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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

The award-winning Montana Public Radio program "Musician’s Spotlight" will celebrate 25 years on the air with a pledge week special broadcast scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

Portland, Oregon-based Blind Pilot has landed among the top indie-pop-folk bands in the country with television appearances on Ellen and The Late Show With David Letterman, and performances at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival. The band’s lead singer and primary songwriter Israel Nebeker visited with host John Floridis backstage at the Wilma Theater in Missoula to talk about the process of recording their most recent album, “And Then Like Lions."

The Psychedelic Circus returns to the airwaves St. Patrick's Day with a pot of green gold found at the far end of rainbow.
Brook Trout

The Psychedelic Circus returns to the airwaves St. Patrick's Day with a pot of green gold found at the far end of the rainbow. This month the show will feature Irish psychedelic bands! So grab a Guinness and join Doc Sandoz & Joan Richarde from 10:00 p.m. - midnight this Friday, February 17, for some mind-bending Celtic and kindred sounds, only on Montana Public Radio.

From the “Musicians’ Spotlight” archives, 2000: One of the most respected and celebrated musicians of her generation, fiddler and vocalist extraordinaire Alison Krauss visited with program host John Floridis backstage at the University Theater in Missoula in 2000.

2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. That year was also marked by the release of the recording, “All These Years,” which features combinations of all the musicians who have been a part of the group over the last two decades.

Tune in to "What I Like About Jazz" for a tribute to the late Horace Parlan.
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Jazz piano great Horace Parlan passed away March 1, at the age of 86. His unique piano style was heard in classic recordings by Charles Mingus, Stanley Turrentine, Thad Jones, and many more Jazz artists from the late 1950's through the '80s. Join us on "What I Like About Jazz" on  March 15 for a tribute to Horace Parlan.

Paul Nonnenmacher (at the far piano) plays his arrangement of Franz Liszt's La Campanella, along with Scott Koljonen, live on Montana Public Radio March 08, 2017.
Josh Burnham

The Pianissimo! crew joined us in the studio for a live session March 08, 2017. A dozen pianists shared two pianos and took turns playing songs for four and six hands.

Paul Nonnenmacher (at the far piano) plays his arrangement of Franz Liszt's La Campanella, along with Scott Koljonen, live on Montana Public Radio March 08, 2017.

From the “Musicians’ Spotlight” archives, 2010: He’s known worldwide as the lead singer for the multi-platinum selling pop-rock band, Men At Work, but Colin Hay has been performing for more than two decades as a solo artist. His music was featured on the television show, “Scrubs” and in the feature film, “Garden State,” and now Hay is witnessing a revival of interest in his work as a singer-songwriter.

Listen: UM Chamber Chorale Live On MTPR

Mar 8, 2017
The UM Chamber Chorale performing live on MTPR.
Danny Dauterive

The UM Chamber Chorale is a select choir whose members are chosen by audition at the beginning of each school year. As the premier choral ensemble, the Chamber Chorale regularly tours across the state and region. On March 1, they joined us for a special performance broadcast live on Montana Public Radio.

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, singer, fiddle player and founding member of the Irish traditional music group Altan, talks with John Floridis about the group's thirty-year career, including their past performances in Montana.

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