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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.

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

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The Great American Folk Show podcast features interviews, music, poetry, and more, curated from the show's beloved radio broadcast. Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.

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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Latest Episodes
  • Episode 110 features Minnesota singer-songwriter The Weeping Covenant, Colorado duo Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Irish musician Sarah Buckley, and new music from Kim Richey. Plus, producer and audio engineer James Saez talks about the new, unreleased Nat King Cole album, “Live at the Blue Note.”
  • In this segment from The Great American Folk Show, host Tom Brosseau visits Maddock, North Dakota, to talk with Jim Gilbertson and Carol Backstrom, who helped form the Maddock Opera House Association — helping to save this historic theatre by turning it into a cafe, library, and live venue. Listen to the conversation above.
  • Episode 109 features Minneapolis singer-songwriter Eli Gardiner, singer Ellorie McKnight, English musician Tom Williams, and a live session with trio Manitou Strings at Cliff House. Plus, a visit to the historic opera house in Maddock, North Dakota.
  • Episode 108 features North Dakota-born singer Ana Egge, psych rock trio Pacific Sunsets, folk trio Jems, and Cajun artist Ann Savoy. Plus an interview with UND Associate Director of Choral Activities, Melanie Popejoy, on the North Dakota song, “Winter Skies.”
  • Alt-rock band The Dandy Warhols are back with a new album, "ROCKMAKER." Frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor visited The Great American Folk Show to talk with Tom Brosseau about the album, his career, and his couple visits to North Dakota.
  • Episode 107 features alt-rock group The Dandy Warhols, singer-songwriter Sam Morrow, LA musician Vera Sola, Duluth folk music from Ross Thorn, and a tribute to The Byrds from Christian Parker.
  • On this Throwing Rocks segment, Tom Brosseau talks with Dick Nordgren, who once ran the Hazen Curling Club.
  • Episode 106 features acoustic duo Misner & Smith, country songwriter Caitlin Cannon, Minneapolis guitarist Tim Sparks, and alt-rock group The HawtThorns. Plus, a visit to the Hazen Curling Club.
  • Episode 105 features Alaska musicians The Heists and Josh Fortenbery, Americana musician Nathan Graham, and folk band Large Brush Collection. Plus, a Throwing Rocks feature on the Minot Curling Club.
  • The Minot Curling Club is one of the oldest in the state, and today it’s at its fourth location. Over the years, flooding, a fire, and shifting ground forced a change in venues. But the club has continued to thrive, and welcomes new curlers each year.