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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

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

Interview - Dana Sipos at the 2018 Hillside Festival

7/19/2018
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Highly regarded Canadian singer-songwriter Dana Sipos was enjoying the 2018 Hillside Festival as a patron when we bumped into her, and decided we had the perfect opportunity for an interview. Dana recently released her fourth album “Trick Of the Light” on Miranda Mulholland’s boutique record label Roaring Girl Records. Dana Sipos grew up in Hamilton ON, and spent her formative years in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, before heading out for a life on the open road in pursuit of her...

Duration:00:15:47

Interview - Frank Evans from The Slocan Ramblers at the 2018 Hillside Festival

7/17/2018
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Toronto’s Slocan Ramblers are one of Canada’s finest bluegrass bands. Rooted in the tradition, they’re as comfortable with their own songs as they are with the bluegrass canon. They’ve just released a great new album “Queen City Jubilee”. The Slocan Ramblers are Frank Evans on banjo, Adrian Gross on mandolin, Darryl Poulsen on acoustic guitar and Alastair Whitehead on bass. Frank Evans joined Folk Roots Radio while at the 2018 Hillside Festival to chat about the band, and their new album....

Duration:00:11:18

Interview - Martin Harley at the 2018 Hillside Festival

7/17/2018
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British acoustic roots and blues guitarist Martin Harley, who plays a 100 year Weissenborn Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar, released one of our favourite albums of 2017, “Static In The Wires”. Static in the Wires was his second album recorded with Nashville based stand-up bassist Daniel Kimbro who also joined Martin on the fabulous “Live From Southern Ground” (from 2015). Martin Harley sat down with Jan Hall from Folk Roots Radio at the 2018 Hillside Festival to chat about his music. Check out...

Duration:00:15:09

Interview - Fortunate Ones at the 2018 Hillside Festival

7/17/2018
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Newfoundland’s Fortunate Ones feature the fine musicianship and close harmonies of Catherine Allan and Andrew James O’Brien. Known for their fabulous live performances, their critically acclaimed 2015 album “The Bliss” earned them a Juno nomination, and took home the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year. They describe their new album “Hold Fast” (2018) as a study in resilience and partnership in the face of adversity, and features songwriting collaborations with Alan...

Duration:00:10:54

Interview - Cécile Doo-Kingué at the 2018 Hillside Festival

7/17/2018
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A fabulous live performer, Cameroonian Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends together blues, afro-roots and soul with some jazzy overtones, to create a sound that is very much her own. Cécile Doo-Kingué is two thirds of the way through a trilogy “Anybody Listening”. “Part 1: Monologues” (2015), was a solo acoustic recording exploring the blues and roots of everyday life while “Part 2: Dialogues” (2016) featured a full band and special guests on a similar set of...

Duration:00:14:25

Interview - Artistic Director Darin Addison talks about Home County 2018

7/16/2018
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The 2018 Home County Music & Art Festival takes place the weekend of July 20-22 in the beautiful confines of Victoria Park in London ON. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, it’s an important part of the Southern Ontario folk calendar. Home County features more than 40 musical acts on 7 stages, over 120 juried Canadian craft artisans, over 30 food vendors serving a variety of international cuisines, craft demonstrations, a community/open stage, and an interactive family area. Main...

Duration:00:24:36