Saturday Bluegrass Show

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  • Saturday

    6:00 am - 9:00 am

    Mr. Ethnic's Old Time Music~1st Saturday of the month

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From 6 to 9 AM on Saturday mornings, Cricket and Sid bring you the best in traditional and contemporary bluegrass.    Great bluegrass is featured, ranging from the classic artists such as Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers to current sounds from the many outstanding bluegrass artists that are active today.
On the first Saturday of each month, Jim Strickland and Pamela Jo Hatley bring you Old Time music between 6 and 8 AM, featuring the timeless string band music that shaped bluegrass and country. You can click here for Mr. Ethnic’s Old Time Music playlist.
On every Saturday the hour between 8 and 9 AM is called This Is Bluegrass in memory of the late Tom Henderson, who was at WMNF for many years and was one of the most well known and beloved bluegrass programmers in the land.

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Cricket Larson  cricketgrass@gmail.com

Sid Flannery  sidflannery22@gmail.com

Sid Flannery has been a programmer on the WMNF Saturday Bluegrass show since 1996. Sid loves the outstanding musicianship, the rich acoustic sounds, and the great soulful singing that characterizes bluegrass. Sid really enjoys hearing from the listeners on Saturday mornings, including those who are very familiar with bluegrass and those who are discovering the music for the first time.

Jim Strickland, aka Mr. Ethnic  mrethnic1@gmail.com

I have played old time music since 1976, when I met and took a banjo class from my good friend €œCousin ErnieWilliams. In addition to clawhammer banjo, I also play old time fiddle, guitar and autoharp. I began participating in The Florida Folk Festival in White Springs by playing with Ed Flemming and Friends, then The Hyde Park Hysterical Society String Band and Mr. Ethnic'€™s Wednesday Night Fiddle Support Group. Since 1980, just after our community radio station went on the air, I've brought old time music to WMNF radio audiences. Tune into Mr. Ethnic's Old Time Music Show on the first Saturday of the month to hear some of the best vintage and contemporary old Time music. I'm a founding member of the folk-arts advocacy group, Friends of Florida Folk, and have been on the Board of Directors, as well as Secretary and Vice President. Also a founding member of the Florida Folklore Society, I've served on the Board of Directors. I'm a member of the Florida State Fiddler's Association and the newly formed Florida Banjo Society. I've performed at festivals such as the €œRattlesnake Roundup€ in San Antonio, FL, €œPioneer Days at the Pioneer Florida Museum, the €œHeart of Florida Folk Festival€ in Dade City, and the €œFall Country Jamboree€ in Barberville. I was extremely honored to open a concert with the Mr. Ethnic group for the original Red Clay Ramblers at a WMNF concert. Along with Cousin Ernie, I have been Co-Director of the Florida Old Time Music Championship since its inception. As such, I've brought some of the best master old time musicians to central Florida. I am also Co-Director of the Suwannee Old Time Music Weekend held at and sponsored by the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs.

Note* To listen to the archive of my show for one week afterward, you need to go to the Saturday Bluegrass page.

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