Folk Roots Radio Episode 445: feat. Gillian Nicola & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 445: feat. Gillian Nicola & More New Releases

Americana singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola joins us on Episode 445 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about her first full-length album “Dried Flowers”. It’s an excellent album, and, though we’re a bit biased, a great interview. We hope you’ll check it out. We also a look at more of the latest new releases, including new music from Pretty Archie, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Whiskey Jack, Tomato Tomato, Allison Lupton and Sofia Talvik. Check out the full playlist below.


A classically trained vocalist, Gillian Nicola describes herself as a folk singer-songwriter with a textured and layered Americana sound that comes across as a bit of a mix of Kathleen Edwards and Neko Case. Dried Flowers is the follow up to her two E.P.s 2016’s “No Place to Call” and “Chasing the Wind” (2013). Her 2016 single “Oh Marie” was nominated for the 2017 Ontario Arts Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and the E.P. Chasing The Wind was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards and a Toronto Independent Music Award. While working on the new project, Gillian spent the early 2018 at the Alberta’s Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity writing songs for the new album.

The new album was recorded at Lincoln County Social Club in Toronto with John Dinsmore and features Gillian Nicola on vocals and guitar with support from Aaron Goldstein (pedal Steel), Gord Tough (electric guitars), Emily Rockarts (keyboards), Rosalyn Dennett (fiddle), Alison McNamara (backing vocals), Bruce Scavuzzo (bass/backing vocals), Justin Han (drums/percussion) and Drew Jureka (string arrangements).

Gillian Nicola is also a community organizer, hosting Open Mic Nights and Songwriters Circles (including the Songwriters in the Round, which takes place on the last Wednesday of each month at The Painted Lady in Toronto), and lends her talents to various non-profit organizations, such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto.

For more information, visit Gillian Nicola online at


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

Pretty Archie
Ain’t No Saving Me
Hanging On (2019, Curve Music) CDN

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Just Want To Be Loved By You
Dreamland (2019, Self) CDN

Whiskey Jack
Rhymes & Good Times With Stompin’ Tom (2019, Self) CDN

Tomato Tomato
Everybody’s Hurtin’
Canary In A Coalmine (2019, Denim on Denim Records) CDN

Allison Lupton
Ontario Tune Set
Words of Love (2019, Self) CDN

Gillian Nicola
Night Comes To Call
Dried Flowers (2019, Self) CDN

Interview: Gillian Nicola discussing her first full-length album “Dried Flowers”.

Gillian Nicola
She Stays Silent
Dried Flowers (2019, Self) CDN

Gillian Nicola
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers (2019, Self) CDN

Gillian Nicola
Half Way
Dried Flowers (2019, Self) CDN

Sofia Talvik
Take Me Home
Paws of a Bear (2019, Makaki Music)

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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