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Modern Troubadours

Kendal at Oberlin residents Judy and Dennis Cook are retired, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at their travel schedule. “We’re on the road about 1/3 of the time,” Dennis says. “We travel around the Northeast presenting historically themed, multimedia programs—songs, spoken word and images—for libraries, historic societies and museums. We also travel to the United Kingdom every year presenting folk concerts for British folk clubs.”

Judy and Dennis Cook

Judy and Dennis Cook

When they’re not touring the U.S. and the U.K., Judy and Dennis host the “Glad4Trad Folk Radio Program” from 3–4 p.m., Wednesdays, on WOBC-91.5 FM, Oberlin College and Community Radio. “We present music from our collection and the station’s collection of Anglo-American folk music, with a bit of mild erudition,” Dennis says. “Joe Hickerson, retired Folk Archivist at the Library of Congress, complimented our program for being ‘exactly what a folk show ought to be.’” The program is streamed live at wobc.org. “We find have listeners in about 15 states and five counties of England and Scotland.” To get a taste of Judy Cook’s music, go to JudyCook.net, where you can download individual songs and buy CDs.