PULLMAN, Wash. — Dan Maher, the host of “Inland Folk” on Northwest Public Radio, will begin the summer Music on the Mall series at Washington State University with a May 28 program. His performance, sponsored by Campus Involvement, is set for noon-1 p.m. on the Glenn Terrell Mall.

Maher graduated from WSU with a degree in English education and a minor in speech. While attending the university he was a favorite at a local bar with his sounds of Irish and Scottish music. In 1980, he began working as an adviser to ASWSU programming committees.

In 1982, Spokane Public Radio approached Maher about hosting a new folk music variety show called “Inland Folk.” Maher jumped at the chance and a year later he took the show to the newly formed Northwest Public Radio. The show is now in its 21st year.

Maher has played at every major folk festival in the Northwest. He has been to the British Isles three times to collect songs and to interview folk artists. He is currently working on his fifth album, which includes songs he has written.

“I think that through the years, I have discovered that most music, no matter what the genre, can be universal,” Maher said. “It is up to the performer to make it that way. I can’t control how or what each individual might feel about each song, but I can make a couple of hours an enriching and rewarding experience.”

A barbecue, catered by the Compton Union Building, will be available during the concert. In case of rain, the performance will be moved to the CUB Lair.

For more information, contact Campus Involvement, (509) 335-9667 or getinvolved@wsu.edu.