Folk Roots Radio Episode 396: feat. The Big Branch Festival & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 396 feat. The Big Branch Festival & More New Releases

Fiddler Emilyn Stam from Balfolk Toronto joins us on Episode 396 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about Balfolk, that’s the modern revival of traditional, predominately Western European, social folk dances and the upcoming Big Branch Festival a three day “Balfolk” festival/camp taking place the weekend of September 7-9. We also check out new music from Alan Barnosky, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, The Furious Seasons, Steve Dawson, Laüsa, Duo Rivaud Lacouchie, Steve Howell & The Mighty Men, Bobby Sweet and Chuck Brodsky. Check out the full playlist below.


The Big Branch Festival takes place at Unicamp Ontario, in Honeywood near Shelburne ON (along the Bruce Trail). Balfolk dances range from simple partner dances like the waltz, mazurka and schottische, to hypnotic chain dances like the andro, gavotte, and ride from Bretagne as well as energetic mixer dances. Balfolk dances are simple and easy to learn, and leave lots of room for improvisation. The intent of a Balfolk session is simple – relax and lean into the music and see where it takes you! The Big Branch Festival will feature dance and music workshops, with performers from France (Laüsa, Duo Rivaud Lacouchie, Duo Le Bour Bodros), Italy/Canada (Filippo Gambetta & Emilyn Stam) and dance instructor Louise Marius from the Netherlands. For more information, visit

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, 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)

Alan Barnosky
Roanoke Angeline
Old Freight (2017, Self)

David Davis & The Warrior River Boys
Old And Only In The Way
Didn’t He Ramble: Songs Of Charlie Poole (2018, Rounder Records)

The Furious Seasons
Easy To Find
Now Residing Abroad (2018, Stonegarden Records)

Steve Dawson
The Circuit Rider Of Pigeon Forge
Lucky Hand (2018, Black Hen Music) CDN

Nau Gojatas
Laüsa (2018, Tradethik)

Interview: Emilyn Stam discussing The Big Branch Festival.

Duo Rivaud Lacouchie
Ordich Janeta / Scottish d’Eugene Tarrade
Ordich! )2016, AEPEM)

Steve Howell & The Mighty Men
When I Was A Cowboy (Out On The Western Plains)
Good As I Been To You (2018, Out Of The Past Music)

Bobby Sweet
More Or Less
All These Changes (2018, Self)

Chuck Brodsky
The Absence Of You
Them And Us (2018, Self)

Aretha Franklin
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Definitive Soul: Aretha Franklin (2006, Rhino)

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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