Folk Roots Radio Episode 413: feat. The O’Pears & More Songs About Winter

Folk Roots Radio Episode 413: feat. The O'Pears & More Songs About Winter

We celebrate the start of winter on Episode 413 of Folk Roots Radio with an interview with Toronto based vocal trio The O’Pears who have just released a lovely winter themed second album “Stay Warm”. We also stay with the winter theme as we check out music from Allison Lupton, Kenneth Paul Cooper, Kim Moberg, Sofia Talvik, Bob MacLean, David Lamotte and Katey Laurel. Check out the full playlist below.


The new O’Pears album “Stay Warm” is definitely not your typical seasonal fare, as it very carefully skirts the schmaltz and over the top nature of many holiday albums, in favour of a grounded approach that focuses more on winter as the season, recognizes the challenges that many people feel at this time of year, but also celebrates the joy of settling down to enjoy the shortest of days with family and good friends.

The album features twelve songs – seven originals (including a musical version of Boris Pasternak’s poem “Winter’s Night”), a well chosen cover (Joni Mitchell’s River) and a few winter classics with some fine band arrangements, beautiful harmonies and wonderful a cappella. To learn more about the new album, we caught up with Lydia Persaud, Meg Contini & Jill Harris from The O’Pears at home in Toronto.

For more information about The O’Pears and their upcoming tour dates visit

Photo credit: J Mitchel Reed.

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
Roll Right (2018, self)

Allison Lupton
Winter’s Comin’ On
Fly Like Swallows (2007, Self) CDN

Kenneth Paul Cooper
All On A Calm December Morning
Place & Time (2017, Self) CDN

Kim Moberg
In December
Longest Night Of The Year Volume 1 (2018, Hudson Harding Music)

Sofia Talvik
Clothe Yourself For The Winter
When Winter Comes – A Christmas Album (2017, Makaki Music)

Bob MacLean
The Sweetness Of Mary
Single Malt (2018, Self) CDN

The O’Pears
A Candle Burned
Stay Warm (2018, Self) CDN

Interview: The O’Pears discussing their new album “Stay Warm”.

The O’Pears
Stay Warm
Stay Warm (2018, Self) CDN

The O’Pears
Hearts Grow Fonder
Stay Warm (2018, Self) CDN.

The O’Pears
Find The Sun
Stay Warm (2018, Self) CDN

David Lamotte
Change (2006, Self)

Katey Laurel
Old Man Winter
Longest Night Of The Year Volume 1 (2018, Hudson Harding 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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