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World Cafe visited with Ron Sexsmith during its trip to Toronto.

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November 29, 2013 – Hear a session with the acclaimed singer-songwriter, part of World Cafe's Sense of Place series. WXPN



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November 27, 2013 – The duo performs songs from their most recent album, The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss. WXPN


Dave Van Ronk at the 1968 Philadelphia Folk Festival.

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November 25, 2013 – Van Ronk's autobiography inspired Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie. An anthology spans his career.


Mandolin Orange performs live for Folk Alley.

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November 24, 2013 – Watch the rising folk duo perform an effortless ode to alcohol, live for FolkAlley

Amos Lee.

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November 22, 2013 – The folk-soul singer plays a rousing set of songs from Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. WXPN


Jesse Winchester performs live on Mountain Stage.

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November 18, 2013 – Hear the graceful singer-songwriter perform songs from his latest album, live in West Virginia.


Scene from the video for Marian McLaughlin's "Before You Leave."

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November 15, 2013 – A new song from Marian McLaughlin is for both the wanderer and homebody in all of us.

Dawes performs live on Mountain Stage.

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November 14, 2013 – Hear the group perform songs from its latest album, Stories Don't End, live in West Virginia.


Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.

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November 13, 2013 – The film holds a semi-submerged narrative about music feeding both racism and the fight against it.

Ani DiFranco performing live on Mountain Stage.

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November 11, 2013 – The fiercely independent singer-songwriter performs selections from several stages of her career.


Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

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November 8, 2013 – Hear four songs from the joyful folk group's recent performance at the XPoNential Music Festival. WXPN


Lori McKenna performs live on Mountain Stage.

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November 7, 2013 – The country singer-songwriter headlines a set recorded live on the North Shore of Lake Superior.


Basia Bulat.

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November 6, 2013 – The singer-songwriter plays four instruments in a solo set for a Sense of Place: Toronto feature. WXPN


Willy Mason.

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November 5, 2013 – After a six-year hiatus, the New England singer-songwriter returns with a new album, Carry On. WXPN


Bill Orcutt has reinvigorated and befuddled our ideas about the guitar.

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November 5, 2013 – From faithful solo sets to Television-indebted deconstructions, it's been a fingerstyle renaissance.

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