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Free at Noon

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November 21, 2008
Ollabelle at World Cafe Live

Ollabelle joins us for a Free At Noon Show on November 21 from World Cafe Live. A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.

Ollabelle Starting as an informal, weekend-bar collaboration, folk band Ollabelle evolved into a full-time entity during the early 2000s. After recording their debut album on spec at a local studio, Ollabelle's organic, collaborative sound won over artist/producer T-Bone Burnett who was impressed enough to release Ollabelle on his DMZ label.

The New York based quintet, named for Appalachian folk singer Ola Belle Reed, is comprised of Amy Helm (vocals, mandola), Byron Isaacs (vocals, bass, dobro), Tony Leone (vocals, drums, percussion), Fiona McBain (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), and Glenn Patscha (vocals, keyboards, accordion). Each member was a previously established artist in his or her own right and pursuing individual projects before Ollabelle took off. The group's distinctively democratic style is a result, displaying a seamless mix of gospel, blues, bluegrass, and country sounds. As percussionist Leone puts it, "With five people contributing words, music, voices and ideas, that's always a lot of opinions to filter into one brew, but I think we're all pretty proud of the end result."

Listen to Recent
Free at Noon Performances
Calexico (11/14/08)
John Legend (11/7/08)
Hercules and Love Affair (10/31/08)
Randall Bramblett (10/24/08)
JJ Grey & Mofro (10/17/08)
Aqualung (10/10/08)
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman and Sonya Kitchell (10/3/08)

Recent Release: Before This Time
Release Date: November 2008
Label: YepRock
Origin: Brooklyn, NY
Song Clips:
Ain't No More Cane
Get Back Temptation


Serving People in Need - Help Drive Hunger from Our Communities

When you come to XPN's Free At Noon Concerts, bring a can of food to support Philabundance, Delaware Valley's hunger relief organization. Beginning April 25, we'll have drop-off boxes to collect canned goods for the needy. Current priority items include: canned pasta, chili, beef stew, tuna, mac & cheese, ready to eat cereal, pork & beans/ baked beans, green beans, corn, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter and/ or grape jelly (plastic containers only), and boxed sugar. Thanks!

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Bela Fleck Steve Wynn The Wood brothers Rosanne Cash Shawn Mullins

Concert Archives Include:

Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sean Lennon, Chris Smith, California Guitar trio, Joan Osborne, Disco Biscuits, Damien Rice, Cold War Kids, Marc Broussard, The Slip, Arlo Guthrie, Alice Smith, The Dears, Barenaked Ladies, and more...

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