The Songcircle

In a songcircle, songs are bandied back and forth. Perhaps around a fire. Each week on The Songcircle, we try to spark a fire and bounce artists' songs off one another in a similar way. Sometimes in service of a common theme or genre. Sometimes paying tribute to a beloved artist with rare recordings. Sometimes responding to events that impact us all. Always, we strive to present music both new and familiar in a fresh context. You might not love every song, but stay tuned - the next one might be a new favorite!

Jeff Rosenberg is a longtime KBOO DJ and contributor to the Music section of Willamette Week.

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Songs for the Counterculture

The Songcircle
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Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Roots, Rock and Psychedelia, spirit-food for activists.
Leigh Anne Kranz hosts.


" #1 ", Toni Price, Sol Power

"Who's Gonna Stand Up?", Neil Young, Storytone

"High Low", Rachelle Van Zanten,  Oh Mother

"Something Fine", Jackson Browne, Jackson Browne

"DejaVu" (1969 Demo), Crosby Stills and Nash,  Demos

The Songcircle 1/16/15

The Songcircle
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Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle 1/16/15

The Songcircle Swings with the Stumptown Soul Holiday Spectacular!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 12/12/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Live soul music on the 'Circle!
The crew from the upcoming Stumptown Soul Holiday Spectacular will perform live in the KBOO studios, featuring Steve Kerin on piano, Mark Bowden on guitar, fiddle, bass, drums, backup singers and the whole nine funky yards!

The Songcircle welcomes Jane Siberry!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 12/05/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Art-folk singer-songwriter Jane Siberry comes to KBOO
A hitmaker in her native Canada, contributor to several popular film soundtracks, and a respected artist the world 'round, art-folk singer-songwriter Jane Siberry's in town to perform her seasonal show, Holiday Hoes and Hosers, and we're very excited to welcome her to KBOO. We'll talk to her about her career and creative process, and she'll perform life on the KBOO piano!

An Afternoon of Roots Rock and Alt Country

The Songcircle
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Fri, 11/28/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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An Afternoon of Roots Rock and Alt Country
Guest hosts:  Leigh Anne Kranz & Brian Erts

The Songcircle on 11/21/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 11/21/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 11/14/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 11/14/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 11/07/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 10/31/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 10/17/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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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".


SongCircle playlist for 02/01/2013

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The DoorsTell all the PeopleThe Soft Parade
Dan Penn and Spooner OldhamYou Left the Water RunningMoments from This Theatre
Bobbie GentryFancyFancy
Neko Case and Her BoyfriendsBowling GreenThe Virginian
Joan ArmatradingDrop the PilotThe Key
The JayhawksI'd Run AwayTomorrow the Green Grass
The KinksDrivingArthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire
The Magnetic FieldsThe Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side69 Love Songs
Lucinda WilliamsEssenceEssence
Mavis StaplesDown in MississippiWe'll Never Turn Back
John TrudellShadow over SisterlandJohnny Damas and Me
Yoko OnoYangyangApproximately Infinite Universe
James BrownII Don't Want Nobody to Get Me Nothing (Open up the Door I'll Get It Myself)Foundations of Funk: A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969
Gary Clark, Jr.Ain't Messin' 'RoundBlak and Blu
Jerry Joseph and the JackmormonsMile High, Mile DeepHappy Book
DionRide's Blues (For Robert Johnson)Tank Full of Blues
Madeleine Peyroux(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday NightHalf the Perfect World
Nick DrakePlace to BePink Moon
Jimmy ScottThere is No Greater LoveFalling in Love is Wonderful
Little SueChange Your MindThe Long Goodbye

SongCircle playlist for 01/25/2013

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The Songcircle
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Arlo GuthrieGates of EdenLast of the Brooklyn Cowboys
Ashbury ParkThe Hard WayLive on the Dharma Wheel vol2
Avett BrothersIt Goes On and OnI and Love and You
Counting CrowsOmahaAugust and Everything After
Richard ThompsonThe Razor DanceCeltzschmerz
Allman BrothersInto the MysticLive at Jazzfest
Patti SmithFuji-Sanbanga
Sinead O'ConnorProphet Has AriseThrow Down your Arms
Bob MarleyLively Up YourselfDeluxe
Peter GabrielShaking the TreeOne World
Rory MacLeodHarmonika DreamKicking the Sawdust
Hot TunaI KNow You RiderLive
Emmylou HarrisThe RoadHard Bargain
Emmy Lou HarrisWhere Will I BeWrecking Ball
Wailing JennysDeeeper Well
Emmylou HarrisSnake SongTownes Van Zandt Tribute
Mark Knopfler & Emmylou HarrisSo Far AwayReal Live Roadrunning
Bonnie RaittRunaway

SongCircle playlist for 01/11/2013

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The Songcircle
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Michael HedgesAerial BoundariesAerial Boundaries
Jefferson AirplaneEmbryonic Journey
Nick DrakeCello SongWay to Blue
Richard ThompsonBeeswingMirror Blue
Forrest SunAlchemyPlenty
Bruce CockburnCreation DreamDancing In the Dragon's Jaw
Counting CrowsRain King
Justin CurrieNo, SurrenderWhat is Love For?
Martyn JosephWeight of the WorldVegas
Jesse Colin YoungDarkness, DarknessLive on the Dharma Wheel vol 1
Toshi ReaganBallad of the Broken WordJustice
James McMurtryCan't Make it Here Anymore
Patti SmithSenecaBanga
Bob DylanI & I
alpha BlondyJerusalemJerusalem
Wilson PickettMustang Sally

SongCircle playlist for 01/04/2013

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The Songcircle
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Michael FracassoBack to OklahomaBack to Oklahoma
John PhillipsMe and My UnclePhillips 66
Lou ReedLast Great American WhaleNew York
Joy HarjoFear PoemLetter from the End of the Twentieth Century
Loudon Wainwright IIIFear ItselfSongs for the New Depression
Jorma KaukonenAnother Man Done GoneQuah
James BrownFunky President (People It's Bad)Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971-1975
Jerry Lee LewisMoney (That's What I Want)Live at the Star Club Hamburg
Graham ParkerDisney's America12 Haunted Episodes
John Doe (with Eddie Vedder and Corin Tucker)The Golden State RemixThe Golden State [EP]
Loretta Lynn (with Jack White)Portland, OregonVan Lear Rose
Petra Haden and Bill FrisellI Don't Want to Grow UpPetra Haden and Bill Frisell
Kirsty MacCollDaysKite
Glen Campbell and Jimmy WebbIf These Walls Could SpeakIn Session
Tom NorthcottWho Planted Thorns in Miss Alice's GardenSunny Goodge Street: The Warner Bros. Recordings
Bruce CockburnPeggy's Kitchen WallStealing Fire
Leonard CohenLover Lover LoverField Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979
Nick LoweFailed ChristianDig My Mood
Peter CaseUnderneath the StarsLet Us Now Praise Sleepy John
Jackson C. FrankBlues Run the GameJackson C. Frank
Annie LennoxA Thousand Beautiful ThingsBare

SongCircle playlist for 12/28/2012

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The Songcircle
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Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerHey Youin studiom performance
Martyn JosephHe Never SaidDon't Talk ABout Love
Dan BernJerusalemDog Boy Van
Dar WilliamsThe CHristians and the Paganssame as song title
George Harrison ~ I Dig Love ~ All Things Must Pass [Disc 2] ~ 2001My Sweet LordLive in Japan
M.C. YogiGanesh is FreshElephant Power
Stephan SmithIn the AirSlash and Burn
Midnight OilSpirit of the AgeThe Real Thing
John TrudellCrazy HorseBone Days
Larry LongAnna MaeIn the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Jim PageSong for Leonard PeltierIn the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Indigo GirlsBury My Heart at Wounded Knee1200 Curfews
Bruce CockburnStolen LandLive
Mike ScottBring Em All InBring Em All In
Railroad EarthMighty RiverBird in a House
Jackson BrowneRock Me on the WaterSaturate BEfore USing
Each Other's LegendPray What You NeedLive at KPFA

SongCircle playlist for 12/21/2012

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The Songcircle
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Skeeter DavisThe End of the WorldThe Best of Skeeter Davis
R.E.M.It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)MTV Unplugged 1991
Prince1999Paris 1986
PrinceThe FutureBatman
Leonard CohenThe FutureThe Future
Elvis CostelloWaiting for the End of the WorldMy Aim is True
The ClashArmagideon TimeFrom Here to Eternity
Nick DrakePink MoonPink Moon
Holcombe WallerLiterally the End of the World (Live at Doug Fir)O Come, Custodiangel
EelsEnd TimesEnd Times
Swamp DoggThe World BeyondTotal Desctruction to Your Mind
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds(I'll Love You) Till the End of the WorldUntil the End of the World: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Red RockersEve of DestructionSchizophrenic Circus
Firesign TheatreExcerpt: "The 38th of Cunagonda"Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers
Sleater-KinneyBanned from the End of the WorldThe Hot Rock
Patti SmithUntil the End of the WorldAchtung Baby Covered
The String Quartet Tribute to Bob DylanAll Along the WatchtowerThe String Quartet Tribute to Bob Dylan
VangelisBlade Runner (End Titles)Blade Runner
Joni MitchellSlouching Toward BethlehemTravelogue
The Beach BoysSurf's UpSMiLE
TranslatorEvening of the HarvestEvening of the Harvest

SongCircle playlist for 12/07/2012

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The Songcircle
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SpiritNature's WaySpirit Chronicles 1967-11992
"Dark Eyed WomanClear
Dave BrubeckTake Five50 Years of Dave Brubeck Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival
John ColtraneI Want to Talk About YouSoultrane
Shuggie OtisInspiration Informationsame
Orchestra BaobabUtrus HorasPirates Choice
Mary Margaret O'HaraWhen You Know Why You're HappyMiss America
Jacques BrelAmsterdamBrel infiniment
Blood, Sweat and TearsThe Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes, and FreudChild is the Father to the Man
Elvis PresleyKentucky RainSuspicious Minds: The Memphis 1969 Anthology
Robert Plant and Alison KraussPolly Come HomeRaising Sand
Sinead O'ConnorThe Lamb's Book of LoveFaith and Courage
Peter ToshDownpressor ManEqual Rights
Scott WalkerMontague Terrace (In Blue)Boy Child: The Best of 1967-1970
Tom WaitsThe Briar and the RoseThe Black Rider
SpiritMorning Will ComeTwelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

SongCircle playlist for 11/23/2012

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The Songcircle
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John HiattGod's Golden EyesCrossing Muddy Waters
Jackson BrowneRock Me On the WaterSaturate Before Using
Simon & GarfunkleHe Was My BrotherOld Friends
Pierce PettisLegacyWhile the Serpent Lies Sl3eeping
Bruce CockburnWhat ABout the BondHumans
George HarrisonMy Sweet LordLive in Japan
The BandUp On Cripple CreekThe Last Wal
Ronnie HawkinsWho Do You LoveThe Last Waltz
The BandThe Night They Drove Old Dixie DownThe Last Waltz
Paul ButterfieldMystery TrainThe Last Waltz
Van MorrisonCaravanThe Last Waltz
Bruce CockburnRed Broth, Red SisterCIrcle in the Stream
Indigo GirlsBury My Heart at Wounded Knee1200 Curfews
Railroad EarthBlack Elk SpeaksRailroad Earth
Firesign TheatreTemporarily Humbolt CountyShoes FOr Imdustry
Peter RowanLand of the NavajoPeter Rowan
Jefferson AirplaneGood ShepherdWorst Of
John LennonImagine

SongCircle playlist for 11/16/2012

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The Songcircle
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Procol HarumBoredomA Salty Dog
Nick DrakeOne of These Things FirstBryter Layter
Maria McKeeI'm Gonna Soothe YouYou Gotta Sin to Get Saved
World PartyPut the Message in the BoxGoodbye Jumbo
Tracy GrammerGypsy RoseFlower of Avalon
The JayhawksMiss Williams' GuitarTomorrow the Green Grass
The Dukes of StratosphearVanishing GirlPsonic Psunspot
Patty GriffinEvery Little BitLiving with Ghosts
PJ HarveyDown by the WaterTo Bring You My Love
Marvin GayeThis Love Starved Heart of Mine (Is Killing Me)Love Starved Heart
Sly & the Family StoneThankful 'n' ThoughtfulFresh
ChumbawambaBuy Nothing DayUn
Del AmitriNothing Ever HappensWaking Hours
The PretendersBack on the Chain GangLearning to Crawl
Paul PenaNew Trainsame
The BandThe Night They Drove Old Dixie DownThe Last Waltz
Eric AndersenThat's Alright, Mama'Bout Changes 'n' Things, Take 2

SongCircle playlist for 11/09/2012

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The Songcircle
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Los LobosWill the Wolf Survive?How Will the Wolf Survive?
"This TimeThis Time
"Don't Worry, BabyHow Will the Wolf Survive?
Manu ChaoMe Gustas TuProxima Estacion: Esperanza
RodriguezThis is Not a Song, it's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment BluesCold Fact
Los LobosKiko and the Lavender MoonKiko
Camaron de la IslaLa PrimaveraPotro de Rabia y Miel
Manu ChaoLa PrimaveraProxima Estacion:Esperanza
Los LobosLa Pistola y el CorazonAcoustic en Vivo
"One Time One NightBy the Light of the Moon
Ersi ArvizuFriend for LifeFriend for Life
Paul SimonSunday AfternoonSongs from The Capeman
Los LobosRevolutionColossal Head
Los Super SevenDeportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)Los Super Seven
Las Perlas del SonChan ChanSi Senor!
Los ZafirosLa Luna en tu MiradaBossa Cubana
Ry Cooder/Manuel GalbanLos TwanguerosMambo Sinuendo
Latin PlayboysManifold de AmourLatin Playboys
RodriguezSugar ManCold Fact
Los LobosVolver, VolverAcoustic en Vivo
"Marie, MarieRide This

Special "Latino Vote" Edition!


Marie-Josee Dandeneau

Have you played Marie-Josee Dandeneau? Has she played in Oregon?

Ignore the above! No longer the last Thursday.



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