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"Nonesuch" is noun that refers to a person or thing to which there is little that can be compared. It is a contraction of the phrase, "None such as this."

"Nonesuch" is an old English folk tune that you can hear here on Pete Seeger/Frank Hamilton recording in the form of a Morris dance. It is also in the Irish tradition as a polka.

Henry VIII built a castle called "Nonesuch" which was apparently quite grand (nothing like it, etc. See original definition), but was nonetheless torn down after it was left to the mistress of some duke who sold off the thing in pieces to pay her gambling debts. Pieces of it still exist in other very nice houses in England.

Maybe our show is most like Henry VIII's castle. Maybe folk music used to be some monumental edifice, but now it has been dismantled for tangential reasons and now exists in bits and pieces in everyone's mind. Which is to say, you are likely to hear a little bit of everything in a broadcast of Nonesuch.

We play tunes and songs from many ethnic traditions. There is so much cross pollination in all folk traditions that we don't pretend to present you with a pure expression. You will hear everything from an unaccompanied voice to arrangements that include electronic keyboards. But rest assured, none of this is 'product' and very few of these artists are likely to be cross-endorsing their own line of casual wear.

In May 2011 we lived up to our name and were selected by the WVBR staff as "Specialty Show of the Year." From all the Nonesuch motley crue to those nice management folks: thanks.

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Nonesuch on the Air: The Basics

Who Hosts Nonesuch?
Jackie Merwin, Nicholas Hill, Annie Keville, Peter Fraissinet, and Bill Chaisson

To Make a Request
Give us a call during the show at (607) 273-2121 and we'll do our best to play what you're hankering for. Or e-mail us.

Send Us Your CD
If you're a musician and want us to play your tunes/promote your gigs, send us a CD. If it fits our rather broad format, your CD will go into our music library.

As for nearby concert dates, we'll try to mention as many as we can. Send your promotional materials to: Nonesuch, WVBR-FM, 957 Mitchell St., Ithaca, NY 14850. PLEASE--do NOT send MP3s without asking first!!!

If you want a particular week's Nonesuch playlist, either check it out at the Folk-DJ site or contact, (and indicate the date of the show you're interested in, please). If I've got it typed, I'll get it to you.

Greenstar Cooperative Market, Ithaca's community-owned natural foods grocery is a long-time sponsor of Nonesuch.

Other regular advertisers include Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca Guitar Works, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Handwork, and many other community-based businesses. (Thanks, folks!)

Folk Focus

When the spirit moves us (e.g., spectacular new album, impending local appearance, passing of a legend, or, um, whimsy) we will play a half hour or so of music by a single artist. Spirits being spirits, this will not happen every week, but when it does it will broadcast between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

If you have a suggestion for a Folk Focus, feel free to email it to or call 273-2121 during the show.

Free Concert Tickets--and Live Local Music

We know you like to hear good new music--but listening to Nonesuch is also a good way to free tickets to all kinds of events including summer music festivals and individual music and theatre performances. Of course, you'll also get weekly updates on concert listings in the area. (If you miss ours, catch the Folk Stuff listing at 10:15 p.m. every Sunday night on Bound for Glory.)

LIVE MUSIC: you're in a great town for it! The main WVBR concert log's online at keyword: concert. For the more roots-oriented calendar, make sure you're tuned to Nonesuch at about 1:30 every Sunday. Other resources include Mike Ludgate's wonderful music listing the The Ithaca Times online or in print and The Ithaca Journal (Check out the Thursday Ticket music listings).

In addition to Bound for Glory, look for live folk music at places like the Giving Tree Cafe on Stewart Ave.,Maxie's Supper Club and Oyster Bar hosts a Sunday night Shuck and Jive session as well as Chicken-Fried Tuesday, Felicia's Atomic Lounge features music Sunday and Friday'll also find lots of bands play The Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg, and Castaways as well as the State Theatre (for major shows, like Doc Watson, Levon Helm, Bela Fleck, and the like.)

Cornell Folk Song Club events bring "big names" in folk music to town for performances on the Cornell campus. Ted Crane offers a monthly update on folksings and dance events through Folkstuff (this is the place to go for info if you're into contra dancing.)

The weekly Irish session happens these days on Tuesday nights at the Chapter House on Stewart Ave. and there's a NEW Irish session most Monday nights at Phoebe's place (The Shop) at the foot of the Seneca St. Hill, The Shop. For folks who like old-time string band music--from May through October Richie Stearns and friends get together Monday nights at Simply Red at Sheldrake Point, up route 89. Blues lovers head for the Nines Monday nights, where Pete Panek and the BlueCats host Blue Monday. The new Delilah's hosts a variety of live music events, including the swingin' Wednesday night get-together with Djug Django. And you'll find lots of other good music around town, too, of course.

As far as local music festivals go, theThe Ithaca Festival in early June offers more than 200 concerts by some of Ithaca's best. The annual Fingerlakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, a four-day celebration every July, is music lover's paradise, with some of the best Cajun, zydeco, string band, African, world-beat, roots-rock, and more on four stages. The event benefits local AIDS programs and art education throughout the upstate area and offers camping, art exhibits, crafts, good food, great folks (and a great vibe).

And don't forget, every Sunday from 10 am-3 pm, you can catch the very best of music in the folk tradition--right here on WVBR-FM with Nonesuch.


Like the program? Hate it? Got an idea to make it better? Let us know!, or send a note to us: Nonesuch, WVBR, 604 E Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY 14850

The live, on-air Listener Line number is (607) 273-2121.

Show Information

Sundays, 10:00am-3:00pm
Hosts: Nicholas Hill, Bill Chaisson, Jackie Merwin, and Other Special Guests

Requests: 607.273.2121

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