Multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, guitar and piano) singer-songwriter; two time Juno Award winner; and inductee in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Shari Ulrich joins us on Episode 360 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her long and storied music career – both as a singer-songwriter and as part of such great bands as Pied Pumkin, The Hometown Band, Ulrich Henderson Forbes (UHF), Bentall Taylor Ulrich (BTU), and the bluegrass band, The High Bar Gang. It’s a great interview and very inspiring. We hope you’ll check it out. And, as always, we check out more of the great new music we’ve received including new albums from The Rough & Tumble, Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson as The LYNNeS and Ange Hardy from Somerset, England.
As a songwriter, Shari Ulrich is a huge believer in serving the song. “It’s not about the ego or proving you are a great player. When I’m performing I’m celebrating the song and what it does for people.”
Shari Ulrich’s most recent solo album “Everywhere I Go” took home the Canadian Folk Music Award for (English) Songwriter of the Year in 2014. She’s currently hard at work on a new solo project and will be touring Ontario in May 2018 with her trio featuring her daughter Julia Graff (on violin, mandolin, guitar & vocals) and fellow High Bar Gang member Kirby Barber (on bass, guitar and vocals).
Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 360 of Folk Roots Radio.
Playful Americana-folk duo The Rough & Tumble feature the close harmonies, versatile instrumentation and engaging songwriting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. They first arrived on our radar with the adorable video for their song “Teeny Tiny Folk Band” from their 2017 E.P. “Cardboard and Christmas Lights”. You can check that video out HERE.
After a string of E.P.s, The Rough and Tumble have just released their first full length album, “We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know” (2018, Rock Candy Recordings) which celebrates their chosen nomadic lifestyle, on the open road, travelling from gig to gig in their sixteen foot camper van, with their dog for company.
A beautiful Americana duo recording, the album features some lovely harmonies from Mallory and Scott with an accompaniment featuring accordion, melodica, bells, home-based found sounds, and a bowed glockenspiel. The album was recorded by Dave Coleman at Howard’s Apartment Studio in East Nashville, with rhythm section support from Mike Shannon & Chris Leonard.
“Art changes hearts and minds and lives, and can bring a room of people from completely different places to one melodic space. We’ve made ourselves a home out on the road and in people’s living rooms and in dank bars for six years now”.
From We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know, we played the first single “Tiny Moses” on this episode. Check out the video for the song below.
You can find an interview with The Rough & Tumble at the time of “Teeny Tiny Folk Band” on our website HERE. We’re working on a new interview with Mallory and Tyler which we hope to bring you in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more details. You can visit The Rough & Tumble online at theroughandtumble.com.
The Lifers, the Guelph ON’s art folk collective featuring sisters Elivia and Anita Cazzola will release their sophomore album “Honey Suite” in May. On this episode we play the first single from the album “Front Door”. You can check out another teaser for the new album “Sister” on Episode 349 of Folk Roots Radio HERE.
Two of our favourite Canadian songwriters Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson have a new project, The LYNNeS. The two Lynn(e)s have written and toured together off and on for over 10 years now and Lynn Miles has produced two Lynne Hanson albums, 2014’s “River of Sand” and the 2015 Halloween release “7 Deadly Spins”.
Their first fully collaborative album “Heartbreak Song For The Radio” features 10 new co-writes. On this episode we play the lovely “Don’t Look Down” which includes some fabulous guitar from the utterly amazing Juno Award winning guitarist Kevin Breit, who has also played guitar with Norah Jones, KD Lang and Rosanne Cash.
The LYNNeS will be touring in Europe in February and March, prior to some Canadian dates and (hopefully) some summer festival appearances. For more information visit thelynnes.com.
Italian flat picking guitarist Beppe Gambetta released his latest solo album “Short Stories” (Borealis Records) in October 2017. Featuring six new instrumentals alongside songs in four different languages, the album showcases source material that goes from Giuseppe Verdi to a medley of tunes made famous by bluegrass and folk great Doc Watson. On this episode we play the instrumental “Benedicta 1944”, a tune written in memory of a group of Italian partisans massacred by neo-fascists in 1944 while hiding out in the Benedicta Monastery close to Beppe’s hometown of Genova.
Somerset England contemporary folk singer Ange Hardy has a new album out – album number six, “Bring Back Home”. A strong and prolific songwriter, the new album features twelve ange Hardy originals that tackle a variety of subjects – Aspergers and ADHD, British politics, English country life alongside Ange’s versions of a couple of traditional songs “Waters of Tyne” and “Claudy Banks”. On this episode we play the the beautiful and uplifting “What It Is”.
“Let it be what it is for the grieving is more than the time that you have, and coming is more for the leaving. It is more to have love than to have. Whatever may be make it welcome, whatever may go let it pass. For time is precious, and seldom will your time be well spent on the past”.
A fine way to wrap up this episode of Folk Roots Radio! We’ll definitely dip into this album again on a future episode.
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)
The Rough & Tumble
We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know (2018, Rock Candy Recordings)
Honey Suite (Release date May 2018) CDN
Janie Barnett & Blue Room
This Small World
You See This River (2017, Minor Regrets Records)
Don’t Look Down
Heartbreak Song for the Radio (2018, Self) CDN
Short Stories (2017, Borealis Records) CDN
Everywhere I Go (2014, Borealis Records)
The High Bar Gang
Don’t This Road Look Rough & Rocky
Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind (2016, Borealis Records)
Bentall Taylor Ulrich
You Got Lost
Tightrope Walk (2016, Borealis Records)
What It Is
Bring Back Home (2017, Story Records)