Folk Roots Radio Episode 298: We’re All About The Music!

There are no interviews in this hour of Folk Roots Radio, as we play catch up on some of the best of the new music we’ve received over the past few months. There’s lots of great music out there, and as we’re all about the music, we’re pleased to do our bit to share it with you.


We started the hour with one of the most distinctive voices in folk music, John McCutcheon, who’s just about to release his 38th album, “Trolling For Dreams” (2017, Appalsongs), an album that features songs about love, loss, aging, hope and renewal. On this episode we play “Y’all Means All”, a song written after the passing of the infamous North Carolina “bathroom bill”, that speaks to the need to build an inclusive society that respects the rights of everyone. We’ll bring you more tracks from the album on future shows.

We also heard from Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra, who deliver British style folk music through an American lens on “Waves”, an album that takes as it’s source material – changing seasons, life’s ups and downs and transitions. The track “She” we play on this episode features the great Clive Gregson on acoustic guitar and Lisa Moscatiello on vocals.

“Fires Fires Fires” is a new single from Gravenhurst Ontario’s environmentalist and singer/songwriter Bet Smith with The Currie Brothers and written around the time of the wildfires that devastated part of Fort McMurray Alberta in 2016. You can check out the video that accompanies the song HERE.

And that’s all we have time for this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews 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. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)




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

John McCutcheon
Y’all Means All
Trolling For Dreams (2017, Appalsongs)

Moore & McGregor
Back On The Farm
Dream With Me (2017, Self) CDN

Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra
She (feat. Lisa Moscatiello)
Waves (2017, SunSign Records)

Cameron Austin
After A Time
Charging Towards The Sun (2017, Self) CDN

Micah and Mark Atkinson
We’ll Be Gone
Land Of Broken Angels (2016, Self)

Jon Gindick
Bird On A Wire
When We Die, We All Come Back As Music (2016, Self)

Manitoba Hal Brolund
Way Down In The Hole
Manitoba Hal / Live In Ghent (2016, Hal’s Kitchen) CDN

The Once
Gonna Get Good
We Win Some We Lose (2016, Self) CDN

Bet Smith with The Currie Brothers
Fires Fires Fires
(Single) (2017, Self) CDN

Rebecca Loebe
Blink (2017, Black Wolf Records)

Kayla Luky
Living With Your Ghost
Back To Dirt (2016, Self) CDN

Ordinary Elephant
Best Of You
Before I Go (2017, Berkalin Records)

I Wonder
Voices (2016, Goatskin Records)

Beth Wood
Gone Too Soon
Spring Tide (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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