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The Mother Folkers' first performance was at the Denver Folklore Center Concert Hall in 1973. For several decades, the Mother Folkers would work up a new show and perform several concerts annually. Each person writes or chooses a song to cover, and then chooses from the group who they want to play and sing on the song. The artist leading the song has final say on arrangement, harmonies, and instrumentation. The Mother Folkers appear on stage as a group only once or twice in a concert; most of the concert features various combinations of people, in a wide variety of musical styles.

Permission is being sought to post mp3s of this recording on this site in the future. Content additions and formatting are still in process on this page.

Recordings

The Mother Folkers recorded three albums, and appeared on appeared on a compilation album produced by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR):

Live at the Arvada Center – 1989

This is a live recording of the Mother Folkers made during a series of concerts at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts.

Copies of this CD are available for $15 plus postage. Contact Carla Sciaky through www.carlasciaky.com.

The Mother Folkers appearing on this recording are: Ellen Audley, Bonnie Carol, Kathi DeFrancis, Mary Flower, Ellen Klaver, Eileen Niehouse, Mollie O'Brien, Bonnie Phipps, Sumi Seacat, Carla Sciaky, Mary Stribling, and Vicki (Case) Taylor.

Confluence – 1991

Copies of this CD are available for $15 plus postage. Contact Bonnie Carol through www.BonnieCarol.com.

The Mother Folkers appearing on this recording are: Ellen Audley, Bonnie Carol, Kathi DeFrancis, Mary Flower, Ellen Klaver, Eileen Niehouse, Mollie O'Brien, Bonnie Phipps, Sumi Seacat, Carla Sciaky, Mary Stribling and Vicki Taylor.

  1. Forty Something
  2. I'm Getting Used To Sleeping In My Nightgown (Instead Of In Your Arms)
  3. It's For You
  4. Alma, Corazon y Vida
  5. Mama's Been Drinkin'
  6. Sweathead's Lament
  7. Fast Flowing River
  8. Keri
  9. Old Chimayo
  10. Coyote
  11. La Valse Des Belugas
  12. Honey In The Rock

Alive at 25 – June 13, 1998

The Mother Folkers appearing on this recording are: Ellen Audley, Liz Barnez, Jean Harrison (Bolger), Angie DeFrancis, Kathi DeFrancis, Julie Hoest, Ellen Klaver, Rebecca Leonard, Eileen Niehouse, Suzy Nelson, Pamela Robinson, Deborah Schmit-Lobis, and Mary Stribling.

Minnesota Public Radio Presents: Best of Keepers – 2004

The Mother Folkers appeared on “The Best of Keepers” collection produced by Minnesota Public Radio. The “Keepers” compilations feature favorite songs played on or recorded for Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Show.

The Mother Folkers' arrangement of the Randy Stonehill classic “Shut de Do',” featuring Mollie O'Brien, was selected for inclusion by MPR deejays, and Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion.

The “Best of Keepers” features:

  1. Ashokan Farewell – Fiddle Fever
  2. Einstein the Genius – Cranberry Lake Jug Band
  3. The Mary Ellen Carter – Stan Rogers
  4. Their Way – Bright Morning Star
  5. The Galaxy/Lighten Up – Jim Post
  6. Walkin' in the Sun – Women Who Cook
  7. Shut de Do' – Mollie O'Brien with the Mother Folkers
  8. Easter Island Head – Throat Culture
  9. With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm – Carl P. Weiss
  10. Feet of a Dancer – Maura O'Connell
  11. Holy Now – Peter Mayer
  12. The Teddy Bear's Picnic – Vern Sutton
  13. NaCl (The Sodium Chloride Song) – Michael Cooney
  14. The Fair – Ann Reed
  15. Bristlecone Pine – Michael Johnson
  16. Under the Quarter Moon – Carla Sciaky
  17. Waltzing with Bears – Priscilla Herdman

DVDs

A Mother Folkers Colorado YouTube channel has been created. Permission is being sought to convert and post video of the 25th Anniversary concert in 1998 at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts. Michael Drumm filmed, produced and hosted a 90-minute documentary on public TV 1989. The webmaster is identifying clips that Michael will edit for inserting in this section in the future.

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