Folk Roots Radio Episode 366: Leela Gilday & International Women’s Day

Folk Roots Radio Episode 366: Leela Gilday & New Releases

Join us for another hour of special International Women’s Day programming on Folk Roots Radio. This time around we feature a great interview with indigenous singer-songwriter Leela Gilday recorded at the 2017 Folk North showcase in Toronto alongside new music from Anne Janelle, Suzie Vinnick, Emily Burgess, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Elly Wininger, Afrika Mamas, Barbara Jo Kammer and Mare Wakefield & Nomad. Check out the full playlist below.


Leela Gilday is a singer-songwriter based in Yellowknife renowned for her passionate songwriting and soulful performance. A member of the Dene Nation, Leela actually trained as an opera singer, before creating her own stories in song as a way to share her heritage and northern Canadian life experience. Her latest album is 2014’s “Heart Of The People”. A new album is expected in the fall of 2018. Check out Leela Gilday online at Photo: Shawna McLeod.

Show Notes

Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 366 of Folk Roots Radio.

Cellist turned songwriter Anne Janelle is pushing the boundaries on her latest album “I Didn’t Want To Break It” (2017, Self) that takes in everything from celtic and roots to synth pop. Anne Janelle has toured nationally and internationally as a full-time performer since 2012. On this episode we play “Feeling Beautiful”.

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards new single “Pace Yourself” could be an anthem for International Women’s Day itself. From their album “California Calling”, the video features cameos from a hug number of talented female artists. We recorded an interview with Laura Cortese at the 2017 Folk North showcase. We’ll hopefully bring that to you in the very near future.


Canadian blues songstress Suzie Vinnick is getting set to release her sixth album “Shake the Love Around” and album that really allows Suzie to demonstrate her own guitar chops alongside that great voice.

According to Saskatoon raised Suzie, the album’s title was inspired by friends in Forget SK who would hold hands and “shake the love around” after grace at a meal. The album features co-writes with Dean McTaggart, Mark Lalama & Arlene Bishop, David Leask, Treasa Levasseur, Blair Packham, Steve Strongman, Dave Clark and Matt Andersen alongside a Suzie Vinnick solo original and covers of Percy Mayfield‘s Danger Zone, Kent Theaker‘s “Creaking Pines” and John Fogerty’s “A Hundred And Ten In The Shade”, which we play on this episode. The album was produced by Suzie with Mark Lalama with support from Blackie & The Rodeo Kings drummer Gary Craig and cameos from BARK’s Colin Linden, Kevin Breit and David Leask. You can check out Suzie Vinnick online at

“A lot of me is on this album. We shook the love around and made it happen”.

Humber college trained blues guitarist Emily Burgess has just released a solo album “Are We in Love?” with support from regular band mates Ryan and Sam Weber from The Weber Brothers, The Baddest Band in the Land. Emily Burgess has been a guitarist in the Women’s Blues Revue’s house band since 2014. For more information, visit

This episodes instrumental features singer-songwriter and guitarist Elly Wininger with “El’s Kitchen” from her third solo album “Little Red Wagon” (2017, Rabbit Hole Records). This track also features Cindy Cashdollar on resonator, and Guy ‘Fooch’ Fischetti on fiddle.

Colorado’s Barbara Jo Kammer American roots debut is a special album, but not just because it’s her first full length recording. It’s also a recovery album – after decades of addiction to alcohol and drugs, Barbara has been sober since July 1 2017. and rather appropriately, it’s entitled “One Song At A Time” (2017, Self). On this episode we play her version of Robert Backlund’s bluegrass song “In A Cabin On The Mountain By The Pine”. Barbara Jo Kammer now works as a music therapist within retirement communities while touring regularly with cover band The Hippie Buckaroos.

Africa Mamas are a six piece female a capella group from South Africa following in the footsteps of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Their fourth studio album is entitled “Iphupho” which in Zulu means ‘new dreams’. On this episode we play “Lapha KwaZulu”, a song about the everyday struggles that people in the Zulu homeland areas outside Durban face, often living without electricity or indoor plumbing. Iphupho is out now on Arc Music.

Mare Wakefield & Nomad have just released a new album “Time To Fly” (2018, Maresie Music). Mare is a Southeast Texas singer writer, Nomad is a Turkish born classically trained pianist and arranger. Time To Fly features loads of great stories with a bit of a country/bluegrass feel while also weaving in some jazz elements. On this episode we play the song “Breathe”.

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)

Anne Janelle
Feeling Beautiful
I Didn’t Want To Break It (2017, Self) CDN

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
Pace Myself
California Calling (2017, Self)

Suzie Vinnick
A Hundred And Ten In The Shade
Shake the Love Around (2018, Self) CDN

Emily Burgess
Only One in Your Dreams
Are We in Love? (2017, Self) CDN

Elly Wininger
El’s Kitchen
Little Red Wagon (2017, Rabbit Hole Records)

Leela Gilday
Cold Wind
Heart Of The People (2014, Self) CDN

Interview: Leela Gilday recorded at the 2017 Folk North showcase.

Leela Gilday
Heart Of The People
Heart Of The People (2014, Self) CDN

Leela Gilday
One Drum
Sedze (2007, Self) CDN

Afrika Mamas
Lapha KwaZulu
Iphupho (2018, Arc Music)

Barbara Jo Kammer
In A Cabin On The Mountain By The Pine
One Song At A Time (2017, Self)

Mare Wakefield & Nomad
Time To Fly (2018, Maresie Music)

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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