Folk on the Airwaves

Below is a list of radio programmes dedicated to folk, roots, world, and/or Celtic music, both in Vancouver and around the world.

CiTR FM 101.9

Saturday 8am - noon

Saturday 8am-Noon Pacific Time [8-10am: African/World/Roots, 10am-noon: Celtic & feature performers]

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Started on June 1st 1985 and now in its 35th year on the air, Steve Edge's popular radio program The Edge on Folk airs Saturdays from 8 to noon, on CiTR FM 101.9, plus glorious streaming audio and podcasting too! Playlists are posted on this website. This is Folk and Roots music you won't hear anywhere else. Proud to be a Radio Partner of Sing Out! magazine.

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Code Blue

Saturday 3:00 - 5:00pm

Code Blue plays the blues... All the blues, All the time... The blues is changing, like everything else. Three knowledgeable hosts bring you the latest and the greatest, from the classics to the newest bluest notes. With Paul Norton, Jim Burnett and Andy Bonfield.

Blood on the Saddle
Roots / Country

Every other Sunday 3:00 - 5:00pm

Real cowshit-caught-in-yer-boots country with host Jeff Gray.



Pacific Pickin'
Bluegrass & Old-Time

Tuesday 6 - 8am

Pacific Pickin' brings you the best in bluegrass plus its roots and branches: old time, classic country, rockabilly, western swing and whatever jumps off the shelves at us. Most shows have an artist feature and a gospel set. Hear the historical recordings and the latest releases right here. Hosts: Arthur and Andrea Berman


Co-op Radio – CFRO FM 102.7

What the Folk
Folk & World

Sunday 4 - 5:30pm

Scintillating hosts Jim Burnett, Jack Schuller, Paul Norton, Dinny Knowles and Paul Kardolus play whatever in the world they want.

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In The Pines
Bluegrass, Old-Time, Western Swing & Country

Sunday 2:30 - 4pm

From the early Opry days through the ‘dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music’ of Honky Tonk, Outlaw, to alt country, whatever that is; and all manner of bluegrass and old time music. The show usually includes a weekly calendar of related LIVE events, local; regional and global, often with musical previews and some very good surprises featuring Canadian and lower mainland musicians. There are several programmers each possessing unique tastes and passionate opinions present a compelling mix of vintage and contemporary recordings. There is a weekly rotation that goes something like this: 1st Sunday – Kathleen Nesbit; 2nd Sunday – Paul Norton and Sue Malcolm; 3rd Sunday – Rob McGregor; 4th Sunday – Jim Burnett (AKA The Stern Old Bachelor): 5th Sunday – Gwendolyn Reischman.

Better Days
Singer / Songwriter

Saturday 7:00 to 9:00am

Started in 2001, Better Days is a vibrant mix of authentic folk and roots music, both current and traditional, from around the corner and around the world. Hosted by Doug Lang.

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Vintage Blues

Friday 5:30 - 6:30pm

Vintage Blues - from the Mississippi Delta to the South Side of Chicago and all stops in between. Host: Blues Boy Bill.

In the Claddagh Ring

Friday 6:30 - 8pm

Co-op's Celtic music show takes you everywhere the Celts left their mark: Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland, Cape Breton and beyond.

Gospel Train

Friday 8 - 9:30pm

A musical and spiritual exploration of Black gospel music from the fields to the future, hosted by Marc Lindy, Ray Bolen and Rick Pollay.

Accordion Noir
World / Alt / Accordion

Wednesday 10-11pm

Wednesday nights from 10 - 11 pm, Bruce Triggs and Rowan Lipkovits host what is, as best as they can tell, the world's only radio show with the specialty theme of music containing squeezebox and free-reed instruments of some kind or another. On the air since December 2006, their broadcasts are also podcasted to an international audience of hundreds at

Aiming to represent the global diversity of regional musical genres and styles the instrument is used in, the show celebrates and champions the renaissance of the dark, edgy accordion over the Lawrence Welk-ian “champagne music” that stultified the instrument’s public image in North America for decades.

We aim to continue (with the huge assistance of local accordion star Geoff Berner) an annual Fall Accordion Noir festival of accordionic musical performances (and here it is at ) and screenings celebrating squeezeboxes in film, and also host a monthly gathering of local squeezebox users at Spartacus Books the first Thursday of every month -- a gathering with its own Facebook group over at

Shows on other Local Stations

Celt in a Twist
CJVB AM 1470

Sunday 4 - 5pm

Join Patricia Fraser for an hour of outrageous Celtivity every Sunday afternoon on AM 1470. It's Celt in a Twist, the very best in contemporary Celtic music and the latest news from the Gaelic Diaspora and the local scene.

Folk Stations

Folk / Roots / Country / Jazz etc.

Folk music 24/7

KBCS FM 91.3
Folk / World / Jazz

Bellevue / Seattle

Shows with some Folk Content

Canada Live
CBC Radio One 88.1 - Friday 2 - 3pm on CBC Radio One

Also Monday 7 – 8pm on CBC Radio Two

Hear great performances of top Canadian roots, rock, indie, jazz and world musicians, recorded live exclusively for CBC Music. Hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe.

North by Northwest
CBC Radio 1 AM 690 / 88.1 FM

Weekends 6-9am

Join host Sheryl MacKay as you ease into your weekend mornings. You'll meet creative people from all around the province and hear about their passions and inspirations. You'll visit artists and in their studios, musicians and performers backstage, writers at their keyboards and chefs at the cooktop. There's great conversation, fine music, uplifting poetry and a lot of laughs too waiting for you every weekend on North by Northwest.

Saturday Night Blues
CBC Radio Two 105.7 Saturdays 6-8pm

Also CBC Radio One 88.1 - 10pm - midnight

Saturday Night Blues offers a broad spectrum of blues-based music. Host Holger Petersen brings listeners everything from Mississippi Delta blues to roots rock, zydeco and swing. Call  the Bluesline with your requests and blues stories: (780) 468-2399

Espace Musique

Monday-Thursday 5 - 7pm

Internet Radio Friends

Prairie Home Companion
with Garrison Keillor

What The Folk?
with Susi Lanagan

Wednesday 2-4pm

With former Edge On Folk co-host Susi Lanagan (actually airs at 9am on Thursdays in Melbourne, which is 2pm Wednesday here!) Runs on Windows Media Player, a free download for both Mac and PC.