Basic Folk Podcast Live!
- Storytelling/Spoken Word
Join Club Passim and Cindy Howes from Basic Folk Podcast for an evening of songs and honest conversation with special guests. Cindy Howes, a seasoned folk music curator, has been on the airwaves in Boston on WERS, WUMB, and WBOS and is also a former staff member of Club Passim. Basic Folk, featuring honest conversations with folk musicians, has included guests like The Indigo Girls, Anais Mitchell, and The Suitcase Junket. We’re really gonna get into it!
Cindy Howes is a radio professional passionately motivated to connect communities through meaningful music.
She is based in Boston, with her cat Dottie. She enjoys yoga, hiking and playing the three chords she knows on a borrowed parlor guitar. She grew up in suburban Massachusetts playing clarinet in the high school band while belonging to both a sheep and rabbit 4H club.
She began broadcasting at just 14, at Walpole High School’s 10 watt radio station, which led her to seek a degree in Media Arts at Emerson College. Driven to secure a place on WERS’ hallowed airwaves, Cindy ended up hosting and running the station’s folk program, The Coffeehouse, for most of her tenure at Emerson. Her resume also includes WBOS, WBUR, WBZ, and WYEP. She spent ten years at WYEP hosting The Morning Mix and then The Evening Mix. Since 2014, she’s been hosting online at Folk Alley/WKSU, a radio station based out of Kent, OH, which has joyfully connected her with folk music again. Folk Alley, WYEP and WERS are public radio stations deeply involved in community and advocating for music fans and musicians alike. Cindy’s has thrived at this intersection and knows how to bring music fans and music creators together in many different ways. She currently is helping prepare the next generation of radio talent back at Emerson College’s WERS.
A zealous folk music fan, she also worked briefly at the historic Club Passim in Harvard Square and was deeply immersed in Boston’s rich singer/songwriter and Americana community. In 2018 Cindy launched her own music podcast: Basic Folk, featuring honest conversations with folk musicians.
In addition to her radio work, Cindy has worked in playlist curating for restaurants and retail stores. She’s familiar with many different genres of music: folk, rock, world, hip-hop, blues and more.
Melissa is currently pursuing her Ed. M at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She is a full time Associate Professor in the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music and the Artistic Director of the Performing Songwriter Division for the Berklee Five Week Program.
Ms. Ferrick has released 17 albums over the last 24 years. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1992 at the age of 21, after opening up for Morrissey in the US and UK, she released her debut and sophomore albums on Atlantic. Between 1996-1999 she released three albums via Independent label W.A.R. Records. Melissa launched the nationally distributed independent record label Right On Records in 2000. Her publishing catalog is represented worldwide by The Raleigh Music Group.
Regarded in the industry and by her peers as one of the most prolific and hardworking artists in the business, Ferrick still tours regularly playing throughout North America. She has shared the stage with Morrissey, Marc Cohn, Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt, Joan Armatrading, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, G-Love & Special Sauce, Bob Dylan, Dan Bern, Ani DiFranco, k.d. Lang, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and many others.
- Folk Rock
Alisa Amador’s music is a synthesis of the many styles she’s voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin music she grew up with. With a sound described by Vance Gilbert as, “Shawn Colvin meets Joni Mitchell has lunch with Amy Winehouse meets Suzanne Vega and Diana Krall,” and NPR calls, “a pitch-perfect rendition of my wildest dreams,” her soulful singing, poetically incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms, are likely to make you cry, laugh, and dance all within one set.