Folk Roots Radio Episode 415: feat. Allison Lupton & Folk Roots Radio For The Holidays

Folk Roots Radio Episode 415: Allison Lupton & Folk Roots Radio For The Holidays

We’re back with more holiday music on Episode 415 of Folk Roots Radio. I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas music, I just hate the way it gets used as a cheap marketing tool, especially if you’re in the mall, or the grocery store or dare I say it, listening to the radio. So here it is, another attempt at some thoughtful and insightful holiday music programming – featuring mostly new self-written songs, and if they’re not original compositions, well let’s just say the artists concerned definitely take them off the beaten track. We also talk to Cambridge ON singer-songwriter Allison Lupton about her new Christmas single “The Eve of Christmas Day”, recorded with the fabulous English vocal trio The Young’uns alongside music from The O’Pears, Faron Young, Eddie Cletro with The Frontiersmen, Jimmy Witherspoon, Hank Snow, Johnny Salad, Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes, Meghan Cary, Lennie Gallant, Bob MacLean, Naming The Twins, Randall Kromm, Delta Moon, Sarah Smith and Suzzy Roche with Family and Friends. So take off your Santa suit, put your feet up and enjoy some great music to celebrate the season! Check out the full playlist below.


Acclaimed Cambridge ON singer-songwriter and vocalist Allison Lupton has just released a new single for Christmas, an original song entitled “The Eve of Christmas Day”. The new single was recorded at Canterbury Music Company in Toronto and also features BBC Radio 2 Folk Music award-winning trio The Young’uns (Sean Cooney, David Eagle, Michael Hughes) on backing vocals, New Hampshire guitar master Craig Werth, and a wonderful brass quintet arrangement by Tom Leighton. Check out the great video from the recording session HERE. Allison Lupton will be releasing her fourth full length album “Words Of Love” in March 2019 with release shows planned for Hugh’s Room Live (March 30), Kingston (May 24), Almonte (May 25), Goderich (May 31) and Cambridge (June 1). Allison will be joined by Tony McManus, Shane Cook, Joe Phillips, Ivan Rosenberg, and Andrew Collins.

Visit Allison Lupton online at

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
Roll Right (2018, self)

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

Faron Young
I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You (1953)
A Rootin’ Tootin’ Santa – A Hillbilly Christmas (2017, Richard Weize Archives)

Eddie Cletro with The Frontiersmen
Give Me An Old Fashioned Christmas (1955)
A Rootin’ Tootin’ Santa – A Hillbilly Christmas (2017, Richard Weize Archives)

Jimmy Witherspoon
How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (1947)
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – An R & B Christmas (2017, Richard Weize Archives)

Hank Snow
Reindeer Boogie (1953)
Christmas Up North (2017, Richard Weize Archives)

Johnny Salad
Silent Night
(single) (2018, Self)

Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes
With Bells On
A Week In December (2018, Self) CDN

Meghan Cary
Christmas Thru My Eyes
(single) (2018, Self)

Lennie Gallant
Christmas Day on Planet Earth (feat. Black Umfolosi)
(Single) (2018, Self) CDN

Bob MacLean
All Hail To The Days (To Drive The Cold Winter Away)
When The Snow Lay Round About (2016, Self) CDN

Interview: Allison Lupton discussing her new single with The Young’uns, “The Eve Of Christmas Day”.

Allison Lupton with The Young’uns
The Eve of Christmas Day
(single) (2018, Self) CDN

Naming The Twins
Klondike Christmas
Sing The Winter Away (2018, Duet Right Records) CDN

Randall Kromm
Sentimental Season (2018, Self)

Delta Moon
Christmastime In New Orleans
Babylon Is Falling (2018, Landslide Records)

Sarah Smith
A Christmas Wish
A Christmas Wish (2018, Self) CDN

Suzzy Roche with Family and Friends
Christmas Love
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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