Episode 242: Isabel Fryszberg and The Social Mystics

On this edition of Folk Roots Radio we feature an in-depth interview with Isabel Fryszberg, an occupational therapist, visual artist and musician from Toronto. Isabel joined us in the mobile studio at the Folk Music Ontario conference this past October to chat about “Hearts & Arrows”, a wonderful album of jazz tinged country-folk-pop she recorded with her band Isabel & The Uncommons in 2014. and her latest project The Social Mystics which features music created by individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness and/or addictions at the Creative Works Studio at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

The Social Mystics release their CD, “Coming Out Of Darkness” at the Tranzac Club in Toronto on March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Cover: PWYC, $10 suggested or $20 with a copy of the CD. Isabel and the Uncommons will be playing The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto on Tuesday on March 22 from 9 p.m. For more information about the music of Isabel Fryszberg, visit isabel-music.com.

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! You can listen to this show again on Mixcloud by following the link below.

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

Roger Roger
13 Crows
Fairweather (2016, Self) CDN

Corin Raymond
Under The Belly Of The Night
Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams (2016, Local Rascal Records) CDN

The Rhythm Express
Cry To Me (feat. Jonathan Knight)
Cry To Me (ft Jonathan Knight) (2016, & Arts) CDN

Terry Easton
Kelley Sisters
Claremont 2:05 p.m. (2014, Self)

Isabel & The Uncommons
New Love
Hearts & Arrows (2014, Self) CDN

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

The Social Mystics
Coming Out Of Darkness
Coming Out Of Darkness (2016, Self) CDN

The Social Mystics
Chill In The Air
Coming Out of Darkness (2016, Self) CDN

Isabel & The Uncommons
Something Sacred
Hearts & Arrows (2014, Self) CDN

Reg Meuross
River Rail & Road
England Green & England Grey (2014, Hatsongs)

Jess Vincent
Love Me True
Shine (2015, Hatsongs)

About the author

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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