Program 612a: Inland West Coast Roadtrips; Making Scottish Music; Oddball English Festivals

Release Date: 05-27-2023


Get tips for discovering the delightful bits of Americana that await along the scenic inland back roads of California and the Pacific Northwest. Then listen in on a special in-studio concert with folk musicians Jim and Susie Malcolm as they explore the musical traditions of Scotland. And hear about some of the quirkier festivals you can visit in England.


  • Chandler O'Leary, author of  "The Best Coast: A Road Trip Atlas" (Sasquatch Books)
  • Scottish folk singers Jim and Susie Malcolm
  • Gillian Chadwick, tour guide based in London 
  • Tom Hooper, tour guide based in London
  • Roy Nichols, tour guide based in Dorset

Additional Info

  • Chandler O'Leary illustrated her entries about the islands of the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest, with her own watercolor sketches, in her book "On Island Time."
  • Chandler highlighted both the coastal and inland routes along the U.S. West Coast in her book "The Best Coast: A Road Trip Atlas."
  • Jim Malcolm's website includes samples from his CDs, photos and blog entries, and concert touring dates.
  • You can listen to Jim's earlier appearances on Travel with Rick Steves, on program #551 from January 2019, and on program #392a in January 2018.
  • British tour guides Gillian Chadwick, Tom Hooper, and Roy Nichols can all be reached from the Facebook page for Great British Tours.
  • Roy also posts photos and blog entries about the backroads of England on his Travel with Roy website.
  • The Cotswold Olympick Games have a more than 400-year-old history. They are scheduled to be held on Friday, June 2 this year on Dover's Hill.