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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Annalisa Tornfelt returns to The Songcircle - with her sisters, too!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 11/20/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Annalisa Tornfelt and her sisters sing live!
Annalisa Tornfelt (of Black Prairie) visits The Songcircle for the second time in 2015 - because she's just released her second album of 2015, new covers collection Search Zero. Tune in to hear her harmonize with her sisters, Emily & Kjirsten, on some of her favorite songs! Plus, a fond farewell to Sixties songwriter P.F. Sloan.

The Songcircle on 11/13/15

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Fri, 11/13/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle Fifth Anniversary Special with Erin McKeown and Natalia Zukerman

The Songcircle
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Fri, 11/06/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle turns 5!
The Songcircle has aired weekly since November 5, 2010, and we're ringing in our fifth birthday with help from one of our favorite artists, all the way from Massachusets, Ms. Erin McKeown, and her touring partner, fellow singer-songwriter Natalia Zukerman!

The Songcircle on 10/30/15

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Fri, 10/30/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 10/23/15

The Songcircle
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Fri, 10/23/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 10/16/15

The Songcircle
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Fri, 10/16/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Minnesota Acoustic Gonzo Blues: Special Guest Charlie Parr. Plus: Lennon Birthday Love, Luv!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 10/09/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Charlie Parr plays The Songcircle

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

The Songcircle
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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.)


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

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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 08/09/2013

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Handsome FamilyPassenger PigeonsTwilight
LuceroBetter Than ThisLucero
Reigning SoundLove Won't Leave You A SongLove and CursesIn The Red
Guided by VoicesTrashcan Full of NailsEnglish Little LeaguePlanetary
Glass ElevatorLive at KBOOApril 15, 2013
xWhen It RainsSee How We Are
Neko Casefox confessor brings the floodFox Confessor Brings THe FloodAnti
Tegan And SaraYou Went Away
DecemberistsThe Crane WifeThe Crane Wife
WilcoI'm The Man Who Loves youYankee Hotel Foxtrot
Townes Van ZandtTwo GirlsAbsolutely NothingNormal
M. WardEnd of AmnesiaEnd of Amnesia
Laura Gibson and Ethan RoseLeaving, BelievingBridge Carols
Jonathan Richman and the Modern LoversMy Love is a Flower Beginni g
Sharon JonesMama Don't Like My Man
the BrigandsWould I still be her big man

SongCircle playlist for 08/02/2013

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The WaterboysSeptember 1913An Appointment with Mr. Yeats
Van MorrisonCrazy Jane on GodThe Philosopher's Stone
Elvis CostelloA Drunken Man's Praise of SobrietySulky Girl [single]
Joni MitchellSlouching Toward BethlehemTravelogue
Ruthie FosterPhenomenal WomanThe Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
Boeing Duveen and the Beautiful SoupJabberwockThe Magic Rocking Horse: Rubble Vol. 14
Glass PrismThe RavenPoe through the Glass Prism
David AxelrodLondonSongs of Experience
Greg BrownThe TygerSongs of Innocence and Experience
Martha Redbone Roots ProjectThe Garden of LoveThe Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake
Greg BrownIntroductionSongs of Innocence and Experience
Martha Redbone Roots ProjectA DreamThe Garden of Love
Greg BrownInfant JoySongs of Innocence and of Experience
"Infant Sorrow"
Martha Redbone Roots ProjectA Poison TreeThe Garden of Love
The FugsHow Sweet I RoamedGolden Filth
Allen GinsbergLaughing SongHoly Soul Jelly Roll
"The Sick Rose"
Patti SmithSpell (Footnote to Howl) [live]Land (1975-2002)
BjorkSonnets, Unrealities XIMedulla
Rufus WainwrightSonnet 20All Fires the Fire: Songs for Lulu
Rufus WainwrightSonnet 29When Love Speaks

SongCircle playlist for 07/26/2013

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George Harrison ~ I Dig Love ~ All Things Must Pass [Disc 2] ~ 2001Here Comes the SunLive in Japan
Ellis Paul & Vance GilbertThis MOrning I was Born AgainSide of the Road
Wailing JennysDevil's PaintbrushFirecracker
Tracy ChapmanSave Us AllOur Bright Future
Pete TownshendLet My Love Open the DoorBridge School Benefit Live
Bruce CockburnCreation DreamDancing in the Dragon's Jaw
Joni MitchellDon Juan's Don Juan's Reckless DaughterDon Juan's Reckless Daughter
Toshi ReagonJusticeJustice
Pierce PettisLegacyWhile the Serpent Lies Sleeping
Robert Earl KeenMarianoLive
James McMurtryCan't Make It HereJames McMurtry
RodriguezInner City BluesCold Fact
Eddie Vedder/Mike McReadyMastersof WarDylan 30th Anniversary Concerrt
John TrudellRich Man's WarAKA Graffiti Man
Zen Tricksters/Mickey HartIko IkoFor Rex Benefit
Franti & SpearheadEast to WestYell Fire!
Annie LennoxWomankindSongs of Mass Destruction
Rory MacLeodHarmonika Dream

Robyn Shanti    guest DJ

SongCircle playlist for 07/12/2013

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The Esso Trinidad Steel BandI Want You BackVan Dyke Parks Presents the Esso Trinidad Steel Band
The Gil Evans OrchestraCrosstown TrafficThe Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix
Geraint WatkinsHeroes and VillainsDial "W" for Watkins
Marvin GayeIt's a Desperate SitutationLove Starved Heart
Los ZafirosBossa Cubanasame
Johnny MercerJamboree JonesMercer Sings Mercer
World PartyPut the Message in the BoxGoodbye Jumbo
Randy TravisDeeper Than the HollerOld 8x10
Graham ParkerBack in TimeThe Mona Lisa's Sister
TelevisionVenusMarquee Moon
Petra HadenGoldfinger - Main TitlePetra Haden Goes to the Movies
Small FacesHave You Ever Seen Me?Small Faces
FacesToo BadThe Best of Faces: Good Boys... When They're Asleep
Ronnie LaneKuschty RyeHow Come?
FacesDebrisThe Best of Faces: Good Boys... When They're Asleep
Pete Townshend /Ronnie LaneAnnieRough Mix
Ian McLagan and the Bump BandI Will FollowNever Say Never
Small FacesAfterglowOgden's Nut-Gone Flake
George HarrisonI'd Have You AnytimeAll Things Must Pass
The Blue NileHighsame

SongCircle playlist for 06/28/2013

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Holcombe WallerInto the Dark Unknownsame
Nellie McKayI Wanna Get MarriedGet Away from Me
Rufus WainwrightMontaukOut of the Game
The Beach BoysWendyGood Vibrations: 30 Years of the Beach Boys
Funny or DieProp 8: The
Macklemore & Ryan Lewish feat. Mary LambertSame Lovesingle
Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsThis Land is Your LandNaturally
The ImpressionsThis Is My Countrysame
Gary Clark, Jr.Blak and Blusame
Ray CharlesHeaven Help Us AllA Message to the People
The TemptationsMessage from a Black ManPower to the Motown People
Mavis StaplesEyes on the PrizeHope at the Hideout
Taj MahalBourgeois BluesFolkways: A Vision Shared
Stevie WonderBig BrotherTalking Book
Smokey RobinsonJust My Soul RespondingPower to the Motown People
African National Congress ChoirUsilethela Uxolo (Nelson Mandela Gives Us Hope)Amandla! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Allen ToussaintFreedom for the StallionThe Complete Warner Recordings
Solomon BurkeNone of Us Are FreeDon't Give Up on Me
Sly & the Family StoneHot Fun in the SummertimeGreatest Hits

SongCircle playlist for 06/21/2013

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Fleet FoxesSun Giantsame
Bob DylanThat Lucky Old Sunlive 1991
Norah JonesSunriseFeels Like Home
The Beach BoysSoulful Old Man SunshineEndless Harmony Soundtrack
Jesse Harris and the FerdinandosThe Secret Sunsame
SparksOver the SummerIntroducing Sparks
Chris Stamey with Yo La TengoThe Summer SunV.O.T.E.
U2The Three SunrisesThe Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides
XTCSummer's CauldronSkylarking
"The Meeting Place"
"That's Really Super, Supergirl"
"Ballet for a Rainy Day"
"1000 Umbrellas"
"Season Cycle"
"Earn Enough for Us"
"Big Day"
"Another Satellite"
"Mermaid Smiled"
"The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul"
"Dear God"
"Sacrificial Bonfire"

Summer Solstice Special (for Susan)

SongCircle playlist for 06/14/2013

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Jackson BrowneRock Me On the WaterSaturate Before Using
Eddie VedderBetter DaysEat, Love, Pray
Toshi ReagonMountain TopToshi
Railroad EarthMighty RiverBird in a House
Box SetBack in AmsterdamBox Set
Casey Neill TrioHallowed Be the GroundPortland West
Country Joe MacDonaldCoyoteAnimal Tracks
John TrudellCrazy HorseBone Days
Indigo GirlsBury My Heart in Wounded Knee3500 Curfews
Michael Franti & SpearheadYell Fire!Yell Fire Live
Neville BrothersLove the One You're With/Can't Always Get What You WantLive on Planet Earth
Bob MarleyLively Up YourselfBabylon By Bus
Bruce CockburnBroken WheelBruce Cockburn Live
Charlie MurphyBurning TimesBurning Times
FerronTestimonyNot a Still Life
Brewr & ShipleyWichi-Tai_toWeeds

guest host Robyn Shanti

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?


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