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Fall Folk Festival Studio Broadcast

Fall Folk Festival Studio Broadcast - November 13, 2021

About the Musicians:

Bob Riggs

I am a 66-year-old family physician, mostly retired for the last year. I have been playing guitar and singing since I was 17. I have been writing music and performing more for the last 10 years. I recorded a CD in 2018 and plan to do another one in the near future. I play both original tunes and covers. I am a folksinger for the most part. My wife Danielle and I have been married since 1982. I moved to Spokane in 1992 to work for group health northwest, and practiced family medicine and obstetrics in Spokane until retirement a year ago.


Ena Wang

Ena Wang is a senior at Gonzaga University majoring in Biology this year. She is from the Seattle area and grew up heavily influenced by Chinese culture. She has been playing the guzheng, also known as the Chinese Zither, since she was 6 years old. Since then she has performed in many venues including at the University of Washington's Lunar New Year celebration, the Seattle Chinese Garden, and the Microsoft Asian Spring Festival Celebration. Ena has participated in many guzheng competitions across the world winning titles at the "Dun-Huang" Chinese Guzheng Show Cup in Beijing, Princeton's International Chinese Music Competition, and the Fifth International Zheng Contest in Hong Kong. She was also a participator for the "World's Largest Guzheng Ensemble" for the Guinness World Record set in 2017. She is excited to perform for the Spokane Fall Folk Festival this year and hopes that everyone will enjoy the music.


Frankie Ghee

Frankie Ghee ( is a Spokane Based Singer/Songwriter. She performs solo folk, pop, blues, jazz, country, and oldies, at both local and distant venues.  She brings joy to singing both cover and original acoustic music that is perfect for all occasions. Frankie’s music career spans five decades, and she is known for her simple, clear style that stimulates the mind without pummeling the ears. 

Jen Edgren

Each year Jen Edgren graces the Fall Folk Festival stage and performs a set of songs for kids of all ages. They're always cute and often with special meaning for kids. Jen performs her set with guitar and charango.

Lyle Morse

I am Lyle Morse, also known as "Lonesome Lyle." An outstanding acoustic guitarist, harmonica player and stunning singer-songwriter-performer who currently calls Eastern Washington state his home. I have been refining my musical vision and talents over a number of decades, and I currently entertain in countless acoustic music friendly private functions, coffee houses, bistros, restaurants, street fairs, resorts, theaters, wineries and folk and arts festivals throughout Washington, Idaho and Montana.

My music has been highlighted, and performed live on National Public Radio affiliates as well as commercial and college radio programs featuring blues, folk and original music. I have also performed on network television and cable TV. Purely because I find the music so expressive, moving and profound, I concentrate my energies on acoustic blues music, but I do venture into other forms of American roots music.

Spokane Storytelling League

For most of the Fall Folk Festival's years, members of the Spokane Storytelling League have been weaving their magic with engaging stories that captivate listeners of all ages. They spin their tales and carry us to new lands or back to the olden days with captivating characters and colorful details, both factual and imaginary. "What fun it is to experience that window in time where the outside world just stops and people are joined together in active listening and the rapture that story provides." Storytellers like to encourage audience participation. It gathers us into a community of like-minded individuals that learn collectively how to manage the challenges presented to us in daily living. Our national league's purpose when founded was to perpetuate the fine art of storytelling as a service and to present positive values and ideals to our children and communities that will inspire and last them a lifetime.

Ron Doyen

Ron Doyen

Ron Doyen grew up in Kansas and was weaned on the best music of his youth, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones…He had the Stones’ first 7 albums in mono.  Doyen  became interested in roots music, including blues performers such as Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis, and Blind Willie McTell.  He was also moved by singer-songwriters like Guy Clark, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, as well as contemporary musicians like Charlie Parr, Jeffrey Foucault, Lucinda Williams, and Mary Gauthier. Guitarist  Doyen has performed solo and in small groups at local coffee houses over the years.  Ron Doyen says, “ I like songs that are artfully prosodic, if that is a correct way to put it.  Lyrics, melody, and rhythm meld together and support each other, contributing to the whole being clearly more than the sum of its parts.  Or maybe a song is just rhythmical, funny, and fun to play.  A different thing entirely but equally gratifying.”  

Ken Glastre

Ken Glastre

Ken Glastre formed a surfband in LA in1962.  By '63 he was frequenting the many music clubs including the world famous Ashgrove in Hollywood.  "We would pay our $1.50 at the door and sit 10 feet from the likes of Doc Watson, Howlin' Wolf, or perhaps 'The Firesign Theatre' - my world tilted!"  By '66 he had formed the now infamous "Starvation Army Jugband" and was well on his way to who knows where.  Since those early days he's been performing as a solo act and in collaboration with many fine musicians in both California and Spokane - notably "Sweet Hominy", "East Side Kids", "Big Red Barn", "Jive Five" and most recently "The 2 Bit Jugband".