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Interview - Justin Latam discussing his new E.P. "Six"

10/18/2018
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Born and raised in Leamington ON in the heart of Canada’s Sun Parlour, barefoot musician Justin Latam, has been making music for over thirteen years now. A hard-working singer-songwriter, Justin has made several trips to Nashville to further his craft and recently released “Six”, a stripped down six song solo acoustic E.P., the follow up to his poppy fifth album “Barefoot”. Justin is currently on his fall Home County Tour and joined us in the Folk Roots Radio studio for a chat about his...

Duration:00:23:43

Interview: Melanie Brulée discussing new album "Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind"

10/17/2018
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"Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind", the great new album from Melanie Brulée, is a fabulous slice of pedal steel driven country music that comes equipped with its own widescreen spaghetti western like vibe to kick things off. Melanie Brulée is in fine voice on twelve tracks that reflect on relationships, loss and addiction while taking us back to the golden age of country music, and joined by some great players including pedal steel player Kevin "The General" Neal who brings much of the...

Duration:00:29:58

Interview - David Graff discussing “Supposed To Fly”, his first album since the 90s

10/16/2018
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Canadian singer-songwriter David Graff has just returned to writing and recording music with his wonderful new release ”Supposed To Fly". Despite some early success, with songs placed in movies and television, and an EP called "Some Of What I Know", David dropped out of the music business in the late nineties to pursue a career as a visual artist. However, his love of music as a creative outlet has brought him back with a strong collection of songs co-produced with his daughter Julia Graff...

Duration:00:34:40

Interview - Erin Costelo discussing her new album "Sweet Marie"

10/15/2018
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Erin Costelo, the Halifax NS based keyboard playing singer-songwriter, composer and producer, is about to release another soulful R&B masterpiece, “Sweet Marie”, the follow up to 2016’s critically acclaimed “Down Below The Status Quo” — one of our favourite albums of that year. The new album (album number 5), featuring 10 songs recorded in 10 days last winter in a house by the sea in Little Harbour NS, was produced by Erin Costelo and also features Glenn Milchem (Blue Rodeo) on Drums, Anna...

Duration:00:36:54

Episode 400 - feat. Madeleine Roger & New Releases

10/12/2018
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Winnipeg based singer-songwriter Madeleine Roger joins us on Episode 400 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her debut solo album “Cottonwood”. Madeline produced a fabulous album “Fairweather” in 2016 with her twin brother Lucas - as duo Roger Roger. As Luke Roger has now decided to step away from writing and performing to focus on his work as a luthier, Madeleine is now forging ahead with her own solo career. Madeleine Roger is a great interview, and this new conversation is no exception....

Duration:00:59:08

Episode 399 - feat. Jack Pine & More 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees

10/4/2018
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Ottawa based musician Jack Pine joins us on Episode 399 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his music and his 2017 album ”Left To My Own Devices”, nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award in the New/Emerging Artist Category this time around. We also check out music from some of the other nominees at this year's awards taking place in Calgary the weekend of Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2018. For more information about the Canadian Folk Music Awards, visit http://folkawards.ca. Check out the website...

Duration:00:58:37

Episode 398 - feat. Noah Zacharin & More New Releases

9/22/2018
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Toronto-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Noah Zacharin released one of our favourite albums of 2016, the genre defying electric album "Strange Rider". His latest album "A Startle Of Wings" is a stripped down and intimate affair, and features Noah playing almost strictly solo acoustic guitar on a collection of 14 songs that really shows the depth and quality of his songwriting. It's a recording that Noah describes as best enjoyed in a quiet space with headphones, and an album that really...

Duration:00:58:24

Episode 397 - feat. Red Dirt Skinners & More New Releases

9/7/2018
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The hard to categorize British roots duo with the wide appeal, Red Dirt Skinners join us on Episode 397 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about their wonderful new album “Under Utopian Skies”. It’s a great interview and well worth sticking around for. We also check out more of the new music we’ve received including new releases from Rob McHale, Oliver The Crow, Laurie MacAllister, Kris Lager Band, Brooks Williams and Cris Cuddy. Check out the full playlist on the website:...

Duration:00:58:17

Episode 396 - feat. The Big Branch Festival & More New Releases

8/29/2018
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Fiddler Emilyn Stam from Balfolk Toronto joins us on Episode 396 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about "Balfolk", that’s the modern revival of traditional, predominately Western European, social folk dances and the upcoming Big Branch Festival, a three day Balfolk festival/camp taking place the weekend of September 7-9. We also check out new music from Alan Barnosky, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, The Furious Seasons, Steve Dawson, Laüsa, Duo Rivaud Lacouchie, Steve Howell & The Mighty...

Duration:00:58:49

Interview - Noah Zacharin discussing new album "A Startle Of Wings"

8/26/2018
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Toronto-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Noah Zacharin released one of our favourite albums of 2016, the genre defying electric album "Strange Rider", a widescreen production that moved effortlessly between blues, jazz, folk, pop and r n' b, and even threw some doo-wop into the mix. Noah's just released the follow-up, "A Startle Of Wings", which sees Noah playing almost strictly solo acoustic guitar on 14 songs that show the depth and quality of his songwriting - a stripped down...

Duration:00:35:33

Interview - Emilyn Stam discussing Balfolk & The Big Branch Festival

8/25/2018
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The Big Branch Festival is a three day “Balfolk” festival/camp hosted by Balfolk Toronto taking place September 7-9, at Unicamp Ontario, in Honeywood near Shelburne ON (along the Bruce Trail). “Balfolk” is a modern revival of traditional, predominately Western European, social folk dances. Dances range from simple partner dances like the waltz, mazurka and schottishe, to hypnotic chain dances like the andro, gavotte, and ride from Bretagne as well as energetic mixer dances. Balfolk dances...

Duration:00:21:41

Interview - Red Dirt Skinners discuss their new album "Under Utopian Skies"

8/23/2018
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Hard to categorize British roots duo Red Dirt Skinners will be releasing their new album “Under Utopian Skies” this September. Featuring multi-instrumentalists Sarah Skinner and Rob Skinner, the band have become big favourites on both the British blues and country scene, but with influences that range from Pink Floyd and Supertramp to Crosby Stills & Nash and John Prine they really do have an across the board appeal. Renowned for their soaring choruses, fabulous soprano sax solos and clever...

Duration:00:34:56

Episode 395 - feat. Tia McGraff & More New Releases

8/11/2018
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Canadian Americana/folk singer-songwriter Tia McGraff joins us on Episode 395 of Folk Roots Radio for an in-depth conversation about her wonderful seventh album, "Stubborn In My Blood". Recorded with partner Tommy Parham and some top class support, the new recording has already garnered some great reviews. We also check out new music from Alan Barnosky, Jon Brooks, Sam Bush and Bela Fleck, and the Kris Lager Band. It’s a great episode. We hope you’ll check it out. You can find the full...

Duration:00:59:01

Episode 394 - Summerfolk 2018 Preview

8/3/2018
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We’re getting set for the 2018 Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival which takes place the weekend of August 17-19 in Kelso Park, on the shores of Georgian Bay, just outside Owen Sound. One of the friendliest festivals out there and now in its 43rd year it’s always a fabulous weekend. Artistic Director James Keelaghan joins us to Episode 394 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about the role of the AD and some of the artists he’s excited to see at the festival. We also check out music from Summerfolk...

Duration:00:59:42

Interview - Tia McGraff discussing her new album "Stubborn In My Blood"

8/2/2018
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There’s nothing better than having a new album come in, you play it once, and then want to play it again... and again... and again. Canadian Americana/folk singer-songwriter Tia McGraff has just released a fabulous seventh album, "Stubborn In My Blood". The new album is her most personal album to date, and features 11 thoughtful and reflective songs - most written with her partner Tommy Parham alongside co-writes with Wood Newton, Pete Riley, Henry Priestman and Devon O'Day and a cover of...

Duration:00:38:29

Interview - Artistic Director James Keelaghan talks about Summerfolk 2018

7/31/2018
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The 2018 Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival takes place the weekend of August 17-19 in Kelso Park, on the shores of Georgian Bay, just outside Owen Sound. A beautiful site - it's the perfect situation for a summer festival. Each year, Summerfolk prides itself in putting together a wonderful musical line-up, and the 2018 edition is no exception. To learn more about this summer's festival we caught up with artistic director James Keelaghan. For more information about Summerfolk, visit...

Duration:00:39:26

Episode 393 - feat. Duane Forrest & More New Releases

7/28/2018
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Toronto singer-songwriter and activist Duane Forrest joins us in the studio on Episode 393 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his music. He also plays three songs live. Its a very inspiring interview, and definitely worth checking out. We also have new music from Lucy Ward, Sarah McQuaid, Laurie MacAllister, Andrew Collins Trio, Ali McCormick, Rory Block, Cris Cuddy, The Barra MacNeils and Laura Mulcahy. Check out the full playlist on the website:...

Duration:00:59:16

Episode 392 - feat. Peter Willie Youngtree & More New Releases

7/28/2018
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St John’s NF singer-songwriter Peter Willie Youngtree specializes in gritty thought-provoking country songs that he delivers with a wonderful world weary old time country voice that feels like it comes from another place and time. Peter Willie Youngtree joins us on Episode 392 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his forthcoming album “Musical Chairs” with his band The Blooms, the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2015 album “Country Hymns”. Peter Willie also plays three new songs live for...

Duration:00:57:49

Episode 391 - Hillside 2018 Interviews

7/20/2018
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We're giving over the whole of Episode 391 of Folk Roots Radio to some great artist interviews we recorded at the 2018 Hillside Festival. Stay tuned as we chat with Frank Evans from The Slocan Ramblers, Martin Harley, the Fortunate Ones and Cécile Doo-Kingué. We also squeeze in music from Hillside 2018 favourites, Rev. Sekou and female latino vocal group LADAMA. Check out the full playlist on the website: http://folkrootsradio.com/folk-roots-radio-episode-391-hillside-2018-interviews/

Duration:00:59:36

Episode 390 - feat. Dana Sipos & More New Releases

7/20/2018
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One of our favourite singer-songwriters Dana Sipos joins us on Episode 390 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her great fourth album “Trick Of the Light” which was recently released on Miranda Mulholland’s boutique record label Roaring Girl Records. It's a great interview, and well worth checking out. We also check out new music from Lucy Ward, Jupiter Owls, Jory Nash, The Ennis Sisters, Steve Dawson, Fink Marxer Gleaves, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, Ronnie Bowman & Lou Reid, The...

Duration:00:58:58