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Martha Scanlan and John Neufeld stopped by to play live on "The Folk Show" on May 19, 2015. Martha is no stranger to MTPR, where she's played live on-air many times, first as a member of The Reeltime Travelers, and more recently as a solo artist.

Corin Cates-Carney

The 2015 State Music Festivals were held last weekend in Billings and Missoula. This event draws young musicians from all over the state to showcase their work in front of a panel of judges. The annual festival also forces some high school students to decide between music and busy spring sports seasons. 

Clay Scott

Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell of Sassafrass Stomp share original and traditional tunes, and talk about their Maine and Montana roots, and about balancing their lives as working farmers and working musicians.

Red Baraat's Bhangra drum and brass rhythms originate in the Punjabi wedding celebrations of Northern India, but the music is seasoned with a Brooklyn, NY mixture of funk, go-go, Latin, and jazz. Festivals and concert venues across the world have highlighted the band's party sound. Host John Floridis visits with the group during their tour stop in the Bitterroot valley.

Mudslide Charley Plays The Blues

Apr 8, 2015

Missoula, Montana's enduring purveyors of blues, Mudslide Charley, make a return visit to “Musicians’ Spotlight.”

Charlie Parr, Country Blues Guitar Picker

Apr 2, 2015
PixelPete

In this feature from the March 31 edition of "Get To That," MTPR program host April Hale speaks with guitarist, songwriter and singer Charlie Parr about his beginnings in music, his performance philosophy, and his life as a traveling musician - including cooking food on a car engine manifold.

Carbon Leaf: Alt-Country And Celtic Folk

Mar 12, 2015

Virginia alt-country and Celtic folk is on tap when Barry Privett of the group Carbon Leaf visits with John Floridis on Musician's Spotlight.

Michael Marsolek talks with Dean Peterson, Director of the Missoula Mendelssohn Club, and John Patterson, a tenor with the group for the past 31 years. Sunday, March 15 marks the group's seventieth annual spring concert, at 7:00 p.m.

Jake Shimabukuro

Mar 5, 2015

After his YouTube performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral, ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro’s career skyrocketed. Several recordings later, he has toured his “Uke Nations” show internationally, and continues to combine elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco in his repertoire for this “under-the-radar” instrument. 

Marc Cohn

Feb 26, 2015

In 1991, Marc Cohn took home the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In the two decades since, he has recorded a series of self-titled albums full of piano-based gospel-blues folk songs, and has performed around the world. In 2005, a harrowing near-death experience helped sharpen Cohn’s musical focus.

Bridging the gap between finely-honed art rock and funky, jazz spirited dance grooves, Locksaw Cartel
brings a unique combination of performance styles to the stages of Montana.

10 Favorite Albums of 2014.

Dec 23, 2014

Every year in music starts off unknown. While some trends seem inevitable, the majority of developments come as complete surprises. Favorite artists re-invent themselves, some disappointingly. And new creative forces take hold and capture our imaginations. I would never have dreamed that this year I would be loving a reggae album (Hollie Cook) or a country album from Nashville (Sturgill Simpson). But, I am so, so grateful that today’s music excites me. And I am already unbelievably excited about what 2015 might bring.

courtesy of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Mandolin virtuoso and Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush returns to Musician's Spotlight for a visit with host John Floridis.

Philip Aaberg

Nov 4, 2014
Courtesy of Phil Aaberg

Pianist and composer Philip Aaberg has played with the Boston Pops, at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, and with pop and blues musicians like Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop, and the Doobie Brothers. His piano playing is featured on more than 200 recordings by other artists. But Aaberg acknowledges his Montana "Hi-line" origins with pride. Not only does he live in the town where he grew up, but until late in her life, he continued studying with his early piano teacher.

Crown Guitar Festival Programming On MTPR

Aug 22, 2014

We're excited about the amazing talent coming to the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Bigfork. As a media co-sponsor, we'll be playing along all week. Here's a list of some of the things we have planned:

Mon. 8/25, Our "Monday Special" will feature the guitarists performing at this week’s festival, including: Dweezil Zappa, Mike Stern, Ana Popovic, Emily Elbert, Shelby Lynn, Lee Ritenour, David Leisner, and John Oates. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on air or online.

The Psychedelic Circus rolls back into the studios of Montana Public Radio at 10pm on August 15th! 

Joan Richarde and Dr. Sandoz will spin lesser known musical gems from the years of Psychedelia (1964-1973). 

Crank up the volume or grab your headphones...it's high time for some musical fun...8/15/14 at 10 p.m. on MTPR

Michael Marsolek talks with David Feffer, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Chairman and Founding Director, and 16-year-old guitar prodigy Solomon Hicks about this year's festival.

Josh Burnham

Sean Watkins, guitarist, songwriter, and member of Nickel Creek stopped by our studio yesterday. He played songs from his latest solo album "All I Do is Lie", and talked music with MTPR's John Floridis.

Christopher Allen

If there were an award for best-dressed performer at the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, it would have to go to Soul and R&B legend Swamp Dogg.

Swamp Dogg is still on the road at age 71 with his long time opening act, his 93 year old mother, the elegant and charming Ms. Vera Lee.

Get a taste of their family style in our Clip Of The Week.

Paul McCartney Wows Record Missoula Crowd

Aug 6, 2014
Gus Chambers

Paul McCartney put on a spectacle in Missoula last night, playing for over two hours in the largest concert in Montana history. Over 25,000 people turned out for the show which included songs from McCartney's entire career along with dazzling lights and fireworks.

Check out our slideshow from the concert, and tell us what you thought of the show.

Sean Watkins Of Nickel Creek Live From MTPR Studios

Aug 5, 2014
Jonathan Underland (CC-BY-3.0)

Sean Watkins, guitarist, singer-songwriter and member of the folk band Nickel Creek will be live in the MTPR studios Thursday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m. Tune in online or on the air for music and discussion with Sean Watkins and MTPR's John Floridis.

Here's a taste to hold you over until Thursday. Sean Watkins playing 'Since the Day That I was Born' from his recent solo album:

Christopher Allen

The fourth annual Montana Folk Festival recently took over Butte, Mont., fulfilling its annual promise of music, dancing, food, and a big hill to climb. Montana Public Radio's Christopher Allen was there and shares this behind the scenes recap of not only the music and the performers, but also some quirky examples of folk art never before seen at the Montana Folk Festival.

Michael Marsolek talks with Tom Benson and Matt Anglen,  Executive Director and Program Director for  Missoula Cultural Council, about the upcoming First Night celebrations in Missoula.

A $15 button is your admission to all events -- except First Night Star, which requires an additional $2 ticket ($3 on the 31st).

Michael talks with Melissa Blunt, Executive Director of the International Choral Festival, about the 2013 Choral Festival, July 17-20, in Missoula.

Festival volunteers and host families for members of the chorales are still needed.

The International Choral Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence, global understanding, friendship, and goodwill through choral music.

http://www.choralfestival.org