Episode 274: Aengus Finnan & Union Duke

This episode features our final two interviews recorded at the 2016 Kingsville Folk Music Festival. Aengus Finnan, the executive director of Folk Alliance International joins us to chat about their mission and annual conference, the world’s largest gathering of the folk industry and community. Matt Warry-Smith and Will Staunton from Union Duke also stop by to chat about the band’s third album “Golden Days”. Photo: Morten Fog.

Folk Alliance International is folk music’s largest advocacy, professional development and networking organization. The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community – traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional – through education, advocacy and performance. Folk Alliance International’s 2017 conference takes place from February 15 -19 in Kansas City and has as its theme “Forbidden Folk”, featuring a key note address from Billy Bragg. For more information visit folk.org.

Toronto’s folk quintet Union Duke have just released “Golden Days”, the follow-up to the very well received “Cash & Carry”. With a lively alt.folk bluegrass pop sound, the band inhabit the same territory as Mumford & Sons and The Strumbellas. They’re fabulous live, and definitely worth checking out if you haven’t yet done so. For more information visit unionduke.com.

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)

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

Hidden Roots Collective
Come Up, Honey (2016, Self) CDN

Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche
Melancholy Ways
Mud & Apples (2016, Self)

Greg Greenway
Can’t Get Out Of My Own Way
20,000 Versions Of The Sun (2016, Self)

Erynn Marshall
Greasy Creek
Greasy Creek (2016, Dittyville) CDN

Quique Escamilla
Tiro de Gracia
500 Years Of Night (2014, Lulaworld Records) CDN

Interview: Aengus Finnan, Executive Director of Folk Alliance International, recorded at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival.

Aengus Finnan
Rollin Home
North Wind (2016, Borealis Records) CDN

Interview: Matt Warry-Smith and Will Staunton from Toronto’s Union Duke, recorded at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival.

Union Duke
Got You On My Mind
Golden Days (2016, Self) CDN

Spook Handy
Banks Of Marble
Keep The Flame Alive (2016, Akashic Records)

Lauren Heintz
El Dorado
Where I Belong (2016, Gatorbone Records)

Island Girls
Everyone’s Different In The Night (2016, Self) CDN

Rosie Nimmo
Call On Me
Scrapbook (2016, Kick My Heels Records)

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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