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Mike Seeger Tribute, Irish Festival and More...

A weekly roundup of selected TV and radio programs, web content and local music events.

Television
On TV this week, the super popular Adele kicks-off season 5 of Live From the Artists Den with songs from 21 and 19.  Thursday, 3/22 at 11:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS.  American Masters: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound profiles the folk singer and human rights activist (Friday, 3/23 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS).  On Friday you can spend a full hour with Southern Rock jamband Widespread Panic on Austin City Limits (11:30 p.m. on WCVE PBS).

Radio
This week’s A Prairie Home Companion is Made in Manhattan, a special compilation of shows from the Town Hall of New York City in April 2009 with Wynton Marsalis, Heather Masse, Elvis Costello, Tom Rush and more:  Saturday 3/24 at 6:00 p.m. or Sunday 3/25 at 11:00 a.m.  Booker T. Jones is one of the guests on Mountain Stage, Saturday, 3/24 at 8:00 p.m.  Thistle & Shamrock goes Continental Celtic, featuring hypnotic dance rhythms from Brittany to Galicia and a panorama of songs in Breton, French and Spanish.  Sunday 3/25 at 1:00 p.m.

Here are three gems from the Web:

Greensky Bluegrass on Mountain Stage

tUnE-yArDs: Tiny Desk Concert

Lisa Hannigan: Tiny Desk Concert

Local Events
The Virginia Folklife Program and the Virginia Festival of the Book are hosting a Tribute to Mike Seeger featuring Seeger biographer Bill C. Malone and musicians James Leva, Danny Knicely, Aimee Curl, and Elizabeth LaPrelle.  Wednesday, 3/21 at 7:00 p.m. at The Haven, 112 West Market Street in Charlottesville.  An Old Time Jam, hosted by the Charlottesville Friends of Old Time Music, concludes the evening.

This Friday, 3/23 at 8:00 p.m. the jamming roots band Railroad Earth visits The National and on Saturday, 3/24 at 10:00 p.m. Country/Americana group Sons of Bill will play at Capital Alehouse Downtown Music Hall.  Sons of Bill has a new album “Sirens” being released on March 26th, produced by David Lowery. 

And, don’t forget the annual Churchill Irish Festival is this weekend, 3/24-3/25.  The four-block street fair takes place in front of St. Patrick’s Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets on Historic Church Hill.  Performers include The Donnybrooks, The Cary Street Ramblers, Handsome Molly, The Atkinsons and many more!  Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Society and their fight against childhood cancer, the Church Hill Association, the Church Hill Crime Watch, Richmond Hill, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. John’n Church, the St. Peter’s Meals Program, Stone’s Circle of Friends and many other neighborhood causes. Proceeds also benefit the historic preservation of St. Patrick’s Church, a “little church with a big heart” built in the 1850′s by Irish Immigrants to Richmond, and its outreach programs.