We’re all about the music on Episode 309 of Folk Roots Radio as we take a look at more of the latest new releases including a first listen to “Watershed” – the new album from Amelia Curran, a new demo from Kerrville New Folk winning singer-songwriter Ernest Troost and a great new instrumental album from Belgian mandolin band MANdolinMAN. Check out the full playlist below.
Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into this episode.
Amelia Curran has just released her eighth album, “Watershed” (2017, Six Shooter Records), an album that allows the singer/songwriter to bring her mental health advocacy work with It’s Mental, the St John’s NF group she co-founded, fully into her music. Curran has long struggled with depression, and anxiety. It’s Mental, gave her the opportunity to be more open about challenges that many people face on a day to day basis. Co-produced with Chris Stringer in Toronto, the album features eleven songs that probe feelings, states of mind and states of being. For more information about Amelia Curran, visit ameliacurran.com.
Kerrville New Folk winner, and one of our favourite singer/songwriters, Ernest Troost is working on new material. Ernest’s last album “O Love” was one of our favourite albums of 2014. On this episode we play a new demo “This Will Pass Away”, which is now available through Ernest’s website at ernesttroost.com, and hopefully will appear on his next album. You can check out a Folk Roots Radio interview with Ernest Troost recorded in 2014 HERE.
“Unfolding The Roots” (2017, Arc Music) is the latest album of traditional Flemish folk music with a mandolin twist by Belgian four-piece band, MANdolinMAN, who breathe new life into old tunes and melodies from the province of Flemish Brabant. Played on three mandolins and a mandocello, the album features 12 tracks that weave their way through polkas, waltzes, mazurkas and folk dances. It’s a delight for anyone who enjoys well played instrumental folk music. For more information about MANdolinMAN, visit mandolinman.be.
And that’s all we have time for this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!
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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)
There Is More Love Somewhere
Jayme Stone’s Folklife (2017, Borealis Records) CDN
Up To Me
From Where I Stand (2017, Galaxy Dog Music)
Landing (2017, Self) CDN
A Bit Of Blue
A Bit Of Blue (2017, Shaktu Records)
Uneven Ground (2017, Self) CDN
Polka Charleston Nederokkerzeel
Unfolding The Roots (2017, Arc Music)
To Be Here
Dreaming In Vinyl (2016, Narrow Lane Records)
It Tears Me Up Inside
Save Me (2017, Self) CDN
Thorntree In The Garden
Charging Towards The Sun (2017, Self) CDN
Cassie & Maggie MacDonald
Turn Me Gentle When I’m Dying
The Willow Collection (2016, Self) CDN
The Tide (2017, Mpress Records)
This Will Pass Away
Demo (2017, Self)
Every Woman Every Man
Watershed (2017, Six Shooter Records) CDN
Back To Lonely
Bridge (2017, Self) CDN
Leaving These Days
Go All In (2017, Busted Flat Records) CDN