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Folk Heritage; Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick

Part of Folk Heritage with Dick Pleasants.


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Folk Heritage
Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick
Series Description

Folk Heritage premiered Sunday, October 1, 1978 with Dick Pleasants and Marie Rhines as co-hosts. In September 1979 Rhines left and Pleasants became the solo host of the series, a position he would hold until his retirement in 2004.

Folk Heritage was a broadminded series that explored the traditional and the contemporary, bluegrass and American folk to ethnic instruments. Pleasants was involved in the local and regional folk music community. This personal commitment led to the program featuring live, in-studio performances by musicians from all around the New England area and beyond. By stressing quality and diversity in the music, Pleasants was broadening the audience: "..there is a whole new class of folk instruments popular today listeners who may only think of themselves as 'classical' lovers, for instance, are learning that folk music can really be very complex and intricate. And accessible," Pleasants noted.

Although the series switched from Sunday evenings to Saturday afternoons, it consistently featured a wide range of songwriters and musicians in live performances and interviews, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Odetta, Patty Larkin and BeauSoleil. For his farewell program on March 13, 2004, Pleasants welcomed Sparky and Rhonda Rucker into the studio for conversation and music.

Source: Prime Time WGBH Program Guide (October 1978); On Air WGBH Radio Program Guide (September 1979) GBH Members Guide (May 2004)

Program Description

Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick perform fiddle tunes, Souza marches and Gershwin medleys on guitar, pennywhistle, clarinet and saxophone.

Guitarist Guy Van Duser and woodwind player Billy Novick appeared multiple times on WGBH-FM’s The Folk Heritage. Their in-studio performance broadcast on February 17, 1980, features arrangements of 1930’s jazz standards plus covers of Irish traditional tunes and a faithful rendition of a piano roll composition by George Gershwin.

Between songs, host DIck Pleasants encourages Van Duser and Novick to discuss their unusual collaboration, perhaps the only duo featuring finger-style guitar and jazz clarinet.

Unnamed opening tune Raisin' The Rent (Harold Arlen) I Know that You Know (Vincent Youmans and Anne Caldwell) I’ll Never Say “Never Again” Again (Harry Woods) Snowy Morning Blues (James P. Johnson) The Boys of Bluehill/Farewell to Whiskey (Traditional) That Certain Feeling (George Gershwin) Happy as the Day is Long (Harold Arlen) Jubilee Stomp (Jimmy McHugh)

Duration 1:00

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Chicago: “Folk Heritage; Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick,” 02/17/1980, GBH Archives, accessed December 6, 2022,
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