Episode 278: Red Dirt Skinners

The Red Dirt Skinners, the fantastic roots duo from Sussex in England with the big sound, who have been taking the British roots scene by storm, are back on tour in Ontario and Quebec this fall. Sarah and Rob Skinner joined us in the Folk Roots Radio studio earlier this year for an in-depth conversation about their music and latest album “Behind the Wheel”. We’re pleased to bring an excerpt from that interview to you on this episode.  And, as usual, we also find time to take a look at some of the latest new releases.

The Red Dirt Skinners feature Sarah Skinner on soprano sax, and multi-instrumentalist Rob Skinner on guitar and vocals. They became the first band to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards, and they’ve also recently been nominated for an Americana award. Live, they are an intoxicating mix of high energy and divine harmonies, producing music that is original, unique and genre-defying as they effortlessly cross boundaries from blues, to country, to folk and all places in between.

You can catch the Red Dirt Skinners in Windsor at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Friday September 30, at the Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club in London on Thursday October 6, and Hugh’s Room in Toronto on Friday October 7. For more information and to get tickets, visit reddirtskinners.com. Photo: Emily Von

You can check out 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)

Jenny Whiteley
The Original Jenny Whiteley (2016, Black Hen Music)

Monica Rizzio
On My Way (feat. Mark Erelli)
Washashore Cowgirl (2016, Self)

The Small Glories
Holding On
Wondrous Traveller (2016, Self)

Victor & Penny
Penny’s Pounce
Electricity (2016, Overtone Records)

Red Dirt Skinners
Behind The Wheel
Behind The Wheel (2016, Sidegoat Records)

Interview: Red Dirt Skinners discussing their music and latest album “Behind The Wheel” (2016, Sidegoat Records)

Red Dirt Skinners
Eleanor Joan
Behind The Wheel (2016, Sidegoat Records)

Red Dirt Skinners
Behind The Wheel (2016, Sidegoat Records)

Train, You Took My Baby
Everything’s Different In The Night (2016, Self)

Lisa Gutkin
From Here On In
From Here On In (2016, Self)

Ever Lovin’ Jug Band
In The Sweet Evening Time
The Snish (2016, Self)

Brother Sun
When I’m Gone
Weights and Wings (2016, Self)

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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