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An electronic newsletter for the
WUMB radio community

December 2009



December 24 at 6:30pm

WUMB Staff reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales

December 25 all day

Special Christmas Programming: details here

January 10 1-5pm

SAMW Sign up and Jam

January 11 at 7:30pm

WUMB Member Concert with Kate Taylor

January 11-15

2009 WUMB Top 10 Countdown

January 15 at 2pm

In Studio Interview with Debra Cowan

January 22

WUMB announces the Best New Artist of 2009

Out Now

A Friend of a Friend
(Acony Records)

The Fall
(Blue Note)

Live in Louisville
(Luz Music)

Glitter and Doom Live

Dreamin’ Man Live ‘92


July Flame
(Raven Marching Band Records)


Any comments? Let us know what you think.


WUMB Online Auction Closing on Tuesday, Dec 22nd

tomrush150 The WUMB Online Auction ends on Tuesday, December 22nd for this season. There are still some amazing items that are up for bid including a Stone Mountain Getaway Weekend to see Tom Rush (pictured) and Mindy Smith, a two night Ski and Stay Package from The Pleasant View Too Bed & Breakfast, hand crafted arts and crafts and much more! Proceeds go to keep WUMB on the air! More info here .

Grammy Award Nominees Announced

derektrucks150 The 2010 Grammy Awards are taking place on January 31st, 2010. The American Roots category is very impressive this year with artists like Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Lucinda Williams, The Derek Trucks Band (pictured), Wilco and many others being nominated. A full list is available here.

WUMB’s Best of 2009

antjeduvekot150 This year we’ve been lucky enough to listen to some very special releases! We’ve heard a lot of great music not only on the national level, but on the local level as well with albums from Antje Duvekot (pictured), Catie Curtis and others. Starting Monday January 11th, WUMB will be looking back at the ten best albums of 2009. We’ll also be crowning our “Best New Artist” of 2009 on Friday January 22nd! Keep checking here for more information.

Lilith Fair Returns

emmylouharris150 Emmylou Harris (pictured), The Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow and others will be performing with the newly reestablished Lilith Fair Tour created by Sarah McLachlan. Some of first-round 18 cities already announced for this traveling tour are Boston, Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Denver, San Francisco, Montreal and London. Click here for more.

Summer Acoustic Music Week Signup!

samw150 Temperatures are freezing in Boston, but summer is not far away! Join us on Sunday, January 10th, 2010 from 1pm to 5pm for the WUMB Summer Acoustic Music Week Annual Sign Up and Jam. If you have never heard about SAMW, come learn about the experience! This is also an opportunity to meet some of the past SAMW campers. The event will be held at UMass Boston, McCormack Building, 3rd floor Ryan LoungeEvenings filled with jam sessions, concerts and folk dancing. Info about SAMW here.

In Memoriam:

liamclancy150 In recent weeks we have seen the loss of several folk music personages, each known for a different type of role. Bess Lomax Hawes, folklorist and musician, passed away on November 27th. Jack Cooke, of the Clinch Mountain Boys passed away on December 1st. And Liam Clancy (pictured), the last of the Clancy Brothers died December 4th. More about these artists here.

Music Briefs...

  • Bruce Springsteen was one of the artists saluted by President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors. Springsteen was honored along side others like Dave Brubeck, Mel Brooks, and Robert De Niro. Obama said, “These performers are indeed the best. They are also living reminders of a single truth - and I'm going to steal a line from Michelle here - the arts are not somehow apart from our national life, the arts are the heart of our national life." The special will air on December 29th . More info here.
  • Martin Sexton has a new album planned for April, 2010.
  • A tribute to Neil Young will take place during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
  • 2010 should be a great year for Patty Larkin! She’ll celebrate her 25th anniversary in music and will release a new album “25” in February.
  • Bob Dylan has a new video for his song “Must Be Santa”. It’s a must view! View it here.
  • The Beatles “Rubber Soul” is the latest Beatle album to be added to the video game “Rock Band”.

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