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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Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? Mark and Val’s Annual Tribute to Folk Musicians Who Passed in the Prior Year January 27, 2019 | 11:00 am

As usual, we'll be honoring those who passed in order of their deaths.

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Mark and Val’s annual Christmas show December 9, 2018 | 11:00 am

This year’s Christmas show focuses on some of Valerie’s favorite songs and themes. She offers you her two favorite carols: Sing We Noel Once More (Noel Nouvelet), a traditional French carol dating from the late 15th century in a 1950s choral version (somebody please pick this up and record a Trad version for her!!) and the Boar’s Head Carol; plus carols that have not completely strayed from their pagan roots; both house visiting and orchard wassails; carols with particularly charming lyrics, including the ‘Huron Carol’ which she says is the darndest piece of Christmas music she's ever heard; and a set of counting carols.

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Foolkiller Band Auction November 18, 2018 | 11:00 am

SUNDAY 11:00 AM The Tae Company (Turlach and Eddie)
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Mailbag Redux November 11, 2018 | 11:00 am

Folk music coming into the Andruss household thick and fast! Today Mark & Val bring you selections from new releases and releases that are new to us :-)

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Mail bag, Michael Black, and an interview with Radim Zenkl November 4, 2018 | 11:00 am

Today Mark & Val bring you a Celtic mailbag with both favorites (like Lunasa, Danu, and Donal Clancy) and new finds (like Childsplay, Landless, and Claire Keville). We'll also interview mandolin player, composer, and US Mandolin Champion Radim Zenkl whose style features progressive original and eastern European traditional music flavored with string jazz, new age, bluegrass, flamenco, rock, and classical live in the studio before his afternoon house concert. And, because we heard his niece, Aiofe Scott, in a house concert recently, we've had him in mind, we'll tuck in as much of the Black Family's Michel Black as the DMCA allows.

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We’ll be hearing selections from some wonderful new recordings by long -time favorites and new finds. Mark and Val have packed the show with the Friel Sisters; Therese McInerney; Coscan; Ye Vagabonds; the Martin Hayes Quartet; Floriane Blanke; Maurice Leyden; Meabh & Tiernan Smythe; Tad Sargent & Loic Blejean; Qristina Brooke; Christy Moore; Miuireann Nic Amhlaoibh; Terrence, Michael, & Jesse Winch; John Doyle, John McCusker, & Mike McGoldrick; Socks in the Frying Pan; Nava; the Rheingans Sisters; Backwest; Cordeen; Rura; String sisters; and Connla.

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Honoring Labor Day September 2, 2018 | 11:00 am

Well, we figure that if you want Irish music, you'll be at the Irish Fest, so today it's our privilege and honor to bring you songs about work in honor of Labor Day.

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Mark & Val’s Irish Fest preview August 19, 2018 | 11:00 am

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Mark & Val with Mailbag Redux – we have another Mailbag (new to us) sho for you today, and yes, we’re still focusing mostly on relatively new releases from the British Isles. You’ll be hearing another round from Purcell’s Polyphonic Party; Lori Watson; Frander; Altan; Adam Agee & Jon Sousa; The Rheingans Sisters; and Christy Moore, and we’ll be adding Will Pound; Ross & Ali; Mawkin; Dàimh (pronounced ‘Dive’); John Doyle, John McCusker, and Mike Goldrick; The Misshaped Pearls; and Bryony Griffith; The Fretless; and Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuinness. If you liked last week’s show, you’ll like this week’s. Tune In!

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The mailbag – music that’s new to us :-) July 1, 2018 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val bring you recordings that are new to us - mostly English, Irish and Scottish, but with a bit of the USA and Sweden thrown in. You'll be hearing from Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmons; Heather Downie; The Friel Sisters; Altan; Proper English; Adam Agee & Jon Sousa; The String Sisters; Theresa Kavanaugh; Purcell's Polyphonic Party; Christy Moore; The Rheingans Sisters; Frander; Daire Mulhern; and Lori Watson

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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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