Folk Roots Radio Episode 294: Abigail Lapell Interview & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 294: Abigail Lapell interview

Folk-noir singer-songwriter Abigail Lapell joins us on Episode 294 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her sophomore release, “Hide Nor Hair”. Heavily influenced by her time in the art folk scene in Montreal in the 2000s, and recorded with mood maestro Chris Stringer (Ohbijou, Timber Timbre) in Toronto, the album features ten songs with a cinematic quality that take love and loss as their central theme. We also check out some of the best of the latest new releases.

The Interview

Abigail Lapell‘s new album “Hide Nor Hair” provides the perfect platform for a voice that floats over a musical accompaniment that features harmonica, piano, finger style guitar from Abigail alongside drummer (and whistle soloist) Benjamin Hermann; Rachael Cardiello on viola; Joe Ernewein on bass; Mike Eckert on pedal steel and longtime collaborator Jessica Moore on backup vocals. Abigail Lapell was the recipient of the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for the song “Jordan,” which also appears on the new record.

Abigail will be undertaking a January tour of Ontario, including a CD release show at The Burdock in Toronto on Thursday January 19, with support from Richard Laviolette and Oh Susanna. Abigail will also be in Guelph on Sunday January 29 for a show at The Cornerstone with Nate Coles. For more information, visit

Show Notes

Notes about the some of the new music on our radar that made it into this episode.

Among the new releases we played on this episode was a first play for “Live in Ghent”, Manitoba Hal Brolund‘s new live double album recorded at the Missy Sippy Blues & Roots Club in Ghent, Belgium. We chose Hal’s version of Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago” – a perfect introduction to his version of the blues played on his small but mighty instrument, the ukulele. Check out our interview recorded with Manitoba Hal Brolund at the Folk Music Ontario conference HERE.

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)

Stephen Fearing
Better Than Good
Every Soul’s A Sailor (2017, Lowdenproud) CDN

Moore & McGregor
Dream With Me
Dream With Me Self (2017, Ivernia Records) CDN

Sarah Beatty
Bandit Queen (Acoustic)
Bandit Queen (2017, King Of The Road) CDN

Manitoba Hal Brolund
Sweet Home Chicago
Manitoba Hal / Live In Ghent (2017, Hal’s Kitchen) CDN

The Savage Hearts
El Cumbanechero
Paying It Forward (2016, Self)

Abigail Lapell
Night Bird And Morning Bird
Hide Nor Hair (2017, Coax Records) CDN

Interview: Abigail Lapell discussing new album “Hide Nor Hair”.

Abigail Lapell
Hide Nor Hair (2017, Coax Records) CDN

Abigail Lapell
Hostage Town
Hide Nor Hair (2017, Coax Records) CDN

Abigail Lapell
Home To Me
Hide Nor Hair (2017, Coax Records) CDN

Robin Greenstein
Where There’s A Will There’s A Way
Tears And Laughter (2016, Windy Records)

Adler & Hearne
Summer Of Love
Simpatico CD1 (2016, Spring Hollow Records)

Campbell Woods
Let’s Get Back Together
Oxford Street (2017, 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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