Rockwood’s own, singer-songwriter Ian Reid will be releasing his latest album, “Delivered on Delhi Street” in May. We’ve been given a sneak listen to the album, and are pleased to bring you the title track which documents the birth of a certain baby at Guelph General Hospital. We’re sure you can guess who. Ian will be joining us live in the studio in the run up to the album release. For more information on Ian check out his website at ianreid.ca.
Let’s all raise a “Little Glass of Wine” to Jesse Winchester. Rest In Peace, Jesse Winchester (1944 – 2014).
Jack Cooper joined us on Folk Roots Radio on April 5 2014 to chat about a fundraiser for singer-songwriter Mary Anne Epp, at the ANAF in Guelph on April 12 at 8:00 p.m. Even if you can’t make the show, you can donate online here. Funds raised will help Mary-Anne get back on her feet and allow her to complete the album “Precious Girl”. To learn more about Mary-Anne’s story, read this article in Chateleine.
Guelph singer-songwriter Gayle Ackroyd joined us in the studio on Folk Roots Radio on April 5 2014. Gayle plays the Three Rivers Coffee House, 40 Margaret St, Guelph (River of Life Church) on April 12 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
For more information on Gayle Ackroyd, visit gayleackroyd.com.
To buy music, visit Gayle’s page on CD Baby.
Singer-songwriter and storyteller David Francey returns to the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St in Elora on Saturday April 12 2014 at 8:00 p.m.. David was nominated for his 4th Juno for his most recent album, the fabulous “So Say We All”. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and available from Box Social in Elora, Magnolia Café in Guelph or by contacting Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org. As usual, this promises to be a very special experience.
Our good friend Jack Cooper from BerLen Music will be joining us on Folk Roots Radio on April 5 2014 to chat about a special fundraiser for singer-songwriter Mary Anne Epp taking place at the ANAF in Guelph on April 12 at 8:00 p.m. A minimum donation of $10 is suggested and you can register online here. Mary-Anne’s song, “Rhoda” was written about an encounter with a homeless woman. Little did she know that she herself would end up homeless one day. Mary-Anne has written many great songs and hopefully this fundraiser will help Mary-Anne get back on her feet. To learn more about Mary-Anne’s story, read this article in Chateleine. There, but for the grace of God…
Jonathan Byrd returns to Guelph on Friday April 11 2014 for a Folkway Music sponsored show with his Pick Up Cowboys at Magnolia Café. The North Carolina native has been gaining quite the reputation for his live performances, as well as strong songwriting comparisons to John Prine, Guy Clark and Lyle Lovett. Tickets are $20 and available online here or by calling 519-766-4663 for reservations. Seating is limited. This show is sure to sell out so don’t delay. For your enjoyment, here is Jonathan Byrd with “I Was An Oak Tree” from his 2010 album Cackalack. For more information, visit jonathanbyrd.com.
Guelph-based singer-songwriter Gayle Ackroyd will be playing live at the Three Rivers Coffee House, 40 Margaret St, Guelph (River of Life Church) on April 12 2014 at 7:00 p.m. She’ll also be joining us live in the studio on Folk Roots Radio on Saturday April 3 during our second hour. Can’t wait!. This is a demo of a new song from Gayle called “The Rains Came Down”. We really like it. What do you think?
Fred Eaglesmith is setting off on his Small Town Ontario Spring Tour. He’ll be playing legions and other small venues across rural Ontario. We’re lucky to have some tickets to giveaway for the show in Kitchener at the Kitchener Polish Legion Branch, 601 Wellington St North on Thursday April 3 2014 at 8 p.m. and in Freelton at the Valens Community Centre, 1818 Valens Road for Friday April 4 2014 at 8 p.m. To get into the draw, all you need to do is let us know the name of Fred’s new album. What could be easier?
One of the pleasant things about programming a radio show is that every now and again an album crosses your desk, from someone you’ve never heard of, that really makes you sit up and take notice. That happened again a couple of weeks ago when “More Love and Happiness” the latest album by Toronto based singer-songwriter Clela Errington arrived in the mail. Very rootsy, a bit jazzy with some interesting world beat influences thrown in; its become an instant hit on this show. We were so pleased to finally hook up with Clela for an interview. The good news is that she will be in the area on Saturday March 29 2014 for a show at Music in the Wood Rockwood at 8:00 p.m.
For more on Clela, visit clelaerrington.ca.
Birds of Chicago (featuring JT Nero and Ally Russell) will be at Mariposa Folk Festival (July 4, 5, 6) this summer. There latest album is the live set Live From Space. Birds of Chicago are an amazing live band. Definitely check them out, when they come to your town. You’ll not be disappointed.
JT Nero and Ally Russell joined us in the studio in October. Check out their visit here.
For more on Birds of Chicago visit birdsofchicago.com.
This is a nice video to a beautiful song, the thought-provoking “Sweet and Sunny South”, by New Orleans based singer-songwriter Gina Forsyth (of The Malvinas) . It’s a song that speaks to the culture of the deep south of the United States. It really has great cross over potential for folk and politics; perfect for those who enjoy what we do here at Folk Roots Radio but also take in the humorous political commentary and interviews on our sister show Beyond the Ballot Box. Thanks to uber-humour-folkie Christine Lavin for the heads-up and the video.
Sue Smith and Shannon Kingsbury joined us in the studio on March 22 2014 to chat about “Towards A Little Light”, the new E.P. from Ondine Chorus. The E.P. features two original compositions and three stunning arrangements of traditional tunes. E.P. launch takes place on Saturday March 29 at 2 p.m. at Guelph’s MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. Tickets are $20 in advance (from The Bookshelf) and $25 at the door. Please note that seating is limited. The CD release will feature Ondine Chorus with special guests Jeff Bird, Gary Diggins, Robert Kingsbury, and Alden Hadwen. For more information on the release party, visit the Facebook event page. (Photo credit: Aidan Ware)
Joni Nehrita joined us in the studio for a chat about her new jazz-styled E.P. “Beginnings” on March 22 2014. Joni will be celebrating the launch of the E.P. with a show at the Guelph Black Heritage Society, 88 Essex St., Guelph on Saturday March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Joni’s band for the evening will feature Thomas Hammerton (Keys), Tyler Wagler (Bass), Jane Ellenton (Woodwind) and Mark Kelso (Drums). Tickets: $20. Expect a show that runs the gamut from soul, funk, pop to reggae. For more information visit www.joninehrita.com.
Folk Roots Radio on March 22 2014 (Episode 142) featured two interviews. During the first hour, Sue Smith and Shannon Kingsbury from The Ondine Chorus joined us to chat about their new E.P. “Towards A Little Light”. Their album launch takes place on Saturday March 29 at 2 p.m. in Guelph at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Later in the show, singer-songwriter Joni Nehrita joined us to talk about her varied musical interests, including her new jazz-styled (download) E.P. “Beginnings”. The Joni Nehrita Quintet play The Guelph Black Heritage Society, Essex St in Guelph on March 29 at 8 p.m.
Singer/Songwriter Kev Morse joined us in the studio on Folk Roots Radio on March 15 2014. Kev previewed songs from his upcoming album “In The Blood”. In the Blood is the follow up to 2010’s “Live Under The Broom Tree”. It was recorded with Greg Woods on drums, Jeremy Giesbrecht on bass with keyboards/production by Tim Alberts. The new CD also features a killer string section with Sharon Tiessen on cello, and Sahra Featherstone on violin.
Fred Eaglesmith is heading back out on the road with his travelling show this spring to celebrate the launch of his latest album (number twenty, for those counting), the AM (and FM) radio friendly “Tambourine”. The Fred Eaglesmith Show, featuring a full night of original music, jokes and a pie auction will be playing small town venues throughout Ontario. Find your tickets online at www.fredeaglesmith.com or at the door. We caught up with him for a chat while taking a very short break between shows.