Episode 271: Chris Coole

On this episode, we talk to Toronto based banjo player, guitarist and singer Chris Coole about his latest solo album “The Tumbling River, and other stories”, the follow up to the critically-acclaimed “Old Dog”. It’s an excellent interview and well worth checking out. As usual we include some of the latest new releases in the mix, alongside a tribute to Georgetown ON fiddler, Suzanne Marie Hnatiw. Photo: Jim K Nelson.

Chris Coole’s The Tumbling River features twelve songs (eight originals, 4 covers) that tell some great stories with a wonderfully rich but subtle musical accompaniment from Chris alongside some of the best roots players on the Toronto scene – Burke Carrol (Pedal Steel), Andrew Collins (Mandolin, Mandola, Mandocello), Brian Kobayakawa (Bowed Bass), Ivan Rosenberg (Dobro), Simone Schmidt (Vocals, Guitar), Kristine Schmitt (Vocals) and John Showman (Fiddle). You can check out the interview HERE.

Georgetown Ontario fiddler Suzanne Marie Hnatiw sadly passed away this week. Suzanne was a classically trained violinist who took to the fiddle with great enthusiasm as part of the quartet Classic Folk with Bob Gee, Jim Broughton and Wendi Hunter, and, later, brought her fiddle and voice to the trio Second Wind, that also featured Wendi Hunter and Sharon Bieck-Shangrow.

Suzanne’s vocals and instrumental work were captivating and came straight from her big heart. It was pure chemistry when these ladies performed and you could hear a pin drop during the first, middle and last set of their show. They could sing anything they wanted and the audience just wanted more. (Hugh Hunter, Midnight Special Instruments)

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)

Coco Love Alcorn
That Old Feeling
Wonderland (2016, Self) CDN

Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Cover Me Up
Whisky & Pine (2016, Self) CDN

Ken Yates
Keep Your Head Down
Huntsville (2016, Self) CDN

Ivan Rosenberg
Spock’s Brain
The Littlest Dobro (2016, Self) CDN

Chris Coole
Baby Blue
The Tumbling River (2016, Northern) CDN

Interview: Chris Coole joins us to chat about his latest album “The Tumbling River, and other stories”. Listen to the interview again HERE.

Chris Coole
Led Me To The Wrong
The Tumbling River (2016, Northern) CDN

Chris Coole
The Tumbling River
The Tumbling River (2016, Northern) CDN

Chris Coole
Beautiful Life
The Tumbling River (2016, Northern) CDN
Talk 3:

Second Wind
Second Wind
Second Wind (2010, 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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