Folk Roots Radio Episode 359: Ashley Condon & More New Releases

Folk Root Radio Episode 359 - Ashley Condon & New Releases

Acclaimed Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Ashley Condon joins us on Episode 359 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her most thoroughly PEI album to date, her third full-length recording “Can You Hear Me” – an album that features a series of co-writes with other PEI artists and artists who came to the island on creative exchanges. The album also features some beautiful harmony vocals from Ashley’s fellow Eastern BellesCatherine MacLellan and Meaghan Blanchard, and some great production from her producer, (Anne Murray’s nephew) Dale Murray. It’s an excellent album, and a great interview. I hope you’ll stay with us to check it out. And, as always, on Folk Roots Radio, we check out more of the new folk and roots music we’ve received. Check out the full playlist below.


Can You Hear Me is not the only new thing on Ashley Condon’s horizon; she has also launched a PEI-based microbrewery Copper Bottom Brewing with her husband and brewmaster, Ken Spears.

We caught up with Ashley at home on PEI to chat about the new album, the island’s wonderful music community and the family microbrewery, which is also a music venue, in Montague PEI.

For more information about the music of Ashley Condon, visit

Show Notes

Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 359 of Folk Roots Radio.

Young Nashville bluegrass guitar phenom Billy Strings debut album “Turmoil & Tinfoil” is not your typical bluegrass recording. Billy describes his music as ‘psychedelic trash-y bluegrass’, and his live performances feature searing guitar solos and blazingly intense finger-picking alongside the obligatory bluegrass jams. On this episode we play the relatively straight instrumental duet “Salty Sheep” which also features bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton. We’ll have more from Turmoil & Tinfoil on a future episode. For more information about Billy Strings, 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 Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via iTunes, Mixcloud, 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)

Anna Tivel
Small Believer
Small Believer (2017, Fluff & Gravy Records)

Dori Freeman
Ern and Zorry’s Sneakin’ Bitin’ Dog
Letters Never Read (2017, Blue Hens Music)

KC Groves
I Can’t Quit You
Happy Little Trees (2016, Self)

The Barrel Boys
I Get By
Cold Spring (2017, Self) CDN

Billy Strings
Salty Sheep
Turmoil And Tinfoil (2017, Apostle Music)

Ashley Condon
Diamond Sky
Can You Hear Me (2017, Self) CDN

Interview: Ashley Condon chats about her latest album “Can You Hear Me”.

Ashley Condon
The Rain
Can You Hear Me (2017, Self) CDN

Ashley Condon
Oh My Love
Can You Hear Me (2017, Self) CDN

Drew McIvor
Through The Tangle Of Trees (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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