Child Ballads and Songs From The Well of Sparseness

Joe_leftEvery now and then we like to take a look back and some great things that have happened on stage at eTown Hall in recent years, and pull them back out for another listen. This week, we have another one of those back-by-popular demand shows that we are sure you will all enjoy. First up, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Joe Pug, joins us to share a heaping helping of great music and conversation. Joe draws from a well of sparse and beautiful atmospherics to back up his unique style of musical storytelling. His lyrics fall on the heavier side, and we like that! Just check out “I Do My Father’s Drugs” and “The Great Despiser” to get you started.

JeffreyHammer_rightAlso with us are musical collaborators Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer. While both of them have been involved with a plethora of musical projects in their own right, Anais_leftin this episode we hear them performing as a team to share musical adaptations from Francis J. Child’s Child Ballads – folk songs from England and Scotland written during the late 19th century.

As always, we have a great eChievement Award story for you as well! This week, we check in with Kristen Walter, whose organization is taking a bite out of the problem of world hunger – one grilled cheese at a time.

It’s a great hour of music and conversation in our broadcast/podcast this week – plus a fair share of behind-the-scenes action in the video links below.

Be sure to check it out!


– Zack