Episode 261: Joanna Chapman-Smith

One of our favourite people, singer-songwriter and storyteller, Joanna Chapman-Smith joins us on this episode to chat about her forthcoming album of modern folk tales, “Elon & The City of Stone”. Joanna also plays three songs live for us. And, as always, we take a look at some of the latest new releases.

Among the new music we played this week were the latest albums from Erin Costelo, Ginger St James and Robin Lee Garber. We also gave a spin to “Milky Way”, the latest single from London ON based singer-songwriter Joe Borowsky.

That’s all we have time for this week. You can find the full playlist with artist links below. Please 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 episode again on Mixcloud by following the link below.

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

Vincent Cross
Freeport Town
Old Songs For Modern Folk (2016, Rescue Dog Records)

Denise Jordan Finley
Elmer McCurdy
Folkest (2016, Dome Island Records)

Al Lukas
Matches (2015, Self) CDN

Donna Ulisse
Papa’s Garden
Hard Cry Moon (2015, Hadley Music Group)

Samantha Robichaud
Kempt Shore
Simplicity (2016, Self) CDN

Joanna Chapman-Smith
Paris (Live)

Interview: Joanna Chapman-Smith recorded at the Folk Music Ontario conference.

Joanna Chapman-Smith
June (Live)

Joanna Chapman-Smith
Crystal Heart (Live)

Joanna Chapman-Smith
Arbitrary Lines
Contraries (2009, Wound-up Records) CDN

Erin Costelo
Down Below, The Status Quo (2016, Venue Records) CDN

Ginger St James
Pour Me
One For The Money (2016, Busted Flat Records) CDN

Robin Lee Garber
Nothing To Be Done
Resilience (2016, Joygirl Records)

Joe Borowsky
Milky Way
(single) (2016, 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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