folk music

Less than a year after releasing Different Hymnals, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joel Mabus has released Ukelele Crimes, featuring six new songs and seven choice vintage numbers, performed only with voice and tenor ukelele. Mabus joins Cara Lieurance to talk about the instrument and its history, and why circumstances were finally right to record his ukelele-centric songs. They sample several tracks including the originals "Ukelele Crimes," "Goats Can Eat Anything," "How Do You Spell Ukelele," and "The Reentrant," as well as WWI-era songs "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" and "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans."

Mabus performs at the Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival on Saturday, March 3 at 3 pm.

The Crane Wives Shoot for National Recognition

Sep 3, 2015
Leah Renee

Since they started five years ago, many writers and critics have called the Grand Rapids folk band, The Crane Wives, “the next big thing.” Now members of the band have quit their day jobs to prove them right by breaking into the national music scene.

Not everyone would choose to live in an old travel trailer in the middle of winter, but for Tyler Bradley—the front man for the Kalamazoo band Cold Mountain Child—it was the perfect place for songwriting. 

Pat Donohue to Play Cooper's Glen Music Festival

Feb 13, 2014
courtesy of Pat Donohue

Songwriter Pat Donohue is best known as the guitarist for The Guys All Star Shoe Band which plays on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion

About nine years ago, he took home a Grammy for his work on Pink Guitar—a compilation album of music by Henry Mancini. And among his numerous other awards, Donohue was named National Finger Picking Guitar Champion.

As heard on WMUK's Let's Hear It, Joel Mabus joins Cara Lieurance in WMUK's Takeda Studio to play tunes and songs and chat about his most recent recording project, Pepper's Ghost and Other Banjo Visitations.