Folk Roots Radio Episode 321: Emily Millard Interview & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 321: Emily Millard Interview & More New Releases

We’re back at the Folk Music Ontario conference on Episode 321 of Folk Roots Radio for another in our interview series Folk Roots Radio at FMO. This time around, we talk to art folk songstress Emily Millard about her new album “By Heron & By Season”. Emily also plays two songs live for us. And, as always we check out more of the latest new releases. Listen to the episode and check out the playlist below.


Montreal based art folk songstress Emily Millard is renowned for a beautiful and ethereal voice, that somehow feels like it comes from another place. Over the past ten years, Emily has released four albums under the name Miss Emily Brown. Her new album, the dreamy “By Heron & By Season” (2016), produced in Toronto with Sandro Perri, is the first to be released under her birth name, as Emily Millard. We were only able to play a portion of the interview on this episode. Check out the full interview HERE. For more information about Emily’s music, visit

Show Notes

Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 321 of Folk Roots Radio.

The Westray mining disaster occurred in Plymouth, Nova Scotia, twenty five years ago this week. Twenty six miners, who were working underground at the time, lost their lives when levels of methane built up to dangerous levels leading to an explosion. The mine had only opened eight months before disaster struck. An inquiry revealed that the mine was mismanaged, and that miners’ safety was ignored – poor oversight by government regulators also contributed to the disaster. The mine never reopened. Tecumseh Ontario singer-songwriter Glen MacNeil has written a great song about the disaster, “Go Down Below No More”. The song’s still only in demo form – hopefully it will make it on to an album one of these days.

Thelma Cheechoo is a passionate aboriginal singer-songwriter and storyteller. Cheechoo was born & raised on a small remote island on the southern tip of James Bay in Northern Ontario, called Moose Factory. A member of the Cree Nation. Thelma grew up on a large lake where her family had no electricity; no running water and they lived off the land. According to Cheechoo, “Music and storytelling were a natural part of my life. I loved the times when we would sit around the campfire telling stories and sharing songs! My parents nurtured that part of our lives”.

“Making the album Stay in Los Angeles was a dream come true – an incredible journey. An experience of a lifetime that I will never forget! I have World Class musicians playing on my album – did this really happen!!! Wow! It really did happen! How awesome is that! Pretty awesome I tell you!”

Check out Thelma Cheechoo‘s album “Stay” on CDbaby 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 (Pre-release, self)

Brendan Scott Friel
Quiet Cars (2017, Self) CDN

Ian Foster
Sleeper Years (2017, Self) CDN

Steph Cameron
Daybreak Over Jackson Street (2017, Pheromone) CDN

Mouths Of Babes
Brighter In The Dark
Brighter In The Dark (2017, Self)

River Waiting (2016, Self)

Emily Millard
Toxic Town
By Heron & Season (2016, Self) CDN

Interview: Emily Millard recorded at the Folk Music Ontario conference.

Emily Millard
Origami Valentine (Live)

Emily Millard
Where Is God? (Live)

Glen MacNeil
Go Down Below No More

Zoe Mulford
The President Sang Amazing Grace
Small Brown Birds (2017, Azalea City Recordings)

Thelma Cheechoo
Stay (2014, 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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