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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, July 2: This week, we're revisiting Episode 8, featuring writer Gianni Washington; Musician Melissa Mary Ahern; Writers Julie Wolfson and Zoe Howell; a short story by Glen Phillips; Poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina, Marcus Amaker; Cowboy poet and songster Andy Hedges; North Dakota associate poet laureate Bonnie Larson Staiger; and autoharp player Colin Haines.

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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What's Tom Listening To?
Check out Tom Brosseau's frequently updated playlist of some of his favorite music.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
Email Mary Jones at maryjonesmjm@gmail.com.

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