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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The 'BOO is Alive - with the Sound of the Von Trapps!

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Fri, 10/02/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Portland's own Von Trapps sing for the 'Circle
We're delighted to welcome the Von Trapps to this week's Songcircle. They are Portland residents and, yes, the youngest generation of performers from the famous Von Trapp family depicted in the classic musical The Sound of Music. They've performed and recorded with Rufus Wainwright and Portland luminaries Pink Martini and Storm Large. The sound of the Von Trapps' own music features some of the old-fashioned innocence and sibling harmonies you might expect from the family franchise, joined to a contemporary sensibility.

Tim Buckley's lyricist, Portland's Larry Beckett, returns to The Songcircle!

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Fri, 09/25/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Tim Buckley collaborator Larry Beckett shares his new project!

The Songcircle welcomes back Portland's own Larry Beckett, lifelong friend and collaborator of the late, great Tim Buckley, who wrote the words to many of Tim's best-loved songs. He'll be joined by Stuart Anthony of England's The Long Lost Band, who have partnered with Larry on his first album-length project since his work with Buckley. They'll share songs from the release, One More Mile, in both live-on-air and studio versions.

Live music from Charleston's John Lilly and Portland's Lauren Sheehan!

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Fri, 09/11/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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John Lilly and Lauren Sheehan LIVE!
All the way from Charleston, WV, The Songcircle is pleased to welcome country-style songwriter John Lilly. And from right here in Portland, the rootsy stylings of Lauren Sheehan. (They both play Artichoke Music on Saturday night.)

The Songcircle on 09/04/15

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Fri, 09/04/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/28/15

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Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/21/15

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Fri, 08/21/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/14/15

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Fri, 08/14/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 08/07/15

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Fri, 08/07/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 07/31/15

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Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 07/24/15

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Fri, 07/24/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Interview with Adam Franklin of Swervedriver - by Heather Lane

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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

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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

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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

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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 06/07/2013

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Seize the DayFood n Health n HopeFood n Health n Hope
Martyn JosephWeight of the WorldVegas
Justin CurrieNo, SurrenderWhat is Love For?
Van MorrisonThe Great DeceptionHard Nose the Highway
Mary GauthierMercy NowMercy Now
Kate WolfMedicine WheelGive Yourself To Love
Joni MitchellDon Juan's Reckless DaughterDon Juan's Reckless Daughter
Brewer & ShipleyWichitaito
Allman BothersInto the MysticLive @JazzFest 2007
Patty GriffinCainLilith Fair
Joan OsbornePensacolaRelish
Michael Franti & SPearheadBomb the WorldEveryone Deserves Music
James McMurtryCan't Make It Here
MyshkinBig Wind/RosieLive on the Dharma WHeel vol2
M.C. YogiGanesh is FreshElephant Power
Patti SmithSenecaBanga

SongCircle playlist for 05/24/2013

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Mariachi El BronxLove SickChimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
BeckLeopard Skin Pill-Box HatWar Child Presents: Heroes
Richmond FontaineFrom a Buick 6UNCUT Presents Highway 61 Revisited - Revisted
DionBaby I'm in the Mood for YouBronx Blues: The Columbia Recordings (1962-1965)
The PoguesWhen the Ship Comes In [Demo Recording]Just Look 'Em in the Eye and Say, "Pogue Mahone"!
June Tabor and OysterbandSeven CursesRagged Kingdom
Miley Cyrus (yep!)You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You GoChimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Maria MuldaurMoonlightHeart of Mine: Maria Muldaur Sings the Love Songs of Bob Dylan
Bonnie RaittLet's Keep It Between UsGreen Light
B.B. KingFur SlippersShake, Rattle & Roll: Original Soundtrack
Solomon BurkeStepchildDon't Give Up on Me
Suzzy & Maggie RocheClothes Line SagaA Nod to Bob: An Artists' Tribute to Bob Dylan on His Sixtieth Birthday
Jeff BuckleyMama, You Been On My MindGrace [Legacy Edition]
Michael MooreBoots of Spanish LeatherJewels & Binoculars: The Music of Bob Dylan
Elvis CostelloLicense to KillChimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
The RootsMasters of Warlive recording
K'naanWith God on Our SideChimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

SongCircle playlist for 05/17/2013

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Bob DylanFrankie and AlbertGood as I Been to You
Dick JusticeHenry LeeAnthology of American Folk Music
Charlie PooleWhite House BluesAnthology of American Folk Music
Lloyd PriceStagger LeeGreatest Hits
William and Versey SmithWhen That Great Ship Went DownAnthology of American Folk Music
Bascom Lamar LunsfordDry BonesAnthology of American Folk Music
Bob Neuwirth and Eliza CarthyI Wish I Was a Mole in the GroundThe Harry Smith Project
Joe McMurrianSee That My Grave is Kept Cleanlive on air
Rev. J.M. GatesO DeathAnthology of American Folk Music
Darka DustyThe Butcher Boylive on air
Ural ThomasPain is the Name of Your Gamesingle
Eric Mingus and Gary LucasO DeathThe Harry Smith Project
Bob DylanLittle Moseslive 1992
Nick CaveJohn the RevelatorThe Harry Smith Project
Buell KazeeEast VirginiaAnthology of American Folk Music
The Lovin' SpoonfulFishin' BluesDo You Believe in Magic?

SongCircle playlist for 04/26/2013

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Nick DrakePink Moonsame
Victoria WilliamsWhy Look at the MoonSwing the Statue
Richie HavensHere Comes the SunLive at the Cellar Door
George HarrisonHere Comes the MoonGeorge Harrison
Paul SimonSong About the MoonHearts and Bones
"'Twas a Sunny DayThere Goes Rhymin' Simon
Fleet FoxesSun Giantsame
Grant Lee BuffaloMighty Joe Moonsame
Neil YoungHarvest Moonsame
Glen Campbell and Jimmy WebbSunshowerIn Session
The Beach BoysThe Warmth of the SunGood Vibrations: 40 Years of the Beach Boys
"The Surfer MoonSurfer Girl
Graham ParkerWatch the Moon Come Down (Revisited)Live Alone! Discovering Japan
"The Sun is Gonna Shine AgainStruck by Lightning
Ella FitzgeraldSunshine of Your LoveLive at Montreaux
Anne WeissMi LunaCrossing the Border
Jim LauderdaleHummingbirdThe Hummingbirds
Barlow PassKerouac FootprintShadowman
Brian CuteanA Small WordParakeetfishhead
The MammalsThe Bush BoysRock That Babe
The CoupBabylet'shaveababybeforeBushdosomethingcrazyPick a Bigger Weapon

SongCircle playlist for 04/19/2013

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Prince and Nona GayeLove Sign1-800-NEW-FUNK
PrinceChaos and Disordersame
"Thieves in the TempleMusic from Graffiti Bridge
"Diamonds and Pearls/The Beautiful Ones/Nothing Compares 2 U (Live in Portland)One Nite Alone... Live
"Peach (Live in Portland)"
"Vicki WaitingBatman: Motion Picture Soundtrack
MartikaLove Thy Will Be DoneMartika's Kitchen
SparksNever Turn Your Back on Mother EarthPlagarism
"(Baby, Baby) Can I Invade Your Country?Hello Young Lovers
"Eaten by the Monster of LoveAngst in my Pants
"MetaphorTwo Hands, One Mouth
"The Studio CommisaryThe Seduction of Ingmar Bergman
MorrisseyFirst of the Gang to DieYou are the Quarry
Holcombe WallerNo EnemyTroubled Times
Billy BraggUpfieldWilliam Bloke
Pete Townshend & Raphael RuddLet My Love Open the DoorThe Oceanic Concerts
The Swimming Pool Q'sThe Bells RingThe Swimming Pool Q's
Norah JonesSunriseFeels Like Home
PrinceThat Girl Thang3rd Eye Girl (website)

SongCircle playlist for 04/12/2013

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Pete WylieThe Day that Maggie Thatcher Diessingle/YouTube
HefnerThe Day That Thatcher DiesWe Love the City
Klaus NomiDing DongSimple Man
Elton JohnMerry Christmas, Mrs. ThatcherBilly Elliot: The Original Cast Recording
Newtown NeuroticsKick Out the ToriesBeggars Can Be Choosers
MekonsVengeanceSo Good it Hurts
MekonsTINAJourney to the End of the Night
Dub AlternativeNo Alternative But to Fight
Linton Kwesi JohnsonIt Dread inna InglanDread Beat and Blood
The (English) BeatStand Down Margaret (Dub)single
The TheHeartlandInfected
New Model Army51st StateThe Ghost of Cain
Billy BraggThatcheritesWilliam Bloke: Expanded Edition
ChumbawambaIntroIn Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher EP
So Long, So Long"
The Day the Lady Died"
Ding Dong"
Waiting for Margaret to Go"
Elvis CostelloTramp the Dirt DownSpike
Robert WyattShipbuildingBespoke Songs, Lost Dogs and Detours: The Songs of Elvis Costello
Pink FloydThe Fletcher Memorial HomeThe Final Cut
MorrisseyMargaret on the GuillotineViva Hate
U2Maggie's FarmLive for Ireland

SongCircle playlist for 03/15/2013

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Karen DaltonSomething on Your MindIn My Own Time
Ethan JohnsThe Long Way RoundIf Not Now, Then When?
Emmylou Harris & Rodney CrowellSpanish DancerOld Yellow Moon
Samantha CrainKid Facesame
Eric BurdonInvitation to the White HouseTil' the River Runs Dry
Brandy ClarkStripes
Lucinda WilliamsChanged the LocksLucinda Williams
Patty GriffinFlaming Redsame
Sam PhillipsHolding on to the EarthThe Indescribable Wow
Mike ScottQuestionsStill Burning
Ringo StarrIt Don't Come EasyPhotograph: The Best of Ringo Starr
Redd KrossI Don't Know How to Be Your FriendThird Eye
Ruthie FosterPhenomenal WomanThe Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
Andrew CalhounHallelujah MorningLive in Studio
Jorma KaukonenAnother Man Done GoneQuah
Sly and the Family StoneQue Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)Fresh

SongCircle playlist for 03/01/2013

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Original CastThe Country's in the Very Best of HandsLil' Abner: Original Broadway Cast Recording
XThe New WorldMore Fun in the New World
Elvis CostelloNational Ransomsame
Tim EastonNews BlackoutAmmunition
Allen ToussaintVictims of the DarknessThe Complete Warner Recordings
World PartyShip of FoolsPrivate Revolution
Richard ThompsonPharoahCeltschmerz
Social DistortionBall and ChainSocial Distortion
Rufus WainwrightGoing to a TownRelease the Stars
June Tabor and OysterbandBonny Bunch of RosesRagged Kingdom
Patti SmithGone Again (Live on Later with Jools Holland)Summer Cannibals CD single 1
MorrisseyRedondo BeachLive at Earl's Court
Bettye LaVetteThankful 'n' Thoughtfulsame
James BrownThat's My DesireSoul on Top
Nick LoweYou Inspire MeDig My Mood
Neil DiamondFace Me12 Songs
Bobby "Blue" BlandI'll Take Care of YouTwo Steps from the Blues
Red Hot Chilli PeppersSoul to Squeezesingle
Parlor JamesSnow DoveDreadful Sorry
John Wesley HardingThe Singer's RequestTrad Arr Jones

SongCircle playlist for 02/15/2013

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Petra HadenSuperman ThemePetra Haden Goes to the Movies
Patti SmithApril FoolBanga
Wanda JacksonRum and Coca-ColaThe Party Ain't Over
Laura CantrellCalifornia RoseHumming by the Flowered Vine
Ashleigh FlynnProve it on MeA Million Stars
Old Crow Medicine ShowTell it to MeOld Crow Medicine Show
Ray PriceHeartaches by the NumberThe Essential Ray Price
Graham ParkerThat's What They All SayHeat Treatment
Billy JoelSleeping with the Television OnGlass Houses
Nick LoweWhat Lack of Love Has DoneDig My Mood
Buddy Miller & Jim LauderdaleI Lost My Job of Loving YouBuddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Richard ThompsonStuck on a TreadmillElectric
SteelheadSilverlakeBlue Sun
The ResolectricsUp on the HillHigh Water
Martha WainwrightProserpinaCome Home to Mama
Linda ThompsonBeautyVersatile Heart
Paul SimonHearts and BonesHearts and Bones
Ben GuernseyOn the Road at 17
The Hangmen (a.k.a. The Reekers)What a Girl Can't DoMeet the Reekers!
Danko Fjeld AndersenBlaze of GloryDanko Fjeld Andersen

SongCircle playlist for 02/08/2013

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Toni PriceDean and BrandyHey
Courtyard HoundsAin't No SonCourtyard Hounds
Camper Van BeethovenSweetheartsKey Lime Pie
Lucinda WilliamsSide of the Road (Live)Lucinda Williams
Annie Humphrey w/ John TrudellDNAThe Heron Smiled
IndigenousYou Were the OneCircle
Neil YoungVampire BluesOn the Beach
Steve EarleEveryone's In Love With YouTranscendental Blues
CrackerAnother Song About the RainCracker
Robert Earl Keen w/ Margo TimminsThen Came Lo MeinPicnic
Allison MoorerGoing DownMiss Fortune
Shania TwainLeaving is the Only Way OutWoman in Me
Mindy SmithJoleneJust Because I'm a Woman, Songs of Dolly Parton
Joan OsborneDracula MoonRelish
Bonnie RaittWrite Me a Few of Your Lines/KokomoTakin' My Time
The Staples SingersSlow TrainSoul Folk in Action
Charlie RobisonLoving CountyLife of the Party
Eddie VedderLong NightInto the Wild
Joni MithchellDon't Interrupt the SorrowThe Hissing of Summer Lawns

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