Album of the Week – Glen MacNeil ‘Where The Heart Remains’

Windsor-based singer-songwriter Glen MacNeil‘s debut album “Where The Heart Remains” is very much a personal testament to love and life. Ten fine songs, written or co-written by Glen, that focus on life, love and personal relationships, and his Cape Breton roots – The Island Where The Heart Remains; it is very much in the tradition of great Canadian singer-songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot and Dave Gunning. Featuring some fabulous musicianship, and beautifully understated production from John Law (of The Laws), the album is a joy for the ears, and one that once you start listening, you need to stay with to the end.

The album features acoustic guitar and vocals from Glen – with guitar, resophonic guitar, mandolin and organ from John Law, and backing vocals from John & Michele Law. Guest musicians include J.P. Cormier on fiddle, and John Allan Cameron‘s son Stuart Cameron (from The Heartbroken) playing electric guitar on “Up On High”, a tribute to the ‘Godfather of Celtic Music’. The album also features fellow veteran Windsor singer-songwriter (and co-writer) Philip Scott Poli on backing vocals on one of the albums strongest tracks “I Wish I Was A Train” – a song that’s sure to interest Nashville country singers looking for a good cover. The overall impression is that this is a very strong debut. I look forward to hearing more from Glen MacNeil. For more information visit glensongs.com.

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JAN HALL

Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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