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.
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.
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.
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.
Guelph-based singer-songwriter Gregory Hoskins joined us in the studio in <strong>November 2013</strong> to chat about his latest project, a collaboration with drummer/percussionist Gary Craig, The Map of Above – The Map of Below (2013), an album with a wonderful sensual feel and stripped down rootsy groove.
Fore more information about Gregory Hoskins, visit www.gregoryhoskins.com.
Ariana Gillis is in Guelph on March 1 2014 at 8:00 p.m. for a show at Silence, 46 Essex St in Guelph. If you’ve not seen her in concert you really need to check her out. She writes really strong songs and is an amazing live performer. Her latest album is Forget Me Not. We had a chance to talk to Ariana at Folk Music Ontario in October. We’re happy to share this interview again.
For more information on Ariana Gillis, visit www.arianagillis.com.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The Funky Mamas joined us in the studio on October 13 2012 to chat and play songs from their new album “Pickin’ in the Garden”. The CD release concert takes place on Saturday October 20 at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, just north of Woodlawn Ave on Highway 6. There will be two shows at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. Tickets are very reasonably priced at $3 each or $10 for a family (suggested minimum donation) which sounds like an absolute steal. However, I’m sure they would love it if you decided to pay a little more and took a copy of their new CD home with you too!
The Funky Mamas specialize in music for everyone, children, families, even folkies! They feature ‘Mama Tannis’ – Tannis Maynard-Langedijk on guitar, ‘Mama Chantal’ – Chantal von Maydell on fiddle, ‘Mama Kate’ – Kate Vestula on banjo and banjo ukelele and ‘Mama Georgia’ – multi-instrumentalist Georgia Urban on pretty much everything else including the musical saw! Needless to say, they all like to sing. For more information, visit www.thefunkymamas.com.