Episode 239: Winterfolk, Richard Garvey, Road to Summerfolk 2016

This episode of Folk Roots Radio features three interviews. First up, we talk to Brian Gladstone about this year’s Winterfolk Festival, which takes place on the Danforth in Toronto from February 12 – 14. Later in the hour, singer-songwriter Richard Garvey joins us to chat about his latest E.P, “I Found A Box Of Beer In The Show” and to wrap things up, we chat to Tara MacKenzie from the MacKenzie Blues Band, about the Road To Summerfolk 2016 youth showcase opportunity.

The 14th Annnual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival takes place on the Danforth in Toronto from February 12-14 2016. Featuring some of the best blues and roots artists on the Canadian music scene, playing on five stages in four venues, it promises to be a fabulous weekend of live music. This year’s featured performers include Old Man Luedecke, Nashville’s Mean Mary, David Storey (of Corner Gas fame), Sudbury bloodgrass band Murder Murder, Toronto soul rockers Julian Taylor and blues great Jack De Keyzer, among many others. Buy tickets online HERE.

Guelph-based roots musician Richard Garvey is another in a long line of folkies using their music to try and inspire social change. His latest E.P. of upbeat acoustic folk, “I Found A Box of Beer In The Snow”, was recorded live off the floor with the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band. He’s heading out on tour in Ontario to showcase the new E.P., and has a CD release show at The Bookshelf e-bar on Quebec St in Guelph on February 4.

How would you like to play Summerfolk this year? Well, if you’re a budding musician between the ages of 14-22, Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival are inviting you to register to participate in the Road To Summerfolk 2016. Showcases will be held on Sundays in April ( April 3, 10, 17, 24) in Owen Sound, Paisley and Kitchener to select artists who will advance to the grand final in Owen Sound, where five acts will be selected to play the Friday night Discoveries concert and also participate in workshop sessions during the weekend. We caught up with Tara MacKenzie from the MacKenzie Blues Band, coordinator of the program in Owen Sound. Learn more about the Youth Discoveries program HERE. To learn more about Summerfolk, visit summerfolk.org.

Check out the full playlist with artist links below and share your love for all the great folk and roots music out there. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (expected 2016)

Mean Mary
Iron Horse
Year Of The Sparrow (2013, Self) CDN

Old Man Luedecke
The Early Days
Domestic Eccentric (2015, High Romance/True North)

Interview: Brian Gladstone discussing Winterfolk Festival 2016. Listen to the interview again HERE.

Jack De Keyzer
Electric Love
Electric Love (2012, Self) CDN

Adrianna Ciccone
A Daisy For Gilda
The Back of Winter (2015, Self) CDN

Richard Garvey
Singing Don’t Pay The Bills No More
I Found A Box Of Beer In The Show (2016, Self) CDN

Interview: Richard Garvey discussing his latest E.P., “I Found A Box Of Beer In The Show”. Listen to the interview again HERE.

Richard Garvey
I Found A Box Of Beer In The Show
I Found A Box Of Beer In The Show (2016, Self) CDN

Ben Turcotte
Orange Elephant
In These Notes (2015, Self) CDN

Interview: Tara MacKenzie from the MacKenzie Blues Band discussing the Road to Summerfolk 2016 youth showcase opportunity. Listen to the interview again HERE.

Jojo Worthington
7 (2015, Self)CDN

David Storey
I’m Coming Home
Coming Home (2015, Self) CDN

About the author


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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