Guelph Ontario singer-songwriter Doris Folkens writes songs that are rooted in people and the events that shaped their lives. She’s just about to release her old-time styled self-titled debut. The album, produced by Toronto’s five-time Juno nominee, and seven-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Andrew Collins features seven original story songs with support from Collins (mandolin), Shane Cook (fiddle) and Frank Evans (banjo). “The story behind the album started two generations ago. During World War 2 in Hamburg, my grandmother rescued her piano from her burning house (the family house is depicted in the album art), which had been hit by a bomb. This was the piano that crossed the ocean on a container ship to Canada when my mother married. Years later, I learnt music on that same piano. I often wonder: If my grandmother hadn’t rescued that piano, would I be playing music at all? Her actions, two generations later, left their mark on the songs that I’ve written for this album. The songs are based on true family stories. It’s about where we came from and those who raised us.” The album also includes the Doris Folkens song “Lonesome In The Grave No More” which took home the Songs of the Heart award for humorous song at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference. We caught up with Doris Folkens at home in Guelph to chat about her music. The Doris Folkens CD release show will take place in Guelph at The Common on Saturday May 26 2018 at 7 p.m. For more information about the music of Doris Folkens, visit dorisfolkens.com. Music: Doris Folkens “Dig A Hole”, “Lonesome In The Grave No More” and “Right Side Of The Tracks” from “Doris Folkens” (2018, Self).
The Guelph Celtic Orchestra open their 2015/16 season with an encore performance from Canadian Folk Music Award nominees Shane Cook and Jake Charron. The show takes place on Saturday, November 7 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street, Guelph. Advance tickets are $20 ($30 at the door) for adults and $10 for Children 6-10 and are available from firstname.lastname@example.org and in person at Janus Books, 10 Paisley Street, Royal Plaza.
Folk Roots Radio on October 25 2014 (Episode 172) was built around a feature-length interview with Tara MacKenzie, Trevor MacKenzie and Mike Weir from the MacKenzie Blues Band at the Folk Music Ontario (FMO) conference. The interview also included five songs from their great new album, “Slam Bam!”. The first of many interviews we recorded at this year’s conference, I think it is also one of our best. Check it out here as part of this weekend’s show or elsewhere on this site.
Folk Roots Radio on October 11 2014 (Episode 170) was broadcast live from the Guelph Farmers Market as part of CFRU 93.3fm’s annual Raise Your Voice funding drive. In honour of Thanksgiving (Canadian), this week’s show also featured a Canadian and close to home music mix alongside feature interviews with Guelph-based musicians Nicole Ensing (with The Wild Oats) and Tyler Wagler.
The Guelph Celtic Orchestra open their 2014/15 season with a performance featuring a CD release party for one of the top fiddlers in the world, Shane Cook accompanied by Jake Charron. The show takes place on November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris Street in Guelph. Advance tickets are $20 ($30 at the door), children $12 ($22 at the door) and are available from email@example.com and in person at Janus Books, 10 Paisley Street, Royal Plaza. The Guelph Celtic Orchestra features professional and amateur musicians who are passionate about traditional Celtic music. The ensemble features a large fiddle section, guitars, accordion, piano, flutes, whistle, and double bass, and is also accompanied by award-winning step dancers. Following the GCO performance, Shane Cook and Jake Charron will take to the stage for the CD release of their new duo album “Head to Head”. Shane Cook is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion, a Grand North American Champion, and the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship. Jake Charron is continuing to build a reputation as one of Canada’s finest accompanists. For more information, visit guelphceltic.ca. Music: Shane Cook & Jake Charron, “Ontario Tunes (Sir Wilfred Laurier,/Timbertown/Snowflake Breakdown/Whitefish In The Rapids)” from “Head to Head”.
The Brian Pickell Band will be visiting Guelph on Monday April 28 2014 for a show at St David and St Patrick’s Church, 520 Speedvale Ave. E at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and are available from Rick Avery/Judy Greenhill (from local trad folk combo Relative Harmony), 519-763-2494. Rick Avery joined us by phone to chat about the Brian Pickell Band and why you should come out to Monday’s show. For more information on the Brian Pickell Band check out this Folk Roots Radio post and Brian’s website at www.brianpickell.com.
Lovers of traditional and celtic music will have two opportunities to catch the Brian Pickell Band on tour this April. They will be appearing in Waterloo at St Colomba’s Church, 250 Lincoln Road on April 25 2014 at 8 p.m. and in Guelph at St David and St Patrick’s Church, 520 Speedvale Ave. E on Monday April 28 2014 at 7:30 p.m.