Young Canadian singer-songwriter Campbell Woods released a fabulous debut album, “Oxford Street” in 2017. An album full of well-crafted story songs, Oxford Street was very well-received both nationally and internationally, and made it into our favourite albums of 2017. Campbell Woods joins us on Episode 388 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his music. He also plays three songs live for us. We also check out more of the latest new releases including new music from Winter Wilson, Molly-Anne, Noah Zacharin, Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni, Sarah McQuaid, Grant Peeples, Joe Jencks, Fink Marxer Gleaves, Rebekah Long and Bruce T. Carroll. Check out the full playlist below.
Campbell Woods first arrived on our radar as a member of the 2014 Folk Music Ontario Youth Program (now known as the Developing Artist Program). It was clear even then, that Campbell was committed to the craft as a songwriter, with a deep desire to share his stories through song. Campbell Woods sat down with Jan Hall from Folk Roots Radio at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference. Check out Campbell Woods online at campbellwoodsmusic.com.
Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 388 of Folk Roots Radio.
Kip Winter and Dave Wilson are Winter Wilson. They releases a fabulous eighth studio album “Far Off On The Horizon” earlier this year, to coincide with a UK tour with the legendary Fairport Convention. The new album features twelve original songs about love, emigration and everyday people. It’s definitely worth checking out. On this episode we play the wonderful title track.
English singer-songwriter Molly-Anne has just released her new EP “Songs to the South” (2018, Self) which was inspired by what Molly describes as the raw and rugged coastline of Cornwall and the peaceful beauty of rural Gloucestershire around her home. We previewed the lovely video for the song “Polperro”, which we play on this episode, on Episode 382 of Folk Roots Radio.
Italian duo Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni are currently on tour in Canada with stops for Mariposa, Sunfest in London ON, Hugh’s Room in Toronto and Vancouver Folk Fest among other appearances. On this episode we play the song “Your Eyes On Me” from their most recent album, 2018’s “Twinkle Twinkle”. For more information visit ilariagrazianofrancescoforni.com.
Folk stalwarts Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer first met up with young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sam Gleaves at a traditional arts festival where they bonded over a love of traditional music, social justice and community.
Cathy and Marcy joined Sam in the studio for his first recording, “Ain’t We Brothers” in 2015, and they began touring and showcasing together at Folk Alliance International.
They’ve now released an album together, “Shout and Shine” and and on this episode we play the very catchy bluegrassy gospel style title track, a perfect choice for audience participation. It’s also a bit of an ear worm – once it gets in your head, it won’t leave. You’ve been warned.
According to Sam Gleaves, Shout and Shine focuses around themes of social justice, inclusion, celebrating diversity, and raising awareness about contemporary issues,
“I think that the whole ‘Shout and Shine’ idea says that art really is a valuable way to make a happy life for yourself. Cathy, Marcy, and I just got to know each other in the past 5-6 years and we’ve had this wonderful friendship because we all love and care about traditional music and the people and places that it comes from, as well as the culture and community.I hope that folks might hear the record and want to sing and play some of the songs, take a class, or even be inspired to write a song themselves. Anything to work music into their own life. It’s been such a blessing to me.”
The record draws on the trio’s diverse influences, featuring original songs by Fink and Gleaves, old time country songs, and songs written by celebrated songwriters Alice Gerrard, Tom Paxton, and Jim Beloff. The record honors folk music matriarchs Elizabeth Cotten, Jean Ritchie and Maybelle Carter with new interpretations of songs from their repertoires.
“We’ve been soaking in sounds and songs all our lives; Sam for 25 years, Cathy for 64 and Marcy for 62. Someplace along the line, music called us all together, finding common ground in a love of Appalachian traditional music, a love of harmony singing, a love of drawing outside the lines and a love of using music to instigate a positive change. Music is life, is love, is action, is more than the notes we play and the words we write. Most importantly, we love the community it brings.”
Bruce T. Carroll has just released a new E.P. “Finding You”, the follow-up to his 2017 debut “Ruckus & Romance”. On this episode we play “If You’re Still There”, a song Bruce started working on many years ago, when separated from his wife and children during Thanksgiving and Christmas while hospitalized for drug addiction.
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)
Far Off On The Horizon
Far Off On The Horizon (2018, Self)
(single) (2018, Self)
One Time In Twenty
A Startle Of Wings (2018, Self) CDN
Ilaria Graziano & Francesco Forni
Your Eyes On Me
Twinkle Twinkle (2018, Lamastrock/Goodfellas)
The Day Of Wrath, That Day
If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous (2018, Proper Records)
Blood Is Thicker Than Water (Live)
If She Stays (Live)
Van Gogh (Live)
Pitchforks and Torches
Settling Scores Vol. II (2018, Gatorbone Records)
I Will Shout Youngstown
The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From The Pen Of Si Kahn (2018, Turtle Bear Music)
Fink Marxer Gleaves
Shout And Shine
Shout And Shine (2018, Community Music)
Every Time I Fall Asleep
Run Away (2017, LUK Records)
Bruce T. Carroll
If You’re Still There
Finding You E.P. (2018, Self)