Here is your weekly roundup of selected TV and radio programs, web content and local music events.
Unless you’re a night owl or very early morning person, you’ll want to set your DVR to record a program called Bluegrass Underground, live from the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns. We have several episodes airing back to back in the very early morning hours of Saturday 3/17 (1:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. on WCVW PBS). Artists include such top names as Ricky Skaggs, Cherryholmes, Justin Townes Earle, Mountain Heart and Darrell Scott. Also make note of Live From the Artists Den, airing overnight on Sunday, 3/18 with episodes featuring Booker T. & the Drive By Truckers and Robert Plant & Band of Joy (2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on WCVW PBS).
On WCVE Public Radio the big news this week is our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Friday, March 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. We’ll have Richmond-based pub band Uisce Beatha in our studios for a live performance open to the public, reservations required. If you can’t be here in person, remember you can listen live online! More information here.
A Prairie Home Companion also has a St. Patrick’s day special planned with music from Karan Casey and Altan, among others. Saturday 3/17 at 6:00 p.m. or Sunday 3/18 at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Stage will have performances from Stephen Kellog & the Sixers, Bearfoot and the Sweetback Sisters. Listen Saturday, 3/17 at 8:00 p.m. On Thistle & Shamrock, you can hear how American and Celtic traditions mingle through a conversational musical encounter with Brían Ó hAirt (Bua) and Julee Glaub (Little Windows). Sunday 3/18 at 1:00 p.m.
If you're not visiting NPR’s music page on a regular basis you’re missing out on some great content! Such as this piece on Mexico’s Son Huasteco music, a recent interview w/ Andrew Bird, and First Listens to new albums by Esperanza Spalding and Lost in the Trees.
Richmond’s beloved purveyors of stringband music – The Hot Seats – return to Ashland Coffee and Tea on Friday, 3/16 at 7:30 p.m. for what will surely be a great show! In May the Hot Seats will have the honor of playing the prestigious Shetland Folk Festival; they like these boys over there in Scotland so I guess we should too!
Finally, with Saturday being St. Patrick’s Day there is more local Celtic music than you can shake a shillelagh at, but might I suggest stopping by the downtown Capital Ale House on 3/17 for entertainment by The Donnybrooks (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and The Havers (8:00p.m. to close). All Capital Ale locations will be having St. Patrick’s Day activities and they purport to have over 10 different Irish & Scottish Ales on tap and at least ten more in the bottle on this day.