiration from Brandi Carlile and more!

    St. Patrick’s Day & Rainy Blues
  • March Request Show!

    It’s your turn to shine – tune in Sunday for a full evening of listener requests!

    March Request Show!

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