Producer/Host: Matt Murphy
WERU’s Matt Murphy interviews Bundy Boit of Penobscot, about her recently-completed book entitled “Kate Hull Bundy: Diaries of a Young Pianist, 1891-1896.” Over thirty years Boit transcribed her grandmother’s diaries, written in an era in which young, female concert pianists were rather rare. This fascinating interview, which includes the reading of passages from the diaries, was aired on the “Wicked Good Music Hour” on 4/18/15.
This edition of the Wicked Good Music Hour features musician and visual artist Jon Byrer of Jackson, Maine. We’ll hear both Jon’s recorded music and a couple live ones, plus we’ll talk about his visual arts. Jon is the designer of WERU’s new T-shirt graphic. Also on the show will be a recording of Bangor’s When Particles Collide’s new single “This Town” leading up to the release of their new EP.
On Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:00pm, the Wicked Good Music Hour featured 97-year-old musician Harry Weiss of Bangor. Mr. Weiss worked for over fifty years as a jazz band member, studio session musician, radio musician and music producer. From playing accordion and piano in night clubs to producing automobile company jingles to working with the writer of the song “Yes We Have No Bananas,” he has done it all. And he continues to play piano nearly every day. On the program Mr. Weiss shares his stories and reflections on his long career in the music industry, in a interview recorded on January 15. He is engaging, sincere and funny, and we think listeners will certainly enjoy getting to know him. And if that’s not enough, all the piano music on the program was played and recorded by Mr. Weiss in the past month. (The Wicked Good Music Hour airs every Saturday afternoon from 4:00-5:00pm and is dedicated to local, Maine and Maine-connected music, usually presenting live studio performances. The program is co-hosted by Matt Murphy and Bre Pinkham Bebb.)
Host Matt Murphy welcomed Maine author and historian Jennifer Wixson to discuss legendary Oxford Hills area music teacher Bess Klain. Wixson shared stories of this inspirational teacher as well as recordings of Miss Klain playing and singing some tunes on her Steinway grand piano. The recording was done by the Oxford Hills Oral History Project in 1990 when Miss Klain was 88 years old. This program was essentially a very nice tribute to a wonderful person and inspiring teacher. Wixson is the author of the popular Sovereign Series of novels, with Maine as the setting, one of whose most beloved characters is based in part on Bess Klain.
Matt Murphy interviews Richard Kane of Kane-Lewis Productions, a Sedgwick, Maine based documentary film making operation. The interview is about Kane-Lewis’s new film about the life of Maine painter John Imber and his heroic battle to continue creating amazing art despite having the degenerative disease ALS.
One Blue Tarp Intro
One man, one blue tarp and one town ordinance on a collision course! Hear a sneak preview of the latest production from the Penobscot Theatre Company entitled “One Blue Tarp” on the Wicked Good Music Hour (Saturday, January 18 at 5 p.m.). The play is written by Travis Baker of Orono and Dan Burson of the Portland Stage Company and has its world premier at the Bangor Opera House on January 30. Tune in to hear excerpts of the very funny first act of this lighthearted comic play examining home, place, progress and the “way life should be”!
Mimi Bornstein, Director of the Midcoast Community Chorus, was Matt Murphy’s guest on the December 28 Wicked Good Music Hour. They discussed the philosophy, history and operation of MCC, and sampled a number of recordings of the chorus. They also discussed the MCC’s upcoming winter concert on January 12 in Camden.