The Songcircle

The Songcircle blends songs from various eras and genres to reveal new connections, exposing forgotten artists and discovering new ones.

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Elvis Costello's longtime keyboardist Steve Nieve talks to the Songcircle!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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An interview with, and great performances by, one of rock music's finest instrumentalists.
In advance of his appearance at Mississippi Studios on Tuesday night, Sept. 23, Elvis Costello's career-long collaborator, Steve Nieve, will speak to the Songcircle - all the way from Melbourne, Australia, no less!

Nieve's work on piano and organ helped to define Elvis Costello's style, as a member of the Attractions, and later, the Imposters. He's also toured prolifically as a duo with Elvis, and often been his right-(and left)-hand-man when collaborating with other artists.

In addition, Nieve (a nickname coined by Ian Dury) has released a string of solo albums featuring such guests as Sting, Laurie Anderson, Robert Wyatt and more, and is the co-composer of the opera Welcome to the Voice.

The Songcircle on 09/12/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Artist Spotlight: Val McCallum. Session guitarist's first solo record, "At the End of the Day"

The Songcircle
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Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Renowned Session Guitarist Val McCallum's first solo record, "At the End of the Day".

"Whether or not you’ve heard of Val McCallum, you’ve undoubtedly heard his work. Val is a supremely talented guitarist, singer, songwriter and studio musician who got his start recording for the legendary songwriter Harry Nilsson at age 18. After 30 years of working with such artists as Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, The Wallflowers, Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn and countless others, Val McCallum has just released his first solo record, At the End of the Day, a collection of spare, acoustic and grippingly intimate songs."
Sam Jones, Off Camera

Val McCallum's solo CD, "At the End of the Day" is available at CD Baby and ITunes.

Portland Music Great Dan Haley Visits the Songcircle!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Special Guest Dan Haley

Portland folk-rock veteran, brilliant songwriter and all around swell fella Dan Haley joins Jeff on the Songcircle. He'll share some tunes and discuss benefit efforts for local folk legend Lynn Conover. Another Portland music hero may pop in as well.

The Songcircle on 08/22/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/15/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/08/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/01/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 07/25/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 07/18/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Interview with Adam Franklin of Swervedriver - by Heather Lane

The Songcircle
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Fri, 03/06/2015

Heather says:

As a devotee of the music of Adam Franklin since my early 20s, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to interview him upon the release of Swervedriver's new album, I Wasn't Born To Lose You, their first in over 17 years. This interview also marks my return to radio after a protracted bout of illness with Lyme disease and electrohypersensitivity, combined with a complete lack of diagnosis, which left me to languish for most of a decade.

As a musician myself, I relate to Adam's creative process and share influences. My conversational interview style is a result of my excitement to speak with my favorite musician, and also due to my place on the autistic spectrum. My enthusiasm and filter-free approach were met by Adam with engaged patience and just the kind of detail I was hoping for. Please enjoy and thanks for listening.

Jane Siberry Live on KBOO

The Songcircle
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Fri, 12/05/2014
  • Length: 19:49 minutes (18.14 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Peter Mulvey Live on KBOO

The Songcircle
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Fri, 10/24/2014
  • Title: Peter Mulvey
  • Length: 22:31 minutes (15.46 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Songcircle 3/4/11 Interview with John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

The Songcircle
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Thu, 03/10/2011

 Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, a.k.a. author Wesley Stace, stopped by to discuss his new novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, about an early-20th-century opera composer whose career is cut short by a scandalous murder-suicide. Wes performed the folk ballad "Little Musgrave," which figures prominently in the novel's plot. He also shared two new tunes from his forthcoming, made-in-Portland album.

Following the approx. 50 minute interview is a brief snippet of British folk legend Nic Jones' "The Flandyke Shore"; Wes paid tribute to Jones on the great 1999 album, Trad Arr Jones, on which he first performed "Little Musgrave".


The Songcircle playlist for 11/20/2015

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The Songcircle
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TinariwenTamatant TilayAman Iman: Water is Life
Amadou & MariamLa RealiteDimanche a Bamako
Ali Farka ToureBaliky LaloRed & Green
Fela KutiViva NigeriaThe '69 LA. Sessions
Jimmy WebbP.F. SloanArchive
Red RockersEve of DestructionSchizophrenic Circus
P.F. Sloan w/Lucinda WilliamsSins of the FamilySailover
P.F. SloanHalloween MaryAnthology
The SearchersTake Me for What I'm WorthThe Best of The Searchers
The Grass RootsWhere Were You When I Needed You?The Complete ABC-Dunhill Singles
P.F. SloanKarmaAnthology
"A Day in the CountryMy Beethoven
Annalisa Tornfelt and the Tornfelt SistersAdorelive on air
"The Overview Effect"
"Pale Blue Eyes"
"Sara Smile"
Jeff BuckleyMedley: Je Rien Connais Pas la Fin/Hymne a L'Amour (Live)Live from the Bataclan

The Songcircle playlist for 11/13/2015

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Allen ToussaintOld RecordsSongbook
The Pointer SistersYes We Can CanRolling With The Punches - The Allen Toussaint Songbook
Allen ToussaintEverything I Do Gonh Be FunkyWhat is Success: The Scepter and Bell Recordings
"Pelican ParadeThe Complete 'Tousan' Sessions
"Medley: A Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller/Working in the Coal Mine/A Certain GirlLive at the 2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Elvis Costello & Allen ToussaintWho's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?The River in Reverse
Allen ToussaintGet Out of My Life, WomanSongbook
"Last TrainSouthern Nights
Elvis Costello & Allen ToussaintOn Your Way DownThe River in Reverse
Allen ToussaintVictims of the DarknessLife, Love and Faith
"Freedom for the StallionThe Complete Warner Recordings
"Computer LadyConnected
"Am I Expecting Too MuchLife, Love and Faith
"Brickyard BluesThe Complete Warner Recordings
Elvis Costello & Allen ToussaintWhat Do You Want the Girl To Do?Live in Toronto 2006 [collectors' recording]
Allen ToussaintSt. James InfirmarySongbook
Allen Toussaint & Elvis CostelloAmerican TuneHommage a Paul Simon
Allen ToussaintSouthern NightsSongbook
Rest in peace, Allen.

The Songcircle playlist for 11/06/2015

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The Songcircle
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Loudon Wainwright IIIFive Years OldCareer Moves
Ginger RogersMusic Makes MeFlying down to Rio
The Beach BoysAdd Some Music (To Your Day)Sunflower
Michael Franti and SpearheadEveryone Deserves Musicsame
Badly Drawn BoyYou Were Right (Live)The Official Bootleg: Live @ Glastonbury
Built to SpillYou Were RightKeep It like a Secret
FernandoKingdom ComeLeave the Radio On
Erin McKeownTBDlive on air
Natalia Zukerman""
Erin McKeown""
Natalia Zukerman""
Erin McKeown""
Natalia ZukermanThe Way You Make Me Feel"
Joanna NewsomA Pin-Light BentDivers
Colin BlunstoneThough You Are Far AwayOne Year
Bob DylanShe Belongs to Me [Take 1 Remake Complete]The Bootleg Series vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966 [Collector's Edition]
"I Can't Leave Her Behind (Takes 1 and 2)"

The Songcircle playlist for 10/30/2015

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John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic OrchestraMarzLive in Concert
Ella FitzgeraldSavoy TruffleElla
Otis ReddingTrick or TreatRemember Me
The WhoBoris the SpiderA Quick One
The KinksWicked AnnabellaThe Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
The WeedsYou Must Be a WitchThe Weeds a.k.a. The Lollipop Shoppe
Kim FoxI Wanna Be a WitchMoon Hut
Kristin HershYour GhostHips and Makers
44 LongI Won't Run AwayHangover Heights Part 2
"Burn Up at Re-entryCollect Them All
"Mine All MineInside the Horse's Head
Winter HoursRoadside FlowersWinter Hours
"Wait till the MorningWait till the Morning
"At a Turtle's PaceChurches
"Hyacinth GirlWait till the Morning
John GrantChicken Bones (Radio Edit)Queen of Denmark [Bonus Tracks Edition]
"Global WarmingGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
"Sigourney WeaverQueen of Denmark
Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsHallelujahNo More Shall We Part

The Songcircle playlist for 10/23/2015

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Michael PennBrave New World
Jerry DouglasMarriage Made In Hollywood
Paul DanteHigh On Clouds
Stiff Dead CatThe King is Gone and So Are You
John LennonInstant Karma
PJ HarveyAngeline
RodriguezI Wonder
Billy BraggWaiting For The Great Leap Forward
Nick DrakeMan In A Shed
Nick DrakeI've Been Smoking Too Long
Ani DiFrancoOutta Me, Onto You
The Bastard FairiesExoskeleton
James McMurtryWe Can't Make It Here Anymore
Buffalo SpringfieldRock-N-Roll Woman
Willy PorterHow To Rob A Bank
Jim WhiteStatic On The Radio
Beth OrtonShe Cries Your Name
Richard ThompsonSam Jones
Brian EnoCindy Tells Me
Brian EnoHere Come The Warm Jets
Guest Host Mahatma Jones

The Songcircle playlist for 10/16/2015

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The Songcircle
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The ZombiesCare of Cell 44Odessey & Oracle
"I Love Yousingle
"Beechwood ParkOdessey & Oracle
"Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)"
"This Will Be Our Year"
Chris White of The ZombiesInterview
The ZombiesBrief CandlesOdessey & Oracle Revisited: The 40th Anniversary Concert
"Hung Up on a Dream"
"Friends of MineOdessey & Oracle
Moody Little SisterOcean, Rock & SandWild Places
"Here I Go"
"Jesus Cowboylive on air
"Wild Placessame
Patty GriffinRider of DaysServant of Love
Jason IsbellSpeed Trap TownSomething More Than Free
Reckless KellyLittle BlossomSomewhere in Time
Eric AndersenBelgian BarGhosts on the Road

The Songcircle playlist for 10/09/2015

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John LennonReal LoveImagine: John Lennon: Music from the Original Motion Picture
"Power to the Peoplesingle
"Come TogetherLive in New York City
"Working Class HeroJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
"I Don't Want to Be a SoldierImagine
"I'm Losing YouDouble Fantasy
Yoko OnoI'm Moving On"
John LennonWoman (Demo)The John Lennon Anthology
Charlie Parrtbdlive on air
"Remember Me if I Forget"
"Over the Red Cedar"
Ani DiFrancoAngry AnymoreUp Up Up Up Up Up
James TalleyRichland, WashingtonTouchstones
Greg BrownYour Town NowOver and Under
The ZombiesThis Will Be Our YearOdessey & Oracle: The 40th Anniversary Concert
Chris WhitleyPoison GirlLiving with the Law
Richard ThompsonThe May QueenVariations EP [Still: Deluxe Edition]
Moody Little SisterOcean, Rock & SandWild Places
Robert Plant/Alison KraussPolly Come HomeRaising Sand
TV on the RadioSeedssame
John Lennon(Just Like) Starting OverDouble Fantasy
The BeatlesHelpsame
John Lennon#9 DreamWalls and Bridges

The Songcircle playlist for 10/02/2015

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The Songcircle
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Dan BernDisarmamentrecorded at KBOO, 3/2001
Cheryl WheelerIf It Were Up to MeSylvia Hotel
Pink Martini feat. Rufus Wainwright and the von TrappsGet Happy/Happy Days Are Here AgainGet Happy
Kate & Anna McGarrigleTell My Sisterself-titled
The Louvin BrothersTake the News to My MotherTragic Songs of Life
Sister SledgeMama Never Told MeThe Best of Sister Sledge
The Everly BrothersTake a Message to MaryHeartaches and Harmonies [Box Set]
"'Til I Kissed Her"
The von TrappsNext to Melive on air
"People Like Us"
"Dancing in Goldsame
The Jackson 5Feelin' AlrightLive at the Forum
The Bee GeesI've Got to Get a Message to YouIdea
Charlie ParrEvil CompanionStumpjumper
The Isley BrothersLove the One You're WithGivin' It Back
Moody Little SisterWild Placessame
Paul McCartneyTug of War (Remix)same (re-release)

The Songcircle playlist for 09/25/2015

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The Songcircle
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David BlueThese 23 Days in Septembersame
Big StarSeptember GurlsRadio City
Roseanne Cash with Johnny CashSeptember When it ComesRules of Travel
PrinceThe FutureBatman
Leonard CohenThe Futuresame
Tim BuckleyNo Man Can Find the WarLive at the Folklore Center, NYC
Larry Beckett and Stuart AnthonyParadoslive on air
The Long Lost Band feat. Larry BeckettBabylonOne More Mile
Larry Beckett and Stuart AnthonyJohn Lennonlive on air
The Long Lost Band feat. Larry BeckettWinter BluesOne More Mile
Stuart AnthonyOn the Hooklive on air
Tim BuckleySong to the Siren (From The Monkees TV show)Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology
Patty GriffinGunpowderServant of Love
Breanna Lee PruettNew LifeGypsy Bells
Talking HeadsBurning Down the HouseSpeaking in Tongues

The Songcircle playlist for 09/04/2015

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The Songcircle
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The Beau BrummelsTurn AroundBradley's Barn
The DoorsSummer's Almost GoneWaiting for the Sun
LoveAugustFour Sail
Lou ReedSeptember SongLost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill
Simon & GarfunkelApril Come She WillSongs of Silence
Holcombe WallerInto the Dark Unknownsame
Jackie GreeneTrust SomebodyBack to Birth
Karyn AnnBest Intentionslive on air
Stephanie ScelzaLeave Me Alone or Take Me to Bed"
Karyn AnnAmbivalent"
Stephanie ScelzaNo Money in This Music"
"Heat Wave"
Karyn AnnAberration"
The Beach BoysLittle BirdFriends
The Beau BrummelsLittle BirdBradley's Barn
Original CastLittle Bird, Little BirdMan of la Mancha: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Elizabeth MitchellLittle Bird, Little BirdYou Are My Little Bird
Annie LennoxLittle BirdDiva
FernandoBurned Out LoveLeave the Radio On
Leonard CohenJoan of ArcCan't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour


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