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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What we saw at Folk Alliance, Volume II May 20, 2018 | 11:00 am

Mark & I have a packed show for you today. And you'll get to hear the following acts from the February Folk Alliance Conference: Old Hannah; The Sea the Sea; Dan Navarro; Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards; Nathalie Pires and Ensemble Iberica; Black Umfolosi; Ruthie Foster; KC's own Victor and Ptaliskenny; Rosie & the Riveters; Next Generation Leahy; Daoiri Farrell; The Aerialists; Talisk; Rura; Anais Mitchell; Dar Williams; Lisa LeBlanc; Findley Napier; Next Generation Leahy; and Bon Debarras. Valerie


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What we saw at Folk Alliance, Volume I April 29, 2018 | 11:00 am

Remember Folk Alliance International Conference, way back in February? We all heard a lot of good music there. This is Volume I of what was heard by Mark & Val. You’ll be treated to some of our old favorites and some new discoveries: Kelly Wertz, Carly Dow, Wallis Bird, Brebach, Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs, Martyn Joseph, Brona McVittie, Folkiler Folk’s own Bob & Diana Suckiel (who will be preforming at the Robert Johnson Birthday Celebration 2-5 PM at BB’s Lawnside Barbecue presented by KKFI’s Boogie Bridge Sun 5/6), Old Hanna, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Ye Vagabonds, Rura, Anais Mitchel and Anais Mitchel & Justin Vernon, Carrie Elkin Mick Flannery, Honey Dewdrops, Rebecca Loebe & Findlay Napier, and Yirrmal.


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Who’s playing the Band Auction on Foolkiller Folk? April 8, 2018 | 11:00 am

Foolkiller Folk opens tomorrow with SCOTCH HOLLOW, an acoustic roots band teaming down-home delta blues with good old-fashioned country twang and silky vocals as smooth as your favorite whiskey performing live for the band auction from 11:00 -11:30. Bidding starts at only $200.

Following Scotch Hollow, you'll hear THE LAGER RHYTHMS, with an easy to enjoy an eclectic mix of everything from gypsy jazz to gut-bucket blues. Bidding starts at just $250!

From noon - 12:30, we bring you BEYOND THE HEATHER, a six-piece traditional Irish Band. From rousing pub songs to merry dance tunes; soulful ballads to haunting airs, Beyond The Heather plays them all. Bidding starts at just $250! Call 888.931.0901 to make your bid.

We close tomorrow with STEVE STERNER & SUNDOWN, winner of the 2015 Folk Alliance International Battle of the Bands performing live for the band auction from 12:30 -1:00. With tight three-part harmony, Steve Sterner and Sundown deliver a relaxed mix of original folk songs and popular and lesser-known covers. Bidding starts at just $250! Call 888.931.0901 to make your bid.

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Band Auction presented by @stockyardsbeer


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St Patrick’s Day Preview March 11, 2018 | 11:00 am

We start the show off with some commentary about St Patrick’s Day music, and segue into sets about drinking, roving, relationships, Irish nationalism, and the voyage to the end of the world.


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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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Programmer
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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