Folk Roots Radio Episode 421: feat. Big Little Lions & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 421: feat. Big Little Lions & More New Releases

We catch up with Big Little Lions on Episode 421 of Folk Roots Radio. It’s at least a couple of years since we last sat down with Helen Austin and Paul Otten from the band to chat about their music. Always a great conversation, Big Little Lions released their very well-received third full length album “Alive And Well” earlier in 2018. Full of clever hooks and great harmonies, and, in some cases, a distinct message – it’s definitely worth checking out. We also check out more of the latest new releases and this time round we include new music from Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Lennie Gallant, Jane Yolen & 3 Ravens, Bob MacLean and Caribou Run. Check out the full playlist below.


Big Little Lions are a remarkable songwriting duo. Helen Austin and Paul Otten actually live in two different places – Helen on Vancouver Island, and Paul in Cincinnati OH, and send song ideas back and forward as they work on them, individually and together. Helen and Paul from Big Little Lions sat down with Jan Hall from Folk Roots Radio at the 2018 Folk Music Ontario (FMO) conference to chat about their music. Check out our full interview with Big Little Lions HERE. Wondering what we chatted about during our previous conversation at FMO? – you can find that interview HERE. Visit Big Little Lions online at


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

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Selkie Song
Awake (2018, Sungrazing Records / Proper Records)

Lennie Gallant
Selkie (feat. Mary Jane Lamond)
Time Travel (2018, Self) CDN

Jane Yolen & 3 Ravens
The Great Selkie
The Infinite Dark (2018, Self)

Jane Yolen & 3 Ravens
Ballad Of The White Seal Maid
The Infinite Dark (2018, Self)

Bob MacLean
Maids of Arrochar / Eramosa Rambles / How Can I Keep From Singing
Single Malt (2018, Self) CDN

Big Little Lions
Against The Wall
Alive And Well (2018, Self) CDN

Interview: Big Little Lions recorded at the 2018 Folk Music Ontario conference.

Big Little Lions
Alive And Well (2018, Self) CDN

Big Little Lions
Find Your Tribe
Alive And Well (2018, Self) CDN

Caribou Run
Old Peninsula (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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