Folk Roots Radio Episode 241: Mark Martyre

Episode 241 of Folk Roots Radio features an interview with Toronto singer-songwriter Mark Martyre recorded at the Folk Music Ontario conference this past October. Mark also played a couple of songs live for us. Mark has just released his fourth solo album, “Bluebird” and is out on tour in Ontario in March.

Mark Martyre plays Silence (Guelph) on March 4, The Artbar (Hamilton) on March 5 and The Piston (Toronto) on March 13. Check out all the tour dates HERE. For more information, visit

We started out the show with four songs transitioning from winter into spring, leading off with “Long Winter” from Lynn Jackson‘s 2015 album “Songs of Rain, Snow & Remembering”. Lynn joined us on Folk Roots Radio last fall to chat about the new album. You can find the interview on our website HERE.

We followed that with “The Coldest Winter in the History of the World” from “Winter”, the new album from Lynn Miles, which features eight songs about winter coupled with five more about Christmas. I couldn’t resist playing that particular winter song, even if this winter hasn’t been the coldest, although as the colder weather is not over yet, I hope I haven’t jinxed myself!

The coldest winter? Well, for me that would definitely be last year, the coldest and snowiest winter that I’ve experienced during my time in Canada. Let’s not mention the amount of snow-shovelling I needed to do, or the fact that I ended up with a case of tennis (or should that be snow-shoveller’s?) elbow.

We headed into spring with two songs – “Winter Spring” from Catherine MacLellan‘s acclaimed album “The Raven Sun”, and “Song About Spring” from Georgetown Ontario singer-songwriter Collette Andrea’s 2014 E.P. “Steady Sun”.

Well, that’s all we have time for. 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)

Lynn Jackson
Long Winter
Songs of Rain, Snow & Remembering (2015, Busted Flat Records) CDN

Lynn Miles
The Coldest Winter in the History of the World
Winter (2015, Self) CDN

Catherine MacLellan
Winter Spring
The Raven’s Sun (2014, Self) CDN

Collette Andrea
Song About Spring
Steady Sun (2014, Self) CDN

Gary Beck
The Clearing
I Witness (2015, Self) CDN

Mark Martyre
I Know What It’s Like
Red Letters (2014, Self) CDN

Interview: Mark Martyre recorded at the Folk Music Ontario conference in October 2015. Listen again HERE.

Mark Martyre
Long Goodbye (Live)

Mark Martyre
The Devil On Your Back (Live)

Mark Martyre
Oh Luna
Red Letters (2014, Self) CDN

Will Gillespie
Moving To Music
Chasing Shadows – EP (2015, Self) CDN

I Ain’t Runnin’ No More
If Not Now When (2015, Poppabo Music)

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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