Folk Roots Radio Episode 309 – We’re All About The Music!

Folk Roots Radio Episode 309: We're All About The Music

We’re all about the music on Episode 309 of Folk Roots Radio as we take a look at more of the latest new releases including a first listen to “Watershed” – the new album from Amelia Curran, a new demo from Kerrville New Folk winning singer-songwriter Ernest Troost and a great new instrumental album from Belgian mandolin band MANdolinMAN. Check out the full playlist below.

Show Notes

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

Amelia Curran has just released her eighth album, “Watershed” (2017, Six Shooter Records), an album that allows the singer/songwriter to bring her mental health advocacy work with It’s Mental, the St John’s NF group she co-founded, fully into her music. Curran has long struggled with depression, and anxiety. It’s Mental, gave her the opportunity to be more open about challenges that many people face on a day to day basis. Co-produced with Chris Stringer in Toronto, the album features eleven songs that probe feelings, states of mind and states of being. For more information about Amelia Curran, visit

Kerrville New Folk winner, and one of our favourite singer/songwriters, Ernest Troost is working on new material. Ernest’s last album “O Love” was one of our favourite albums of 2014. On this episode we play a new demo “This Will Pass Away”, which is now available through Ernest’s website at, and hopefully will appear on his next album. You can check out a Folk Roots Radio interview with Ernest Troost recorded in 2014 HERE.

“Unfolding The Roots” (2017, Arc Music) is the latest album of traditional Flemish folk music with a mandolin twist by Belgian four-piece band, MANdolinMAN, who breathe new life into old tunes and melodies from the province of Flemish Brabant. Played on three mandolins and a mandocello, the album features 12 tracks that weave their way through polkas, waltzes, mazurkas and folk dances. It’s a delight for anyone who enjoys well played instrumental folk music. For more information about MANdolinMAN, visit

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 (Pre-release, self)

Jayme Stone
There Is More Love Somewhere
Jayme Stone’s Folklife (2017, Borealis Records) CDN

Sera Cahoone
Up To Me
From Where I Stand (2017, Galaxy Dog Music)

Landing (2017, Self) CDN

Emily Maguire
A Bit Of Blue
A Bit Of Blue (2017, Shaktu Records)

Lynne Hanson
Uneven Ground (2017, Self) CDN

Polka Charleston Nederokkerzeel
Unfolding The Roots (2017, Arc Music)

Caroline Doctorow
To Be Here
Dreaming In Vinyl (2016, Narrow Lane Records)

William Kuklis
It Tears Me Up Inside
Save Me (2017, Self) CDN

Cameron Austin
Thorntree In The Garden
Charging Towards The Sun (2017, Self) CDN

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald
Turn Me Gentle When I’m Dying
The Willow Collection (2016, Self) CDN

Rachael Sage
The Tide (2017, Mpress Records)

Ernest Troost
This Will Pass Away
Demo (2017, Self)

Amelia Curran
Every Woman Every Man
Watershed (2017, Six Shooter Records) CDN

Lee Palmer
Back To Lonely
Bridge (2017, Self) CDN

Mike Biggar
Leaving These Days
Go All In (2017, 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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