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Folk Alley Sessions are exclusive in-studio performances and interviews produced by Folk Alley (a service of the FreshGrass Foundation). Folk Alley Sessions feature exciting, up-and-coming artists and longtime veterans in folk, roots, and Americans music. Hear artists perform and talk about their music in their own words. Watch videos of these exclusive performances via FolkAlley.com, the Folk Alley mobile app, or our Youtube Channel: FolkAlleydotCom

Folk Alley Sessions are exclusive in-studio performances and interviews produced by Folk Alley (a service of the FreshGrass Foundation). Folk Alley Sessions feature exciting, up-and-coming artists and longtime veterans in folk, roots, and Americans music. Hear artists perform and talk about their music in their own words. Watch videos of these exclusive performances via FolkAlley.com, the Folk Alley mobile app, or our Youtube Channel: FolkAlleydotCom

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Folk Alley Sessions are exclusive in-studio performances and interviews produced by Folk Alley (a service of the FreshGrass Foundation). Folk Alley Sessions feature exciting, up-and-coming artists and longtime veterans in folk, roots, and Americans music. Hear artists perform and talk about their music in their own words. Watch videos of these exclusive performances via FolkAlley.com, the Folk Alley mobile app, or our Youtube Channel: FolkAlleydotCom

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@FolkAlley

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English

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Episodes

2016 30A Songwriters Festival: Ani DiFranco

9/20/2020
(Session first published April 2016) by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for Folk Alley Over the course of her more than 25 years of making music, Ani DiFranco has been widely celebrated and often emulated. The trouble is, DiFranco's work is a moving target which words and imitation fail miserably in hitting. She would argue -- and has -- that hers is a living, breathing body of performance art that makes its most comfortable home on stage. "I am a work in progress," she concedes in "The...

Indigo Girls at 30AFest

5/27/2020
by Kim Ruehl, (@kimruehl), Folk Alley When the Indigo Girls dropped by the Folk Alley house during this year’s 30A Songwriters Festival, the duo was gearing up for the release of its 15th album, Look Long. (A review is available here.) The disc, which released on May 22, saw the IGs backed once again by the same group of musicians who played on their 1999 album Come on Now Social - a reunion they both relished, which was a long time in the making. As they played an intimate set that...

Duration:00:34:10

Kim Richey at 30AFest

5/13/2020
by Kim Ruehl (@kimruehl), Folk Alley Glimmer was Kim Richey’s third album, released in 1999, but it contained so many fan-favorites that it has become one of her most beloved. To celebrate its 20th year, Richey revisited these old songs with new eyes and ears, and the result—Long Way Back—is a stirring emotional tribute to the way songs can grow and evolve over time, right along with their singer. Indeed, at this year’s 30A Songwriter Festival in Florida, Richey dropped by the Folk Alley...

Duration:00:21:34

Taylor Ashton

4/23/2020
At the end of the day, Vancouver native and banjo player Taylor Ashton says, his new album is “pretty fun.” The Romantic (Signature Sounds Recordings) is a record that was 10 years in the making, a record that forced Ashton into the solo spotlight for the very first time in his music career, and a record that is, at its heart, about change. In March of 2020, Taylor Ashton joined Folk Alley at the gorgeous and eclectic studio space at The Porches Inn in North Adams, Massachusetts to share...

Duration:00:20:55

at 30A: Kyshona Armstrong

4/21/2020
by Kim Ruehl (@kimruehl), Folk Alley Kyshona Armstrong was a music therapist before she shifted her focus to pursuing a career in songwriting. Drawing from her background experience of using music as a healing force in people’s lives, the songwriting on Armstrong’s latest album, Listen., is heavy on transcendence and empowerment. “Fear,” for example, digs deep into one of the emotions so many people tend to run from, encouraging folks to “call it by its name” rather than giving in to its...

Duration:00:23:46

at 30A: The Secret Sisters

4/3/2020
by Kim Ruehl (@kimruehl), Folk Alley The Secret Sisters have been through a lot in the last few years, from losing major label support to welcoming new babies into their families, along with other personal and professional landmarks. It’s par for the course around one’s Saturn Return—an occurrence during the end of your 20s, when the trajectory of Saturn returns to the same position it was in when you were born. According to astrology, this is a period of great change in one’s personal life...

at 30A: Allison Moorer

3/12/2020
by Kim Ruehl (@kimruehl), Folk Alley In her first book, Blood, which released last fall, Allison Moorer dug into deep wounds from her childhood, exploring both her experience and her process of healing. To accompany the book, she originally intended to release an EP of songs that explored the same themes. That project quickly grew into a remarkably stirring full-length album, which she also titled Blood. By the time I spoke with her at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida this January,...

Duration:00:25:12

at 30A: Sierra Hull

3/5/2020
by Kim Ruehl (@kimruehl), Folk Alley It’s hard not to throw around words like “prodigious” when talking about someone like Sierra Hull. At just 28 years old, she has already released five albums, worked with many of the biggest names in Nashville, taken home a half-dozen IBMA awards, and earned a Grammy nomination for her sparsely arranged mandolin-and-bass 2017 singer-songwriter album Weighted Mind. So, when one hears her sing about wanting to slow down for a bit after “25 trips around the...

Duration:00:27:33

de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves

2/26/2020
(originally posted June, 2019) So, what does “old-time music” really mean? If you think about it, you start to realize that it’s one of those incredibly broad terms, the kind of term that could mean anything from traditional 17 century English ballads and fantasies (or, phantasies) to the kinds of music that Bob Dylan and Joan Baez made popular in the 60s and 70s. Fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves and banjo player Allison de Groot first started their collaboration over the term “old-time music”...

Duration:00:20:18

Dead Horses

2/7/2020
(Session originally published April 2019) If you had to choose just one word to describe the duo Dead Horses, it might well be “personal”; nothing is off-limits when it comes to what inspires their sound and, maybe even more importantly, the stories they tell in their music. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the duo, Sarah Vos and Daniel Wolff, first started making music together in 2010; they cut their musical teeth playing at every opportunity that presented itself: farmers’ markets, the...

Duration:00:19:59

Lula Wiles

1/22/2020
(This Session was first posted on January 25, 2019.) In a world increasingly filled with uncertainty, tension, fear, and anger, how in the world are you supposed to get through each day, doing the best that you can do? That’s the conundrum the trio Lula Wiles ponders, analyzes, argues about, and tries to answer on their new album, What Will We Do. Mali Obomsawin, Ellie Buckland, and Isa Burke, friends for years in their native Maine before coming together, officially, in 2016 in Boston, are...

Duration:00:34:22

a Tivel

12/27/2019
(Originally posted May 2019) Anna Tivel started making music when she was just a kid; it was her grandfather, she says, who first inspired her. He was a violinist and she started out on that instrument, too, playing it all the way through high school and college. It was only then that Tivel switched to the guitar and started thinking about writing songs, something she has been thinking about – and doing – ever since. During a recent east coast tour, she joined us for a special Folk Alley...

Duration:00:21:50

Molly Tuttle

12/27/2019
(Originally posted in April 2019) Molly Tuttle knew from the time she was 4 that she wanted music to be a big part of her life. Now based in Nashville, this young, incredibly talented and much-awarded musician grew up in a musical household and tried a few different instruments, including fiddle, before realizing that guitar was the instrument that spoke most directly to her. By the time she was 11, she was making music with friends in the local pizza joint, and a few years after that, she...

Duration:00:19:31

Maya de Vitry

12/7/2019
Sometimes even the very best laid plans go a bit awry. And singer/songwriter Maya de Vitry knows that firsthand. A talented fiddler who spent her childhood writing stories and poems, she always figured she’d participate in music in the background. As she got older, however, she realized a whole new world was wide open to her – the world of a singer and songwriter. While that discovery was truly magical, she says, she put it on the back burner for several years to participate in the renowned...

Duration:00:24:58

The Small Glories

12/6/2019
There’s a proud troubadour tradition in the folk music world: musicians heading out to unfamiliar and sometimes unfriendly places, gathering songs and stories and music they hear, and then sharing all of it with anyone who wants to listen. Often, that tradition is combined with a collaborative energy and spirit - the brave song and story collectors teaming up with others who feel the same way to compile and share something special, something unique. Well, that troubadour tradition is...

Duration:00:21:01

Courtney Hartman

9/11/2019
Here's a simple truth: Change isn't always easy and change isn't always something we want. And here's another simple truth: Change is unavoidable. Courtney Hartman sensed big changes were fast approaching in her life and, in order to try to be in the best space possible to accept them, she decided to do something a little different. She decided...to walk. In order to embrace change and in order to embrace her own voice as a songwriter, Hartman knew she needed to get away from a lot of the...

Mipso

8/23/2019
(this Sessions originally posted December 20, 2018) “At this point, we are wide open, I think.” That’s how the band Mipso talks about the evolution of their sound. Starting as a tried-and-true string band at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill several years ago, the band, earlier this year, released their fourth album, Edges Run. And it was with this album that they decided they no longer wanted to limit themselves to, as they say, “just strings.” Edges Run is a record that lets...

Duration:00:20:33

2017 30A Songwriters Festival: Sarah Lee Guthrie

7/27/2019
(Session originally published in 2017) As Woody Guthrie's granddaughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie's lineage is undeniable. But if you close your eyes and forget that her last name is synonymous with the river-legacy of a widening current of American folk music, you'd still be drawn to the clarity and soul behind her voice. There is a gentle urgency to her interpretations of the songs she sings and the classic music of her heritage. Over the last two decades on the road and in the studio, she and...

Duration:00:20:29

Folk Alley Sessions at 30A: Pat Byrne

7/18/2019
When you combine the transcendent poetry of Bob Dylan with the gritty, real-world rock-n-roll storytelling that Bruce Springsteen made so famous, and then add a dash of the political activism embodied by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, you’ll have Irish singer-songwriter Pat Byrne. Known for creating a rootsy, Americana sound that has a unique Irish twist, Byrne now lives part-time in the US (he calls Austin, Texas home) and his newest recording, Rituals, reflects his multiple geographical...

Duration:00:19:33

Folk Alley Sessions: Ana Egge

7/9/2019
(Originally published June 2018) The rain was coming down hard one day in April in Upper Jay, New York. And that’s the day Ana Egge, along with Alec Spiegelman (keyboards, bass clarinet) and Dave Cole (drums) showed up at the pop-up studio our friends at Beehive Productions Studio set up at The Recovery Lounge. Egge, whose husky voice floats between a true-blue alto and the lowest possible soprano, was there to share some thoughts about her new album, White Tiger. She also shared some...

Duration:00:15:26