Folk Roots Radio Episode 364: The Rough and Tumble & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 364: The Rough and Tumble & More New Releases

Playful folk duo The Rough & Tumble live life on the road, taking their home – a sixteen foot trailer, with them, from gig to gig, as they tour North America. They’ve just released their first full length album, appropriately titled “We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know”. The Rough & Tumble’s Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler join us on Episode 364 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about their music and the new album. We also check out more of the latest new releases including new music from I’m With Her, Emily Mure, Ange Hardy, Onion Honey, The LYNNeS and Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.


The Rough & Tumble first arrived on our radar with their very cute video for their song “Teeny Tiny Folk Band” from their 2017 E.P. “Cardboard and Christmas Lights”. After a string of E.P.s, they’ve just released their first full length album “We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know” (2018, Self). Featuring the close harmonies, versatile instrumentation and engaging songwriting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler, the album celebrates their chosen nomadic lifestyle, out on the open road, travelling from gig to gig in their sixteen foot camper van, with their dogs for company.

A beautiful Americana duo recording, We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know features some lovely harmonies from Mallory and Scott with an accompaniment of accordion, melodica, bells, home-based found sounds, and a bowed glockenspiel that gives it that homespun feel. The album was recorded by Dave Coleman at Howard’s Apartment Studio in East Nashville, with rhythm section support from Mike Shannon & Chris Leonard.

You can visit The Rough & Tumble online at

Show Notes

Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 364 of Folk Roots Radio.

We started off the hour with I’m With Her. Featuring the exquisite vocals, gorgeous harmonies and fabulous musicianship of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, I’m With Her really are a folk super group. Between them they have released nine solo albums, co-founded a couple of great bands – Nickel Creek and Crooked Still, and contributed to many other wonderful projects. Their first full length album “See You Around” was co-produced with Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney)and recorded live in the wood room at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios just outside Bath in England.

On this episode we play the title track “See You Around”, which according to Sarah Jarosz:“…is about coming to the end of a long relationship where you both run in the same circles, and that melancholy feeling of knowing you’re going to have to keep seeing that person again and again.”

To work on the new album, the trio locked themselves away at a farmhouse in Vermont.

“We were completely on lockdown and didn’t interact with another human being for eight days,” says Aoife O’Donovan. “If you can get through that and, at the end, still be so excited about what you’re doing, then that says a lot about the whole creative flow as a band.”

Jarosz adds: “A lot of times you approach songwriting as a solitary act, or maybe choose to write with one other person you feel comfortable with. It’s a whole other beast to have three people writing together, juggling all these different ideas and personalities. But somehow for us, all of the songwriting was just so seamless.”

See You Around is out now on Rounder Records. Check out I’m With Her online at

New York City native Emily Mure has journeyed from playing concert halls as a classically trained oboist to busking as a singer-songwriter on the streets of Ireland. Her third album, “Worth”, brings together all of her rich experiences as a musical traveler, spotlighting both her technical ability and gift for vulnerable, heartfelt songwriting.

The new album was co-produced with Dan Cardinal (Darlingside, Josh Ritter) at Dimension Sound Studios in Boston, MA. All the songs on the album were composed by Mure, except for a cover of David Bowie’s “As The World Falls Down”.

You can find Emily Mure online at

Contemporary and traditional folk singer Ange Hardy from Somerset England has just released her sixth album “Bring Back Home”. Not afraid to tackle interesting subject matter in song, on this episode we play “A Girl Like Her” – a song about Asperger’s and ADHD.

Likho Duo are Italian guitarist and harmonica player Noé Socha with upright bass player Cliff Schmitt. On this episode we play the instrumental “I’d Say” from their all instrumental first release “Blues And The World Beyond” which features six originals alongside eight standards.

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards left her home in California to move to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music and then immersing herself in the Boston roots scene. After spending time as an instrumentalist working with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of the Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl, Laura decided to step out on her own. Her latest band, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards features Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals), Jenna Moynihan (fiddle, vocals), and Natalie Bohrn (bass, vocals) alongside Laura on fiddle and lead vocals. They make music that has been described as cinematic folk pop or rootsy post rock. Their latest album “California Calling” was produced by Sam Kassirer, who has worked with Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive and Elephant Revival. On this episode we play the ethereal “The Low Hum” but other tracks on “California Calling” focus more on the pop side of the roots music spectrum. They’re a great live band – definitely worth checking out if you get a chance. Check out Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards online at

Kitchener Ontario old time folk band Onion Honey have a new single out, and rather appropriately for the time of year, it’s called “Long Winter Blues”. You can also check out their debut release “Raisin’ Heck” which came out in 2017. They recently joined us in the studio to record an edition of the video series, the Sun Parlour Coffee House Sessions. More from them… on a future show.

We’ve now played three songs by The LYNNeS on Folk Roots Radio. The LYNNeS are two wonderful Canadian singer-songwriters Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson having fun together in the studio – and now they’re on tour in the U.K. On this episode we play “Recipe For Disaster” from their first album as a duo “Heartbreak Song On The Radio”. Check out the great video for the song below. It will give you some idea of why we love this duo, and why you must try and catch them live when they come through your area.

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)

I’m With Her
See You Around
See You Around (2017, Rounder Records)

Emily Mure
Come Clean
Worth (2017, Self)

Ange Hardy
A Girl Like Her
Bring Back Home (2017, Story Records)

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
The Low Hum
California Calling (2017, Compass Records)

Likho Duo
I’d Say
Blues And The World Beyond (2017, Likho Records)

The Rough & Tumble
We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know (2018, Self)

Interview: The Rough & Tumble discussing their first full length long-player “We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know”.

The Rough & Tumble
Let’s Get The Band Together
We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know (2018, Self)

The Rough & Tumble
Take Me With You
We Made Ourselves A Home When We Didn’t Know (2018, Self)

Onion Honey
Long Winter Blues
(single) (2018, Self) CDN

Recipe For Disaster
Heartbreak Song On The Radio (2018, 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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