Episode 255: Dale Butler

We’re giving over the whole of this episode of Folk Roots Radio to the music of Leamington Ontario singer-songwriter Dale Butler. As well as his own career as a full-time musician, Dale also hosts a coffee house that helps nurture the careers of new performers. Dale joined us in the Folk Roots Radio studio to chat about his music and play a few songs live.

Dale Butler, known locally as “The Dale”, has been making music in Essex County in South-Western Ontario for over forty years. With a voice reminiscent of John Denver and James Taylor, Dale performs solo, as a duo with wife Judy and also with his band “Dale Butler & Friends”. Dale is also known for a great folk festival workshop where he shows participants how to play a guitar in two minutes even if they’ve never ever held a guitar before – a hold over from his days as a long-time music store proprietor in Leamington. Dale will be appearing at the 2016 Kingsville Folk Music Festival taking place in Lakeside Park, Kingsville from August 12-14. For more information, visit kingsvillefolkfest.org.

Dale Butler’s Dale’s Friday Coffee House, formerly known as the Last Friday Coffee House, takes place monthly at The Bank Theatre in Leamington, Ontario from September thru May. For more information, visit lastfridaycoffeehouse.com.

Check out the full playlist 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)

Dale Butler
Love That Grows
Aiming For Left Field (2014, Self)

Dale Butler
My Life (Live)

Dale Butler
Let’s Write Our Song (Live)

Dale Butler
Question Marks On My Windshield
Now I See (2013, Self)

Dale Butler
Lonely Child (Live)

Dale Butler
Thirty Years On (Live)

Dale Butler
Summertime
Butler Tunes 1 (2012, Self)

Dale Butler
Singing My Song
Butler Tunes 1 (2012, Self)

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.

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