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Foolkiller Folk

Bob and Diana Suckiel on the “Foolkiller Folk” radio show.

We have been longtime supporters of folk music and we are performing musicians as well so the name of our program is Foolkiller Folk!

We are members of the old Foolkiller now known as CrossCurrents and we are involved in theater and local political activism.

We want to share the music we love with the rest of the community and share historical aspects of the music also. We want to help broaden our listeners’ knowledge  of all kinds of folk music from all over the country, from the pre-war era to now.

What is CrossCurrents, formerly, Foolkillers?  CrossCurrents is Kansas City’s Folk  Arts Alliance. It is a nonprofit corporation in Kansas City which is dedicated  to people creating their own culture. They produce concerts, plays, and community events, such as barn dances. This alliance encourages all interested people to get involved, no matter what level of talent they think they have. If you are looking for locally produced Folk music, Contra-dance, original acoustic music, women’s music, theatre or banjo-playing, join CrossCurrents.

By the way, if you wondered about “ Foolkillers” …

“We prefer crude vigor over polished banality. Remember, as one becomes enlightened, one KILLS the FOOL within.”    — Jack Conroy.

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Foolkiller Folk pays tribute to America’s black folk singers February 11, 2018 | 11:00 am

Foolkiller Folk pays tribute to America’s Black folk singers with songs of life, struggle, and spirituality. We’ll bring you a selection of artists and songs from the early days to current times, and early blues to modern folk.

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Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? January 21, 2018 | 11:00 am

Foolkiller Folk’s annual ‘Will you Miss Me When I’m Gone?’ program, featuring folk singers, songwriters, and musicians who have died in the previous year. This program we honor:

Maggie Roche, the songwriter whose serene alto anchored the close harmonies of the Roches, her trio with her sisters Terre and Suzzy; Bruce Langhorne, “Mr. Tambourine Man”; Vincent Paul Garbutt, the Teesside troubadour;Rosalie Sorrels, Grammy-nominated folk singer: DL Menard, Cajun and country singer-songwriter; Tom Paley, original member of the New Lost City Ramblers; Eamonn Campbell, member of The Dubliners; Katie Lee, American folk singer, writer, photographer and environmental activist, and Robert De Cormier, classically trained singer and choral composer who helped spur the folk music revival in New York.

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A Mostly English Folk New Year Celebration December 31, 2017 | 11:00 am

We kick off with the traditional Old Christmas Shooting Recitation arranged by Ruth Crawford Seeger in honor of today’s celebrations then and segue into songs to warm us on a 3-degree day. We close with another set of New Year songs and in between we bring you a bunch of English folk, including a number of ballads and a set of sea songs.

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British Isles Christmas December 17, 2017 | 11:00 am

This Christmas show we have seasonal songs organized in a continuum. We start with songs about winter, touch on pagan tradition and pagan/Christian carol blends (“…the rising of the sun/the running of the deer/the playing of the merry organ/sweet singing all in the choir…”), and slide into the birth of Christ. From there we go secular with decking the halls and feasting, sing a collection of wassails, remember the poor, and hunt the wren on St Stephen’s day.

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Connie Dover’s New Release; Interview with Trevor Hutchinson of Lunasa December 3, 2017 | 11:00 am

Called ‘the finest folk ballad singer this country has produced since Joan Baez’ by the Boston Globe, Connie Dover is a homegrown American treasure. To date, Connie has released five albums tracing the Celtic roots of America’s music. We kick off today’s show with selections from Restless Angel, her brand-new release.

Then at 12:15 we interview Trevor Hutchinson from the band Lunasa, internationally recognized as the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times. Trevor is in town because Lunasa takes the stage tonight at the Kansas City Irish Center for an evening of Irish music and storytelling. Ashley Davis, internationally recognized recording artist and songwriter (and Lawrence native), opens the show. You’ll be hearing from her 2012 release ‘Songs of a Celtic Winter’.

In between and afterwards we’ll bring you some of our favorites from the Celtic revival of the 70s & 80s.

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Band Auction November 19, 2017 | 11:00 am

No Bow Tie, Mark Montgomery, Mike O'Laughlin, and The Nite Owls are up next for auction.

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Live on Foolkiller Folk – Stockyards Brewing presents the KKFI Band Auction! November 19, 2017 | 11:00 am

No Bow Tie, Mark Montgomery, Michael O'Loughlin, and the Nite Owls live on Foolkiller Folk

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Trad Sampler with Mark and Val October 22, 2017 | 11:00 am

We've got some early blues, a bit of Old Time and bluegrass, English Folk, Celtic Trad, Sweeds and Welsh and the Danish String Quartet.

You'll be hearing from: Simon Prager, Steve Rye & Bob Hall (aka All Star Medicine Show); Eden & John's East River String Band; Mike Cooper and Ian Anderson; New Road; Lena Hughes; Anna Falkenau & Lena Ullman; Per Hans Olsson, Leif Goras, Stig Ivars, & Per Gudmundson; Lindsay Straw; Floriane Blancke; Foxglove Trio; Anders Lillebo; Noctambule; Liam O'Connor; and, of course, The Danish String Quartet.

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Celtic Mailbag September 17, 2017 | 11:00 am

Today Kathy, Bob, and Diana are in Winfield and we (Mark & Val) are bringing you a Celtic mailbag show with great songs and lots of darn fine tunes from recordings released in 2016 and 2017. You'll be listening to: Ensemble Eriu; Imar; Seamie O'Dowd & Kieran Quin; Tony MacMahon, Noel Hill, and Iaria O Lionaird; Brenda Castles; Martin Meehan; Usher's Island; Qristina Brooke; Janet Dowd; Mick, Louise, and Michelle Mulcahy; Skipinnish; Cordeen; John Blake; Mairead Hurley, and Nathan Gourley; Jenn & Laura-Beth; Terrence, Michael and Jesse Winch; Alison Perkins & Nicholas Brown; and the Iona Fyfe Band.

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Irish Fest Preview August 27, 2017 | 11:00 am

Yes, indeed - it's time for Mark & Val's annual Irish Fest preview! Tune in to hear a full two hours featuring ten of the many bands you can expect to hear performing at the Irish Fest this Labor Day weekend in Crown Center.

Today's show features: We Banjo 3, Gaelic Storm, Cassie and Maggie, David Curley & Mick Broderick, The High Kings, The Elders, Socks in the Frying Pan, Neil Byrne & Ryan Kelly, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, and The Young Folk.

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Valerie Andruss | Email me

Following early exposure to folk music in a series of East Coast coffeehouses, Valerie has been a long time fan, promoter and concert producer of local, national and international Celtic and American Trad.

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Mark Andruss

Mark is currently co-recording secretary for Missouri Valley Folklife Society, and Treasurer for Crosscurrents. He also is a folk programmer with Valerie Andruss on the KKFI 90.1 FM "Foolkiller Folk" radio show, and is the Chair of the Programming Committee of the station.

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Diana Suckiel

Diana is a retired plumber with Local #8 and supporter of workers and their rights.

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Bob Suckiel

Bob is a retired railroad engineer, union member and supporter of workers and their rights.

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Kathy Peters | Email me

Programmer information for Kathy Peters coming soon!

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