Folk Roots Radio Episode 439: In Conversation with… Saffron A

Folk Roots Radio Episode 439: Saffron A In Conversation

*TRIGGER WARNING | Episode 439 of Folk Roots Radio features an in-depth conversation with Saffron A, a Toronto and Brantford based alt.folk musician and poet who describes her music as sitting where emotion and intellect intersect. Distinct from every other young musician who starts out on guitar or piano, Saffron A creates her music on octave mandolin, mandocello and other members of the mandolin family. Saffron A is just about to release a very powerful E.P., “Resilience”, which documents the emotional fallout from a sexual assault that occurred last summer. Check out the full playlist below.

*TRIGGER WARNING: We are pleased to support this project knowing that sexual assault is an important societal topic that needs our attention and public discussion. However, we also appreciate that some listeners may be triggered by such conversations. 


Saffron A. first came to our notice as part of the Developing Artist Program at the 2018 Folk Music Ontario conference. She’s already released her powerful new single “Resilience” which will be followed by a full E.P., of the same name, on May 4. This fall, Saffron A will release a second E.P., “Resistance” which will further document her progress since her sexual assault. That will be followed by the release of more new songs as part of a full concept album. Saffron A will be touring Ontario and further afield this spring and summer. Saffron A joined us in the Folk Roots Radio studio for an in-depth conversation about the project.

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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)

Saffron A
Resilience E.P. (2019, Self)

Interview: Saffron A discussing her music and new E.P. “Resilience”.

Saffron A
No Words
Resilience E.P. (2019, Self)

Saffron A
Where The Truth Lies
Resilience E.P. (2019, Self)

Saffron A
Give Me A Minute
Resilience E.P. (2019, Self)

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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