Music

Ann Arbor's Banjo-toting Shoemaker

Paul Tinkerhess
Paul Tinkerhess

In the hours when Paul Tinkerhess is not repairing Birkenstock footwear for the people of Ann Arbor, he finds other ways to nurture his town - by organizing the Water Hill Music Fest, by keeping winter sidewalks walkable with Snow Buddy, and by sharing his banjo-playing and song-writing talents generously in the cause of community. A CD of the live music from this interview will be available for sale at NorthernSpiritRadio.org, the only current source of Paul's music!

More Pete Seeger Fruits: Reggie Harris, Annie Patterson, Sarah Pirtle, & Peter Alsop

Reggie Harris
Annie Patterson
Peter Alsop
Sarah Pirtle

More fruits of the musical seeds planted by Pete Seeger over his 94 years, with guests like Reggie HarrisAnnie Patterson & Peter BloodPeter Alsop, and Sarah Pirtle (and several more folks in 2 weeks!).

Peace Love Advocate Network

Billy Jonas

There are many ways to participate in world healing, among them by inspiring us to come together - even folks from the other side, and what better way to do that with song, humor, compassion, and Billy Jonas. Billy is a creative genius and musical pied piper, leading us where we need to go, and doing it by example, not lecture.

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:

Jewish 

Whisper Behind the Light

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Michael Smith is the face and guitar of Whisper Behind the Light, drawing on the deep place to speak messages of power and transformation. Michael has found a life of rootedness and simplicity - as much as that happens with 5-plus kids - away from the squirrel!!! of big city life, and in the community of the Catholic faith of his upbringing.

Humble Stumble Hymnbook

J. Brent Bill
J. Brent Bill

J. Brent Bill is the author of Life Lessons From a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace, reviewed in Friends Journal to much acclaim. He's also been an avid consumer and creator of music, and joins us this week to discuss one section in particular of his book, the Humble Stumble Hymnbook.

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:

Quaker 

Well Met Howling Moon

Michael Hough
Michael Hough

Michael Hough has been making music with Mustard's Retreat since 1974, and as part of The Yellow Room Gang for the past decade. Michael is honest. He's straightforward. He's got a good heart. And he's talented. You will surely find both depth & enjoyment in his songs.

Past/current religious/spiritual influences:

Earth-Based Spirituality, Pagan, Presbyterian

Neo-tribal Hootenanny

Billy Jonas
Billy Jonas

Billy Jonas is more fun and spiritual depth than you can hardly imagine. Sometimes described as doing neo-tribal hootenanny, industrial re-percussion, and soul-spelunking, he started as part of the Oberlin College Big Bang Theory performance art collective, was part of The Billys, sometimes shares as part of the Abraham Jam, and is at the core of the Billy Jonas Band.

World of Music in Detroit

Joe Kidd
Sheila Burke
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

For the past 3 years, Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke have been awarded the Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding World Music. With 60's folk music roots mixed with Appalachian/Celtic/Bluegrass/Country/Middle Eastern/African/Native American spirituality, influences, and rhythms, Joe & Sheila make moving, meaningful, music.

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