Archive - 2021

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 607: feat. James Gordon In Conversation – When I Stayed Home
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 606: feat. T. Buckley – Frame By Frame & More New Releases
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 605: feat. Joe Nolan – Scrapper & More New Releases
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 604: feat. Red Dirt Skinners – Bear With Us & More New Releases
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 603: feat. The International Songwriting Competition & More New Releases
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 602: Donna Dunlop In Conversation – Backlight
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Alec Fraser Jr – On The Wings Of The Wind – Folk Roots Radio Interview
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 601: We’re All About The Music! (Time Well Spent Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 600: feat. My Name Is Suzie Ungerleider & More New Releases
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 599: We’re All About The Music! (Be Still Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 598: We’re All About The Music! (Superpower Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 597: feat. Rob Lutes – Come Around & More New Releases
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Mattie Leon – In Natural Light – Folk Roots Radio
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 596: We’re All About The Music! (The Road Ahead Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 595: feat. Alec Fraser Jr – On The Wings Of The Wind & More New Releases
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 594: feat. Mattie Leon – In Natural Light & More New Releases
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 593: We’re All About The Music! (Brighter Days Ahead Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 592: We’re All About The Music! (Let The Sun Shine In Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 591: feat. Kay Howl – Pink Trees & More New Releases
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 590: We’re All About The Music! (Keep On Smilin’ Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 589: We’re All About The Music! (The Universe Knows Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 588: Summer Festival Bliss – Hillside 2018
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 587: We’re All About The Music! (When Life Gives You Lemons Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 586: We’re All About The Music! (All Shall Be Well Edition)
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Folk Roots Radio Episode 585: We’re All About The Music! (Get Happy Together Edition)

Folk Roots Radio Episode 607: feat. James Gordon In Conversation – When I Stayed Home

Guelph ON singer-songwriter James Gordon joins us on Episode 607 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his pandemic release “When I Stayed Home”. Unable to bring anyone into the studio, James pretty much recorded the whole thing himself. However, making a new album was not the only thing that James Gordon has been up to during Covid lockdown. He also finished his novel “The Ark Of The Oven Mitt” (which includes a 36 song recording) and performed a virtual tour of his one-man show “James Gordon’s Emergency Climate Musical”. He also found time to kick cancer’s butt (Yeah, James!) and all while still working at his other job as a member of Guelph City Council. As you can imagine, we had lots to talk about, which is why we’ve decided to give the whole of this episode over to the interview. So, settle down and enjoy James Gordon… in Conversation on Folk Roots Radio. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 606: feat. T. Buckley – Frame By Frame & More New Releases

Calgary AB based singer-songwriter T. Buckley joins us on Episode 606 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about “Frame By Frame”, the follow up to the very well received “Miles We Put Behind” from 2018, and a recording T. Buckley describes as guided by the loved ones that have shaped his life. It’s a great album, and a fabulous conversation. As always, we wrap up the episode with more of the latest new releases and this time around they are all by female artists. Join us for new music from Janis Ian, Efrat, Ana Egge, Charlotte Cornfield, Laurel Premo, Annie Sumi, AV (Ann Vriend) and Andrea Ramolo. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 605: feat. Joe Nolan – Scrapper & More New Releases

Edmonton AB’s Joe Nolan is a fabulous songwriter, and an artist who consistently produces excellent albums. He joins us on Episode 605 of Folk Roots Radio for a wonderful in-depth conversation about his latest album “Scrapper”, the follow up to 2020’s “Drifters” which was nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year at that year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards. We wrap up the hour with more new music, and this time around we feature new releases from Caroline Wiles, Terry Morrison, Kimon Kirk, Bob Jensen & Tony McManus, Laurel Premo, ALMA, How We Led Our Lives, Valerie Smith and Dizzy & Fay. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 604: feat. Red Dirt Skinners – Bear With Us & More New Releases

Rob and Sarah Skinner, who make music together as Red Dirt Skinners, have a much bigger sound than two people should ever be able to produce. They also create music that ticks all the boxes – it can be catchy, and driving, and full of soaring harmonies and fabulous soprano sax solos or they can pull everything back and become incredibly intimate. They join us on Episode 604 of Folk Roots Radio to talk about their great new album “Bear With Us” which has more pop/rock sounds than their previous recordings. Formerly living in the UK, and now happy at home in Canada, it’s a great interview – and Bear With Us is an excellent album. As always, we wrap up the hour with more new music and this time around we hear from Ptarmigan, Cynthia Marchant, John Pippus, Staran, Lynne Hanson and Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 603: feat. The International Songwriting Competition & More New Releases

We’re pleased to bring you another hour of great new music on Episode 603 of Folk Roots Radio. This episode is a little different though, as all the music is by Canadian artists and we’re also including a short interview with Shane Whalen, Director of Marketing at the International Songwriting Competition who are celebrating their 20th anniversary with the launch of a brand new annual prize, the Spotlight Award which focuses on talent from a specific region of the world. This time around, in collaboration with Canada’s music licensing organization SOCAN, the prize will go to a Canadian songwriter. We wrap up the episode with new releases from Canadian artists T. Buckley, Pat Chessell, Sophie Lukacs, The Fretless, Yves Desrosiers, Big Little Lions, Slow Leaves, Born On A Wednesday, Luke Michielsen, Joe Nolan, Daniel James McFadyen and Alanna Gurr.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 602: Donna Dunlop In Conversation – Backlight

Toronto based singer-songwriter and poet Donna Dunlop joins us on Episode 602 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her career in music, and latest album “Backlight” which features songs that were originally recorded in 2000-2001, but revisited this past year with support and instrumentation from producer/engineer and guitarist Steve Sherman. Although Donna is no longer active as a live performer, she has a great music catalogue and lots of interesting stories to share. So, settle down and enjoy Donna Dunlop… in Conversation on Folk Roots Radio.

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Alec Fraser Jr – On The Wings Of The Wind – Folk Roots Radio Interview

Alec Fraser Jr is a renowned bass player and producer/engineer, and half of dynamic roots duo Fraser/Daley. He’s now added singer-songwriter to the resume and joins us live on Folk Roots Radio for an in-depth conversation about his career in music and first solo album “On The Wings Of The Wind” which was recorded while in pandemic lockdown with support from some fine musicians including Chris Bartos (violin/fiddle), and Jimmy Bowskill (mandolin). As a bassist, Alec Fraser Jr has toured internationally and worked with many world-class artists, playing with everyone from Bo Diddley, Ben E. King and The Drifters to Jeff Healey, Jack de Keyser, Ron Hynes and Ron Sexsmith. As a producer, he’s worked with some of our favourite artists… people like Rick Fines, John Brooks, Clela Errington. He’s also produced several albums that have made it on to our annual ‘best of the year’ list. Alec Fraser Jr is also the inventor of ‘the circus bass’, seven drums attached to an upright bass that allows him to play both bass and drums at the same time – using a brush held between his fingers. A lot to talk about – needless to say it was a fabulous conversation. We hope you’ll check it out. For more information about the music of Alec Fraser Jr, visit alecfraserjr.com.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 601: We’re All About The Music! (Time Well Spent Edition)

We have more great new music to share with you on Episode 601 of Folk Roots Radio – some wonderful new songs, and guess what, they were all received within the last few weeks. So stay with us as we check out new releases from Kristen Martell, Josienne Clarke, Steve Warner, Jeremy Voltz, Graham Rorie, Clever Hopes, Daniel James McFadyen, Matt McGinn & Aoife Scott, Andrea Ramolo, Howard Gladstone, Tania Joy, Billy Bragg, Zachary Lucky and Sarah McQuaid. Remember, if you like what you hear on Folk Roots Radio… and want to support the artists… don’t just stream their music, BUY their music and then you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time, when it’s really hard to find live show opportunities. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 600: feat. My Name Is Suzie Ungerleider & More New Releases

We’ve just released our 600th episode of Folk Roots Radio! To celebrate, we’re pleased to bring you another great interview. Suzie Ungerleider joins us on the show for a wonderful conversation about her latest album. You might not recognize the name Suzie Ungerleider, but if we tell you that she is a two-time Juno nominee and has released ten albums, nine of them under the name Oh Susanna, we’re sure that you now know who she is. Suzie is now making music under her own name and she’s just released a great new recording, “My Name Is Suzie Ungerleider”. As always, we wrap up the episode with more new releases, and this time around they are all by female artists. Join us for new music from ALMA, Annie Sumi, Julie Title, Colleen Power, HEISK, Sierra Ferrell, Valerie Smith and Dar Williams. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 599: We’re All About The Music! (Be Still Edition)

We’re all about the music again on Episode 599 of Folk Roots Radio as we bring you another hour of great new releases, with some fabulous Covid tunes and social justice songs thrown into the mix. We’ve said this a few times now – but we can’t believe how much great new music is out there. It’s our great pleasure to bring more of it to you on this episode. Join us for songs from Amos Lee, John McCutcheon, Joy Zimmerman, John Michael Ferrari, HEISK, The Furious Seasons, James Gordon, John Wort Hannam, War & Pierce, Madison Violet, Willie Nile, Matt Patershuk, Jackson Grimm, Gordie Tentrees, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and Finny McConnell. Remember, if you like what you hear on Folk Roots Radio… and want to support the artists… don’t just stream their music, BUY their music and then you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time, when it’s really hard to find live show opportunities. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 598: We’re All About The Music! (Superpower Edition)

We’re holding back the interviews again on Episode 598 of Folk Roots Radio to bring you another hour of the best new releases. There is just so much great new music out there and, sadly, so little time to play it – but we’ll do our bit again on this episode. This time around we hear from Jordana Talsky, Matt Patershuk, Caroline Wiles, Efrat, Eli West, John McCutcheon, John Gage and Aaron Bibelhauser, John Wort Hannam, Red Dirt Skinners, Chris Coole, Big Little Lions, Craig Robertson, Jabbour, T. Buckley and Finny McConnell. Remember, if you like what you hear on Folk Roots Radio… and want to support the artists… don’t just stream their music, BUY their music and then you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time, when it’s really hard to find live show opportunities. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 597: feat. Rob Lutes – Come Around & More New Releases

We’re off to Pointe-Claire QC on Episode 597 of Folk Roots Radio to chat with singer-songwriter Rob Lutes about his wonderful eighth solo album “Come Around”. No stranger to this show, Rob Lutes’ last album – the critically acclaimed “Walk In The Dark” was our favourite album of 2017. Come Around is another beautiful blend of folk, blues and Americana, and in some ways it’s a reflection on the challenges we all face in life but particularly during these strange pandemic times. As always, we wrap up the episode with more great new releases, and this time around they are all by Canadian artists. Join us for new music from Lynne Hanson , Alicia Toner, The Fretless, Marc Audet, Barney Bentall & Geoffrey Kelly, Isaac Murdoch (Bomgiizhik) & Matt Epp, Gordie Tentrees, Ken Tizzard & Music For Goats and The McDades. Check out the full playlist below.

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Mattie Leon – In Natural Light – Folk Roots Radio

Mattie Leon returns to Folk Roots Radio to chat about his latest album “In Natural Light”. Mattie has a catchy and soulful folk/pop style, and the most amazing singing voice – one that he describes as… a bit like Paul Simon, solo Paul McCartney or James Taylor – but just a little higher! No stranger to Folk Roots Radio, Mattie joined us in the studio in 2019 for a fun chat and some great live songs. You can check out that interview HERE. Recently signed by Inside Pocket Music, In Natural Light was recorded at Noble St Studios in Toronto with JUNO-award winning producer, Gavin Brown (Sarah Harmer, Metric, Barenaked Ladies). For more information about the music of Mattie Leon, visit mattieleon.com.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 596: We’re All About The Music! (The Road Ahead Edition)

We’re all about the music on Episode 596 of Folk Roots Radio as we check out more of the great new music we’ve received. Many artists have been spending their time off the road working on new songs, and often whole albums. A lot of those new songs are now being released, which means an abundance of wonderful new music to check out. Join us on this episode as we hear from Carrie Newcomer, Craig Robertson, The Pairs, Kristin Ormiston, Brad Kolodner, Ray Lambiase, Samantha Crain, Digging Roots, Adrian Sutherland, Willie Nile, Rachel Garlin, Larry Folk, Pokey LaFarge, Jackson Browne and Dar Williams. Remember, if you like what you hear on Folk Roots Radio… and want to support the artists… don’t just stream their music, BUY their music and then you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time, when it’s really hard to find live show opportunities. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 595: feat. Alec Fraser Jr – On The Wings Of The Wind & More New Releases

Alec Fraser Jr is a renowned bass player and producer/engineer, and half of dynamic roots duo Fraser/Daley. He’s now added singer-songwriter to his resume. Alec Fraser Jr joins us on Episode 595 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his extensive career in music and excellent new solo album “On The Wings Of The Wind”. It’s a wonderful conversation – we hope you’ll stay with us to check it out. As always, we wrap up the rest of the episode with more new releases, and this time around we hear from Serious Child & Andy Ruddy, OXLIP, Aasiva and Graham Rorie. We also include a special musical tribute to Nanci Griffith who sadly passed away recently. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 594: feat. Mattie Leon – In Natural Light & More New Releases

Singer-songwriter Mattie Leon has a catchy and soulful folk/pop style, and the most amazing singing voice – one that he describes as… a bit like Paul Simon, solo Paul McCartney or James Taylor – but just a little higher! Mattie joins us on Episode 594 of Folk Roots Radio for a fun conversation about his latest album “In Natural Light”, which was recorded with JUNO-award winning producer Gavin Brown (Sarah Harmer, Metric, Barenaked Ladies). As always, we wrap up the rest of the hour with more new music and this time around we hear from Amy Speace with The Orphan Brigade, Aoife O’Donovan, Jesse Terry, Mick McAuley, The Piros, Shawna Caspi, Janet Cull, Bobby Dove and Del Barber. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 593: We’re All About The Music! (Brighter Days Ahead Edition)

Join us on Episode 593 for another ‘all music’ Covid Times edition of Folk Roots Radio. No interviews, just loads of great new music. As always, we have some wonderful new releases to share with you. This time around we hear from Annie Gallup, Brian Campbell, Steve Paul Simms, Red Dirt Skinners, Barney Bentall & Geoffrey Kelly, Diana Jones, Murray McLauchlan, Dan O’Rourke, AHI, Paul Reddick, Kat Danser, Daniel Lanois, OXLIP and The Lucky Ones. Remember, if you like what you hear on Folk Roots Radio… and want to support the artists… don’t just stream their music, BUY their music and then you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time, when it’s really hard to find live show opportunities. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 592: We’re All About The Music! (Let The Sun Shine In Edition)

We’re pleased to bring you another all-music hour on Episode 592 of Folk Roots Radio. We still can’t get over how much great new music is out there at the moment. Who knew that if artists couldn’t tour, they’d spend all their time in the studio working on great new material? Well, creators gotta create. If you can’t play live then why not stay home and crank out some great new tunes! Join us for new releases from Chris Cleverley, Joy Zimmerman, Glenn Chatten, Laney Lou And The Bird Dogs, Graham Rorie, Serious Child & Andy Ruddy, Dana Sipos, Jackson Grimm, Adrienne Nye, Caroline Marie Brooks (Good Lovelies), Good Lovelies, Alicia Toner, Aasiva, Sarah Burton and Kate Taylor. As always, if you like what you hear on Folk Roots Radio… and want to support the artists… don’t just stream their music, BUY their music and you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time, when it’s really hard to find live show opportunities. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 591: feat. Kay Howl – Pink Trees & More New Releases

London ON based singer-songwriter Kay Howl joins us on Episode 591 of Folk Roots Radio for an in-depth conversation about her music. You may not recognize the name Kay Howl, until we tell you that as Kay Oh Chay, she was the big voice behind the keys of the fun bluesy duo, The Oh Chays. She’s now back with a new identity, new direction and a wonderful new album, “Pink Trees”. It’s a great interview – we hope you’ll stay with us to check it out. As always, we wrap up the episode with more new releases, and this time around they are all by female artists as we hear from Flo Perlin, Tenise Marie, Tess Anderson, Allison Russell, Katie McNally Trio, Tania Joy, Katherine Priddy and Madeline Doornaert. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 590: We’re All About The Music! (Keep On Smilin’ Edition)

We’re holding back the interviews on Episode 590 of Folk Roots Radio as we bring you more of the latest new releases. There is loads of great new music out there at the moment, as artists make good use of their time off the road during Covid times. This time around we hear from Suzie Ungerleider (formerly Oh Susanna), Donna Dunlop, The Fretless, Carly Thomas, Chris Murphy, The Small Glories & Darling West, Murray McLauchlan, Ray Cooper, Fresh Breath, The Wildwood Family, AV (Ann Vriend), Alicia Toner, Joe Nolan, Bruce T. Carroll and Steve Marriner. As always, if you like what you hear on this show and want to support the artists – don’t just stream their music, BUY their music and you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time, when it’s hard to find live shows. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 589: We’re All About The Music! (The Universe Knows Edition)

Join us on Episode 589 of Folk Roots Radio for another hour of great new music. We have some wonderful new releases to share with you, including three tracks from a new Willie Dunn compilation that celebrates the late great indigenous Canadian singer-songwriter, whose songs have gained renewed resonance as Canada is finally forced to reckon with the inhumane way it has treated its native peoples. We’re also pleased to bring you new songs from Cameron & Crawford, Kate McDonnell, Dana Sipos, Peggy Seeger, Staran, Guy Davis, Jared Rabin, Domenic DeCicco, Mark Schatz & Bryan McDowell, Donita Large, Bob Bradshaw and Chris Ronald alongside a recent classic from Nick Lowe. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 588: Summer Festival Bliss – Hillside 2018

Many of Canada’s summer music festivals have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Join us on Episode 588 of Folk Roots Radio as we relive one of our favourite festival experiences, the 2018 Hillside Festival. Set on the island at beautiful Guelph Lake, just outside Guelph, in Southern Ontario, Hillside has an incredible vibe. Authentic, inclusive, respectful and environmentally sustainable… Hillside is a festival that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Stay tuned as we chat with Frank Evans from The Slocan Ramblers, Martin Harley, the Fortunate Ones and Cécile Doo-Kingué. We also squeeze in music from Hillside 2018 favourites, Rev. Sekou and female Latino vocal group LADAMA. Although there is no in-person Hillside Festival this year, you can still visit Hillside virtually, from the comfort of your own home, as Hillside Homeside 2021. It’s not like being there, but actually, it’s not bad. Live music, spoken word and dance performances, workshops, children’s programming, Hillside archive presentations and more – it’s all there – just like the real thing. And like the real summer festival, the presentations are only available from July 23 – 25. You can check them out from wherever you are on the planet by following the links from hillsidefestival.ca. And guess what, it’s all free, though if you want to make a donation, we’re sure they would love you for it! Check our the full playlist for this episode below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 587: We’re All About The Music! (When Life Gives You Lemons Edition)

We’re pleased to bring you another hour of great new music on Episode 587 of Folk Roots Radio as we hold back the interviews to take a look at more of the latest new releases with some fine social justice songs thrown into the mix. This time around we hear from Flo Perlin, How We Led Our Lives, An Early Bird, Luke LeBlanc, Chris Coole with Mark Killanski, John Showman, Adrian Gross & Sam Allison; Diana Jones, Harpin’ Norm, Reid Jamieson, James Bruce Moore, Pierre Sabourin, Jabbour, The Slowinks, Sons Of The Never Wrong, Shawna Caspi and Moors & McCumber. As always, if you like what you hear on this show and want to support the artists – don’t just stream their music, BUY their music and you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time, when it’s hard to find live shows. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 586: We’re All About The Music! (All Shall Be Well Edition)

We’re pleased to bring you another selection of the best new releases on Episode 586 of Folk Roots Radio. There is loads of great music out there at the moment as many artists have been using their time off the road during Covid times to come up with some wonderful new songs. Join us for music from The Accidentals, The Levins, Robin & Linda Williams, Jani Lauzon, Noel Paul Stookey, The Advocate Collective, Moors & McCumber, Steel Rail, Lennie Gallant, Yael Wand, The Strange Valentines, Charlie Mosbrook and Peggy Seeger. As always, if you like what you hear and want to support the artists, don’t just stream their music – buy their music and then you’ll really make a difference to the artists during this difficult time when live shows are hard to come by. Check out the full playlist below.

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Folk Roots Radio Episode 585: We’re All About The Music! (Get Happy Together Edition)

We’re pleased to bring you another hour of great new music on Episode 585 of Folk Roots Radio. Join us for new releases from Rob Lutes, String Bone, Geoff Samuels, Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny, Duane Andrews & Donald MacLennan, Black Umfolosi, Chris Pierce, Adrian Sutherland & Midnight Shine, Del Barber, Georgia Lee Johnson, Rachelle van Zanten and Kelly’s Lot. We wrap up the hour with a musical tribute to the fabulous blues singer-songwriter and awesome slide player Ellen McIlwaine who sadly left us recently. Check out the full playlist below.

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