Folk Roots Radio Episode 437: feat. VK & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 437: feat. VK & More New Releases

Orillia ON based husband and wife Steve and Marni Van Kessel make music together as VK. They join us on Episode 437 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about their heartfelt brand of old-school rock and roll and Canadian style Americana, and their second album “Terms & Conditions”. VK will be playing the 2019 Roots North Music Festival on Saturday April 27. It’s a great interview and definitely worth checking out. And, as always, we take a look at more of the new releases we’ve received – and this time around we check out new music from Cary Morin, Graham Nicholas, Michael McDermott, Sumaia Jackson, Michael Martyn and Hugh Christopher Brown. Check out the full playlist below.


Steve and Marni Van Kessel have made two albums as VK. Their first album from 2014 “Doin’ Just Fine” was more of a band project and credited to VK & the Narrows. Steve is the songwriter behind a project that they describe as a bit of a cross between Blue Rodeo and the Tragically Hip – Canadian style Americana based around strong tunes and inspirational lyrics. “Terms & Conditions” is very much a duo album with support from some excellent session musicians. Steve and Marni are already working on their next album, which will be another band album, this time credited to VK & Legends of THE DEEP.

VK have just released a NEW Video for their song “Radiate & Glow”. You can find it online HERE.

Visit VK online at

Roots North Music Festival

The 5th Annual Roots North Music Festival takes place across Downtown Orillia on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27. Renowned Canadian songsmith Ron Sexsmith headlines the main stage at the St. Paul’s Centre on the Friday evening with appearances by another couple of fabulous songwriters, Prince Edward Island raised, Halifax NS based Rose Cousins and the ever intriguing Ariana Gillis. Alt. folk rising star The Weather Station headlines the main stage on the Saturday evening with support from inspirational world music performer Alysha Brilla who blends folk, jazz and world rhythms together and Americana duo VK. There will also be a full day of free performances throughout the day on Saturday at a variety of downtown venues.

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! (75% sold out and the price goes up to $55 on April 12. Don’t miss out!)



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 (2019, self)

Cary Morin
When I Rise
When I Rise (2018, Self)

Graham Nicholas
Dark Horses
Dial Tones & Pretty Notes (2018, Self) CDN

Michael McDermott
Tell Tale Heart
Orphans (2018, Pauper Sky Records)

Sumaia Jackson
Möbius Trip (2019, Self)

Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions (2017, 112 Records) CDN

Interview: VK discussing their appearance at the 2019 Roots North Music Festival.

Edge Of The World
Terms & Conditions (2017, 112 Records) CDN

Radiate And Glow
Terms & Conditions (2017, 112 Records) CDN

Michael Martyn
Nothing But A Train
Rude Mechanicals (2018, 112 Records) CDN

Hugh Christopher Brown
Keeper Of The Flame
Pacem (2017, Wolfe Island 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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