Ross McKitrick and Rick Avery from Guelph-based celtic band The Wild Oats joined us in the studio on December 7 2013 to play a few songs from their latest CD, “Dog-eared Hymnal Vol 1” and play a few songs. Dog Eared Hymnal Vol 1 features 29 hymns and folks tunes arranged into medleys of jigs, reels, waltzes and airs. The CD celebrates the musical connection between the English hymnal and the traditional Celtic repertoire. Beloved hymn tunes handed down for generations come alive in their alter ego as reels, jigs, waltzes and airs. The Wild Oats are Ross McKitrick (small pipes, pennywhistle and bodhran), Rick Avery (guitar), Jonathan Avery (fiddle), Nicole Ensing (piano), Tom Van Milligen (bass) and Daniel Warren (trumpet). Proceeds from the release of Dog-eared Hymnal will help support the work of World Vision Canada.
Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala get together once a year for Folkway Music’s Annual Christmas Concert. “Songs for the Snowy Season” features songs – old and new, all written with the winter season in mind; it is a wonderful Guelph holiday tradition and shouldn’t be missed.
Crash Bamboo feat. Ambre McLean and Preetam Sengupta joined us live on Folk Roots Radio in the CFRU studio on November 9 2013 for a chat and a few songs. A truly beautiful forty minutes of live radio. Visit Ambre McLean online at ambremclean.com and Preetam Sengupta online at preetam.ca. Music: Crash Bamboo, “Hey You” (Live), “Just A Word” (Live), “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (Bobby McFerrin) (Live), Ash & Bloom “Heaven Is A Ghost Town” from “Ash & Bloom” E.P. (2013, Self), “Coming Home” (Live) and “May The Sun Always Shine At Your Door” (Live).
Brenda McMorrow releases her latest CD, “Igniting the Beauty” on Saturday November 16 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Dublin St United Church, 68 Suffolk, Guelph, Ontario.
Carlos del Junco is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it’s either retire the category or rephrase the question to “Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos”. This includes two Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada which includes Carlos’ eight time Harmonica Player of The Year wins out fifteen years of the Maple Leaf Blues Awards.To say he plays the harmonica is like saying “Jimi Hendrix plays guitar”. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he’s holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), guitarist Eric St. Laurent and Mark Mariash on drums. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.
For more info about Carlos visit carlosdeljunco.com.
Carlos del Junco
Saturday November 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Cooperators Hall, River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street Guelph
Peter Boyer and JK Gulley, Cypress Hills
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Union Man
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, V8 Cars
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Bad Habits
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Louis Riel
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Quarter Horse Pro
The Sweet Lowdown are Amanda Blie on guitar, Shanti Bremer on banjo and Miriam Sonstenes on fiddle. Equally comfortable in trad, celtic and bluegrass genres; live they exude such brightness and exuberance that you wish that you could sit and listen to them all day. Their second album, the Canadian Folk Music Award nominated May was released in 2012. We caught up with them at Folk Music Ontario in October 2013.
For more information visit www.thesweetlowdown.ca.
David Ross MacDonald is a guitarist and singer-songwriter with an interesting past. A trained geologist, he is also a jazz turned folk-roots drummer for acclaimed Australia band, The Waifs. He’s equally well-known for his gorgeous finger-picking instrumentals as for thought-provoking lyrics and a languid vocal style that can give you goose bumps. His most recent album is Thorns to Sleep (2010). He also has an mp3 album “Live at the Elora Acoustic Cafe” available via his website. He may hail from Australia but he’s no stranger to Canada. We caught up with him at Folk Music Ontario in October 2013. For more information, visit www.davidrossmacdonald.com. Music: David Ross MacDonald, “Rocks & Snow” and “Till I’m Gone” from Live at the Elora Acoustic Cafe (2013, self).
Birds of Chicago feat. JT Nero and Allison Russell joined us in the studio for a chat and a few songs on September 11 2013.
Birds of Chicago, Cannonball from Birds of Chicago (2012, Self) CDN
Birds of Chicago, All The City Girls (Live in the Studio)
Birds of Chicago, Flying Dreams (Live in the Studio)
Birds of Chicago, Come Morning from Birds of Chicago (2012, Self) CDN
Perpetual e-Motion, featuring Ed Howe and John Coté are an incredibly talented duo whose staple is a progressive folk/rock/celtic groove with elements of bluegrass and world music. They are joined us in the studio on July 20 2013 to chat about their album, “Perpetual e-motion”.
For more on Perpetual e-Motion visit their website at perpetuale-motion.com.
The Grande Dame of Canadian folk festivals has announced the full artistic line-up for its 53rd annual edition taking place July 5-7, 2013, at Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.
DRUMHAND have just released their third album “Cheer On The Sun”. Fueled by an array of drums and percussion and inspired by just as diverse an array of social themes, Cheer On The Sun features a myriad of catchy horn work and snug melodies to inspire curious ears and dancing bodies, and to provoke thoughtful minds.
Lynn Miles and Katherine Wheatley will be in concert on April 27 2013 at the Unitarian Congregation of Guelph. This is a dynamic Canadian singer/songwriter double bill show that you won’t want to miss. Both artists offer original songs with heartfelt lyrics and meaningful melodies.
James Gordon has taken a break from his community activism and political aspirations to record his latest CD (the 25th – we’re counting), Coyote’s Calling. Coyote’s Calling features performances by James Gordon with a backing band that includes his sons Evan and Geordie, as well as Katherine Wheatley, Jane Lewis, Jude Vadala and Louisa Krátká.
James joined us in the studio on Saturday January 5 2013; the first opportunity for anyone in Guelph to hear tracks from Coyote’s Calling plus a new song from James, “Idle No More” written especially for the aboriginal rights campaign.