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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Irish Fest Preview, Part 1: the more rock-oriented groups August 10, 2014 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val with the more rock-oriented Irish Fest bands: Kildares, Shana Morrison, Mundy, Gaelic Storm, The Elders, Flannigan's Right Hook, Cold Comfort, Hot Sprockets, Carbon Leaf, She's a Keeper, Chance the Arm.
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Music to see Scotland by! July 13, 2014 | 11:00 am

Music to see Scotland by! Mark and Val with highlights from our Scotland road trip music. Hope you enjoy the show as much as we did the trip!
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Something for Everyone June 1, 2014 | 11:00 am

Most to all of the Foolkiller crew w/an assortment of stuff we like, plus a preview of upcoming concerts...
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Mailbag show: Some Blues; Some British Isles (M & V) May 25, 2014 | 11:00 am

M & V w/a mailbag show: Some Blues; Some British Isles: Tom Skinner, Parker Millsap, Sol, Blind Willie McTell, Leroy Carr, Butch Thompson & Pat Donohue, Tampa Res, Piano Red, Harry Bradley & James Carty, Teada, Ian Bell, Bernadette Morris, Harry Bradley & Colm Gannon, Donal Clancy, Freshly Ground, Furrow Collective, Rachel Newton.
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Artists we haven’t played in ages May 18, 2014 | 11:00 am

M & V with Artists we Haven't Played in Ages in a new playlist format inspired by the Folk Alliance conference: selections from all the folk genres we usually play - one cut from each - this time wrapped around core of Celtic
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Band Auction Edition: Fred Wickham & Friends, The Cowtown Cajun Band, & more! April 27, 2014 | 11:00 am

Join The Foolkillers for one last fabulous KKFI Band Auction show, as they have Fred Wickham & Friends at 11:00, followed by The Cowtown Cajun Band at 11:30, Connie Dover at noon, and the Konza Swamp Band at 12:30, so hover over those iPhones and get ready to dial up a frenzy and bid!
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2014 BBC Folk Awards March 23, 2014 | 11:00 am

Mark & Valerie on air Sunday w/the 2014 British Folk Award nominees. Judge for yourself whether the right people won!
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what we heard at Folk Alliance March 2, 2014 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val with 27 Folk Alliance acts in the order in which we heard them....
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Celtic Songs – Familiar & Otherwise January 26, 2014 | 11:00 am

Mark & Valerie with a program pf Celtic song
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Old Sound January 12, 2014 | 11:00 am

Spotlighting an exciting youthful take on Folk music. An interview & sampling of the band "Old Sound" live in the studio. Plus a remembrance of passing folk icons, some old time music and a few new releases.
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Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? January 5, 2014 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val offer a tribute to artists who passed away in 2013: Patti Page, Magic Slim, Cleotha Staples,Rita ManNeil, Richie Havens, J. J. Cale, George Jones, Slim Whitman, Terry Conway, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Cowboy Jack Clement, Louis(a) Killen, Tomas O Canainn, Phil Chevron, Allan Block, Toshi Seeger, Jack Alexander, Ray Price, and Lou Reed
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Drive the Cold Winter Away December 8, 2013 | 11:00 am

Valerie's annual Christmas show! OMG it's cold! songs, getting ready for Christmas songs, let's eat and drink and have a party songs, and OK - one set of the Christmas story (in songs that don't usually make it into the program), and an admonition to remember the poor.
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2013 Celtic Releases November 10, 2013 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val tomorrow with 2013 Celtic releases and an unexpected guest appearance of a CD by American Indian artist Bill Miller (introduced to us by Rhonda LeValdo).
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Remembering – Faith Petric November 3, 2013 | 11:00 am

Remembering - Faith Petric (98 years-98 years of purpose
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Murder! Incest! Revenge! October 20, 2013 | 11:00 am

Ancient to semi-modern murder ballads: multiple artists; multiple genres; multiple stories. Did we capture your favorite? Call us on air 816.931.5534 and let us know (a lead-in to Kathy's don't miss Halloween show next week).
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The Hills of Caledonia September 22, 2013 | 11:00 am

A program of Scottish Trad: songs by Robert Burns; songs from the Jacobite Rebellion; songs in the traditional style by modern songwriters. Songs in Broad Scots and songs in Scots Gaelic. Heavily centered around bands who were at the forefront of the Scottish Traditional renaissance, but including new artists as well. and featuring Tullamore and Trad Scottish supergroup Tannahill Weavers in honor of their upcoming Kansas City concert on Tues 10/2 at Unity on the Plaza.
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Irish Fest Preview: Local & Trad Bands August 25, 2013 | 11:00 am

Irish Fest, Part II! Mark & Val with the Irish Fest's local artists and Trad performers (most of whom will be appearing for the first time in KC)
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KCIF Part 1: unTrad August 11, 2013 | 11:00 am

M & V fw/the first of two Irish Fest programs on Foolkiller Folk. This week is 'unTrad': rock, pop, singer/songwriter & Indie.
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The Bovee Vault August 4, 2013 | 11:00 am

Music gleaned from the long time 78' & vintage 33RPM Record Collector - Deep in the roots of American Music.
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New Releases! (mostly) July 21, 2013 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val on air w/a show of primarily Celtic mostly 2013 releases
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We shall sail the ocean blue June 29, 2013 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val w/a mailbag program: sea songs interleaved with new releases from three great women singers (Kathleen Macinnes, Sarah McQuaid and Iris Dement).
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M & V w/songs from the Irish (and some tunes, too) June 2, 2013 | 11:00 am

A mailbag show today that's pretty much Irish; pretty much female: Cathy Ryan, Nuala Kennedy, Jenna Reid, Chyenne Brown, Michelle Mulcahy, Caitlin Nic Gabhann, Willis Clan, Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire and Equation.
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A relaxed show for a rainy day w/Mark & Val May 19, 2013 | 11:00 am

A relaxed show for a rainy day w/Mark & Val: mostly Celtic and Americana w/locals and near locals added to artists from around the world. Tune in for: Small Potatoes; From the Woods; Tullamore; Blue Moon Trio; Honey Dewdrops; Sppprag Session; Dannen Mcmullen; Malcom Bushby and more
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Band Auction !!!!!!!!!! April 28, 2013 | 11:00 am

11am Whiskey for the Lady
11:30am The Potlickers
Noon KC Ukesters
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Band Auction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! April 21, 2013 | 11:00 am

11:00am Bob and Diana Suckiel
11:30am Gary Kirkland and Bob Tripp
Noon Ernest James Zydeco
12:30pm Cow Town Cajun
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Band Auction!!!!!!!!! April 14, 2013 | 11:00 am

11:00am Kasey Rausch
11:30am Buttermilk Boys
Noon Jacob Cross & Animal
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The Longest River Is The Nile April 7, 2013 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val with English folk.
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Mark & Val with new (to us) music: American field recordings and BBC Folk Award nominees March 10, 2013 | 11:00 am

Mark and Val with new (to us) music today - great for a rainy (apparently turning to snow AGAIN) day. The first half of the show will be American folk, mostly early and heavily rooted in field recordings and recordings from the 20s & 30s. And for the 2nd half, we're going to the British Isles to hear nominees for the 2012 BBC Folk Awards. Tune in to Foolkiller Folk at 11:00 (90.1 FM KKFI Kansas City). Next week: all Irish...
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Winter Pledge Drive! Your requests and a 100% match February 10, 2013 | 11:00 am

Mark, Val & Steve Peters will be joined by KKFI listener and volunteer Ralph Tomlinson. We'll be playing your requests from last week; wishing a happy birthday to Dan Stiles and to Quinn Bachand (whose music we'll be playing) and talking about the station. And, as usual, all pledges (on air or on line) received during Foolkiller Folk will be matched 100%.
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Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? January 13, 2013 | 11:00 am

Valerie and Mark do their annual "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?" program, celebrating the lives and musical contributions of the folk and near-folk artists who departed this earthly coil in 2012. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll reassure their shades (and ourselves) that they will live forever in their songs and tunes.
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Celtic Trad; English Folk; American Old Time… November 18, 2012 | 11:00 am

Mark & Valerie bringing you a melange show: mostly Celtic w/a bit of English folk and a smidgen of American Old Time. Tune in!
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Hollowe’en Show October 28, 2012 | 11:00 am

The sort of stories and songs that Autumn, with it's falling leaves and lengthening nights, arouse the sort of emotions that we mere mortals are heir to.
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Homelessness Marathon Continued October 21, 2012 | 11:00 am

HOUR 3
11am WFHB in Indiana
topic- Shelters, Stipulations and Freezing to Death

HOUR 4
noon KUNM in New Mexico
topic- Kids on the Street - Homeless Youths

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Across the universe of Trad October 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

Across the universe of Folk w/KKFI
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KKFI: A Rare Medium Well Done October 7, 2012 | 11:00 am

All six Foolkiller Folk programmers on air for the fall fund drive
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Our Own Irish Festival September 30, 2012 | 11:00 am

Valerie and I took in all three days and nights of the 2012 KC Irish Fest, and had a wonderful time. But after all that Celtic rock/festival fare, we wanted to hold our own mini-Irish Fest with a stronger traditional lineup. Wonderful music from the likes of Liam Kelly, Planxty, Mick O'Brien and Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh, the Corries, Alasdair Fraser and Paul Machlis, Jack Talty and Cormac Begley, Joe Heaney, Phil Cunningham, Battlefield Band, Jimmy Crowley, Cara Dillon, Danu, Shee, Dalla and much much more.
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KC Irish Fest 2012 August 26, 2012 | 11:00 am

A foretaste of the 2012 KC Irish Fest lineup, featuring artists from out of town.
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Beach Blanket Banjo August 5, 2012 | 11:00 am

Foolkiller Folk today is a mailbag program of the recent Irish and English folk that has entered our collection. There's a lot of banjo, and also a performance of "The Rocky Road to Dublin" by what sounds like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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Val and Mark play singer-songwriters July 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

This Sunday we're going to play some great songs by Kathryn Williams, Ellis Paul, Justin Townes Earle, Chris Wood, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. We'll touch on personal tragedy, wanting, wandering, war, love, and Charles Darwin. You'll also hear from Grada, Crooked Still, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and we'll poke our heads into church w/Patty Griffin.
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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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