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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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Episode 389 - Hillside 2018 Preview

7/6/2018
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We're all about the 2018 Hillside Festival on Episode 389 of Folk Roots Radio. This year’s festival takes place the weekend of July 13-15 at beautiful Guelph Lake, just outside Guelph, in Southern Ontario. Each year, Hillside – a true community festival, brings together a line-up that promises something for everyone, and this year is no exception. This episode features some of the artists we’re looking forward to catching at the festival including A Tribe Called Red, Jeremy Dutcher, Iskwé,...

Duration:01:00:11

Episode 388 feat. Campbell Woods & More New Releases

7/6/2018
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Young Canadian singer-songwriter Campbell Woods released a fabulous debut album, “Oxford Street” in 2017, one of our favourite albums of the year. Campbell Woods joins us on Episode 388 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his music and plays three songs live for us. We also check out more of the latest new releases including new music from Winter Wilson, Molly-Anne, Noah Zacharin, Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni, Sarah McQuaid, Grant Peeples, Joe Jencks, Fink Marxer Gleaves, Rebekah Long...

Duration:00:58:53

Episode 387 - feat. Sarah Hiltz & New Releases

6/29/2018
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Toronto-based singer-songwriter Sarah Hiltz has been turning heads for the quality of her songwriting, which dips from folk into jazz. Sarah joins us in the studio on Episode 387 of Folk Roots Radio for a great conversation about her music, and three live songs. Wrapping up an all Canadian episode, we also feature new music from Fortunate Ones, The Ennis Sisters, Taivi, Annie Lou, The Barra MacNeils, Ian Foster and the Julian Taylor Band. Check out the full playlist on the website:...

Duration:00:58:51

Episode 386 - feat. Evan & John and New Releases

6/29/2018
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Indie folk duo Evan & John from Sarnia, Ontario have a sound that's influenced by both Simon & Garfunkel and The Milk Carton Kids and focuses on tight, complex harmonies, wrapped in a beautiful dueling acoustic guitar accompaniment. They join us in the studio on Episode 386 of Folk Roots Radio for a chat about their music and three live songs. We also check out new music from Annie Lou, Dana Sipos, Kellie Loder, Welli Horne, Lewis West DeAdder, Thomas Stajcer, Sons Of Rhythm, Gordie...

Duration:00:57:03

Episode 385 - Over The Moon & New Releases

6/1/2018
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Alberta based Canadian roots/swing duo Over The Moon join us in the studio on Episode 385 of Folk Roots Radio for a very enjoyable conversation about their music, debut album "Moondancer” and a few live songs. We also feature new music from Noah Zacharin, Birds of Chicago, Big Little Lions, Stéphanie Labbé & Francois Couture, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, Christina Martin and the Andrew Collins Trio. Check out the full playlist on the website:...

Duration:00:58:30

Episode 384 - Steve Poltz & New Releases

6/1/2018
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Crowd-surfing festival favourite Steve Poltz joins us on Episode 384 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his music, and fabulous live show. Steve Poltz is one of those artists that once you catch a show, you can’t wait to do it again. It’s a really insightful interview – definitely worth sticking around for. And, as always on Folk Roots Radio, we check out more of the latest releases and, this time around we stay in the US to check out new music from Daniel Crabtree, Rebekah Long, Banjo...

Duration:00:58:57