Folk Roots Radio Episode 397: feat. Red Dirt Skinners & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 397: feat. The Red Dirt Skinners & More New Releases

The hard to categorize British roots duo with the wide appeal, Red Dirt Skinners join us on Episode 397 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about their wonderful new album “Under Utopian Skies”. It’s a great interview and well worth sticking around for. We also check out more of the new music we’ve received including new releases from Rob McHale, Oliver The Crow, Laurie MacAllister, Kris Lager Band, Brooks Williams and Cris Cuddy. Check out the full playlist below.


Red Dirt Skinners release their latest studio album “Under Utopian Skies” on September 28. Featuring multi-instrumentalists Sarah Skinner and Rob Skinner, the band have become big favourites on both the British blues and country scene, but with influences that range from Pink Floyd and Supertramp to Crosby Stills & Nash and John Prine, they really do have an across the board appeal. Renowned for their soaring choruses, fabulous soprano sax solos and clever thought provoking lyrics, the title of the new project reflects on their love for their new home in Canada, after emigration in 2017. For more information about the music of the Red Dirt Skinners and upcoming tour dates, 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!


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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)

Rob McHale
When The Sun Shines In
Prophets On The Boulevard (2018, Wooden Door Records)

Oliver The Crow
As The Crow Flies
Oliver The Crow (2018, Self)

Laurie MacAllister
For A Song
The Lies The Poets Tell (2017, Self)

Kris Lager Band
Aurora Borealis
Love Songs & Life Lines (2018, Self)

Red Dirt Skinners
Hey Crawford
Under Utopian Skies (2018, Self)

Interview: Red Dirt Skinners discussing new album “Under Utopian Skies”.

Red Dirt Skinners
Blossom & Rain
Under Utopian Skies (2018, Self)

Red Dirt Skinners
Lay Me Down
Under Utopian Skies (2018, Self)

Red Dirt Skinners
This House
Under Utopian Skies (2018, Self)

Brooks Williams
Here Comes The Blues
Lucky Star (2018, Red Guitar Blue Music)

Cris Cuddy
The Night The Lights Blew Out (in St Johns Newfoundland)
Dream On (2018, Vanishing Castle Recordings)

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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