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Water, Boats, and Sailing Episode with Guest DJ, Wendy & DB

Chicago duo Wendy and DB are back guest DJing HFVS! In this episode, Wendy and DB will take you on an aquatic adventure, as they dive deeply into the rivers, lakes, and oceans of our planet and explore some of the creatures that live there. We’ll learn a little bit about Wendy’s experience on Pete Seegar’s Hudson River sloop and then sail away until next time!
Wendy & DB work with an organization called A Better Life for Kids, which helps children and families in Ghana. Learn more here: abetterlifeforkids.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 7th & 8th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


Featured Video: Water Song

People’s Music: Songs About Real Life Experiences that Real People Enjoyed Singing Together Do you have a copy of Rise Up Singing? How about companion, Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook, with preface by Pete Seeger and foreword by Billy Bragg? Conceived, developed, and edited by western Massachusetts based folk singers Peter Blood and Annie Patterson under the guiding hand of the late Pete Seeger, Rise Again is a treasure trove of… Read More

During this segment an unlikely band of musical misfits known as Funkinships, share some of their favorite songs about the river that brought them together. Learn about the critters that make the water a magical place and why we need to keep the rivers clean for them

This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. (Original broadcast: May 25th & 26th, 2013.)

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Tune into the Hilltown Family Variety Show and experience history through song with our Guest DJ, award-winning musician, David Grover. Grover’s folk-music choices will take you through the ages as you make stops to experience this country’s historic milestone events in the hour long, commercial-free family radio show/podcast.

This week’s guest DJ, Andy Furgeson, a.k.a. Red Yarn, hosts a Animals in American Folk Music Episode, exploring the theme of animals in American Folk Music. Andy mixes old folksongs with newer adaptations and original songs in the folk tradition. A few critters from these folksongs even show up in the studio!

Hilltown Family Variety Show History Through Stories & Songs Episode Guest DJ, David Grover Listen to Podcast: David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – http://www.davidgrover.com Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am May 25th & 26th, 2013 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free… Read More

Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti Locally Produced by Spare the Rock Records With a national release on August 10th, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti is the first release from Spare the Rock Records, based out of Western MA.  This unique collection of songs is filled with uplifting messages from some of today’s very best family musicians. After the January 12th, 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the Haitian capital, family… Read More

New Music Giveaway: Go Waggaloo by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family Smithsonian Folkways Recordings recently sent us a CD by local Western Massachusetts musician Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family, Go Waggaloo, her debut family album. The 13-track disc features her husband, Johnny Irion, their two daughters, and a host of other family and friends including her father Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Pete’s grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger. An absolutely fantastic group of… Read More

“The Festival that Saved a River”–which has been at the forefront of the nation’s environmental movement in the struggle for clean waterways–is celebrating 40 years of environmental action, education and music. Inspired by a desire of singer/activist Pete Seeger to clean up the Hudson River, the Festival today attracts thousands of visitors for a weekend offering the best in family fun and children’s activities, crafts, and environmental education.

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Long before “going green” became popular buzzwords, the Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival founder, folk singer/peace activist Pete Seeger sang and protested tirelessly in support of the environment, particularly the Hudson River in New York. His extraordinary legacy is documented in the upcoming film, American Masters Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, a new film scheduled to premier nationwide on PBS on 02/27/08 at 9pm (EST)…. Read More

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