Folk Roots Radio Episode 448: feat. Wild Rivers & More New Releases

Khalid Yassein from Toronto’s folk-pop band Wild Rivers is our special guest on Episode 448 of Folk Roots Radio. After two album releases and a couple of singles, the Toronto-based band are really gaining traction, and have already developed a loyal fan base. They’ve just been touring Western Canada with Matt Andersen and his band, and this summer, they’ll be playing the wonderful Hillside Festival (July 12-14), at beautiful Guelph Lake, just outside Guelph ON. We check out their latest single “Moving Target”, plus two tracks from their 2018 E.P. “Eighty Eight”. We also take a look at more of the new releases we’ve received and this time around we include new music from Merival, Geneviève Racette, Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell), Irish Mythen, RUNA, Michelle Rumball, Manx Marriner Mainline (feat. Harry Manx and Steve Marriner), Bryan McPherson and Onion Honey. Check out the full playlist below.


Wild Rivers are a band that’s really starting to happen. They started life as harmonizing folk pop duo Devan & Khaild, featuring Devan Glover (vocals) and Khalid Yassein (vocals, guitar), while at Queen’s University in Kingston, before morphing into the four piece ‘Wild Rivers’ with the addition of Andrew Oliver (guitar, bass) and Julien Laferriere (drums).

For more information about Wild Rivers, visit

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

I With Mine
(single) (2019, Self) CDN

Geneviève Racette
No Water, No Flowers (2019, Self) CDN

Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell)
Quasheba, Quasheba
Songs Of Our Native Daughters (2019, Smithsonian Folkways)

Irish Mythen
Deep Dark Woods
Little Bones (2019, Myth Music) CDN

Kelly Man Reels
TEN (The Errant Night)

Wild Rivers
Moving Target
(single) (2019, Self) CDN

Interview: Khalid Yassein from Wild Rivers discussing their music and new single “Moving Target”.

Wild Rivers
Eighty Eight (2018, Self) CDN

Wild Rivers
I Won’t Be Back
Eighty Eight (2018, Self) CDN

Michelle Rumball
Make A List
Years Behind (2018, Self) CDN

Manx Marriner Mainline (feat. Harry Manx and Steve Marriner)
My Only One
Hell Bound For Heaven (2019, Stony Plain Records) CDN

Bryan McPherson
Game Over
King’s Corner (2019, OFD Records)

Onion Honey
Safe Home
Earthly Trials (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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