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. His upcoming album “Ten Million Ways to Decay”, the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2015 album “Country Hymns”, is a collection of songs that are all somehow associated with death, whether directly or indirectly. The album was produced by award-winning producer and songwriter Chris Kirby. Peter Willie Youngtree joined us in the mobile studio at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference to chat about his music, and play three new songs live. Check him out online at pwyoungtree.com. Music: Peter Willie Youngtree “Musical Chairs” (Live) , “Ten Million Ways to Decay” (Live) and “Dirt Party” (Live).
Named after the World War 2 feminist labour icon, Rosie the Riveter, Saskatoon SK’s Rosie and the Riveters are a study in contrasts – the bright red lipstick, the curls, post war dress dress, vintage harmonies and sassy choreographed stage show coupled with songs that whether playful or serious are deliberately intended to provoke, empower and inspire. A four piece at the time of their very well-received debut “Good Clean Fun”, they’re now a three piece featuring Farideh Olsen, Alexis Normand and Allyson Reigh. Their sophomore release “Ms Behave” produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Sarah Slean, Rose Cousins, Great Lake Swimmers) is released April 6 2018 and sees the band taking more of a political bent this time around, reflecting the tumultuous times we’re living in, as the voices raised for true gender equality get louder every day. Their song “I Believe You” was written as a response to the great many stories about sexual assault and harassment they heard from friends and family as well as through the media. Check out the song’s wonderful video HERE. Proceeds from “I Believe You” will be donated to organizations that provide support for survivors of sexual abuse. We caught up with Alexis Bertrand from Rosie & the Riveters at home in Saskatoon to chat about the new album. Learn more about the band and check out their upcoming tour dates online at rosieandtheriveters.com. Music: Rosie & the Riveters “I Believe You”, “Ask A Man”, “I Wanna Be King” and “Ms. Behave” from “Ms. Behave” (2018, Self).
We’re giving over all of Episode 367 of Folk Roots Radio to a great community project in Leamington Ontario that is using the arts to support revitalization of its uptown core, and, in particular, the completion of The Bank Theatre. We have interviews with Mayor of Leamington John Paterson – who is also a musician; The Bank Theatre board president Ursula Tiessen, and local musicians Neil Quiring and Dale Butler alongside music from a new double CD “Show The Love” which features local artists sharing their music to support fundraising efforts. It’s a very inspiring episode. I hope you’ll check it out. To learn more about The Bank Theatre, and its fundraising campaign, visit banktheatre.com. Check out the full playlist below.
Join us for another hour of special International Women’s Day programming on Folk Roots Radio. This time around we feature a great interview with indigenous singer-songwriter Leela Gilday recorded at the 2017 Folk North showcase in Toronto alongside new music from Anne Janelle, Suzie Vinnick, Emily Burgess, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Elly Wininger, Afrika Mamas, Barbara Jo Kammer and Mare Wakefield & Nomad. Check out the full playlist below.
Welcome to the first of two very special hours of International Women’s Day programming on Folk Roots Radio. On this episode we feature a great interview with Toronto based vocalist and singer-songwriter Kristine Schmitt recorded at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario Conference alongside new music from Winona Wilde, Rosie & the Riveters, Gwyneth Glyn, Kyle Carey, Emily Mure, I’m With Her and Piper Hayes. It’s a great episode and definitely worth checking out. Check out the full playlist below.
Leela Gilday is a singer-songwriter based in Yellowknife renowned for her passionate songwriting and soulful performance. A member of the Dene Nation, Leela actually trained as an opera singer, before creating her own stories in song as a way to share her heritage and northern Canadian life experience. Her latest album is 2014’s “Heart Of The People”. A new album is expected in the fall of 2018. Leela Gilday sat down with Jan Hall from Folk Roots Radio at Folk Music Canada’s boutique export event Folk North to chat about her music. Check out Leela Gilday online at leelagilday.com. Photo: Shawna McLeod. Music: Leela Gilday “Cold Wind” & “Bella” from “Heart Of The People” (2014, Self) and “One Drum” from “Sedze” (2007, Self).
Kristine Schmitt grew up singing musical harmony, and explored many different styles from country to rock to even punk before settling on a love of old time country, and country blues and jazz from the early part of the 20th Century. Her first solo recording “Good Dirt” from 2016 features a collection of Kristine’s playful original songs and a wonderful rootsy sound. The album was produced by Chris Coole, with support from members of the Lonesome Ace Stringband, and Simone Schmidt (Fiver) on harmony vocals. Kristine Schmitt is currently performing as part of a duo with Jesse Corrigan, although she is also much in demand as a supporting vocalist with a big voice and great stage presence. Kristine Schmitt sat down with Folk Roots Radio at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference to chat about her music. Check out Kristine Schmitt online at kristineschmitt.com. Music: Kristine Schmitt “Hop On Awhile With Me”, “He Held Up His Hat (And He Kissed Her Behind It)” and “Deep In The Darkest Evening” from “Good Dirt” (2016, Self).
Playful folk duo The Rough & Tumble live life on the road, taking their home – a sixteen foot trailer, with them, from gig to gig, as they tour North America. They’ve just released their first full length album, appropriately titled “We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know”. The Rough & Tumble’s Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler join us on Episode 364 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about their music and the new album. We also check out more of the latest new releases including new music from I’m With Her, Emily Mure, Ange Hardy, Onion Honey, The LYNNeS and Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.
Young country blues singer-songwriter Jeremie Albino joins us on Episode 363 of Folk Roots Radio. Jeremie sat down with us at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference to chat about his music and played three of his original songs live. Musically he’s the real deal – when he performs, it’s like he’s channeling music from another place and time. It’s an interview that is definitely worth checking out. And as always on Folk Roots Radio, we check out more of the new folk and roots music we’ve received, including new releases from The Kelly Song Collective, KC Groves, The Fugitives and The New Customs. Check out the full playlist below.