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Live & Direct: Rhiannon Giddens

GRAMMY-Award-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens stopped by WYEP Studios in May 2018 for a Live & Direct Session with Rosemary Welsch ahead of her show at the Byham Theatre.

During the session, Giddens talks about taking up the mantle of those without a voice, advocating for enslaved individuals and their fight against systemic oppression over generations.

The songs speak to powerful stories from bygone eras as well as modern-day injustices that have stolen lives in streets across the nation.


  • “The Letter”
  • “At the Purchaser’s Option”
  • “The Angels Laid Him Away”
  • “Freedom Highway”



  • Host: Rosemary Welsch
  • Audio Engineer: Denny Stauser
  • Audio Engineer: Dana Cannone
  • Videographer: Antonio Licon
  • Video Editor: Tom Edwards
  • Program Director: Mike Sauter
  • General Manager: Abby Goldstein
Rosemary Welsch has been the Afternoon Host, Program Director, and Senior Producer for 91.3 WYEP. Welsch is the longest-tenured employee at WYEP, having just celebrated her 30th anniversary as a full-time employee. She began as a volunteer D.J. during the station’s salad years in 1981.