North Carolina singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd is back on tour in Ontario. He makes a Guelph stop with Eliot Bronson for a Folk Roots Radio hosted show at Silence on March 20. A son of a preacher man and Gulf War veteran, Jonathan Byrd has received many accolades for the quality of his songwriting including being named a New Folk award winner at the famed Kerrville Folk Festival in 2003. A gregarious and affable road warrior, his shows resemble something between a revival meeting and musical theatre, bringing together great songs, fine musicianship and some wonderful southern storytelling. We caught up with Jonathan at home in North Carolina. Music: Jonathan Byrd and The Sentimentals, “If I Was An Oak Tree” (Live); Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys, “Do You Dream” (Live); Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys, “Pick-up Cowboy” (Live); Jonathan Byrd and The Sentimentals, “You Can’t Outrun The Radio” (Live).
After years out of the spotlight to raise a family, New England based singer-songwriter Kerri Powers returned to the music scene in 2014 with her stunning self-titled album, “Kerri Powers”. A little bit country, a little bit bluesy and very rootsy it was one of our favourite albums of 2014. With too many highlights to single out. it’s no wonder that it found its way into so many ‘Best of the Year’ lists including our own. Kerri Powers joined us on Folk Roots Radio for a feature length conversation. Music: Kerri Powers, “A Little Light”, “Buttercup”, “To Love Somebody” and “I’ve Got Your Back” from Kerri Powers (2014, Self)
This week’s Folk Roots Radio features an excerpt of an interview with singer-songwriter and poet Miss Emily Brown recorded at the Folk Music Ontario conference this past October. Emily lives on the beautiful Quadra Island off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island in B.C. Emily chats with us about her home and her music and sings a couple of new songs live accompanying herself on tenor guitar. You can listen to the full interview here. Like last week, the show also contains a lot of new music and, as usual, a new mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
Miss Emily Brown inhabits the space where poetry and song meet. Whether accompanied by auto harp or tenor guitar she sings with a beautiful ethereal quality that invites the listener into a world of wonder. Currently working on the follow up to her 2012 E.P., “Wire Wood Wind”, she stopped by our studio at the Folk Music Ontario conference this past October to chat about her music and Emily chats with us about her home and her music and sings a couple of new songs live, accompanying herself on tenor guitar.. Photo credit: Kendall Green. Music: Miss Emily Brown, “Back to the Woods” from “Wire Wood Wind E.P.” (2012, Self), Hunter (Live), Paradise (Live), “Man On Wire” from “Wire Wood Wind E.P.” (2012, Self)
There are no interviews on this week’s show just lots of great music. We’ve received some great new albums in the early part of this year and it only seemed right to make the music the focus of the show. As usual we found time for a new mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
The Guelph Celtic Orchestra’s annual St. Patrick’s Family Extravaganza! takes place at the Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson Street, Guelph on Saturday, March 14 2015 at 7:00 p.m. This year’s celebration of all things Irish features the orchestra alongside championship level Irish Dancers from the Butler Fearon O’Connor School of Irish Dance as well as members of the Guelph Pipe Band. The Orchestra performance will be followed by a ceilidh called by Colleen Mulvey O’Leary. Tickets are $20 (adults), $10 (children aged 6-16) and available through Janus Books, 10 Paisley St., Guelph and through the Guelph Celtic Orchestra website. For more information, visit www.guelphceltic.ca.
Jonathan Byrd returns to Guelph on Friday March 20 for what is expected to be a sold out show at Silence. Joining Jonathan and his band “The Pickup Cowboys” this time around will be Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson, one of the hottest new acts on the folk-roots scene. It promises to be a great night so get your tickets early!
Kitchener based singer-songwriter Jesse Parent joined us in the studio on Valentine’s Day to chat about his music and play a few songs. Jesse and his band will be opening for Craig Cardiff at the Burns Howff in Cambridge on February 27 at 8:00 p.m. (doors 7:00 p.m.). Tickets are $15 in advance online HERE or $20 at door. Jesse’s latest album “About Time” is scheduled for a May release. Music: Jesse Parent, “Good To You” from “Jesse Parent EP” (2009); “By Your Side” (Live); “Something More” (Live); “My Last Love Song” (Live); “Bon Echo” (Live) “Blood Red Skies” from “The Uncertainty” (2012).
Folk Roots Radio on Valentine’s Day was all about the music, a lot of it new. Alongside a large number of love and heartbreak songs we also found room for sets celebrating Louis Riel Day and a new tribute album honouring the 1964 Johnny Cash album Bitter Tears – Ballads of the American Indian.