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Music to celebrate Father’s Day and Bloomsday

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Hello Porchers!

Another weekend is upon us and I, for one, am glad. We’ve got a couple of big holidays this weekend with Father’s Day coinciding with Bloomsday. So, please plan on joining me this Saturday morning from 10:00 till 1:00 for our normal foolishness and Sunday from 10:00 until noon as we celebrate both fathers and Leopold Bloom.

Saturday will start off with our usual hour dedicated to what’s new. One of the things I am most excited about is finding new music to share. I receive a good deal of new music electronically and generally spend the first part of the week sifting through all of it to find the 10 to 12 pieces I’ll play in the first hour.

Aside from a couple of recent favorites, Waxahachee (featuring the exciting vocals of Katie Crutchfield) and Tom Ciurczak, there’s some great new music from Iron & Wine and a couple of tunes from groups coming to The Broadberry. Here’s your chance to get a sneak peek at what could be a couple of killer shows.

In hour two I’ve got some more fun things lined up. There’s our Celtic Connection that will warm us up for Bloomsday on Sunday. I’ve got two Irish bands (U2 and Black 47), and an American bluegrass duo serving up their take on an Irish classic. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.

From there we’ve got some brand new blues and music from Jimmy Buffett, John Mellancamp, and Bob Dylan. Rounding out the hour will be a couple from the great Buddy Holly.

Hour three will be some Americana with Billy Burnette, Cimarron 615, and Alison Krauss. There’s also a segment featuring CC, where all of the artists have the initials “C.C.” From there we’ve got some local music from Burke Ingraffia (he’s new to the area but a talented singer songwriter) and some ladies R&B to close us out.

Sunday has music all about the Fathers, the Dads, and the Daddys. (Sorry, I couldn’t find any music about the Zaddies. I tried.) There are not as many songs about them as there are about Mothers, but I think I’ve found some you will enjoy.

Then there’s Bloomsday and to celebrate James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, I’ve put together a collection of Irish music for the entire second hour. It’s not all one style of music and I think you’ll have a good time with it.

So, be sure to set that alarm so you’ll be up to join us. Have that coffee brewing and ready for you so you won’t miss anything. A good healthy breakfast would be nice. We’ll start up bright and early both Saturday and Sunday and it just won’t be the same without you. In the Richmond area you can find me at 93.1 or 107.3 or anywhere else, you can join in the festivities at VPM.org.

If you miss the show or want to listen again, drop by our Music Archive page (or go to my page on the website) where we have a couple of weeks on tap for you.

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