The Foolkiller Folk collective explores the storytelling, cultural, and protest power of folk music from as far back as the Child Ballads through as current as released today.
"When one becomes enlightened one kills the fool within" -Jack Conroy
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Bob is a retired railroad engineer, union member and supporter of workers and their rights.
Diana is a retired plumber with Local #8 and supporter of workers and their rights.
Programmer information for Kathy Peters coming soon!
Mark was Treasurer for the Missouri Valley Folklife Society, and is the Registered Agent for Crosscurrents Culture. He is a folk programmer with Valerie Andruss on the KKFI 90.1 FM "Foolkiller Folk" radio show on Sunday morning, and is Co-host of the Classical Challenge on Wednesday night.
I discovered folk music in High School when my mother dragged me to a Joan Baez concert and I was hooked. A haunter of coffeehouses during my college years, after moving to KC I found both The Foolkiller and the Missouri Valley Folklife Society, produced concerts with them, and gradually worked my way into KKFI where I now help Bob, Diana, Kathy & Mark bring you Foolkiller Folk.
But wait - there's more! Also a big fan of live theater (which I studied in college) I became a supporter of Kansas City Actors Theater (I've seen every production they've ever done) and have been lucky enough to be able to combine theater and radio as KKFI's producer for KCART.
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Bob and Diana Suckiel on the “Foolkiller Folk” radio show:
We have been longtime supporters of folk music and we are performing musicians as well so the name of our program is Foolkiller Folk!
We are members of the old Foolkiller now known as CrossCurrents and we are involved in theater and local political activism.
We want to share the music we love with the rest of the community and share historical aspects of the music also. We want to help broaden our listeners’ knowledge of all kinds of folk music from all over the country, from the pre-war era to now.
What is CrossCurrents, formerly, Foolkillers? CrossCurrents is Kansas City’s Folk Arts Alliance. It is a nonprofit corporation in Kansas City which is dedicated to people creating their own culture. They produce concerts, plays, and community events, such as barn dances. This alliance encourages all interested people to get involved, no matter what level of talent they think they have. If you are looking for locally produced Folk music, Contra-dance, original acoustic music, women’s music, theatre or banjo-playing, join CrossCurrents.
By the way, if you wondered about “ Foolkillers” …
“We prefer crude vigor over polished banality. Remember, as one becomes enlightened, one KILLS the FOOL within.” — Jack Conroy.
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And what is contra dance you might ask? Contra dance is a type of social dancing in lines with a caller. It has mixed origins from English country dance, Scottish country dance, and French dance styles in the 17th century, and is almost always danced to live music based on Irish, Scottish, old time, and French-Canadian folk tunes. You can find contra dances in nearly every state in the country (including Kansas and Missouri).
When we’re not talking contra dance and playing country dance music, we’ll be bringing you some early Americana from the 1920s and 30s that’s recently arrived in the houseRead More
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And why do we do this? Because it's a fund drive week! We get together to volunteer our time, have some fun, and raise some money to keep the lights on, the equipment working, and ensure that KKFI stays on the air. And while we're here, we all donate to support our show and others and we hope that you'll join us! Foolkiller Folk has a goal of $1500 and 18 donors and we would like to give a big shout-out to the folks who have already donated through Valerie's FB fundraiser and have gotten us over 1/3 of the way there!Read More
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And if you should be asking ‘What is klezmer?’, klezmer is a style of folk music that draws upon the traditions of Ashkenazi Jews (diaspora Jews who established communities along the Rhine in western Germany and northern France during the Middle Ages after facing persecution in the Roman Empire) and Eastern European folk traditions. The term “klezmer” combines the Hebrew words for a vessel (“kley”) and melody (“zemer”).Read More
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As usual, the show will be added to Spinatron later today and you can call in to 816.931.KKFI and talk to us while the music is playingRead More