Folk Roots Radio Episode 446: In Conversation with… Dave Sills

Folk Roots Radio Episode 446: In Conversation with... Dave Sills

We’re giving the whole of Episode 446 of Folk Roots Radio to an in-depth conversation with singer-songwriter, severe weather scientist and social activist Dave Sills, who has just released a wonderful debut album, “Fifty”. Dave Sills was a musical guest on my Guelph focused show Royal City Rag several times over the years. Dave joined us in the Folk Roots Radio studio to chat about the weather, storm-chasing, climate change and making his first album at the age of fifty – alongside a selection of tracks from the new album. Check out the full playlist below.

Interview

50 years in the making, severe weather scientist, storm chaser and social activist Dave Sills has just released his debut album, a labour of love that is rather appropriately entitled “Fifty”. Dave Sills has been making music since he was a kid growing up in LaSalle near Windsor in Essex County ON. The new album is an absorbing mix of the musical influences he’s picked up along the way, from The Beatles to Blue Rodeo, to Johnny Cash and Neko Case.

The new recording features nine new original songs with a roots rock flavour, produced by Dave Sills (acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals) with Allister Bradley (keys, percussion, vocals) at Allister’s Tilted White Shed studio in Wellesley ON. Also joining Dave on the album are his brother Ken Sills (bass, vocals) and Adam Skinner (drums and cajon, vocals). There are also cameo appearances from Dave’s father Mike Sills and daughter Alice Sills on backing vocals, and Miranda Mulholland on fiddle. Photos for the album were taken by Dave’s son Jack. Dave’s wife of 25 years, Heather Kepran, also gets named checked as his road (and life manager).

For more information about the music of Dave Sills visit davesills.ca.

Listen

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

Dave Sills
Out of Tune
Fifty (2019, Self) CDN

Interview: Dave Sills discussing his debut album “Fifty” (2019, Self).

Dave Sills
The Road I’ve Known
Fifty (2019, Self) CDN

Dave Sills
The Tightwad Blues
Fifty (2019, Self) CDN

Dave Sills
Stories She Told
Fifty (2019, Self) CDN

Dave Sills
Coldwell Bay
Fifty (2019, Self) CDN

Dave Sills
A Different Kind of Sun
Fifty (2019, Self) CDN

About the author

JAN HALL

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.

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