Folk Roots Radio Episode 306: Amanda Lynn Stubley Interview & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 306 - Amanda Lynn Stubley & More Music

Folklorist and fellow folk dj Amanda Lynn Stubley joins us on Episode 306 of Folk Roots Radio to talk about “Gem”, a six track album of old time music recorded live off-the-floor with producer Deni Gauthier. We also check out more of the new music we’ve received including new albums from Andrea Ramolo, Lee Palmer and Brock Zeman. You can check out the full playlist to Episode 306 below.

The Interview

Amanda Lynn Stubley joined us by Skype from her home In London to chat about her new E.P. “Gem”. The E.P. features Amanda Lynn Stubley on banjo, guitar and vocals alongside her partner Martin Horak on fiddle, guitar and vocals on six songs – three Amanda Lynn Stubley originals, a Martin Horak original and versions of both The Carter Family’s “Lonesome Pine Special” and Merle Haggard’s “Mama’s Hungry Eyes”. Amanda Lynn has a release show for Gem on Sunday March 5 at 3 p.m. at the SoHo Bar And Grill, 466 South St, London (formerly known as the Victoria Tavern). The cover is $5 ($10 with a copy of the CD).

Amanda Lynn Stubley and Martin Horak are also members of London’s Heartaches Stringband with James Cummins on mandolin and multi-instrumentalist Uncle Dan Henshall on upright bass. For more information about Amanda Lynn’s music, visit

Show Notes

Andrea Ramolo, one half of acclaimed duo “Scarlett Jane” (with Cindy Doire) has just released her third solo album, “Nuda” (2017, Fontana North). The album features 10 songs with raw vulnerability and human weakness as the central theme, and a stellar group of players including Josh Finlayson on bass, Ray Farrugia on drums and Aaron Goldstein on pedal steel. There are two duets on the album; “Fill The Spaces” – which features vocals from Matt Epp and “Hey Hey Hey” featuring Skydigger Andy Maize. Nuda is very sensitively produced by Michael Timmins from the Cowboy Junkies. A deconstructing version of the album, “Da Sola” (by myself) featuring Andrea alone, and produced by Faye Blais, who also brings vocals to the group project is also available. “Nuda was written during an exceptionally dark time where I was painfully shedding pieces of who I thought I was – as an artist, as a lover, as a woman,” says Andrea. “I wanted the project to unabashedly expose that process; that battle with ego and identification in an attempt to just be, to reveal all my cuts and bruises in this process of becoming.”. Andrea Ramolo definitely delivers. For more information, visit

New Brunswick’s Mike Biggar releasing his third full-length album “Go All In” on March 10. A foot stomping bluesy affair, the album references his roots and the rich culture of the Maritimes.

Canadian guitarist and singer/songwriter Lee Palmer has just released “Bridge”, his fourth album in as many years. The new album features some of the best session players in Toronto including the fabulous Kevin Breit on guitar and Alec Fraser Jr. on bass. Lee calls them the “one take players” for good reason. On this episode we play “That’s No Way To Go”, a tribute to Glen Campbell and his fight with Alzheimer’s Disease. Definitely more from that album on a future episode.

Brock Zeman is just about to release the thematic “The Carnival Is Back In Town”, the follow to 2015’s wonderful “Pulling your Sword Out Of The Devil’s Back”. The Carnival Is Back In Town took a year to make but features songs written over a ten year period. It’s out now on Busted Flat Records. The album is chock full of stories about carnival characters and dark tales.

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.)

Episode 306 Playlist

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)

The Boatman
River Waiting (2016, Self)

Ordinary Elephant
Washington Said East
Before I Go (2017, Berkalin Records)

Andrea Ramolo
Fill The Spaces
NUDA (2017, Fontana North) CDN

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
You Are Love
Get Up And Do Right (2017, Community Music)

Bill Bourne
Cartel Robbery
Hummingbird (2017, Self) CDN

Tomato Tomato
Steal Ya
I Go Where You Go (2016, Porchlight Records) CDN

Amanda Lynn Stubley
Trouble Light
Gem (2016, Self) CDN

Interview: Amanda Lynn Stubley joins us to chat about her new E.P. “Gem (2016, Self)

Amanda Lynn Stubley
Christmas At The Brunswick Hotel
Gem (2016, Self) CDN

Amanda Lynn Stubley
Lonesome Pine Special
Gem (2016, Self) CDN

Mike Biggar
Blood From A Stone
Go All In (2017, Busted Flat Records) CDN

Lee Palmer
That’s No Way To Go
Bridge (2017, Self) CDN

Brock Zeman
The Carnival Has Left Town
The Carnival Is Back In Town (2016, Busted Flat Records) 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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