The Folk Alley Radio Show is a weekly two-hour radio show and it’s a show that prides itself on playing the good stuff. You’ll hear folk, roots, blues, bluegrass, Americana - anything and everything that falls under the wide (and getting wider every day) “folk music” umbrella. Expect an eclectic, handcrafted, and diverse playlist every week that showcases the newest voices around as well as the classics from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
The Folk Alley Radio Show focuses on “good music” rather than on specific genres or labels, and includes a wide range of diverse voices and experiences every week, along with many of Folk Alley’s exclusive studio sessions.
And, did we mention...it’s free?
Who’s the host?
Elena See has been an on-air host with Folk Alley since 2005 and has been listening to music for as long as she can remember. A world without music...perish the thought.
From Johnny Cash to Kyshona Armstrong, Bob Dylan to Amanda Shires, Mavis Staples to Jake Blount, the joy of discovering new artists and re-discovering familiar folk favorites is the reason Elena keeps coming back week after week.
Join her every week for new music, familiar favorites, exclusive interviews and sessions, and YOUR requests.
Where and how can you hear it?
Does your local station carry the Folk Alley Radio Show? Find out!
Don’t see your station? Never fear. If your local station DOESN’T carry the weekly Folk Alley Radio Show (and of course they SHOULD carry it; see below), you can find it every week on our website or mobile app.
This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for a special Halloween show, featuring spooky folk, roots, and Americana tunes from Leonard Cohen, Michael Doucet avec Lâcher Prise, The Unthanks, Rayna Gellert, The Secret Sisters feat. Brandi Carlile, Lenore, Jakob Dylan, Tom Waits, Gretchen Peters, and much more.
This week on Folk Alley, join Elena See for a set of spooky tunes to help you get into the Halloween mood; new music from Darlingside, Susan Werner, and the Kronos Quartet; from our Folk Alley Sessions archives, hear exclusive recordings of Leyla McCalla performing songs from her 2013 album, 'Vari-Colored Songs - A Tribute to Langston Hughes,' now re-released in 2020 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings; plus, we'll hear from some winners of this year's Steve Martin Banjo Prize; and much more!
This week on Folk Alley join Elena See for a celebration of the life and music of the great John Prine in honor of what would have been his 74th birthday on October 10th. Hear duets with Kurt Vile, Swamp Dogg, and Fiona Prine; covers by Jeffrey Foucault, Bettye LaVette, and the Rainbow Girls; a collaboration with Steve Goodman; music by artists recently signed to Prine's label, Oh Boy Records; and of course, music from the man himself. All this, and much more in hour two!