Ross McKitrick and Rick Avery from Guelph-based celtic band The Wild Oats joined us in the studio on December 7 2013 to play a few songs from their latest CD, “Dog-eared Hymnal Vol 1” and play a few songs. Dog Eared Hymnal Vol 1 features 29 hymns and folks tunes arranged into medleys of jigs, reels, waltzes and airs. The CD celebrates the musical connection between the English hymnal and the traditional Celtic repertoire. Beloved hymn tunes handed down for generations come alive in their alter ego as reels, jigs, waltzes and airs. The Wild Oats are Ross McKitrick (small pipes, pennywhistle and bodhran), Rick Avery (guitar), Jonathan Avery (fiddle), Nicole Ensing (piano), Tom Van Milligen (bass) and Daniel Warren (trumpet). Proceeds from the release of Dog-eared Hymnal will help support the work of World Vision Canada.
Peter Boyer and JK Gulley, Cypress Hills
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Union Man
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, V8 Cars
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Bad Habits
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Louis Riel
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Quarter Horse Pro
The Sweet Lowdown are Amanda Blie on guitar, Shanti Bremer on banjo and Miriam Sonstenes on fiddle. Equally comfortable in trad, celtic and bluegrass genres; live they exude such brightness and exuberance that you wish that you could sit and listen to them all day. Their second album, the Canadian Folk Music Award nominated May was released in 2012. We caught up with them at Folk Music Ontario in October 2013.
For more information visit www.thesweetlowdown.ca.
David Ross MacDonald is a guitarist and singer-songwriter with an interesting past. A trained geologist, he is also a jazz turned folk-roots drummer for acclaimed Australia band, The Waifs. He’s equally well-known for his gorgeous finger-picking instrumentals as for thought-provoking lyrics and a languid vocal style that can give you goose bumps. His most recent album is Thorns to Sleep (2010). He also has an mp3 album “Live at the Elora Acoustic Cafe” available via his website. He may hail from Australia but he’s no stranger to Canada. We caught up with him at Folk Music Ontario in October 2013. For more information, visit www.davidrossmacdonald.com. Music: David Ross MacDonald, “Rocks & Snow” and “Till I’m Gone” from Live at the Elora Acoustic Cafe (2013, self).
Birds of Chicago feat. JT Nero and Allison Russell joined us in the studio for a chat and a few songs on September 11 2013.
Birds of Chicago, Cannonball from Birds of Chicago (2012, Self) CDN
Birds of Chicago, All The City Girls (Live in the Studio)
Birds of Chicago, Flying Dreams (Live in the Studio)
Birds of Chicago, Come Morning from Birds of Chicago (2012, Self) CDN
Perpetual e-Motion, featuring Ed Howe and John Coté are an incredibly talented duo whose staple is a progressive folk/rock/celtic groove with elements of bluegrass and world music. They are joined us in the studio on July 20 2013 to chat about their album, “Perpetual e-motion”.
For more on Perpetual e-Motion visit their website at perpetuale-motion.com.
James Gordon has taken a break from his community activism and political aspirations to record his latest CD (the 25th – we’re counting), Coyote’s Calling. Coyote’s Calling features performances by James Gordon with a backing band that includes his sons Evan and Geordie, as well as Katherine Wheatley, Jane Lewis, Jude Vadala and Louisa Krátká.
James joined us in the studio on Saturday January 5 2013; the first opportunity for anyone in Guelph to hear tracks from Coyote’s Calling plus a new song from James, “Idle No More” written especially for the aboriginal rights campaign.
The Funky Mamas joined us in the studio on October 13 2012 to chat and play songs from their new album “Pickin’ in the Garden”. The CD release concert takes place on Saturday October 20 at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, just north of Woodlawn Ave on Highway 6. There will be two shows at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. Tickets are very reasonably priced at $3 each or $10 for a family (suggested minimum donation) which sounds like an absolute steal. However, I’m sure they would love it if you decided to pay a little more and took a copy of their new CD home with you too!
The Funky Mamas specialize in music for everyone, children, families, even folkies! They feature ‘Mama Tannis’ – Tannis Maynard-Langedijk on guitar, ‘Mama Chantal’ – Chantal von Maydell on fiddle, ‘Mama Kate’ – Kate Vestula on banjo and banjo ukelele and ‘Mama Georgia’ – multi-instrumentalist Georgia Urban on pretty much everything else including the musical saw! Needless to say, they all like to sing. For more information, visit www.thefunkymamas.com.