Vancouver based singer-songwriter Chris Ronald moved to Canada from England in 2002 and has built himself a great career as a songwriter renowned for his songcraft with a sound that has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots”. Chris joins us on Episode 362 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his latest release, “Fragments” and also plays three songs from the new album live. We also check out more of the latest new releases including new music from Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer, Dennis Johnson, Dan Whitener and Kerri Powers. Check out the full playlist below.
Chris Ronald sat down with Jan Hall from Folk Roots Radio at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference. In live performance, whether solo or with his trio with multi-instrumentalist guitarist John MacArthur Ellis and fiddle player Mike Sanyshyn, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller, and musician to deliver a fabulous show. Chris Ronald will be touring the UK again this April. “Fragments” is available now on Canadian folk label Borealis Records. To learn more about Chris Ronald, visit chrisronald.com.
Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 362 of Folk Roots Radio.
On this episode we play the first new music from blues roots singer-songwriter Kerri Powers from Connecticut. Kerri produced one of our favourite recordings of 2014, her stunning self-titled album. Kerri Powers will release a new album “Starseeds” in May. On this episode we play the first single from the new album “Mine The River”.
According to Kerri the album was recorded during a transitional and healing phase.
“Songs are starseeds. Lightworkers often appearing from an inexplicable place and time with empathetic intention. Our world needs healing and connection more now than ever.”.
You might know Dan Whitener as a bluegrass performer with hip-hop bluegrass fusion band Gangstagrass and newgrass combo “Man About A Horse”. His latest E.P. “Crossover” sees him head off in more of a blues roots direction as he teams up with Toronto blues band Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar on five of his songs (some co-written with family members). On this episode we play one of the standout tracks “We Are Gonna Be Okay”. Learn more about Dan Whitener at danwhitenermusic.com.
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!
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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)
Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer
Kansas City Blues
A Hundred Years From Today (2017, Out Of The Past Music)
That Way No More
Rhythmland (2017, Self)
Everybody Cryin’ Mercy
The Hammer & The Heart – (The Heart) (2017, Jersey Girl Music)
Mine The River
Starseeds (Release Dates: April 2018)
Short Stories (2017, Borealis Records)
Everything Goes Green (Live)
Retirement Plan (Live)
We Are Gonna Be Okay
Crossover (2017, Rench Audio)