Folk Roots Radio Episode 429: In Conversation with… Paul Mills Part 1

Folk Roots Radio Episode 429: In Conversation with Paul Mills Part 1

Episode 429 of Folk Roots Radio features the first half of a very special two-hour conversation with musician, music arranger and producer Paul Mills. (Find Part 2 of this conversation on Episode 430 of Folk Roots Radio). Paul Mills has been part of the Canadian folk music scene and recording industry for over forty five years, and produced or engineered over 200 albums including recording all but one of the albums by folk icon Stan Rogers. As the time has come to hang up the headphones and shut down his production studio, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at his career. So settle down and enjoy Paul Mills in conversation on Folk Roots Radio, alongside music from some of the great artists who joined him in the studio including, on this episode Stan RogersJohn Allan CameronSharon, Lois & BramJ. P. CormierApril VerchCathy Miller and Paul Mills himself. Check out the full playlist below.


Paul Mills has been working in music for over 45 years as a musician and arranger, and the producer/engineer of over 200 folk music recordings including albums by Stan Rogers (all but one of Stan Rogers’ albums were produced by Paul), Sharon, Lois & Bram, Terry Kelly, Ron Hynes and John Allan Cameron. Paul actually went to university in London to become a chemical engineer, but after his interest in music was sparked by visits to coffee houses like Smale’s Pace in London, he re-evaluated his career choice, in favour of audio engineering and music production. After graduation in 1972,  Paul took a job as a music producer at the CBC before moving into a variety of management roles. In 1996 he left the CBC to start his own production company, Millstream. Paul Mills was awarded the Estelle Klein Award by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (now Folk Music Ontario) in 2011. The award recognizes the work of an individual who has made significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community. He was also named as a Member of the Order of Canada in June 2017. Paul Mills joined us in the Folk Roots Radio studio for an in-depth conversation about his career. For more information about Paul Mills, visit Photo credit: Paul Mills – Live on location to capture the music.


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)

Paul Mills
Stubbs Stomp (excerpt)
The Other Side Of The Glass (2006, Borealis Records) CDN

Interview: Paul Mills in the Folk Roots Radio studio.

Stan Rogers
Make & Break Harbour
Fogarty’s Cove (1976, Borealis Records) CDN

John Allan Cameron
Butterfingers Medley
Freeborn Man (1979, Glencoe) CDN

Stan Rogers
White Squall
From Fresh Water (1983, Borealis Records) CDN

Sharon, Lois & Bram
The Unbirthday Song
Happy Birthday (1988, Elephant Records) CDN

J. P. Cormier
Kelly’s Mountain
Another Morning (1997, Iona) CDN

April Verch
Thomas Reel
Verchuosity (2001, Rounder Records) CDN

Cathy Miller
Frog Stitch
A Quilter’s Embrace (2002, Sealed With A Kiss Records) CDN

Paul Mills
Stubbs Stomp (excerpt)
The Other Side Of The Glass (2006, Borealis Records) 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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