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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A celebration of Val’s upcoming retirement :-) August 14, 2016 | 11:00 am

M & V on air w/a celebration of Valerie’s upcoming retirement after 36 years at the office. We start w/songs about work in all its many aspects (The Idiot, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, Working Man, Working for a Living, Five O’Clock World, Chain Gang, John Henry, Dark as a Dungeon, Crooked Jack, Cotton Mill Girls, In Tall buildings, Manic Monday, White Collar Holler, 9 to 5); think about retirement for a minute (Our Life Is More Than Our Work, Turn! Turn! Turn!); Val decides’ she’s ready (Factory Girl, Shiftwork, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, I’m Ready to Go); there’s a goodbye song (Parting Glass) and a look at retirement from the perspective of those left behind (She’s Leaving Because She Really Wants To); we let the good times roll (I Feel Lucky, Already Gone, Let the Good Times Roll); share a couple of visions of retirement (Tae the Beggin’, Young at Heart, Knee Deep); and end w/a benediction (Gone, Oh Happy Day).


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Foolkiller Folk w/Mark & Val: “New to Us’ Mailbag Show July 31, 2016 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val with a mailbag show today: music that is new to us (some of which came to us from fRoots). We're mostly touring the British Isles with 'Ten Strings and a Goatskin', 'Steve Crawford and Sabrina Palm', Niamh Boadle', 'Ruth Keggin', 'Ruth Throdore', 'Gillian Frame', 'Solarference', 'Moirai', 'Rob Johnson', 'Harp and a Monkey' and 'Julian Gaskill and his Ragged Trousered Philanthropists'. But somewhere in between, we'll tuck a bit of Scandinavian nykleharpa and Hardanger fiddle with 'Eric Rydel/Olav Mjelva', combine them both with 'Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer'. Tune in to KKFI 90.1 FM at 11:00 and look for the playlist later today!


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Foolkiller Folk with Mark & Val July 24, 2016 | 11:00 am

We start and end with Cat Stevens providing a bit of comfort music in response to the trauma of recent events then segue into the finale of our Folk Alliance series and wrap up with a collection of mostly recent Celtic. You'll be hearing Cat Stevens from his recording 'Gold' , Bill Frisell from 'East/West', Jerron Blind Boy Paxton from 'Dirtiest little Darling/Railroad Bill' and 'Pickathon Music Festival', Happy Traum from 'Just for the Love of It', Connla from 'The E.p.', Kern from 'False Deceiver', Goitse from 'Inspired by Chance', Realta from 'Clear Skies' and Jeremiahs from 'Culture Ireland 2016'. tune in at 11:00!


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M and V Do Foolkiller Folk July 10, 2016 | 11:00 am

Today in recognition of the recent current events, we're opening with the Welsh hymn 'Ebeneser (Dyma Gariad Fel Y Moroedd)(Ton Potel)' (translation: love as vast as the ocean (a song about God's love for mankind) by Lleuwen Steffan and ending with the Youngbloods 'Get Together' . In between you'll hear an eclectic collection of national and international artists, most of whom we heard at the Feb, 2016 Folk Alliance Conference and a couple of artists/songs we just feel like playing:


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What M & V saw at Folk Alliance, Volume 4 (Friday Day and the Public Showcases) May 22, 2016 | 11:00 am

M & V's journey through the 2016 Folk Alliance conference continues with what we saw Friday before the private showcases. Today Mark will bring you selections from The Young Folk, Maria Pomianowska, the Yves Lambert Trio, Fish & Bird, Leveret, Ensemble Iberica, Red Moon Road, Fretless, Matt Nakoa, and Tracy Grammar. Tune in at 11:00!


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What we saw at Folk Alliance, Volume 4 May 8, 2016 | 11:00 am

Mark and Val continue our exploration of the 2016 Folk Alliance Conference. Today we bring you what we saw at the Thursday night private showcases - enough of each performer for you to decide whether you'd like to hear more. You'll be listening to: Carie Elkin, Rosie & the Riveters, Hannah Shira Naiman, WOR, Gentle Good, (KKFI's own) Mikal Shapiro, Lowest Pair, Roe Family Singers, Dave Gunning, April Vetch, Kerr Fagan Harbon, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, and Lowest Pair with a brief interlude to bring you the songs 'Little Boxes', 'Charlie the Midnight Marauder' and 'Pink Houses' because Mark was messing around in the music collection and discovered that was a fun set.


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What we saw at Folk Alliance, Volume 2 April 10, 2016 | 11:00 am

Mark & Val with 'What we saw at the Folk Alliance, Volume 2'. Thursday night before the showcases we mostly hung out at the international stages but also took in a bit of Americana. So get ready for ODE, Plu, Tarabband, Calan, Perla Batalla, Kacy & Clayton, Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Darlingside, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, and Qristina & Quinn Bachand.


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Four More April 3, 2016 | 11:00 am

Four more great acts are up for auction


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Who we saw at the Folk Alliance Conference, part 1 of 5 March 13, 2016 | 11:00 am

Between the two of us, Mark & I saw over 60 bands at Folk Alliance. Tomorrow we bring you the first 14 in more or less the order in which we heard them. Tune in to hear: Anna & Elizabeth; Corey Harris; Paul O'Dette, Andrew Lawrence-King and David Douglass; Gerald Trimble; Crane Wives; Scenic Roots; Soorleys; Danny Schmidt; Pirates Canoe; Kaia Kater; Lady Maisery; Railsplitters; and Blackbird Review


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Will you miss me when I’m gone?, Part 2 February 14, 2016 | 11:00 am

Mark & Valerie with Part 2 of "Will you miss me while I'm gone?" our annual program honoring artists we've loved but lost the year before. On today's show we'll be honoring Jim Ed Brown, B.B. King, Jim McCann, Flora McNeil, Al O'Donnell, Andy M Stewart, and John Renbourn.


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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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