Folk Roots Radio Episode 435: feat. Roots North Music Festival & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 435: feat. Roots North Music Festival & More New Releases

Amy Mangan joins us on Episode 435 of Folk Roots Radio to talk about the 5th Annual Roots North Music Festival which takes place across Downtown Orillia on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27. This year, a fabulous main stage line-up sees renowned Canadian songsmith Ron Sexsmith take the stage on he Friday evening with Prince Edward Island raised, Halifax NS based Rose Cousins and the ever intriguing Ariana Gillis, while inspirational world music performer Alysha Brilla who blends folk, jazz and world rhythms together and Orillia based Americana duo VK join The Weather Station on the Saturday evening. There will also be a full day of free performances throughout the day on Saturday at a variety of downtown venues. We also take a look at more of the latest new releases and this time around we check out new music from Iain Thomson and Marc Duff, Doug McArthur, Le Vent du Nord, AKA Trio, Ashley Condon, Cathy Hutch and Noah Derksen. Check out the full playlist below.


Check out the full schedule for the Roots North Music Festival on their website at ​Weekend passes can be picked up at Alleycats Music in Orillia or online​ via the website. The early bird price is currently just $45! (The price goes up to $55 on April 12. Don’t miss out!)


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

Iain Thomson and Marc Duff
All Our Stories
No Borders (2018, Self)

Doug McArthur
Sleeping In Dublin
The Horses Of The Sea (2019, Self)

Le Vent du Nord
Adieu du Village
Territoires (2019, Borealis Records) CDN

AKA Trio
Joy (2019, bendigedig)

Ron Sexsmith
The Last Rider (2017, Ronboy Rhymes) CDN

Interview: Amy Mangan discussing the 2019 Roots North Music Festival.

Rose Cousins
Natural Conclusion (2017, Outside Music) CDN

The Weather Station
You and I On The Other Side Of The World
The Weather Station (2017, Outside Music) CDN

Ashley Condon
See The Light
(Single) (2019, Self) CDN

Cathy Hutch
To Say Goodbye
Free Wheelin’ (2018, A Major Sound) CDN

Noah Derksen
Hoping You Would Stay
America, Dreaming – Part I (2019, 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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