Sunday at 11:00 am

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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The Christmas Story in Song December 20, 2015 | 11:00 am

This season Mark & Val's Christmas program returns to the roots of the Christmas story. We begin with the Annunciation and go straight through chronologically to the arrival of the Three Kings. We'll bring you Gabriel's message, Mary's pregnancy, Herod and the babies, the trip to Bethlehem, the birth of Christ, the friendly beasts, Mary's lullaby, a few nowells, the shepherds, the herald angles, the celebration of the birth, the arrival of the Three Kings and a benediction, all with just the tiniest nod to the pagan origins of the whole darn celebration (see if you can find it). There'll be a few of our favorite carols (including one version that you literally cannot hear on any other radio station) plus a few pieces we've never played before. A perfect playlist for the Sunday before Christmas if I do say so myself! Tune in!

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M&V on air with a Celtic mailbag program of old favorites and new discoveries. There might be something new to you, too. Tune in and find out! But what can we expect, you ask? Well we'll be sampling songs & tunes from from: Battlefield Band; The Casey Sisters; Archie Fisher; Jenna Reid and Harris Playfair; Rura; Siobhan Kennedy; Eamon Dooley, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Julie Fowlis & Ross Martin; Mary MacNamara; Robyn Stapleton; Emily Smith; Barrule; Andy Lamy; Micho Russell; Jean Redpath; Rachel Hair Trio; Freya Rae and Louis Bingham; Gordon Gunn; O'Carolan Family; Eamonn O'Riordan and Tony O'Connell; and Calan,

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Foolkiller Folk with M and V November 8, 2015 | 11:00 am

During today's first hour we'll look back to honor Dia De Las Muertas with music from Jose Gutierrez & Los Hermanos Ochoa and Los Folkloristas, then we'll honor the fact that it's Sunday with music from the Slide Brothers and Eric Burton, then we'll honor Veteran's set of songs from the World Wars I & II. And then we'll segue into a program of English Folk songs & tunes for the rest of the show. We'll bring you Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen, the Teacups, Urban Folk Quartet, The Change Ringing Handbell Group, Stick in the Wheel, Caitlin & Ciaran, and Emily Portman.

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mailbag program – feels like Winfield September 20, 2015 | 11:00 am

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Preview the Irish Fest Here! August 23, 2015 | 11:00 am

M & V with their annual Irish Fest preview show. We'll bring you a taste of Celtic Rock to Celtic Trad from perennial favorites to new discoveries to whet your appetite. Tune in to hear Tupelo, The Elders, Flannigan's Right Hook, Chance the Arm, Ellis Island, Jonathan Ramsey, Eddie Delahunt, Ashley Davis, Flashpoint, Bob Reeder, Daimh, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Socks in the Frying Oan, Gaelic Storm, Neil Byrne & Ryan Kelly, Mundy, and We Banjo Three.

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What we saw at the Folk Alliance – Volume 4 July 26, 2015 | 11:00 am

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honoring African American Music Month June 14, 2015 | 11:00 am

M & V with a show honoring African American Music Month. Music from 23 black folk & blues artists recorded from 1931 to the present day.

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Mark & Val with What we Saw at the Folk Alliance, Part III. You'll hear from Laney Jones, (KKFI's own) Kasey Rausch, I Draw Slow, Blackbird Review, Sin and Swoon, Lowest Pair, Bela Fleck and Aboigail Washburn, Oh Pep!, the Honey Dewdrops, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Dom Flemons, Red Moon Road, Devon Sproule, and Matt the Electrician.

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What We Heard at the Folk Alliance Conference, Day 1 (plus some new releases from local artists) May 3, 2015 | 11:00 am

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Tune in today to hear cuts from: Little Joe McLerren, Kate & Bill Isles;The Roe Family Singers, Sin and Swoon, Dana Falconberry, Harpeth Rising, Phillip Henrt and Hannah Martin, Durham Counts Poets, Josienne Clark & Ben Walker, Jacquelyn Hynes, Brother Sun, Carrie Elkin, the latest release from The Shortleaf Band and the upcoming release by KKFI's own Mikal Shapiro.

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Earth Day Preview April 19, 2015 | 11:00 am

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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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