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The Great American Folk Show
Find and follow your traditions | Saturdays at 5pm

The Great American Folk Show is a little place on the radio where we commune with you to share stories, sing songs, and talk to some good people with great voices.

Saturday, December 3: Episode 57 features music from Pacific Sunsets, folk singer Olivia Chaney, singer/songwriter Luke LeBlanc, and an interview with Ronny Robbins about his father, Marty Robbins. Plus, Tom Brosseau pays tribute to Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, who passed away earlier this week.

The show is written, recorded, and hosted by folksinger and songwriter Tom Brosseau, announced by Joe Wiegand, produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting. Original instrumentation by Burkum Boys. Additional music by Sean Watkins. Special flyer design by DLT.

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Check out Tom Brosseau's frequently updated playlist of some of his favorite music.

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Email Mary Jones at maryjonesmjm@gmail.com.

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  • Episode 57 features music from Pacific Sunsets, folk singer Olivia Chaney, singer/songwriter Luke LeBlanc, and an interview with Ronny Robbins about his father, Marty Robbins. Plus, Tom Brosseau pays tribute to Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, who passed away earlier this week.
  • Episode 56 features Kentucky musical duo The Local Honeys, poet Ryan Sambol, poet Jonathan Odermann, and singer-songwriter Alela Diane. Plus, hear from nine-year-old singer and guitarist Herlof Huso from Aneta, North Dakota.
  • Today on Dakota Diners, Tom Brosseau takes a trip to Trapper’s Kettle in Belfield, North Dakota. It’s famous for its hearty, delicious meals, homemade soups, Certified Angus beef, and its all-day breakfasts.
  • Episode 55 features Iowa songwriter Hailey Whitters, music from Gone Gone Beyond, and luthier Nigel Forster. Plus, a Dakota Diners visit to Trapper’s Kettle in Belfield, North Dakota, and an interview about growing up in Belfield with Ruth Buckman-Malm.
  • "North Dakota Here's To You" by former Fargo Central High School music director Leon C. Sorlien was a finalist in a 1958 North Dakota song competition — along with the classic, “You Oughta Go Ta North Dakota.” Tom Brosseau writes about the competition, about Sorlien, and interviews Sorlien's former student.
  • Episode 54 features legendary violinist Scarlet Rivera, and a live session from Gregory and the Hawk. Plus, a feature on Leon C. Sorlien and his song, “North Dakota Here’s To You.” Tom interviews Jim Gompf, who attended Fargo Central High School when Sorlien was the band director.
  • Minnesota musician Mimi Parker passed away last week at age 55. She was the drummer, songwriter, and singer in the Duluth-based band Low along with her husband, Alan Sparhawk. Listen as Tom Brosseau is joined by musician Heidi Gluck to perform a cover of Low's song, “Sunflower.”
  • Today on Dakota Diners, we visit with Kevin Hartel of Maple Valley Meats in Enderlin, North Dakota. He makes a sausage that’s very popular — a cold-smoked sausage called Farmer's Rope. Host Tom Brosseau visits with Kevin to learn about the process of cold-smoking.
  • Episode 53 features musician Tommy and the Ohs, harpist Cassie Watson Francillon, banjoist Sam Amidon, and singer/songwriter Mikel Farber. Plus, a Dakota Diners visit to Maple Valley Meats in Enderlin, North Dakota.
  • Episode 52 features Irish musician Laura Mulcahy, bluegrass musician and teacher Michael Daves, bluegrass musician Sam Bush, and composer Connor Cook. Plus, Kelly Nelson of Grand Forks, North Dakota, talks about 25 years of her front yard Halloween displays.