Florida Folk

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  • Saturday

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Click link  (below)  to watch the Jan 13th 2018 Florida Folk Show with special guests Mark Johnson, Emory Lester and Kene Hyatt


To listen to last Saturday’s show click the Play button to the right (under Listen on Demand)

To watch select videos from the Florida Folk Show click here – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL23F1A3FD98902186


Gary Horrell, Pete Gallagher and Jim Mason                  Naomi Cooke of Runaway June
                                                                                                           on the Florida Folk Show


Roger McGuinn and Pete Gallagher                             Melanie Safka


Pete Gallagher and Audrey Auld                    Gary Horrell and Noel Paul Stookey

The Florida Folk Show has been a part of the WMNF family since January 23, 2003.

With host Pete Gallagher, Gary Horrell, Jim Mason and Ronny Elliott.

Past co-host include Bobby Hicks, Kelly Green, Raiford Starke, Meredith Bogush and Jessica Rose Powell.

Defining Florida folk music is very difficult. Everyone has their own idea what makes a song a Florida folk song. Those who like traditional folk often discount contemporary folk, and vice versa. To us, it has less to do with rules and more to do with soul. Does the song or songwriter or performer have a Florida soul? Can you feel it? I hope the Florida Folk Show will help capture that soul, step up interest in the genre and, maybe, inspire some new Florida songwriting.

Florida Folk Show gifts for Oct. 5, 2019 Fundraiser:


1. RARE SIGNED, NUMBERED HISTORIC LITHOGRAPH OF “BIG GUY,” A FLORIDA PANTHER BY FAMED WILDLIFE ARTIST Ernest Simmons. Big Guy, was permanently injured in a collision with a truck and spent his days at the White Oak Plantation in Yulee where he was used in the very first Florida panther breeding program. Only were offered in the limited edition. There are two of these for $300.00 each

2.  Florida Folk Show Window / Bumper sticker –  Clear/White bumper/window sticker — $20 –  8 stickers available

3. Discover Native America tee shirt portraying a powwow dancer on the front and a traditional “bustle” on the back. In the 1990s, the Seminole Tribe produced seven DNA Powwows across the country. This set of 20 shirts is all that is left. $100 each

4. The last Inaugural Season Florida panthers hockey tee shirt from the 1993-94 season. Features a caricature of a Florida panther in a hockey uniform. A collector’s item for $75. — .

5. A Herb’s Limestone Country Club tee shirt. (Large)  A Florida landmark that is still in operation, though Herb passed a few years back. A real deal at $50.

6. Exclusive Bobby Hicks WMNF Special Double CD, containing all of the favorite songs written by Florida Folk’s greatest songwriter, including Bobby’s very best live and professional studio recordings, rare concert audio footage, conversations from the Florida Folk Music archives and more. Only available through WMNF, limited edition — $100 

7. The Pete Gallagher – Trump CD—Makin Florida Folk Music Great Again – brand-new just-released 18-song CD featuring a rare cover photo of Donald Trump on the big Cypress Seminole reservation taken in 1993. Music features songs written by, played on or sung by Pete Gallagher with guest appearances by T.C. Carr, Elan Chalford, Erik Hokkanen, Doc Holloway, Green Grass Revival, Raiford Starke, Wes Lassiter, both live and studio cuts, including songs from the famous Whiskey Man Sessions, and others — $100

Gary Horrell Broadcast Live on Facebook video workshop. Learn from the master how to use multiple cameras and get better audio on facebook, as he helps you set up your personal site using broadcast software. – $100 

9.  Peeples Republik T-shirts, 3 “Resist” T-shirts (all 3X), $50

10.  Guest-co-host spot on the Florida Folk Show. Bring the music you want to play and the guests you want to interview, the jokes you want to tell, the grandkids you want to brag about, and your own song to sing. You will receive an audio copy of the show, as well as still photos.  — $300

11. Breakfast with Ronny Elliott at Martha’s  Cafe – $100

12.  Concert at your house Florida Folk Show songwriters with Ronny Elliott, Jim Mason, and Pete Gallagher — $600

13. Scott Howard 7 CD set – Tales of Clam Bayou- $100 (1)

14. Three CD set of Pat Barmore CDs, some of the finest Florida Folk Music ever written — $75

15. Random 3 CD gift sets, all top flight Florida Folk music -$30

16. One pair of tickets  Take The Couch —  Catherine Hickman Theatre in Gulfport  Fl. — Nov 7 thru 17  – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm

17. Chief Jim Billie, Bobby Hicks and Frank Thomas 3 CD pack–$100

18. Dinner for two at Old Key West Bar & Grill — $75

19. Jim Mason Songwriter’s Workshop. Learn from the master! Spend 2 hrs with Jim and write or tweak your song, learn how to copyright it, record it, publish it through Jim and play it on the Florida Folk Show. $200

20. Signed Raiford Starke/Sunset Beach Pete CD “Dawg Peter Gnats” featuring Florida Folk Classics “Girl From Immokalee” and “Dawg Paw Tea” $50

21. Signed Tom Scudiero “Live from Old Key West” CD — $25

22. (1) 18 X 23 full color Discover Native America 1993 Pow wow posters, the historic event sponsored in Orlando that attracted more than 500 Indians representing over 240 American Indian tribes to Orlando. Collector’s item 24 years old in mint condition, mounted and shrink-wrapped protection. $50

23. (1) $50 gift certificate from Sterling Wine. Main St in Dunedin, home of our North County Florida Folk Night , for a $50 pledge.

24. Exclusive Jack Kerouac shot glass, adorned with a line drawing of Jack by St. Pete artist James Hartzell. $100

25. Rare Jack Kerouac “beauty berry” seeds, harvested from a bush in his yard. 20+ seeds of Jack’s favorite plant ready to plant and water, with instructions! $75.

26. Bobby Henry Bobblehead   (3) – Seminole Indian Medicine man Bobby Henry, also known as the Rainmaker, has blessed a limited number of these custom Bobbleheads and donated them to WMNF for gifts in return for $100 donations. Bobby, a member of the Tampa Seminoles, is one of the most famous and powerful medicine men in the country and respected by American Indians everywhere. Bobby personally presented one of his bobbleheads to Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon last baseball season when the Cubs visited the Rays. Maddon arranged for Bobby to have access to Tropicana  Field, including the dressing rooms and dugouts during the 2014 season when, in June the Rays were the worst team in baseball. Bobby’s blessing of the bats and gloves and basepaths, even Chris Archer’s arm and Grant Balfour’s necklace (during a game!) helped the team make the largest comeback in major league baseball history, when the Rays finished the season one game from the playoffs six months later. These are exclusively offered by the Florida Folk Show in honor of one of Florida’s greatest Floridians, Bobby Henry, Seminole medicine man!


Defining Florida folk music is very difficult. Everyone has their own idea what makes a song a Florida folk song. Those who like traditional folk often discount contemporary folk, and vice versa. To us, it has less to do with rules and more to do with soul. Does the song or songwriter or performer have a Florida soul? Can you feel it? I hope the Florida Folk Show will help capture that soul, step up interest in the genre and, maybe, inspire some new Florida songwriting.

Florida Folk Show playlist on youtube – click below

Thank You Gifts available from Florida Folk
Florida Folk Show Window / Bumper sticker –  Clear/White bumper/window sticker — $20 – 
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Hosted By...

Pete Gallagher  pgallag2@tampabay.rr.com

Pete Gallagher, a Florida native and resident of St. Petersburg since 1974,
has been writing and singing about Florida history, people, culture and
environment for more than 45 years. He is the winner of the 2010 Stetson
Kennedy Foundation Fellow Man and Mother Earth Award.

Gary Horrell  g_horrell@yahoo.com

January 1, 2009 Horrell joined Pete Gallagher on the Florida Folk Show.
After a test run in November of 2008 Horrell started live Web-casting the Florida Folk Show from the WMNF radio studio in Tampa, Florida. In addition to watching the show live via the web viewers could now share comments and interact with each other in the show's Chat Room.
Not only is Horrell webcasting the show live, his quick wit offers wry commentary to the show's ever changing cast of characters.

Jim Mason   masony101@cmail.com

A music industry veteran with over 40 years of experience in record production, songwriting and publishing, live performance, artist management and marketing. He has been awarded gold and platinum records. Jim co-wrote the Peter, Paul, and Mary hit "I Dig Rock-N-Roll Music", produced gold and platinum albums for the band FireFall, produced albums for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Chris Hillman of the Byrds, and Richie Furay, of Buffalo Springfield. Other production credits of Jim's include Poco, the Cate Brothers, Bob Buford, The Rhinestones, Robbin Thompson, and Paul of Peter, Paul, and Mary, who originated the timeless "Wedding Song (There is Love)". Jim has sung backup vocals on recordings with former Beatle John Lennon, with Alice Cooper, and worked on numerous projects with Eagles bassist, Timothy B. Schmit. Other notable musicians with whom Jim has had a professional or personal friendship include Steve Cropper, Kal David, Chuck Rainey, James Burton, Garth Hudson, Tom Scott, Jerome J. Jumonville, Mack Rebenack (Dr. John), Victor Feldman, Paul Harris, Jai Winding, Harvey Brooks, Felix Pappalardi, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Gram Parsons, Al Garth, Joe Lala, and numerous other well-known sidemen.

Jim has had working relationships with other notable industry persons, Ahmet Ertegun, Phil Ramone, Tom Dowd, Elliott Scheiner, Clive Davis, and the legendary John Hammond, who signed Jim to Columbia records as an artist. From 1989-1998 Jim was a Music Business Instructor at the Colorado Institute of Art, University of Colorado, Swallow Hill Music Association, and was offered Associate Professor status at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Jim has co-authored a book entitled "The Record Producer: The Magic in the Music" to be published later this year. He is a past Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Music Association, a member of ASCAP, NARAS, and the American Federation of Musicians. Currently, Jim is involved with new music publishing ventures, his first solo album, and is authoring a second book "Famous People Who Somehow Knew Me".

Ronny Elliott  ronnyelliottusa@gmail.com

Grumpy, harmless writer born in 1947. Good intentions. Good eater. Gets along well with some others. Marries regularly.

Brilliant musician, songwriter, supporter of other musicians, and a rock'n'roll historian.

Girls swoon with just a look from him.