Folk Roots Radio Episode 430: In Conversation with… Paul Mills Part 2

Folk Roots Radio Episode 430: In Conversation with Paul Mills Part 2

Musician, music arranger and producer/engineer Paul Mills joins us on Episode 430 of Folk Roots Radio for the second half of our in-depth conversation about his career in music. (Find Part 1 of this conversation on Episode 429 of Folk Roots Radio). After 45 years in the music business, and working on more than 200 albums, Paul has decided that it’s time to close down his production studio. Stay with us for more great conversation about the art of production, alongside music from more of the great artists who joined him in the recording studio including, on this episode, Ron HynesIrish MythenShelley PosenLaura SmithChris Hadfield & the Barenaked Ladies, The Lucky Sisters 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, Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser, from Nova Scotia folk duo Naming the Twins join Paul clapping along on the song “Gypsy Feast” from their 2010 album “Sweet Transitions”.


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)

Interview: Paul Mills in the Folk Roots Radio studio.

Ron Hynes
Get Back Change (2003, Borealis Records) CDN

Ron Hynes
A Good Dog Is Lost
Get Back Change (2003, Borealis Records) CDN

Irish Mythen
55 Years
Sweet Necessity (2007, Myth Records) CDN

Shelley Posen
Dim Sum
Menorah (2007, Well Done Music) CDN

Laura Smith
I Built A Boat
Everything Is Moving (2013, Borealis Records) CDN

Chris Hadfield & the Barenaked Ladies
I.S.S (Is Somebody Singing)
(single) (2013, CBC Video) CDN

The Lucky Sisters
Safe Home
So Lucky (2015, Borealis Records) CDN

Paul Mills
With A Twist
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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