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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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.

We'll have songs about working in the coal mines, songs about working on the railroad; some sea chanties; a cotton mill set; and, needless to say, songs about unions (who we can thank for weekends and the 8 hour day) and bosses, among others, and we'll end with a reminder from Charlie King that 'Our Life Is More Than Our Work and Our Work Is More Than Our Job'

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

Mark & Val kick off Foolkiller Folk's Irish Fest preview today at 11:00, with as many bands as we can stuff into two hours. We kick off the show with a set of murder ballads (including Eileen Ivers' Darlin' Corey (Val's all-time favorite version), then we'll slide into the local performers and segue to the out-of-towners, transitioning from more trad to more rock/fusion.

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Mailbag Redux July 8, 2018 | 11:00 am

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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2017’s Top 25 Folk Songs May 27, 2018 | 11:00 am

This Sunday, Mark & Val bring you 2017’s FOLKDJ -L top 25 folk songs

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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. - for info, schedule, and pre-bids - Stream KKFI 24/[email protected]

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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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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