Folk Music

Folks Like Us - Matt Watroba

Matt Watroba
Matt Watroba

Matt Watroba has been deeply immersed in folk music since 9th grade, including hosting the Folks Like Us show on WDET in Detroit and Folk Alley on WKSU at Kent State University, for a combined 26 years or so. With more than 3 decades performing, Matt is a master of the folk music genre, both as a performer and as a leader of group singing.

Milwaukee's Singing Lawyer

Mike Plaisted
Mike Plaisted

Mike Plaisted lives out multiple passions, in part through his work as a lawyer performing a vital role in the lives of his clients, especially with folks in Drug Court, but also through his performing music, something that deeply feeds Mike. He's a member of the Milwaukee Musicians Co-op, and performs regularly on Riverwest Radio.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Man from Berkeley

Patrick Landeza
Patrick Landeza

Patrick Landeza is passionate about the music of his Hawaiian roots, though he's Berkeley, CA, born & raised, and a special man. He was awarded the Musician of the Heart award as part of the Listen for Life concert for peace at Carnegie Hall, and he's the first mainland artist to win the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year, Hawaii's equivalent of the Grammy.

Uphill All the Way

Ellen Ochs
Ellen Ochs

Ellen B. Ochs is a prolific songwriter and perenial participant of all sorts folk musical - song circles, Stringalong weekends, White Pines quarterly open stage, and jams. An English major pouring creativity through her pen, Ellen brings joy and community through her music.

All the songs in this program are written & performed by Ellen B. Ochs:

King of Cafe Carpe

Bill Camplin
Bill Camplin

Bill Camplin co-presides at the Fort Atkinson, WI, cafe, bar, and listening room called Cafe Carpe. Occasionally you'll see him performing there (as well as other places, and in addition to a load of other fine musicians) with his consummate guitar, voice, and lyrics, and with a mix of folk and rock-influenced tunes. And an awesome sense of humor.

Ozark Timber

Carolyn Carter
Carolyn Carter

Living well off the beaten path in hillbilly shack in the Ozark Mountains, Carolyn Carter has been singing for her supper as long as she can remember. With a voice that is soft and wild, 100% Arkansas, Carolyn plays the listener's heart strings while stumming those of her guitar. Inspired by church music and folks like Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris, Carolyn is gifted and passes on the gift through her wonderful songs.

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