Folk Roots Radio Episode 419: feat. Mara Levine & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 419: feat. Mara Levine & More New Releases

Mara Levine from New Jersey joins us on Episode 419 of Folk Roots Radio for a wonderful conversation about her music. Mara Levine is not a songwriter, but she is a fine, fine singer, and a great interpreter of other people’s songs. She’s just released a fabulous new album “Facets of Folk”, which features 13 tracks that showcase various different faces of folk music, often with a strong social conscience, and including favourites from Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and Christine Lavin alongside some new discoveries from contemporary songwriters. And while Mara is with us, she also sings a song from Facets of Folk live. We also check out more of the new albums we’ve received including new music from Jesse Parent, T Buckley, Dave McEathron, Jenie Thai, Andrea Bettger, Niall Teague and the Fast Company, Merry Hell, Mike T. Kerr and Ben Heffernan. Check out the full playlist below.


Mara Levine‘s lovely third album “Facets Of Folk” is the follow up to “Jewels and Harmony” (2013) and her debut “Mara’s Gems” (2009) which were both very well-received by the folk community. Mara Levine tours across the US, often with Gathering Time (Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong, and Gerry McKeveny). She also performs as a duo with both Terry Kitchen, and Caroline Cutroneo. Mara Levine sat down with Folk Roots Radio at the 2018 Folk Music Ontario conference to chat about her music, and, with support from Gathering Time, shared a live version of Tommy Sands “Daughters and Sons”, which appears on the new album. For more information visit


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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2018, self)

Jesse Parent
Quebec City In The Rain
(single) (2018, Self) CDN

T. Buckley
Miles We Put Behind
Miles We Put Behind (2018, Self) CDN

Dave McEathron
Abandoned Companions (2018, Self) CDN

Jenie Thai
Dreamers And Lovers
Night On Fire (2018, Self) CDN

Andrea Bettger
Snappy Day
Snappy Day (2018, Self) CDN

Mara Levine
You Reap What You Sow
Facets of Folk (2019, Self)

Interview: Mara Levine discussing her new album “Facets of Folk” (2019, Self).

Mara Levine (with Gathering Time)
Daughters and Sons (Live)

Mara Levine (with Gathering Time)
By My Silence
Facets of Folk (2019, Self)

Niall Teague and the Fast Company
My Heart Cries
(single) (2018, Self)

Merry Hell
Drunken Serenade feat. The Banshee Reel
Anthems To The Wind (2018, Self)

Mike T. Kerr
I Ain’t Sad & Lonely No More (I’m Just Sad)
Guitar Rags & Country Ballads (2018, Self) CDN

Ben Heffernan
Moving On
Home E.P. (2018, Self) CDN

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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