Cultural diversity on ‘21st Century Bohemian’

Mar 03, 2018
Mary Kate Small

Rockland — The March show schedule for “21st Century Bohemian” on WRFR-LP 93.3 FM showcases cultural diversity, every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Show host Teresa Piccari kicks off the month March 6 with a show featuring reggae music by artists including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and Toots and The Maytals, all hailing from Jamaica — which gave birth to the genre in the late 1960s.

On March 13, Camden singer/songwriter Mary Kate Small will be in the studio to perform some of her original music, which often is influenced by her peace activism. She will be accompanied on guitar by her husband, local folk musician David Dodson. Small is a conversational Spanish speaker and French teacher who has been doing peace work for over three decades. She has been involved with Pax Christi Maine and Pax Christi Beverly, Mass. Earlier this year, Small became a board member on Pax Christi USA’s National Council, a Catholic organization working for peace with justice.

On March 20, former “Blue Door” WRFR show host Christine Murphy will drop by the studio to talk about her work with Heart & Spirit Journeys, through which she takes small groups on Ireland sojourns aimed at creating experiences that open, restore and inspire the heart and spirit. She also will talk about her work with the Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast and will share Celtic music.

On March 27, John Mye will join Piccari to talk about his Native American heritage in the Wampanoag tribe, part of the Wabanaki Confederacy (meaning People of the First Light and People of the First Dawn) of the Acadia area — stretching from Canada and Maine into several other New England states.

Mye will share his perspectives on the strong Native American connection to nature; historical displacement as Native lands became colonized and seized; and his thoughts about the recent protests by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Mye will share his feelings about actions that have impacted his culture, and how he sustains his personal connection to his ancestry. Listeners may have seen Mye, proprietor of Glass Act, a professional window cleaning business, around town in Belfast, Camden and Rockland.

For more information on the weekly “21st Century Bohemian” program and the many other community radio offerings from WRFR in Rockland, visit wrfr.org. The station celebrates its 16th anniversary this year and offers community radio programming from an all-volunteer roster of DJs and hosts.

Piccari is a local writer and proprietor of The Village Scribe, which provides professional copywriting and editing, writing workshops and coaching for artists of all genres. Piccari has written “The 21st Century Bohemian” creativity column, appearing in Inner Tapestry, for a decade. For more information, email 21stBohemian@gmail.com or visit her Teresa Piccari Writer page on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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