Windsor-based singer-songwriter Karen Morand writes beautiful songs with a wonderful warm earthy quality that beg you to want to spend time in her company. Equally comfortable as a solo artist with a guitar or playing with her wonderful band “Bosco”, named after the infamous chocolate syrup of Seinfeld fame, and featuring Aaron Verhulst on mandolin and guitars and Benny Santoro on cajon – her performances are not to be missed. Karen Morand was recently announced as the winner of the 1st Canada South Songwriting Competition at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival. For more information about her music, visit karenmorand.com. Music: Karen Morand “Carry On” from “Carry On” (2012, Self), “Big Muddy” (Live), “Junkyard Heart” (Live), “Arms of Love” (Live) and “Brighter Days” from “I Think I’ll Lose My Mind Today” (2014, Self)
Canadian singer-songwriter Francine Leclair will be appearing at this summer’s Kingsville Folk Music Festival, taking place in beautiful Lakeside Park, in Kingsville, on the shore of Lake Erie from August 12-14. After releasing her debut album “An Ordinary Woman” in 2008, Francine left a very successful career in the computer technology industry to focus full-time on her music, a transition she documented on her 2014 album “Re-Drawn”. She is currently working on her follow-up to “Re-Drawn”, tentatively entitled “To Be Continued”. Francine Leclair joined us in the Folk Roots Radio studio to chat about her music and play a couple of songs live. For more information, visit francineleclair.com. Music: Francine Leclair “I’m Outta Here” from the album “Re-Drawn” (2014, Self), “To Be Continued” (Live), “I Soldier On” (Live) and “Lake Erie” (single) (2016, self)
St Catherine’s born Darren Eedens plays both flat-picking banjo and guitar at such a frenetic pace that you can’t help but sit up and pay attention whenever he starts to play. His nasal percussive vocal delivery makes you think that you’ve stepped into some honky tonk saloon from a bygone era. Known as the Canadian Dirty Little Picker in Europe, Darren now calls Cardiff Wales, home. He joined us in the studio straight after a rousing and rambunctious performance at the 2015 Hillside Festival to chat about his latest album “Of My Word” (2014, Self) and play a few tunes live. For more information, visit darreneedens.bandcamp.com. Music: Darren Eedens “Oh Darlin” from “Of My Word” (2014, Self), “Mountain Dew” (Live), “On The Line (The Laundry Song)” (Live), “Rye Whiskey” (Live) and Darren Eedens “Movin’ On” from “Of My Word” (2014, Self).
Bob MacLean is a celtic guitarist and folk singer with roots in Cape Breton and Quebec. He’s been playing guitar for as long as he can remember, and his passion for the instrument has only grown over the years. Bob plays solo guitar and also performs as part of a duo McCairley and MacLean with fiddler Fiona McCairley. Bob joined us in the studio at the farm in Hillsburgh last fall for a fabulous conversation about his music and a few live tunes. For more information about Bob’s music visit bobmaclean.ca. Music: Bob MacLean “Songbird” (Live), “Sweetness of Mary” (Live), “Permission to Dream” (Live), “Red-haired Boy” (Live), “Pipe on the Hob/Out on the Ocean” (Live), “Jack the Sailor” (Live), “Rose of Allendale” from “Permission to Dream” (2002, Self).
Dale Butler has been making music in Essex County in South-Western Ontario for over forty years. A full time musician, singer-songwriter and storyteller Dale performs solo, as a duo with wife Judy and also with his band “Dale Butler & Friends”. He also hosts Dale’s Friday Coffee House, formerly known as the Last Friday Coffee House, a Leamington musical institution that takes place monthly at The Bank Theatre and helps nurture the careers of young and new performers. Dale is also known for a great folk festival workshop where he shows participants how to play a guitar in two minutes even if they’ve never ever held a guitar before – a hold over from his days as a music store proprietor in Leamington. Dale joined us in the Folk Roots Radio studio to chat about his music and play a few songs live. Music: Dale Butler “Love That Grows” from “Aiming For Left Field” (2014, Self), “My Life” (Live), “Let’s Write Our Song” (Live), “Question Marks on My Windshield” from “Now I See” (2013, Self), “Lonely Child” (Live), “Thirty Years On” (Live) and “Summertime” from “Butler Tunes 1” (2012, Self).
Singer-songwriter David Storey spent 25 years working as a video director and TV director/producer (including developing and directing the hit comedy series “Corner Gas”) before returning to his first love – music. His latest album appropriately titled “Coming Home” was released earlier this year and features nine semi-biographical songs about life, relationships, ‘the big picture’ and the challenges we all face – all delivered with empathy and a wry humour. Produced with Darryl Neurdorf (Blue Rodeo, Niko Case), the album features musical support from members of bluegrass band Traditionally Wound with Bazil Donovan (Blue Rodeo) on bass and a guest appearance from Anne Lindsay on fiddle and backing vocals. David joined us in the studio for an in-depth conversation and a few live songs. For more information about David Storey visit davidstoreymusic.com. Music: David Storey, “Last Loon on the Lake” from “Coming Home” (2015, Self), “Saint Adelaide” (Live), “I Can’t Complain” (Live), “We Are The Greatest from “Coming Home” (2015, Self), “Crusty” (Live), “She’s My Girl” (Live) and “I’m Coming Home” from “Coming Home” (2015, Self).
Marianne Girard and Allan Fraser had been making music for over thirty and forty years respectively before a chance meeting in 2013 lead to the development of a new musical partnership “Fraser & Girard” and the release of a critically-acclaimed self-titled album. They came into the studio recently for an in-depth conversation and a few songs. For more information visit fraserandgirard.com. Music: Fraser & Girard “Picov Downs” (Live), “Outside St Louis” (Live), “The Might Penny Blues” (Live), “My Name Is Carol” (Live), “Dancehall Girls” (Live) and Fraser & Girard “Don’t Blame It On Me” from “Fraser & Girard” (2015, Self).
St John’s Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ian Foster knows his way around a good song and loves to tell a good story. Ian joined us in the studio for an extended chat and a few songs while travelling through Ontario this summer. For more information about Ian Foster’s music, visit ianfoster.ca. Music: Ian Foster, “Man Out Of Time” from “The Great Wave” (2014, Self), “The House” (Live), “If The Weather Holds” (Live), “Open Letter To The Island” (Live), “Right Here” (Live), “Hannah” from “The Great Wave” (2014, Self).
Guelph-based singer-songwriter Rob Mitchell joined us in the studio at CFRU 93.3fm for Folk Roots Radio Overtime on August 1. Rob is releasing his latest album “Things Could Be Worse”, a reflection on the endless days and nights spent within hospital hallways dealing with his son’s recent diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes and reflecting on the loss of his Mother to cancer 10 years ago at Silence in Guelph on August 8 at 8:00 p.m. Cover: $10 (PWYC) Music: Rob Mitchell “St Paul” from “Things Could Be Worse” (2015, Self), “Shine Again” (Live), “Dylan’s Harp” (Live). “Ground Floor” from “Things Could Be Worse” (2015, Self), “Sweet Talking” (Live), “Canadian Love Song” (Live), “Pine Trees” (Live) and “Things Could Be Worse” from “Things Could Be Worse” (2015, Self).
Toronto’s Big Tobacco & The Pickers have been sharing their authentic old school country sound with Ontario audiences since 2008. Jamie Oliver, Blaine MacKenzie, Jason Blanchard and Anne Werbitsky from the band joined us in the studio at CFRU 93.3fm on June 20 for an in-depth conversation and a few songs from their great new album of (almost all) original songs, “The King Is Gone” – its title a tribute to the recently departed George Jones but an album that also feels the love for country greats Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, among others. For more information about the band visit bigtobaccoandthepickers.com. Music: Big Tobacco & The Pickers “Freightliner Full of Sins” from “The King Is Gone” (2015, Self), “Put Your Hands Up” (Live), “In Willie We Trust” (Live), “The King Is Gone” (Live), “Last Look Back” (Live) and “Train Again” from “The King Is Gone” (2015, Self).
Jennis are a fabulous bluesy roots duo featuring Guelph-based bluesman Dennis Gaumond alongside veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. Their unique blend of dobro and cello is augmented by didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. Jennis released their debut album “The Current” in June 2014. Jennis will be appearing at Silence in Guelph with Hamilton singer-songwriter Sarah Beatty on Friday May 29. Buy tickets HERE. Dennis and Jen joined us for a very special session on Folk Roots Radio Overtime on May 23. For more information visit jennis.ca. Music: Jennis “Closer To Me” from “The Current” (2014, Self); Jennis “Eyes Wide Open” (Live); Jennis “Take Me Some Time (Live); Jennis “Weray Weray” (Live); Jennis “Get Up Stand Up” (Live) and Jennis “I’m Not Here” from “The Current” (2014, Self).
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Clela Errington joined us in the studio for an in-depth interview and some live songs on Folk Roots Radio Overtime on CFRU 93.3fm on May 2. In 2014, Clela released “More Love & Happiness”, one of our favourite albums of the year. This is what we said about the album at the time: “The freshness of the songwriting, beautiful harmonies (with daughter Jocelyn Barth), tasteful production from Alec Fraser and the varied musical styles makes it a joy for the ears. That we were unfamiliar with Clela’s work made it all that much more special to share her musical talent on air. Her music deserves to be heard and savoured.” Clela and I had a great conversation, and the live songs we’re just fabulous. Enjoy. Music: Clela Errington, “More Love & Happiness” from “More Love & Happiness” (2014, Self); Clela Errington “Home On High” (Live); Clela Errington “Shoulder To Lean On” (Live); Clela Errington “White Dove” from “More Love & Happiness” (2014, Self); Clela Errington “Country Squall” (Willie P. Bennett) (Live); Clela Errington “Got To Make A Change Blues” (Memphis Minnie) (Live), Clela Errington “Angels on the Radio” (Band Mix) from “More Love & Happiness” (2014, Self).
Episode 17 of Folk Roots Radio Overtime, our extra helping of Folk Roots Radio on CFRU 93.3fm, featured an in-depth conversation and session with singer-songwriter Dana Sipos. Dana spent her formative years in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories before heading out for a life on the open road in pursuit of her art. Her third album, the hauntingly beautiful and ethereal “Roll Up The Night Sky” is released on April 30 on Muddy Roots Records. Music: Dana Sipos, “A Coronary Tale” from “Roll Up The Night Sky” (2015, Muddy Roots Records); Dana Sipos (Yet to be titled demo) (Live); Dana Sipos “Morningside” (Live); Dana Sipos “Shadows” from “Roll Up The Night Sky” (2015, Muddy Roots Records); Dana Sipos “Road To Michigan” (Live); Dana Sipos “Portraits” (Live); Dana Sipos “My Beloved” from “Roll Up The Night Sky” (2015, Muddy Roots Records).
Folk Roots Radio Overtime is an hour of radio on CFRU 93.3fm (Guelph, Ontario) dedicated to live in-studio sessions and in-depth artist interviews. This week we welcomed Hamilton-based singer-songwriter ‘Steeltown Pilgrim’ Matthew Mutch into the studio to chat about his music and play songs (some live) from his new JK Gulley produced album ‘Walkin’ The Way of St James’, inspired by his many pilgrimages to the Camino Santiago in Spain. Music: Steeltown Pilgrim ‘Carmen By The Sea’ from ‘Walkin’ The Way of St James’ (2015, Americanada Records); Steeltown Pilgrim ‘Camino Sunset’ (Live); Steeltown Pilgrim ‘Song For Angel’ from ‘Walkin’ The Way of St James’ (2015, Americanada Records); Steeltown Pilgrim ‘If You Ever Feel The Way I Do’ (Live); Steeltown Pilgrim ‘Who We Are’, ‘Southbound Train’ and ‘Walkin’ The Way of St James’ from ‘Walkin’ The Way of St James’ (2015, Americanada Records).
Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys (feat. Johnny Waken and Paul Ford) and Eliot Bronson were in Guelph on March 20 2015 for a wonderful show at Silence. They joined us in the studio at CFRU 93.3fm the next day as we went “Overtime” on Folk Roots Radio. Music: Jonathan Byrd “38 Baby” from “You Can’t Outrun The Radio” (2014, Waterbug Records); Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys – “I Was An Oak Tree” (Live), “Working Offshore” (Live) and “Love Is The Law” (Live); Eliot Bronson – “Comin’ For Ya North Georgia Blues” (Live), “River Runs Dry” (Live)and “One Mississippi” (Live); Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys – “A Big Truck Brought It” (Live) and “Sun On The Water” (Live).
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).
Phil Elsworthy and Ed Koenig are releasing The Crooked Path, an album of mostly Celtic and Appalachian tunes using guitar, fiddle, mandolin and tambourine at The Albion 2nd Floor in Guelph on Sunday November 30 at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover for this event. Phil Ellsworthy and Ed Koenig joined us in the studio for Folk Roots Radio Overtime on Saturday November 29.
Kitchener-based singer-songwriter Luke Michielsen is just about to release his new album “Oh Surround Me”. Luke joined us in the studio for Folk Roots Radio Overtime on November 15 2014. Sounding at times like REM’s Michael Stipe with songs that have the feel of artists as diverse as Carbon Leaf, Doug Paisley, Hayden and Neil Young, he’s definitely worth checking out. Oh Surround Me was produced by Michael Langford in Toronto. Luke’s Kitchener CD release is at The Boathouse on December 13. He’ll also be in Guelph on December 12 for a pre-release show at Van Gogh’s. Music: Luke Michielson, “For You” from “Oh Surround Me” (2014, Self), “Every Time I Come Home” (Live), “Derrida Says” (Live), “Wanderer” (Live), “Pine Needles” (Live) and “Hypothermia” from “Oh Surround Me” (2014, Self).
Port Dover based singer-songwriter Tia McGraff has been described as having a voice stolen from angels. The internationally-renowned recording artist shares her passion for music with her stage (and life) partner Colorado native, Tommy Parham. Together, they engage their audiences with an electrifying, yet honest and heart-moving, musical experience. Tia will be gracing the stage at the first Kingsville Folk Music Festival, August 8-10 2014. Tia McGraff joined us for a chat and a few songs with musical partner Tommy Parham on August 2 2014. For more information visit tiamcgraff.com
Tia McGraff, Break These Chains from Break These Chains (2014, Bandana Records) CDN
Tia McGraff with Tommy Parham, Abigail (Live in the Studio)
Tia McGraff, Reckonin’ from Break These Chains (2014, Bandana Records) CDN
Tia McGraff with Tommy Parham, Move The Smoke Away (Live in the Studio)
Tia McGraff, Between The Bed And The Door from Break These Chains (2014, Bandana Records) CDN
Montreal-based progressive celtic/bluegrass band The Bombadils joined us in the studio on May 10 2014. Their music draws from Québecois, Irish, and bluegrass folk influences but as a whole it’s pure Bombadils; a decidedly contemporary sound that combines soaring melodic lines, tight rhythmic energy, and virtuosity.
Formed in 2009 at McGill University, the band has performed regularly since then around Montreal in pubs and cafés while completing their studies in jazz and classical music. They released their debut CD “Fill Your Boots!” in 2012 and will release their new album, tentatively called Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet (after a Yeats poem that forms that basis for a song on the new album) later this year.
For more information, visit thebombadils.com.