Folk Routes (CKUA)
Edmonton , AB
Folk Routes is a friendly, two-hour pleasure cruise through the full spectrum of folk and folk-oriented music. Each week, Tom Coxworth traces the development of folk music from its European traditions to the blended influences of modern North American folk stylings. “It’s a real challenge to cover the full spectrum of folk because it’s such an open genre,” he says, citing his quest to look for the folk in all music, whether it’s Woodie Guthrie, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, Sandy Denny, Justin Rutledge, Bright Eyes, Serena Ryder, Joe Strummer or other artists. For Tom, the magic of folk music is that it’s indefinable, that it recreates itself every single day, and that it connects an enthusiastic community of artists, listeners, clubs, festivals and sponsors. While honouring the traditions of the genre, Folk Routes also aims to challenge listeners to ask themselves, “Is that really folk music?” As well, the program proudly supports the folk-music community by promoting events and artists in Alberta and beyond.